An important service of the Texas Bar Association is free legal help for non-profit organizations. Texas Community Building with Attorney Resources (“Texas C-BAR”) is the only project of its kind in Texas, providing free business law services across the state to community-based nonprofits developing affordable housing and other much-needed services in low-income communities. Texas C-BAR was founded in 2000 with the support of the Texas Bar Foundation and continues as a successful program today due to the support we receive from more than 45 law firms, hundreds of volunteer attorneys, the State Bar, and numerous other funders and participants.
Texas C-BAR provides free legal assistance to Texas nonprofits working to improve the quality of life in low-income neighborhoods. We recruit experienced transactional attorneys, who volunteer to help these organizations with their real estate, tax, corporate, and employment law needs. From the Web site:
Texas C-BAR’s Mission
Our mission is to improve the quality of life for low-income populations in Texas by providing pro bono business law resources to nonprofits and microentrepreneurs.
We fulfill this mission by:
- providing pro bono referrals and direct services for nonprofits and microentrepreneurs on non-litigation legal matters, in addition to supporting our volunteer attorneys to help ensure the referrals are successful;
- offering legal workshops, on-line resources, and publications on important legal issues affecting nonprofits; and
- collaborating to address systemic legal barriers to community development in low-income communities.