Lisa Blue Baron, of Baron and Blue, and Mike Kaeske, of the Kaeske Law Firm, announced their gift of $50,000 to the Dallas Bar Association’s 2012 Equal Access to Justice Campaign benefiting the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program (DVAP). The annual Campaign raises funds to provide free legal assistance to low-income Dallas County residents with civil legal needs. This gift is the lead gift to date and is recognized at the highest level of the Campaign—The Champions of Justice.
“Government funding for legal aid continues to drop, while the need for pro bono grows. The poor in our community are counting on lawyers like us to keep access to justice alive,” says Ms. Blue Baron.
“First and foremost, we want to help people, but we also hope that our gift will inspire others,” says Mr. Kaeske. “No matter how great or small a donation, support is needed for DVAP clients. DVAP’s mission is our mission—to open doors, right wrongs and change lives.”
Ms. Blue Baron and Mr. Kaeske are nationally known for their representation of victims of serious injuries. Ms. Blue Baron’s accomplishments in trial courts have been recognized, including being named in the Top 50 Women Litigators in the U.S. by the National Law Journal.
Mr. Kaeske worked closely with Lisa and her late husband, Fred, at Baron & Budd, where he trained as a courtroom trial lawyer. The Kaeske Law Firm has a national practice based in Austin and Dallas, Texas, and Mike continues to devote his professional life to representing seriously injured victims and their families.
“The Dallas Bar Association is thankful for Lisa and Mike’s kindness and generosity,” said Dallas Bar Association President Barry Sorrels. “Lisa has donated not only her time, but she has also encouraged others to support pro bono work. Lisa and Mike’s generosity is far-reaching and we truly appreciate this gift.”
The Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program is a joint initiative of the Dallas Bar Association and Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas. Recognized by the American Bar Association for its exemplary services, DVAP conducts neighborhood clinics each month at four community locations, and provides specialty clinics for veterans and their families, as well as clinics to assist the elderly with wills and other needs. DVAP recruits and trains volunteer attorneys, and provides staff support to volunteers. Each year, DVAP provides free legal assistance to approximately 3,475 families in Dallas County.