Michael R. Scotch
CORPUS CHRISTI — Legal matters can be hard to understand, but general practice attorney Daniel Covich explained it to his 7- and 8-year-old children in simple terms.
"I'm going today to help people," he told them.
Covich always hated bullies and became a lawyer to help people get justice, he said. He volunteers his skills to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to help even more.
For his service as co-chairman of the legal redress committee, Covich received a National Foot Soldiers in the Sands award, which recognizes attorneys' volunteer work for the NAACP, at the national convention in July.
"He is very passionate about civil rights," said Terry Mills, local NAACP chapter president. "He is very charismatic. He knows what he is doing."
Covich was working in Houston when he met and befriended Texas NAACP President Gary Bledsoe. Covich became a life member of NAACP and has served on the redress board for several years. The board reviews possible cases to determine if they involve civil rights issues.
"Anything that involves taking away a person's rights without due process," he explained.
Working with Bledsoe, Covich started the ball rolling for the NAACP to file predatory lending suits against several major mortgage companies accusing the lenders of placing minority borrowers in higher interest rate loans than equally qualified majority borrowers living in the same area.
"We saw the harm; we saw what was going on," Covich said.
Parents paying hundreds more in interest a month might not be able to help their children go to college, Covich said, remembering how hard his parents worked to help him through college.
A partner at Webb, Cason& Covich, he also teaches business law and paralegal studies at Del Mar College and makes sure his students understand business contracts.
"When documents are handed to us to buy a car or rent an apartment, all too often we don't feel like we can ask the question, 'What does this mean?'" Covich said. "Just that moment, that question, can make a big difference."
Despite all his paid work, Covich makes himself available to answer NAACP legal questions, said Robert Lydia, NAACP national board of directors member.
"He never turns down an email or a phone call," Lydia said. "He has made himself available to so many people, and he goes out and grabs the fight."
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DANIEL COVICH HONORED BY NAACP