When he first spoke with Mr. Morgan, LSLA Staff Attorney Velamir Rasic's sense of justice was deeply offended. "It was appalling, to say the least. He was being evicted because he apparently lived too long."

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Lone Star Legal Aid Presents Smith County Pro Bono Award to Smith County Bar Foundation

Gagnon Receives Ken Fuller Pro Bono Award

Boardmember Stewart Gagnon received the Ken Fuller Pro Bono Award on August 1. The award is presented by the Family Law Section at its annual Advanced Family Law Conference to recognize exceptional advocates for low-income clients and remarkable pro bono service. Gagnon serves on LSLA's Board of Directors and chairs the Texas Access to Justice Commission's Committee on Self-represented Litigants, among other organizations.

Hamilton Named to LSC Pro Bono Task Force

Terry Hamilton was recently named by the LSC Board to its Pro Bono Task Force. The PBTF will identify and recommend to the Board new and innovative ways in which to promote and enhance pro bono initiatives throughout the country, including urban areas, rural areas and areas with underserved populations. The primary objective is to help LSC and its grantees develop additional resources to assist low-income Americans facing foreclosure, domestic violence and other civil legal problems.

Josef Receives PB Coordinator Award

In June 2011, the State Bar of Texas Legal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters Committee honored LSLA board member Ellyn Josef with its Pro Bono Coordinator Award. Josef works as pro bono counsel to Vinson & Elkins, L.L.P. in Houston, managing the firm-wide pro bono program, including the pro bono efforts of 700 attorney volunteers.

Reynerson Receives James B. Sales Award

On April 27, 2011, Sharon Reynerson of our Paris, Texas, office, received the James B. Sales Boots on the Ground Award that recognizes those who have made a lasting, extraordinary impact on the provision of legal services to low-income Texans. Reynerson, litigation director of Lone Star Legal Aid, received the award for her contributions in assisting thousands of Texans when faced with tough legal situations for more than 25 years.

Willet Receives Noble Award for Lifetime Achievement

Brenda Willett, of our Nacogdoces, Texas, office, received the Noble Award for Lifetime Achievements in Poverty Law on April 6, 2011. The Noble Award honors a Texas attorney for a lifetime of public service in promoting poverty law as a noble profession and significant lifetime professional accomplishments in expanding the provision of high quality legal services to poor people and protecting the legal rights of poor people.

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