May 7, 2018 - The University of Houston Law Center recently partnered with the Houston Food Bank to help provide meals for underprivileged children during the annual Food From the Bar event.
Participants competed in a challenge where they sorted food and packed bags for students in the southeast Texas region. The food will be distributed to children who are at risk of not eating when classes are not in session. Law Center volunteers helped the Houston Food Bank reach its average weekly allotment of 15,000 bags.
In addition to the Law Center, more than 35 businesses and law firms participated in the event. For its efforts, the Law Center was given the Best Law School Award for best achievement by a law school.
Following the volunteer effort, Law Center faculty members Diane McManus, legal clinic supervisor, and Alissa Gomez, a lecturer in lawyering skills and strategies, presented a continuing legal education session titled, "Food for Thought." The discussion addressed critical ethical considerations in pro bono cases like communications, conflicts, confidentiality, candor and zeal.
"Committing to pro bono work is part of our core professional responsibility," McManus said. "It should be a part of every attorney's professional duty and responsibility. The need is so very large, yet there are so few public interest attorneys available to fill that need. Attorneys can help meet that need through time or financial support."
Attendees received one hour of Texas CLE credit, including an hour of ethics credit.