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August 01, 2017 - Press Release

Texas Senator Judith Zaffirini Appointed to the Texas Access to Justice Commission

AUSTIN, Texas - Lt. Governor Dan Patrick announced his appointment of Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, to the Texas Access to Justice Commission. Senator Zaffirini will assist the Commission in its efforts to expand civil legal aid resources to low-income Texans. More »

July 31, 2017 - Press Release

Bar leaders, associations celebrated for improving legal assistance to low-income Texans

Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman, liaison to the Texas Access to Justice Commission, presented Pro Bono Service and Deborah G. Hankinson awards on behalf of the Commission on July 29 at the Westin Galleria. Photos of the award recipients are available upon request. Contact Amy Starnes at astarnes@texasbar.com. More »

July 26, 2017 - Publications

Joe Jamail Endowment Aims to Support Free Legal Services for Texas Veterans

To honor Joe Jamail’s legacy, his commitment to justice and his commitment to veterans, I have worked with the Texas Access to Justice Foundation (TAJF) to launch the Joe Jamail Endowment for Veteran Legal Services. The Endowment will ensure that Texas veterans have access to the free legal help they need to successfully integrate back into civilian life and secure the rights and benefits for which they risked their lives. More »

July 14, 2017 - Publications

Back to our roots: The call to social justice

Law students interning with legal aid organizations reflect on their experiences -- and remind us why we went to law school in the first place.  More »

July 14, 2017 - Publications

Impacting Access to Justice One Bill at a Time: Legislative Session Wrap-Up

The 85th Legislative Regular Session ended May 29, but the impact from pro “access-to-justice” bills is just beginning.  More »

July 14, 2017 - Publications

Looking for a good summer read? We've got just the book.

Inspiring. Moving. Infuriating. Motivating. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, a true story written by Bryan Stevenson, manages to inflict all of these feelings and more as one reads about the potential for mercy and redemption in our imperfect justice system. More »

June 27, 2017 - Press Release

New Commissioners Appointed to the Texas Access to Justice Commission

The Supreme Court of Texas and the State Bar of Texas have appointed three new commissioners and reappointed one other member to the Texas Access to Justice Commission. The Supreme Court of Texas appointed new commissioners Luz Herrera, Associate Dean for Experiential Education at Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth and William “Bill” Marple, Director of Pro Bono and Bar Relations, at Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas in Dallas. The State Bar of Texas appointed new commissioner Nicole Voyles, partner at Tindall England, P.C., in Houston, and reappointed Jenny Lee Smith, attorney and counselor at law at Cobb & Counsel, in Austin. These commissioners will assist the Commission in its efforts to expand civil legal aid resources to low-income Texans. More »

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