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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 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

June 26, 2017 - Press Release

Commission Honors Dallas Attorney Pamela St. John with the Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Award

The Texas Access to Justice Commission honored Pamela St. John with its Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Award last week during the Business Law and Corporate Counsel CLE and Luncheon, which was held in conjunction with the State Bar of Texas’ Annual Meeting. St. John is an exemplary pro bono leader who has enriched AT&T’s culture of pro bono and continually strives to meet the legal needs of low-income Texans in her community. The award was presented to St. John by Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman, the Court’s liaison to the Texas Access to Justice Commission. St. John designated the Houston Volunteer Lawyers as the recipient of the $2,000 stipend that accompanied the award.  More »


Racial Equity Statement of the Texas Access to Justice Commission

The Texas Access to Justice Commission envisions a justice system that is fair, accessible, transparent, and responsive to the needs and lived realities of the diverse communities it serves regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, faith, immigration status, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity, or financial resources. Read the full statement: More »