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Karen Denney in Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Tarrant Lawyers Provide Pro Bono Divorce Clinic
10/24/2012

Deena Maxie struggled to keep her marriage together but realized that she wanted a divorce.

High legal costs kept her from filing.

Maxie was fortunate to be among the first clients to be chosen to receive pro bono, or free, legal help from a newly created organization, Tarrant Volunteer Attorney Services. On Tuesday, 19 people got help with filing divorce papers and spoke to attorneys about their legal situations at the Tarrant County Bar Center...

Karen Denney of the Haynes and Boone, LLP law firm, who helped organize the event, said that a committee made up of local attorneys, several judges and personnel from the office of Tarrant County District Clerk Tom Wilder, as well as the Tarrant County Bar Association, began meeting in April to discuss the need to provide and improve access to free legal services to the indigent.

The committee wants to improve pro bono legal services to the poor and to encourage more participation among attorneys, she said.

Excerpted from Fort Worth Star-Telegram, October 24, 2012. To view full article, click here.