The Evelyn Lord Teen Court program (which is a partnership with the City of Beaumont, the Municipal Court of the City of Beaumont and the Jefferson County Bar Association) provides assistance to first-time misdemeanor (non-traffic) juvenile offenders who have pled guilty an alternative to the adult criminal system. The defendants appear before a jury of their peers (teen volunteers). Teen Court is conducted once a month excluding December and summer months.
The Pipeline Project introduces at-risk fourth and fifth graders to the legal system and the law highlighting the Constitution & the Bill of Rights. The program encourages them to stay in school and seek higher education. A volunteer attorney team is assigned to a school and the same team conducts at least 4 programs during a school year for two years
The Veterans Initiative was created to help U. S. veterans with their legal needs. Quarterly legal seminars/advice clinics are provided at the local VA Outpatient hospital on topics such as family law, consumer law, wills and probate, etc. At least 2 times per year, a 3 hour legal advice clinic is offered to Veterans and in some cases ProBono representation is provided. Any veteran needing legal assistance can contact the Jefferson County Bar Association throughout the year for assistance
National Adoption Day is a partnership between the Department of Family & Protective Services, CASA of Southeast Texas, Jefferson County Domestic Courts and the Jefferson County Bar Association. It helps raise awareness of the 129,000 children in foster care who are awaiting adoption. It is celebrated locally in November of each year and finalizes the adoptions of children in foster care. Adoptions are provided at no-cost to the families.
Pro Bono Program provides legal aid for indigent residents (in non-criminal issues) in Southeast Texas year round. Last year, we provided legal aid to 203 new applicants.
Community Education - A legal workshop for Parents with Special Needs Children was conducted to educate more than 100 parents, teachers and care givers on dealing with the legal needs facing special needs children as well as informing them of the public educational rights.
Civics Education – I Was First, Vote For Me! Educated over 100 students on why it is important to VOTE and teaching them about important historical figures who shaped our legal system.
Constitution Day presentations exposed more than 2,415 students (K-12) to the ideals of the Constitution.