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October 27, 2017 - Publications

A Celebration that lasts longer than a moment

If ever someone was to question whether attorneys still possess a spirit of pro bono, one needs to look no further than the overwhelming outpour of attorney volunteers in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Over 2,300 lawyers in Texas and around the nation demonstrated their commitment to helping others as they offered their services, including staffing shifts at shelters and fielding questions through the online portal, Texas Legal Answers. As National Pro Bono week comes to an end… More »

October 27, 2017 - Publications

Quality legal services for those who need them most

The Commission’s James B. Sales Boots on the Ground Award recipient, Efrén Olivares shares his childhood experiences as an immigrant that fuel his passion for the work he does with the Texas Civil Rights Project and affirms his strong belief in the life-changing power of pro bono work. More »

October 25, 2017 - Press Release

Firms from across Texas honored as “Champions of Justice”

The Commission kicked off Texas Pro Bono Week during a reception honoring law firms and attorneys who support access to justice efforts in Texas. These firms were recognized for their outstanding support of the Justice for All Campaign, which supports and sustains legal aid programs. This year's Campaign raised more than $1,481,000 from more than 10,000 attorneys across Texas who made a voluntary Access to Justice contribution.  More »

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

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 »

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