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DBA Receives Texas Bar Foundation Grant to Launch Entrepreneurs in Community Lawyering Program

Monday, April 29, 2019

The Dallas Bar Association has received a grant from the Texas Bar Foundation to launch its “Entrepreneurs in Community Lawyering” Program in the fall of 2019. The first local legal incubator program in Dallas, the Entrepreneurs in Community Lawyering program seeks to create a pipeline of socially conscious lawyers that are well equipped to launch a financially sustainable solo or small firm practice that caters to a lower income clientele. 

The program is one of DBA President Laura Benitez Geisler’s main initiatives during her year as president of the organization. Participants must be recent law school graduates licensed less than 5 years with a strong interest in starting a solo or small firm practice serving a modest-means clientele. All participants must complete an application and interview process and be invited to participate. Participants must demonstrate determination, an entrepreneurial spirit, dedication to providing access to justice and a firm commitment to the program. Sustainability of the applicant’s proposed practice area is also critical. It is anticipated that the program will have eight to 10 lawyers per session.

Interested candidates should contact Kathryn Zack at for more information.

About the Texas Bar Foundation: Since its inception in 1965, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more than $20 million in grants to law-related programs. Supported by members of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Foundation is the nation’s largest charitably-funded bar foundation.


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