Special to The Review

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA), the leading provider of legal aid in Texas, celebrated the grand re-opening and dedication of

its Edinburg office at a special celebration March 5, more than 25 years after the office first opened.

The re-opening comes after months of renovations that increased the office space available for staff, upgraded the office plumbing, and redesigned the client waiting area. New furniture was donated by TRLA board members and private attorneys Lisa Taylor and Roger Reed.

“The improvements could not have come at a better time,” said TRLA attorney and Edinburg branch manager Pablo Almaguer. “Demand for our services has never been greater.”

TRLA first opened its Edinburg office in 1980 and every year the office helps more than 1800 low-income residents of the Rio Grande Valley with their civil legal needs. TRLA’s services are free and in high demand during an economic time when many people are struggling with legal problems including unemployment and foreclosure.

As part of the re-opening the office was dedicated to John E. Cook, a former TRLA employee and branch manager who dedicated his career to poverty law. Cook passed away in 2005 after a long battle with cancer. He had been working with TRLA since 1976.

Added Almaguer, “John was always a source of inspiration and encouragement in the fight for low-income Texans. His legacy will remain an influence in TRLA’s work and this office will serve as a reminder of his dedication to our cause.”

Established in 1970, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. (TRLA) is a nonprofit organization that provides free legal services to low-income and disadvantaged clients in a 68-county service area. TRLA’s mission is to promote the dignity, self-sufficiency, safety and stability of low-income Texas residents by providing high-quality legal assistance and related educational services. For more information on Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. and this story visit www.trla.org.