Who We Are:
Texas Community Building with Attorney Resources (“Texas C-BAR”) is the only project of its kind in Texas and was established to provide free legal resources and business law services to organizations working to improve the quality of life in low-income neighborhoods. Texas C-BAR was founded in 2000 with the support of the Texas Bar Foundation and continues as a successful program today due to the support we have received from more than 100 law firms and corporate legal departments, thousands of volunteer attorneys, the State Bar, and numerous other funders and participants.
Our mission is to improve the quality of life for low-income populations in Texas by providing pro bono business law resources to nonprofits and microentrepreneurs.
We fulfill this mission by:
- providing pro bono referrals and direct services to nonprofits and microentrepreneurs for non-litigation legal matters, in addition to supporting
volunteer attorneys to help ensure the referrals are successful;
- offering legal workshops, on-line resources, and publications on important legal issues affecting nonprofits and microentrepreneurs; and
- collaborating with strategic partners to address systemic legal barriers to community development in low-income communities.
We guide ourselves by the following values:
- We are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of Texas’s low-income neighborhoods and communities.
- We recognize and appreciate the importance of volunteers and investors to the success of our organization.
- We are dedicated to continuous improvement in the processes that allow us to serve our clients.
- We are dedicated to strengthening nonprofits serving low-income communities by providing the nonprofits with the legal tools and relationships they need to fulfill their missions.
- We strive to serve nonprofits that provide innovative and effective solutions to improve the quality of life in low-income communities.
- We recognize that nonprofits build essential infrastructures which, in relationship with the public and private sectors, provide low-income families with opportunities to transition out of poverty.
- We place a priority on serving nonprofit organizations controlled and driven by low-income community residents.
- We strive to make pro bono services rewarding and fulfilling for our attorneys.
- We encourage mutual respect between clients and lawyers.
- We provide the resources necessary for our volunteer lawyers to provide the highest quality legal services to nonprofits.
- We value coordination and collaboration with other organizations with common interests.
Our program is modeled on established business law pro bono referral programs around the country, including programs in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Georgia, Detroit, Boston, and New York. Business law pro bono projects have been endorsed by organizations such as the ABA’s Section of Business Law and the American Corporate Counsel Association in recognition that these programs provide business lawyers with opportunities to volunteer their expertise in ways that many litigation-oriented pro bono programs do not offer.
The types of assistance available through our Pro Bono Legal Referral Program include:
- Incorporating new entities
- Reviewing and drafting bylaws
- Obtaining IRS tax exempt status
- Drafting and negotiating contracts
- Drafting personnel policy manuals
- Drafting employee and subcontractor agreements
- Establishing subsidiary corporations
- Establishing joint ventures
- Preparing limited partnership agreements
- Clearing title to parcels of land
- Preparing real estate documents
- Reviewing leases
- Reviewing loan documents
- Reviewing construction documents
- Providing advice on corporate governance matters
- Providing advice on nonprofit tax matters
- Providing advice on property tax exemptions
- Providing advice on employment law issues
- Providing advice on trademark and copyright issues
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To download our brochures, please click on the following:
For Nonprofits: Providing Free Legal Assistance to Texas Nonprofits
For Attorneys: Connecting Lawyers with Nonprofits