San Antonio Bar Association Community Justice Program

The Community Justice Program (CJP) is a joint project for the San Antonio Bar Association and Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) to provide free legal services to low-income residents of San Antonio in their own neighborhood locations.

A significant part of the San Antonio Bar Association’s mission has been to advance justice and to improve relations between the bar and the public. By volunteering to “just take one” pro bono case each year, the Bar’s membership is working to meet the legal needs of our community. Texas RioGrande Legal Aid staff provides client intake services, evaluates eligibility for the clinics based on CJP criteria, and assembles preliminary draft documents for volunteer attorneys.

The Community Justice Program conducts several evening clinics per month, matching volunteer attorneys with indigent clients. The Divorce and Family Law Clinics are staffed by judges, attorneys, court reporters, interpreters, legal secretaries, paralegals, notaries and representatives of the Bexar County District Clerk’s office, all participating on a volunteer basis. This is truly a full-service clinic. Clients generally meet their attorney, and have initial pleadings drafted and filed all on the first night. In most cases, after all documents are complete, clients return to the clinic for a brief court hearing to finalize their case and leave with certified copies of the final decree.

The Program’s Wills Clinic provides wills and ancillary documents for prequalified clients.  Volunteer attorneys, notaries, and law students assist in the preparation and execution of the wills and ancillary documents.

The CJP also conducts monthly Veterans Legal Clinics at the Audie L. Murphy Veterans Hospital.  These Clinics serve indigent veterans in an advice only setting on a wide variety of legal issues.  The Clinic also provides wills and ancillary documents for veterans.

The Community Justice Program also sponsors a periodic Special Education Legal Clinic which   provides advice to the parents of children with disabilities.

Clinic Sites

Divorce and Family Law Clinics

(For Uncontested Matters and Direct Referrals of Conservatorship Matters from the Bexar County Children’s Court)
St. Mary’s Center for Legal and Social Justice
TRLA San Antonio Office

Wills Clinic

St. Mary’s Center for Legal and Social Justice

Veterans Legal Clinics

Audie Murphy Veterans Hospital

Special Education Legal Clinics

TRLA San Antonio Office

If you are an attorney and would like to find out more information about the program or volunteer, contact:

Suzanne DeWalt
San Antonio Bar Association Community Justice Program Director
Bexar County Courthouse
100 Dolorosa, 5th Floor
San Antonio, Texas 78205
(210) 227-8822
Fax (210) 271-3482

All other questions or inquiries regarding the Community Justice Program should be directed to:

Ann Zaragoza
Managing Attorney
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
Community Justice Program Team Manager
1111 N. Main
San Antonio, Texas 78212
(210) 212-3723
FAX (210) 212-3772

Clinic Application Process

All clients must meet income eligibility requirements, and must be prequalified for assistance. To apply for assistance through one of these Clinics, please call the following numbers:

Divorce and Family Law Clinics

Lulu Villanueva
(210) 212-3718

Wills, Special Education, and Veterans Legal Clinics

Cynthia Ferguson
(210) 212-3740