WACO— October, 2018
The Texas Access to Justice (ATJ) Commission has selected recent Baylor Law graduate Tycha Kimbrough as its annual Law Student Pro Bono Award recipient, which honors a student whose pro bono work has made a significant impact on the community and enhanced the delivery of quality legal services to Texas’ underserved communities.
All students from ABA-accredited law schools in Texas are eligible for the award.
Dean Brad Toben Honors Tycha Kimbrough at Baylor Law's 2018 Student Awards Ceremony
“The ATJ Law Student Pro Bono Award recognizes law students who have dedicated their time and talents to improving the lives of those who would otherwise be unable to access legal services,” said clinical director Josh Borderud, Tycha’s supervising attorney in four distinct Baylor Law clinical programs. He added, “Tycha has overcome enormous hardship in her life. Yet, she remains cheerful, empathetic, and a zealous advocate for our clients. To say that it was a joy to work with her would be a vast understatement.”
During her time at Baylor Law, Tycha was involved in an inspiring amount of clinical and service-oriented activities on a pro bono basis, for which she received no academic credit. For the Trial Advocacy Clinic, under Borderud’s supervision, she represented clients in Waco Municipal Court and in juvenile detention hearings in the 74th District Court. For the Veterans Clinic, she drafted wills for veterans under the supervision of Professor Tom Featherston, and assisted at the monthly legal advice clinics. She participated in the Texas ATJ Pro Bono Spring Break Program where she volunteered with the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) in San Antonio. She was a student member of the Judge Abner V. McCall Inn, of the American Inns of Court, and as part of her work there, she co-presented on landlord-tenant law for veteran defendants in Fort Hood’s VETS Court. She was Vice President of Baylor Law’s Women’s Legal Society, and founder and president of Baylor Law’s Criminal Law Society.
“We’re thrilled that the Texas Access to Justice Commission has recognized Tycha’s extraordinary level of compassion, service and desire to use her legal training to help and support so many members of our community who otherwise would be unable to access quality legal services,” said Brad Toben, Dean of Baylor Law, “She is such a wonderful example of the focus upon servant leadership that we strive to instill in our students. We are honored to have her in the Baylor Law family.”
While at Baylor Law, Tycha received the Public Interest Fellow designation, the highest distinction of its kind at Baylor Law for having volunteered over 225 hours of pro bono work.
“I grew up in a community where people could not obtain legal assistance for critical matters because it was not affordable. Consequently, I always said I would become a lawyer to serve the marginalized and underserved, and I meant every word. When the Lord blesses you with much, much is required of you, and I am using my abundance of blessings to empower and uplift my community. I never expected to be rewarded for doing my part to help others. Being able to represent and assist individuals who may not otherwise obtain legal services is a reward within itself, but it is truly an honor to be the recipient of the 2018 Law Student Pro Bono Award. I am looking forward to continuing to make pro bono service a meaningful part of my practice.” – Tycha Kimbrough.
Tycha will be recognized for this exemplary honor at the State Bar of Texas’ New Lawyer Induction Ceremony in Austin on Monday, November 19, and will receive a $2,000 stipend from the Commission as well.
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