Robert Doggett Selected as Executive Director

Dec. 20, 2018

MERCEDES, Texas – TRLA Executive Director David Hall, who pioneered delivery of legal assistance to low-income people in Texas, will pass the torch to Robert Doggett, a General Counsel who has litigated precedent-setting cases for TRLA and other legal aid groups for 27 years. Doggett will assume his responsibilities as TRLA Executive Director on Jan. 6, 2018.
Hall, who led TRLA through its 40-year development from a handful of attorneys in South Texas to one of the nation’s largest legal aid providers, serving 25,000 Texans annually, said, “We are fortunate to have someone like Robert take on leadership of TRLA. He has been a powerful, tireless advocate for low-income Texans, acting as counsel or co-counsel in cases that have benefited not only our individual clients but also their larger communities. Under his leadership, TRLA will continue its trajectory as an aggressive defender of the people often least able to defend themselves.”

Robert Doggett

Robert Doggett

“TRLA is an exemplary legal services program because of the dedication, passion and talent of its staff,” Hall continued. “I am leaving with full confidence that those attributes will sustain this program for decades to come as a zealous force for the communities it serves.”

Doggett, who has been recognized by numerous legal aid and community organizations throughout Texas, described his new role as “a great honor, and greater responsibility. David has cut the path for us for 40 years, and I intend to help keep us on it.”

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Established in 1970, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. (TRLA) is a nonprofit organization that provides free legal services to about 25,000 low-income Texans in 68 counties. TRLA’s mission is to promote the dignity, self-sufficiency, safety and access to justice for low-income Texans by providing high-quality legal assistance and related educational services.