Newly-formed LSS Advisory Council at UH Law Center provides online pro-bono legal aid

The University of Houston Law Center’s Lawyering Skills and Strategies Advisory Council did digital pro-bono work last week in the Hendricks Heritage Room.

The University of Houston Law Center’s Lawyering Skills and Strategies Advisory Council did digital pro-bono work last week in the Hendricks Heritage Room.

April 19, 2019 — Lawyering Skills and Strategies faculty at the University of Houston Law Center recently paired practicing local attorneys with Law Center students to provide free legal assistance to low-income Texans through the online platform Texas Legal Answers.

With the help of O’Quinn Law Library staff, groups took inquiries through their laptops and worked to provide detailed responses to clients.

"The most important thing we do as lawyers is helping clients resolve their problems and answer their questions that they don't know how to answer for themselves," said Dean Leonard M. Baynes. "It's a great way for our students to get a chance to use their skills in a practical setting and to turn theory into practice. It also serves as a foundational gateway to upper level clinics and externships.

“My hat goes off to Sarah Morath and the LSS faculty for organizing and arranging this very important exercise."

The pro bono event, held last week in the Hendricks Heritage Room, marked the first external event of the Lawyering Skills and Strategies Advisory Council. The council is made up of 10 practicing attorneys, seven of whom are Law Center alumni.

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