TVAS' mission is to encourage and recognize pro bono services performed by Tarrant County attorneys and to connect Tarrant County attorneys with the Tarrant County indigent community who could not otherwise afford representation. TVAS exists to assist our indigent population in finding Tarrant County attorneys to provide them with much needed legal representation in an efficient and cost effective matter. As part of the Tarrant County legal community, TVAS will work directly for and in benefit of the county’s indigent community.
Tarrant County Volunteer Attorney Services (“TVAS”) was created by the Tarrant County Bar Foundation (“TCBF”) and formed with input and consultation from the Tarrant County Bar Association (“TCBA”). TVAS encourages and recognizes pro bono services performed by Tarrant County attorneys.
At a time when more and more Americans are slipping into poverty, the availability of providing pro bono legal services to our community is crucial. Nationwide nearly 1 in 5 Americans—63 million people-- live at or below 125% of the federal poverty guideline. Currently in Texas, there are more than 4.6 million people living below poverty level. Approximately 6 million Texans qualify for legal aid. According to the US Census Bureau, 13.4% of the population of Tarrant County lived below the poverty level between 2006 and 2010. In 2012, to qualify for free civil legal services, an individual must not earn more than $13,963 per year. A family of four must not earn more than $28,813 per year.
TVAS held its first event in October 2012, and currently holds four events a year.