A Champion of Justice is a Lawyer who won't give up on someone because they are poor. John Paul Jones sums up what a Champion is: "I have not yet begun to fight!"
The legitimacy of our legal system depends on courts being open to everyone—not just technically, but truly. Lawyers who facilitate access for those without deep pockets, therefore, serve all of us, not only their clients; they merit our thanks and our support.
Individual rights mean little without access to the system that protects and enforces them. I am a proud supporter of the effort to give that access to all Texans.
It is easy to romanticize poverty, to see the disadvantaged as inherently lacking agency and will. It is easy to strip them of human dignity, to reduce them to objects of pity. This has never been the mission of Texas Access to Justice Champions.
I am proud to sponsor ATJ. It is our duty to help make a life-changing difference to the elderly, veterans, victims of domestic violence, families at risk and the needy among others. We have a duty to help our most vulnerable citizens across Texas.
I think it is important to help level the playing field for those without the resources to have their day in court. As our lives becomes more and more intertwined with technology and global commerce, the need to access the legal system takes on added importance.
Access to Justice is exactly that – assisting those that cannot help themselves by offering the legal guidance that everyone deserves. I’m proud to personally support this effort and, in some small part, expand that access to those that need it most.
Being a Champion of Justice is one small way to help bridge the unprecedented funding gap currently facing the legal aid community. No one should be denied justice because of lack of means. Please join. You too can change lives.
Access to justice and to an attorney is one of the cornerstones of a democracy. There can be no Justice For All without Access to Justice For All.
The real champions of justice are the men and women who work hard every day to provide all Texans access to our justice system. I'm proud to support their efforts.
The Rule of Law to which we as lawyers and judges are committed demands no less than our best efforts to reduce the extraordinary lack of access to justice which prevails among the poorer members of our society.
Champions of Justice give a voice to those who are hesitant to speak for themselves in intimidating and often life-threatening situations. I'm grateful I've had the opportunity to help them gain their voices.
The people of Texas deserve access to the justice system regardless of their means. The Foundation plays an important role in opening doors that would otherwise be closed. I am proud to support their work.
We need to ensure that justice is not reserved for the prosperous and powerful—that all Texans have equal access to justice. By being a champion of justice, I know I am helping put pro bono resources where they are needed most.
All Texans should have access to civil legal services. For some, there are no legal services available in their area or if there are, they cannot afford it. Access to Justice brings legal services to these Texans and many others who are in need.
Access to justice is ensuring that the 7th Amendment of the Constitution has true meaning, that everyone has a right to a trial by jury and that the right is not impeded by money.
"There is much right with our beautiful world, but there is also much wrong. Champions of Justice is an easy way to begin to address the injustices in our world. Texas can be a better place for ALL!"
It is a privilege to support access to justice because it funds legal assistance to individuals and families who cannot afford competent counsel to resolve their critical legal needs and matters.
Access to representation is a fundamental right for all; those of us fortunate to provide representation know this, and we can and should help those less fortunate have a voice.
"Equal access to the courts is necessary in a fair society with respect for the rule of law. Otherwise, the American ideal that we are all created equal remains theoretical."
Implicit in the Lawyers’ oath to uphold the Law is giving all persons, regardless of means, the protection afforded by the Law. Providing Access to Justice is an important way that we, as Lawyers, can provide that protection to others.
Access to Justice affords everyone an equal opportunity to pursue justice.
Being a champion for justice means putting your money where your mouth is. It’s not just endorsing ‘justice for all’—it’s working to make it happen.
To seek justice is a fundamental human right, and economic circumstances should never prevent someone from access to our legal system. That’s why I’m pleased and honored to be able to support this valuable work on behalf of low-income Texans.
"As a lawyer, I have always been frustrated when I hear about a person who was taken advantage of, or had some issue in life that a lawyer could have helped them with but they didn't get the help because they couldn't afford a lawyer. Champions of Justice is a good solution to that problem."
Supporting access to justice is important to me because I think our society must rely on the rule of law not the rule of brute force or power. Access to justice helps achieve a fair and peaceful society.
I champion for justice for all Texans because who else will speak for them!
Access to justice is one of the most important rights Americans have. Attorneys play a vital role in the justice system, and should do all they can to help low-income Texans exercise their rights.
We are blessed to be subject to the world's preeminent system of civil justice. I consider it a privilege to help support access to that system for those who would otherwise face difficulty due to their circumstances.
I support the mission of the Texas Access to Justice Commission because without adequate access to justice for all of us, I don’t think we can ever truly have justice for any of us.
The Champions for Justice program offers an enduring investment in lives changed by lawyers who help make the promises of the rule of law real to those in need of basic civil legal services. The rewards of participation far exceed the costs.
Having access to justice to me means everyone (whether poor or rich, educated or not) can look to the legal system for a fair and just treatment of any legal matter in which he or she is involved.
"I support Access to Justice because all Texans deserve to have their legal issues taken seriously and resolved fairly."
All Texans should have access to justice, regardless of economic background or circumstances. Champions of Justice can help make that happen.
Access to justice for all is a cornerstone foundation of the American system of law. It is of paramount importance that this principle remains in place for generations to come with the continuing support of the American legal community.
I am proud to be a Champion of Justice. Every attorney in this State should be Champion of Justice because we have an intimate knowledge of how important it is to have access to justice.
I am delighted and honored that the blessings I have received as a lawyer can be shared with the less fortunate citizens of Texas.
"Supporting access to justice is an essential obligation of the legal profession.”
Growing up in a North Carolina mill village, I witnessed injustices that occurred simply because the courthouse doors were closed to the disadvantaged. Those lessons have driven my efforts to open those doors and insure they remain open.
I support access to justice because it's the right thing to do. There are few rights so basic as the right to have one's voice heard in the legal system. I'm happy to do my own small part to safeguard that right.
Access to justice means that no matter where someone comes from—no matter societal status, income, background—he or she can obtain justice through Texas courts. As lawyers, if we don’t preserve that access to justice for all walks of life, nobody else will.
There is no true justice until everyone has access to our justice system.
"I am a bankruptcy lawyer, but I often see people even I can’t help. I am happy to support a statewide effort that can provide that help."
Justice should not be available to simply the affluent - justice should be available to all. Is that not what we were taught growing up? Is that not what we claim every time we pledge allegiance to our country?
Meaningful access to our judicial system should not be the exclusive preserve of the wealthy. We have an obligation to ensure that every person, regardless of circumstance, may find dignity and justice through the law that binds us all.
As attorneys we have an obligation and duty to make our legal system available to all citizens regardless of their ability to pay. I am happy to help fulfil this duty.
The Champions of Justice Society does great work in supporting lawyers who provide access to justice for low-income Texans.
I support the Texas Access to Justice Commission because high-quality legal representation should be a right afforded to everyone, equally, instead of a luxury afforded to only a privileged few.
I believe it is vital for a society that aspires to be just, to do all that is possible to make sure its citizens have access to justice.
Our justice system operates at its best when all members of the community have access to the information, advice, and advocacy that they need, and believe that the courts are open to them.
It means that I am able to help those in need. As a bilingual attorney and mediator, even if a person does not hire me, I will always provide options for their particular circumstances. My clients always know I have their best interest at heart.
"Having access to justice is the hallmark which gives those in our society the ability to pursue the truth, speak their voice, and right their wrongs."
By supporting Access to Justice, you help assure “Liberty and Justice for All.
Being a Champion of Justice is a great honor and a noble cause in standing up for those Texans who are weak, disenfranchised or cannot help themselves.
Supporting access to justice is crucial to making justice for all a reality.
Our pledge of allegiance’s “and justice for all” has been one of our most important aspirations in the building of our great democracy. Access to justice will be a lost dream, if our profession does not commit to it politically, professionally and financially.
"My firm and I feel privileged and honored to support so worthy a program as the Champion of Justice Society. Champions open courthouses and give legal services for so many people with true needs."
I have the wonderful opportunity to give back by providing those in need with access to a judicial system that can be daunting and prohibitively expensive. It is my sincere hope that each contribution can make a difference in the lives of others.
Access to Justice is the enemy of corruption, discrimination, and impunity. It separates America from the rest of the world. We should foster it, protect it at all costs, and always celebrate its importance in our profession.
I champion for justice to help those who may otherwise lack access to meaningful appellate review. Pro bono lawyers can make all the difference for those with cases on appeal.
"Making access to justice resonate globally, regardless of culture, is a universal goal. As a board-certified attorney and interculturalist, I understand the value of cultural competency when encountering different expectations of justice."
Access to justice is a prerequisite for a law abiding society. Lack of access causes unfair outcomes, loss of faith in the system, disrespect for the laws, and can eventually result in breakdown of societal mores.
“Fairness” is perhaps the most fundamental value in my life. But without reasonable access to justice, fairness is missing in too many lives. Contributing to justice programs—whether with money or talent—is one way I can express that value.
I was the kid who got indignant when someone was wronged or my own voice wasn't heard. And that's what access to justice is about - creating a system where wrongs are righted and everyone's voice is heard.
"I support the Texas Access to Justice Commission which expands access to justice in civil legal matters for low-income Texans because those Texas citizens may have no access to justice and no voice without our funding."
Some of your best moments as a lawyer occur when you help someone who does not have the resources to help themselves.
Justice is not free. It's fought for and earned. And it must be protected.
We must remain strongly committed to guaranteeing all litigants access to the courts and that indigent litigants not be blocked by financial burdens. Access to justice cannot be a commodity available only to those who can afford it.
Our judicial system is based on the right of all citizens to use the legal system. Until that day arrives, every Texas attorney must do his part to get us closer to that goal. I consider it an honor and a privilege to be a Sustaining Member.
I am grateful for the opportunities I have had as an attorney and know that my life could have turned out differently without the gifts I have received. Being a Champion of Justice is a painless way to pay back part of that debt.
Lawyers uniquely understand the importance of access to justice and should generously support the programs of the Texas Access to Justice Commission.