Attorney’s living within 100 miles of Beaumont, El Paso, Laredo, Lubbock, Waco and Weatherford and who agree to accept two Pro Bono cases from the legal aid provider can receive 4.5 online CLE “Family Law Essentials” free of charge. Those who take 4 cases will get a complimentary one-year subscription to the Texas Family Law Practice Manual online. The Deadline for registering and completing the course is June 30, 2020.

Each year the Pro Bono Committee hosts and sponsors up to six live “Family Law Essentials Seminars” (FLES) in mid to small geographic areas across the State. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the State Bar of Texas and the Family Law Section decided to cancel the FLES live seminars and instead offer the FLES Webinar. We took this step because of our commitment to keep the health and safety of our members, employees, and the general public at the forefront of our actions in this rapidly changing situation.

The course is approved by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization for certification and recertification requirements for attorneys and legal assistants in civil trial law, civil appellate law, and family law.

Our mission is to provide our members with quality continuing education and to provide pro bono legal services through local legal aid providers. We work in conjunction with the State Bar of Texas, Access to Justice, Legal Aid of Northwest Texas, Texas RioGrand Legal Aid, and Lone Star Legal Aid. We hope you find the FLES Webinars beneficial.

For more information or to register, email Meredith Warren, program coordinator in the Legal Access Division, at


The Pro Bono Committee is a committee of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. Lisa Hoppes and Lon Loveless serve as Co-Chairs of the Committee and Leigh de la Reza serves as the Chair for Webinars. The goal of the program is twofold: to provide family law CLE to attorneys who may not practice it exclusively and to help our legal aid providers get attorneys who will handle pro bono cases in their area. The seminars are in different locations each year and are held in less populated areas of the State.

The attendees receive the CLE for free in exchange for handling 2 pro bono cases in a year. It all works because lawyers in Texas are giving of their time and care about the people of Texas. In the last 3 years we have helped over 500 families across our great State of Texas.

Speakers are not required to write a paper or prepare a power point. All materials are provided to you.

We do not reimburse speakers for their travel time or any other expenses (such as food and lodging, if applicable). This is strictly voluntary. The program is created each year by the members of the Committee and are the same at each location. Each location has at least one course director that works with the local legal aid provider to coordinate the specifics for each location. A master speaker list is kept that the course directors may use to select speakers. If you would like to be added to the list, please contact Lisa Hoppes at

Check out this news clip of our great committee at work – News Channel 6 Wichita Falls