Get Involved Spotlight: Texas Appleseed

Oct 1, 2016

From the Texas Appleseed, this month's Get Involved spotlight non-profit:

About Texas Appleseed

As a nonprofit public interest justice center, Texas Appleseed works to change unjust laws and policies that prevent Texans from realizing their full potential. Our organization does this by anchoring a dynamic network of pro bono partners and collaborators to develop and advocate for innovative and practical solutions to complex issues. Through data-driven research, we uncover inequity in laws and policies, identify solutions for lasting change, and advocate for these solutions. When justice is beyond reach, Texas Appleseed provides the ladder.

A Spotlight on Our Issues

For 20 years, Texas Appleseed has worked to solve a variety of issues that impede Texans from progress and justice. We currently work on dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline, helping homeless youth, payday and auto title lending reform and other fair financial services work, foster care reform, encouraging diversity in the legal profession (Diversity Legal Scholars scholarship program), disaster recovery, fair housing opportunities, criminal justice reform, and many other important issues that affect Texans.

The Pro Bono Difference: Help Us Help Texans

Our success is attributable to the talents, skills, and commitment of attorneys and other professionals who help us make a large-scale difference in the daily lives of Texans. We are grateful to the individuals, law firms, and corporations who support our work and ultimately help us establish legal protection for vulnerable Texans. When you volunteer as a pro bono partner with Texas Appleseed, you join a network of professionals from Texas’ leading law firms, corporations and universities. To learn more about helping with current and future projects, visit the Pro Bono Opportunities page of our website or contact Gabriella McDonald at gmcdonald@texasappleseed.net. Here is a snapshot of some of the ways you can help:

·       Conducting legal or legislative research and analysis

·       Creating websites or online content

·       Drafting amicus briefs

·       Designing infographics and other relevant content

·       Participating in impact litigation

·       Developing easy-to-understand content for consumer toolkits or professional guides

·       Performing in-depth interviews

·       Drafting legislation or comments on regulation

·       Testifying at committee hearings

·       Conducting data analysis

·       Completing cost-benefit analysis

Donate

Contributions of any amount are greatly appreciated, and all donations are put to use immediately to attack the root causes of injustice. Visit us at TexasAppleseed.org to donate.