January 31, 2017 – Susan Kidwell, Partner in Locke Lord’s Austin office and a board certified lawyer in civil appellate law, has been elected President of the Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas (VLS) for the 2017 year. Kidwell will lead the 35-year-old organization to advance the VLS mission of providing volunteer attorneys and legal services to low-income clients.
VLS helps low-income clients access the justice system by providing legal advice and representation. In 2016, the organization represented more than 7,000 clients with more than 19,000 hours of donated time. These services amounted to nearly $5 million in donated time and fees provided by the volunteer attorneys.
Kidwell is a member of the Firm's Appellate practice group and has represented clients in numerous state and federal appeals. She is board certified in civil appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has argued before the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Tenth Circuits, the Supreme Court of Texas, the Supreme Court of Tennessee, and multiple courts of appeals in Texas.
The Firm has been a strong supporter of the VLS mission and in 2016 was honored with a Judge Suzanne Covington Firm Pro Bono Service award and was also recognized as a Pro Bono Champion for devoting an extraordinary amount of time providing legal services to low-income clients of VLS.
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