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“Night Court” 2019 Awards STCL Houston a $24,000 Grant, Benefiting the Randall O. Sorrels Legal Clinics

With a new $24,000 grant from this year’s “Night Court” — billed as “Houston’s All-Lawyer Charity Show” — South Texas College of Law Houston’s (STCL Houston) Randall O. Sorrels Legal Clinics and its clients have plenty to sing and dance about.

As the second-largest supporter of the whimsical, annual fundraiser featuring the theatrical performance of lawyers and judges, the law school nearly doubled its $14,000 award from Night Court 2018. The law school secured this grant through a special online code STCL Houston supporters and attendees selected when purchasing tickets for this year’s performance titled, “The Law of the Jungle” at the Hobby Center in August.

Helen Jenkins, executive vice president emeritus and professor of law, along with several of her STCL Houston faculty colleagues, sang and danced in the performance.

“My participation in 14 Night Court shows has given me a creative outlet, while benefiting a broad scope of legal charities,” said Jenkins.

Bruce Lundstrom, president of the Night Court board of directors, hand-delivered a check to the law school this week, along with his gratitude for the school’s philanthropic support.

Since its inception 27 years ago, Night Court has contributed more than a million dollars to Houston-area charities, including Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, Lone Star Legal Aid’s Military Veterans Unit, and Houston Women’s Shelter, in addition to the Randall O. Sorrels Legal Clinics.

The Randall O. Sorrels Legal Clinics at STCL Houston are home to 23 separate, specialized legal clinics — eight more than any other Texas law school — that offer free legal assistance for low-income populations throughout the Houston metropolitan area.

Teams of STCL Houston faculty, staff attorneys, paralegals, and law students support clients in a wide variety of Civil Practice Clinics in the areas of estate planning, basic and advanced family law, guardianship, probate, and veterans affairs. STCL Houston also offers Special Focus Clinics, which address access to justice, asylum and human trafficking, actual innocence, domestic violence, mediation, intellectual property, and animal law.