ATJ Campaign: The voluntary Access to Justice (ATJ) Contribution on the State Bar of Texas Dues Statement provides attorneys with a convenient opportunity to make a contribution to Legal Aid in Texas. The Commission aspires that all Texas attorneys will be Champions of Justice and contribute to the annual ATJ Campaign.
Champion of Justice Society: Individuals who wish to show their strong support of access to justice may contribute at a higher level to become a member of the Champion of Justice Society. Membership is on an annual basis and benefits include: invitation to the Champion of Justice Society annual reception, recognition at the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, the Champion of Justice Society crest displayed next to your name on the State Bar of Texas "Find a Lawyer" page listing, your name listed in an issue of the Texas Bar Journal, and listed in the Commission newsletter and on its website and Facebook page.
Membership levels are as follows:
Sustaining Member ($1,000 per year for 5 years)
Gold Member ($1,000 +)
Silver Member ($500 - $999)
Bronze Member ($250 - $499)
ATJ Campaign Presentations: Representatives from the Commission regularly visit law firms across Texas to provide information about the campaign as well as opportunities for pro bono and financial support. To arrange a presentation at your firm, call 800.204.2222, ext. 1855 or email email@example.com.
To make a contribution by mail:
Download the form. Include your State Bar number and an indication that the payment is for the ATJ contribution.
To see the Supreme Court’s letter on access to justice.
Thousands of needy Texans are turned away from legal aid help due to a lack of resources. A tax-deductible donation supporting legal aid may help an elderly person keep their home, a disabled student fain access to the classroom, or an abused child find safety. Your voluntary tax-deductible donation will be used to support legal services provided to the poor thorugh local programs funded by the Texas Access to Justice Foundation and the Texas Bar Foundation:
- The Texas Access to Justice Foundation (TAJF) was created by the Supreme Court of Texas in 1984. TAJF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, whose mission is to ensure that low-income Texans have access to civil legal services. In addition, through the Texas Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Program, attorneys voluntarily pool the interest earned on trust accounts to provide civil legal services to the poor. TAJF is the largest Texas-based funding source for legal aid in the state. TAJF grantees assist Texas' most vulnerable residents with their basic, critical legal needs in matters such as safety from domestic violence, housing and disability benefits.
- The State Bar of Texas created the Texas Bar Foundation (TBF) in 1965 to "enhance the rule of law and the system of justice" by supporting legal services for the poor, educating the public about their rights and responsibilities under the law, and strengthening the profession and the administration of justice. Funded exclusively by voluntary charitable gifts, in 2012 the TBF awarded over $800,000 in grants and more than $14 million in total since its creation.
- If you are involved in a class action case and are unable to distribute all the funds, consider the Texas Access to Justice Foundation as a cy pres recipient. Cy pres awards are funds in class action cases that, for a variety of reasons, cannot be distributed to class members or beneficiaries who were the intended recipients. Under the cy pres doctrine, courts can distribute these residual funds to appropriate charitable causes.When a cy pres award is channeled to the Foundation, you can rest assured the funds will be used in a manner consistent with the intent of the award. And you can make a significant difference in the lives of Texans who desperately need free civil legal assistance for safety, shelter and peace of mind.