Legal team tackles poverty one pro-bono hour at a time

Women's Advocacy Award recognizes EFH's support for women living in poverty


Building homes with the Dallas Bar Association's Habitat House project is one way the EFH Legal team gives back to our communities.

Building homes with the Dallas Bar Association’s Habitat House project is one way the Energy Future Holdings, Luminant and TXU Energy Legal team gives back to our communities.

From building a home through Habitat for Humanity to working one-on-one with families of disabled children seeking legal assistance with guardianship proceedings, the Energy Future Holdings, Luminant and TXU Energy Legal department has a long-standing commitment to helping those in need and deepening the company’s service to the many communities in which we operate.

Legal Aid of North West Texas recently honored EFH with the Business Leader Award for our in-house Legal team’s advocacy efforts on behalf of women living in poverty. The organization, which provides free civil legal aid to low-income women seeking safety, security, and lives free of domestic violence and abuse, presented the award at its annual fundraising event, the Women’s Advocacy Awards.

“Our in-house legal department, which is 10 years old this year, has devoted countless hours over the last decade to pro bono legal representation and community service. Every member of our group contributes time and talent to these causes throughout the year,” said Stacey Doré, EFH executive vice president and general counsel. “We have a motto in our legal department: See It. Own It. Solve It. We apply this motto in our daily work and in our community service. We are dedicated to identifying needs, taking ownership of service opportunities and helping to solve the problems facing those less fortunate in our communities. I couldn’t be prouder of the impact we are making.”

Both attorneys and non-attorney members of EFH’s Legal department are invited to participate in community service opportunities throughout the year, with a wide scope of programs that allow team members to choose causes that are important to them and to provide several options for helping those less fortunate.

Stacey Doré, EFH executive vice president and general counsel, accepts the Legal Aid of Northwest Texas Business Leader Award honoring the EFH Legal team's advocacy on behalf of women living in poverty.

Stacey Doré, EFH executive vice president and general counsel, accepts a Legal Aid of Northwest Texas award honoring the Legal team’s advocacy efforts.

Among the EFH Legal team’s recent pro bono and community service activities:

  • Annually provides more than a dozen team members who volunteer hundreds of hours building homes for low-income families with the Dallas Bar Association’s Habitat House.
  • Through the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program legal clinics in low-income areas, provides on-site assistance with client intake on various legal issues, some of which are taken on as pro bono matters.
  • Began a new guardianship project with Vinson & Elkins and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in 2013 to assist low-income families whose disabled children are approaching the age of majority. These families need legal assistance obtaining guardianships over children with significant medical and mental issues who are not capable of making medical and legal decisions on their own. The project involves handling all the legal work over the course of the guardianship proceedings, from the initial drafting of documents to handling court proceedings. Though this program is relatively new, four EFH lawyers have already volunteered to handle guardianship matters.
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