March 16, 2009

Contact: Cori Harbour, TYLA President-Elect, 915.532.0900 or 915.269.4312

TYLA Debuts "Healing the Wounds: Navigating the Legal System after "

(El Paso) – The Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA), in partnership with the District Attorney's Office and the El Paso Young Lawyers Association, will launch "Healing the Wounds: Navigating the Legal System after Surviving Domestic Abuse" at:

10 a.m., Friday, March 20
El Paso County Commissioner's Court
500 E. San Antonio, Room 303

The video program, available in English and Spanish, includes details on what victims of domestic violence can expect when utilizing the courts to obtain a protective order, temporary restraining order or divorce. The goal of the program is to educate victims of family violence about their legal rights. Local law enforcement, elected officials, the judiciary, non-profits, women's shelters, and victims' advocacy groups are invited to learn about the availability of this valuable resource.

"Through this initiative, we hope to reach hurting families with the important message that they do not have to live with abuse in the home and that they have rights," said Jaime Esparza, District Attorney, 34th Judicial District.

TYLA, widely recognized as the public service arm of the State Bar of Texas, develops programs designed to assist Texas attorneys in the practice of law and provides legal education to Texans as a public service. TYLA's main purposes are to facilitate the administration of justice, foster respect for the law, and advance the role of the legal profession in serving the public. All licensed Texas lawyers who are 36 years old or younger or who are in their first five years of licensure, regardless of age, are automatically members of TYLA.