This year’s conference includes a special focus on Racial Justice, Diversity, and Inclusion Programming. Workshops that will address this overarching theme include [RJ] after the session title.

Tracy Figueroa

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
Attorney - Disaster Assistance Group Coordinator
Corp Christi
Tracy Figueroa obtained her law degree from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis and served as a law clerk to Judge Hayden W. Head, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Corpus Christi Division.  She joined Texas RioGrande Legal Aid in 2002, and her primary practice areas have included Family Law, Wills and Estates, and Disaster Benefits, with an emphasis on administrative matters and litigation against the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  In addition to providing direct legal representation to clients, she leads TRLA’s Disaster Assistance Group and supervises staff primarily assigned to the Disaster Benefits and Community Resilience Teams.  She has coordinated TRLA’s response to 17 federally declared natural disasters.  This has included organizing disaster-related outreach and community education efforts; developing intake protocols specific to disaster scenarios; providing training to legal aid staff and pro bono attorneys on issues related to disaster; recruiting and mentoring pro bono attorneys; engaging with local, state and national partners; and administering related grants.  Because of her work on behalf of disaster survivors, she received an Impact Award from the Poverty Law Section of the State Bar of Texas in 2018 and a Resolution from the State Bar of Texas in 2019.  She has been a member of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness since 2018.