CAPA Community Services
Make a Difference in Your Community!
The "heart and soul" of any professional association must be its service to the community. CAPA is not just about serving paralegals but also serving the community in which we live, work, and play.
Join other CAPA members to show we care about the welfare of our neighbors. Let's work together to contribute something worthwhile to our community!
|Community Services Committee
||Pro Bono Committee
Melissa Tucker, BCP-TBLS, Chair Chamberlain McHaney
301 Congress Avenue, Suite 2100
Austin, Texas 78701
Phone: (512) 474-9124
Fax: (512) 474-8582
Kristina Kennedy, ACP, Co-Chair Law Office of Robert E. Raesz, Jr.
902 Rio Grande
Austin, Texas 78701
Phone: (512) 477-4363
Stephanie Seuser, Co-Chair and
P. O. Box 160742
Austin, Texas 78716
Phone: (512) 445-2108
At each CAPA luncheon, flower pots are on the dining tables to collect your donations to the designated "Flower Fund" charity.
2013-14 Flower Fund Charity ~ Austin Habitat for Humanity
Austin Habitat is the largest provider of home ownership to low income residents in Central Texas.
Charity Drives and Collections
Bring your donations to CAPA's monthly luncheons for the following local community charities:
Ronald McDonald House ~ CAPA is working with the Ronald McDonald House Charities to help raise funds in a way that involves no cash expense for our members. All you have to do is remember to remove the tabs from your can drinks before putting them in the recycle bin. You can turn the tabs in at the monthly luncheons or Email to arrange delivery. CAPA turns in the miniature Ronald McDonald Houses once they are full of tabs. If you feel that your office could easily fill one of the houses by themselves, please email us to arrange for obtaining one for your office.
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Travis County’s Superhero Run is on September 21st. You can find more information about the Superhero Run at http://www.casasuperherorun.com/. Wear a costume (or at least a superhero cape…homemade is perfect)!
For more information, contact Amy Gamber at Email.
Pro Bono Opportunities
Travis County Veterans Court Program
CAPA paralegals have been invited to join the team at Travis County Veterans Court Program. This is a wonderful pro bono opportunity for us. It is a new program -- for more information, please go to http://www.texvet.com/partners/travis-county-veterans-court-program.
Veterans Court is held every other Thursday beginning at
in Judge Denton’s court in Travis County, Texas. Our duties may include drafting occupational licenses, expunctions, wills, other estate planning documents, divorces, child support modifications, landlord/tenant issues, real estate documents, notarizing documents, helping veterans fill out their forms, etc. We anticipate a lot of these drafting duties will take place on our own time and that we will not need to (but may occasionally want to) attend the veterans court. There will be supervising attorney reviewing any documents you draft.
If you are interested in volunteering for this pro bono program, please forward your resume to Kris Kennedy, Pro Bono Committee Co-chair at Email (Kris will be the paralegal coordinator on this particular program) so that we can be sure to match you up on veteran’s cases that are somewhat close to what you might already have experience with. Also, if paralegals are interested in learning more about these types of things, we may be able to have an attorney come out and train us on the drafting of some of these documents. If you do not have a resume, make sure Kris has the fields of law you have practiced in as well as all of your contact information.
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
CASA has some upcoming volunteer training events. Learn more about volunteering at http://www.casatravis.org/volunteer. To register for an information session, please go to http://www.casatravis.org/infosession.
Volunteer Legal Services Clinics
The Pro Bono Evening Clinics offer people an opportunity to apply for civil legal services and get legal advice. It is a joint effort between RioGrande Legal Aid, Volunteer Legal Services, Landlord Tenant Counsel, Catholic Diocese, several law firms and other non-profit organizations. CAPA provides paralegal volunteers and interpreters to the clinics. Paralegals support the clinic by helping applicants fill out forms on the family law side. The forms are simple and easy to complete. They are confusing to some people. We help them understand the questions and capture as much information as possible. The clinics start at 6:00pm and are usually finished by 8:00pm.
How are your interviewing skills? Did you know the skills you currently have could help someone? Do you have two hours a month to commit to an experience that can make a difference in someone's life? Please consider volunteering your skills at the evening clinics 6:00-8:00 pm on Mondays at Martin Middle School and on Wednesdays at Webb Middle School. Please contact the VLS Coordinator to pick a date for clinic training.
There is a need for more Spanish speaking interpreters at the evening clinics. Interpreters work helping applicants fill out forms and sitting with attorneys and interpreting their legal advice for applicants. This is a great opportunity to learn more about different areas of law and meet a critical need for people. Please let the VLS Coordinator know if you can volunteer as an interpreter.
December 2013 Schedule:
Martin Middle School - Mondays @ 6:00 p.m.
1601 Haskell Street in the Cafeteria
December 2, 2013
December 9, 2013
December 16, 2013
December 23, 2013 - Clinic Closed
December 30, 2013 - Clinic Closed
Webb Middle School - Wednesdays @ 6:00 p.m.
601 E. St. Johns in the Cafeteria
December 4, 2013
December 11, 2013
December 18, 2013
December 25, 2013 - Clinic Closed