Published on: November 01, 2013
Lone Star College System
recently received a 2013 Pro Bono Award from the Lone Star Legal Aid (LSLA)
during a reception celebrating National Pro Bono week.
organization specifically recognized LSC-University Park for its partnership,
which includes hosting and promoting various LSLA events. The reception
was held last week at the LSLA offices in downtown Houston.
Star College System and Lone Star Legal Aid are two separate organizations that
are not affiliated with each other.
delighted that Lone Star College supports such a worthy organization,” said
Linda Good, JD, a LSCS board trustee who is also directing attorney, private
attorney involvement with LSLA. “Lone Star Legal Aid helps children,
veterans, seniors, people with disabilities, and those who are homeless receive
legal advice that they may otherwise not have access to.”
the fourth largest free legal aid provider in the United States and provides
free legal aid in 72 Texas counties. LSLA handled almost 25,000 legal cases,
completing more than 20,000 of them, which benefited nearly 48,000 people in
isn’t the only thing that Lone Star College and Lone Star Legal Aid share” said
Paul E. Furrh Jr., chief executive officer, Lone Star Legal Aid. “Both
organizations are deeply concerned with the economic well-being of our
community. Lone Star College was selected to receive the 2013 Pro Bono
Award in recognition of the vital role it played in helping Lone Star Legal Aid
reach specific populations with unmet legal needs. Most noteworthy is how
Lone Star College has helped Lone Star Legal Aid to reach veterans who have
pressing legal problems ranging from delays in receiving disability
benefits to marriages breaking down under the strain of multiple deployments.”
“It was such an honor to be recognized for Lone Star College’s
leadership in serving our community in every way we can,” said Shah Ardalan,
president, LSC-University Park, who represented LSCS at the reception.
“In partnership with Lone Star Legal Aid, we continue to meet our mission
of improving Houston's economic and personal prosperity, one individual at a
time. We do open the doors to a better community.”
addition to the awards celebration, LSLA also held training sessions covering
topics such as guardianship, issues for Texas veterans, basic wills and
bankruptcy. These were then followed by client meetings.
Services Corp., Texas Access to Justice Foundation, and multiple grants fund
LSLA which has nearly 1.5 million income-eligible Texas residents in its
Paul E. Furrh Jr.,
chief executive officer, Lone Star Legal Aid pictured
with Shah S. Ardalan, president,
Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for 40 years.
Founded in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success
and credential completion. Today, with 78,000 students in credit classes, and a
total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest
institution of higher education in the Houston area and the fastest-growing
community college system in the nation. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor
of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood,
LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, Lone
Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online.