Austin Young Lawyers Sponsor Comprehensive Program for Homeless and Battered Women 

What do lawyers do in their spare time?  The stereotypical response probably involves golf, world travel, or dinners in expensive restaurants.  But the reality can be quite different. 

Consider, for example, women lawyers from the Austin Young Lawyers Association.  Every year since 2007, they have organized and funded one of the biggest social services in Austin, the Women’s Resource Fair.  The Fair offers homeless and battered woman a comprehensive all-day program that provides free resources, including legal assistance, medical care, mental health services, job skills and educational counseling, social services, financial counseling, haircuts, a clothing closet, childcare, breakfast, and lunch.

It’s a one-stop shop,” said Liz Branch, a lawyer and a co-founder of the event, who was quoted in the Austin-American Statesman. “Not only can women come and get vital medical services and legal assistance, but they can also get a haircut and kind of pamper themselves.”

Another Austin attorney, Mishell Kneeland, told the Statesman: “We are just a bunch of people who believe everyone should be treated with dignity and respect.  We know how hard it is for women to get all of these services and support, especially in one day. And that’s really part of the magic of it.”

This year’s Fair will be on April 8.  If you wish to volunteer, donate clothing, or provide financial assistance, you can find out how to do so here.  

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