The Houston Bar Association awarded Baker McKenzie associate Georgia Jolink with the President’s Pro Bono Star, recognizing her for “exemplary pro bono efforts in our community on behalf of homeless youth.”
The annual Harris County Bench Bar Pro Bono Awards program celebrates firms, corporations, and individual attorneys committed to providing access to justice. Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht delivered the keynote during the May 3 ceremony at the Harris County Civil Court House and spoke of the importance of combining local and national efforts to promote equal justice. HBA president Neil Kelly presented awards to all Bench Bar Pro Bono Awards recipients, including Jolink.
Jolink serves as the Firm’s Houston Pro Bono Committee Co-Chair and last year spearheaded the Firm’s efforts on the Texas Homeless Youth Handbook, a joint pro bono project with Weatherford International and Texas Appleseed. The handbook is a guide to help homeless youth better understand their legal rights, responsibilities, and resources. A team of more than 50 lawyers and staff dedicated hundreds of hours to research, write, and edit the handbook, which covers critical topics such as education, healthcare, housing, parenting, and consumer credit issues.
“I’m honored to be recognized by the HBA and the Bench Bar Pro Bono Awards Committee for our work on the Texas Homeless Youth Handbook and am grateful to the teams at Weatherford and Texas Appleseed for their collaboration on this project,” said Jolink.
Baker McKenzie has partnered with other clients and nonprofits to produce handbooks for homeless youth in four other states — Washington, Minnesota, Illinois and New York. All of the handbooks can be accessed from HomelessYouth.org.