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SAFE-T Receives Grant to Help Battered Women Receive Legal Defense

By Amber Cullen - Tribune Staff Writer Friday, December 21, 2007 11:15 AM CST

Since its inception in 1995, Shelter Agencies for Families in East Texas (SAFE-T) has provided thousands of women and their children shelter and escape from abusive spouses. But according to SAFE-T Legal Program Director Tom Gresham, the biggest problem the shelter has to overcome is obtaining legal representation for their clients.

Now, thanks to a lot of hard work, the tables have turned, and the abused and battered women and children of Northeast Texas now have representation by John Mark Cobern, who was recently named SAFE-T's attorney.

"Ninety-nine clients out of 100 do not have resources

to hire an attorney," said Gresham. "We asked and even begged for assistance for these ladies, but only on a couple of occasions were we able to get someone to pitch in with no fees to the client.

"I struck up a conversation with Mr. Cobern after seeing him win an especially difficult case against an attorney with many more years experience practicing law. Mr. Cobern offered to help our clients when he was able, and has been a valuable resource for SAFE-T."

Tom Gresham said SAFE-T immediately thought of Cobern and his law offices at Rolston and Cobern for the job. Read More »

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