ABOUT US

San Antonio Legal Services Association (SALSA) is a corps of attorney volunteers coordinated by professional staff to provide free civil legal services to those with limited means and those who are vulnerable or at-risk.

 

PARTNERS

SALSA's client pipeline relies on partnerships with the following community organizations that are already serving our neighbors in need:

LEGAL SERVICES PROVIDERS

  • Texas RioGrande Legal Aid

  • Disability Rights TX

  • Catholic Charities Caritas Legal Services

  • Justice for Our Neighbors (San Antonio Region)

NON-PROFIT AND GOVERNMENT PARTNERS

  • ARC of San Antonio

  • Children's Rehabilitation Institute of Teleton (USA)

  • Habitat for Humanity

  • Haven for Hope

  • TXServes

  • Veterans Affairs Hospital

  • Veterans Outreach and Transition Center

 

PROGRAMS

HOW OUR VOLUNTEERS FIGHT HOMELESSNESS

Tenants Rights' Program

 

Volunteers negotiate a resolution that provides tenants a better outcome; obtaining ample time to move out and find a new place to live, or ensuring that an eviction does not stain their record, which ultimately would bar them from prospective housing opportunities.

Expunction and Non-disclosure Project

 

A record of an arrest without a conviction is a barrier for employment.  Volunteer attorneys assist citizens eligible for expunction and non-disclosure with eliminating or sealing prior arrests, enhancing employability.

HOW OUR VOLUNTEERS PROTECT VULNERABLE POPULATIONS

Wills Clinic

 

Volunteer attorneys draft documents, including a will, statutory durable power of attorney, medical power of attorney, physician’s directive, and HIPAA release. These documents are notarized and witnessed on site so that clients (primarily veterans, elderly and Habitat for Humanity families) leave the clinic with a complete estate planning packet.  

Alternatives to Guardianship Clinic

 

 Volunteer attorneys draft powers of attorney and supported-decision making agreements for adults with disabilities and their families.  

 

CRIT-USA Clinic

 Volunteer attorneys draft emergency medical documents including medical powers of attorney and supported decision-making agreements and assist with intake for education issues impacting children with severe neurological, muscular and skeletal disabilities. 

 

Psychiatric Advanced Directive (PAD) Clinic

 

 Volunteer attorneys draft psychiatric advanced directives to enable clients with mental illness to state their preferences for treatment in advance of a crisis. 

Veterans Legal Advice Clinic

 Volunteer attorneys provide advice and counsel to veterans and their family members on a variety of civil law issues including tenants rights, family law and public benefits

 

FEATURED CLIENT SUCCESS STORY

Mary* came to SALSA hoping to modify the support order for her 3 year old child.  When Mary first met with her volunteer attorney, the child's father had just been jailed for assaulting his new girlfriend, in violation of a protective order, and the girlfriend had just told Mary that during almost every recent visitation with the child the father had been high on drugs.

The matter required immediate action because the father was about to be released from jail and would demand his weekend and extended visitation. Within a week of the initial meeting, the volunteer attorney filed a petition and obtained an ex parte order barring all visitation. At subsequent hearings, the attorney obtained temporary orders for supervised visitation, requiring the father to attend a drug rehabilitation program and be tested for drugs and eventually obtained a final order including a three-phase visitation approach requiring the father to complete certain milestones for increased access. 

Mary and her child received the protection the situation demanded and the volunteer attorney's efforts indirectly provided assistance to the father by encouraging him to get help and stay clean in order for him to visit his child.

 

FEATURED VOLUNTEER 

Bill graduated from South Texas College of Law in Houston and this year is celebrating his 44th year practicing law! We are very fortunate that Bill decided to leave Houston and move to San Antonio when he retired from the full-time practice of law. Bill has extensive expertise in real estate and healthcare and has also extended his practice areas to include wills, estates and probate law, expunctions and non-disclosures in his pro bono capacity. Prior to moving to San Antonio, Bill volunteered with Houston Volunteer Lawyers for many years, and after his move to south Texas, he became a mediator at the Hill County Dispute Resolution Center in Kerrville, where he served as vice president and director. Bill is a member of the pro bono college of the State Bar of Texas, and he has served on several boards including the real estate law section of the Houston Bar Association, the scholarship committee for Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center, and the advisory committee for Texas Public Radio.

Bill’s service with SALSA began in 2017 as a real estate mentor supporting other volunteers in that practice area. Bill soon became a fixture at SALSA’s monthly Veterans' Legal Advice Clinics and was one of the attorney volunteers that pioneered the weekly clinics held at the Veterans' Outreach and Transition Center, where he has provided valuable advice and representation on a wide array of civil legal matters. His compassion and commitment to his clients is evidenced by their desire to keep in touch with him long after the conclusion of his representation and even send him holiday greeting cards. Bill has been recognized as our Volunteer of the Year and we are incredibly grateful for the hours he has selflessly given to this program and its clients and for the guidance he has provided to our other volunteers. Bill encourages other local attorneys to look into the many volunteer opportunities SALSA has available and get involved. Thank you, Bill!

Bill Asher

 

 
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