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DALLAS Volunteer attorneys in Dallas County are lining up to offer free services to the unaccompanied minors from Central America crossing into this country.

In the weeks since Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins announced plans to house 2,000 unaccompanied minors, 320 lawyers have volunteered to provide the kids free legal representation through the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association.

'I think a lot of us go into the profession wanting to help our community in some form or fashion,' said attorney Alexis Hernandez, who attended an information seminar for attorneys Wednesday night at the Belo Mansion in Dallas.

The Hispanic Bar says all kinds of lawyers are needed, not just family law and immigration attorneys. It anticipates they'll need lawyers for everything from initial screenings when kids arrive to observe courtroom proceedings to make sure they're fair.

'For us to be involved in law initiatives it's just to be sure that these kids are treated with respect,' said Miguel Enriquez, of Arlington. 'That none of their human rights have been abused.'

Training for volunteering to help starts Friday. Attorneys can sign up for volunteer opportunities at http://dallashispanicbar.com.

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