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Near the end of 2016, there were 342 Champion of Justice Society members, and this year, there are more than 100. Last year, the Society contributed more than $160,000 in support of access to justice, with another $36,000 in promised contributions for future years. Together, these Champions of Justice fund the equivalent of more than three full-time legal aid staff attorneys.
Our Champion of Justice Society has four giving levels, and membership is on a calendar-year basis. The benefits of each are listed below:
- Guardian member: $1,000 per year for 5 years
All of the Hero benefits plus tickets to the Champion of Justice Gala benefitting Veterans
- Hero member: $1,000 or more
All of the Defender benefits plus your name listed in the Texas Bar Journal and an invitation to the Pro Bono Week Reception in October
- Defender member: $500 - $999
All of the Advocate benefits plus recognition at the Champion of Justice Gala Benefitting Veterans, an invitation to the Access to Justice Reception honoring our Champion of Justice Society members at the State Bar’s Annual Meeting, program insert at Annual Meeting, and a lapel pin.
- Advocate member: $250 - $499
A Champion of Justice Society badge displayed next to your name on the State Bar of Texas "Find a Lawyer" page, a headshot featured in our Champions of Justice gallery, an individual shout out on our Facebook page, Commission Newsletter & camera ready art for your business cards, email, and website
The Commission also holds an annual Champion of Justice Firm Competition, during which firms encourage the individual lawyers within their firm to participate in the Access to Justice Contribution Campaign. This is a fun and energetic way for firms to compete against each other while raising money for a great cause. Although the recognition is for the law firm, it is the individual lawyers within each firm who contribute, not the firm as an entity.
On October 24, the Commission honored 14 firms that had the highest percentage of participation or the highest dollar amount raised during the Firm Competition. These firms were recognized in our newsletter, the Texas Bar Journal, and press releases distributed to media outlets throughout the state. Awards were presented to the firms at the October Pro Bono Week Reception held in Austin.
The Champion of Justice Society and the Champion of Justice Law Firm Awards are the Commission’s way of thanking the attorneys and law firms who champion and support the important work of the legal aid and pro bono providers in our state. Funding for these organizations has declined, while the need for legal aid has dramatically increased. We are very grateful to the members of the legal community who generously step up to help keep our legal system accessible to our most vulnerable Texans.
If you would like to learn more about the Champion of Justice Society or make a donation to support access to justice initiatives in our state, please contact our Development and Communications Manager, Catherine Galloway, at firstname.lastname@example.org. To view a gallery of members, visit our wall of champions.
To learn more about other ways you can support access to justice, visit our Giving Opportunities page.