• Awards

In the News

To set up an interview with a representative of the Texas Access to Justice Commission, or to find out more about the organization, please contact Liza Levine, Director of Development and Communication, at 512.427.1892.

August 28, 2014
Local bar leaders, associations recognized for improving legal assistant to poor Texans

September 10, 2013
Governor Perry Names Hecht as Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court - Office of the Governor Rick Perry

August 1, 2013
Commission honors organizations working to improve access to legal services - Memorial Examiner, The Woodlands

April 23, 2013
Access to Justice Dinner - Austin American Statesman

Newsmakers: Stewart Gagnon, Jim Harrington to receive awards - Texas Lawyer - Texas Parte Blog

April 15, 2013
Chief Justice: Delay Action on Bill Limiting Pro Se Divorce Forms - Texas Lawyer

April 13, 2013
Federal cuts risk civil legal aid for poor people - The Monitor

March 27, 2013
Legal aid needs unmet in Texas - San Antonio Express-News Editorial Board

March 19, 2013
Texas Tech law students provide free legal services to underserved for spring break - Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

March 13, 2013
Heed Jefferson's call to keep Texas Courts accessible - Austin American Statesman

March 12, 2013
Law Students Swap Out Sun & Fun for Helping Others - Big Country - Abilene

March 12, 2013
College law students in Abilene area this week to provide pro bono service - Abilene Reporter News

March 11, 2013
Fight Over Family Law Forms Moves to Legislature - Texas Lawyer

February 24, 2013
Money running out for legal aid in Texas - Houston Chronicle

February 21, 2013
Commission and Foundation announce possible remedies for the legal aid funding shortfall creating risks for low-income Texans and the state - TexasBar Blog

February 20, 2013
Lawmakes and Judge Push for Legal Aid Funding - The Texas Tribune

Legal (Aid) Plea...Lawmakers Asked to Maintain Funding for Access to Basic Civil Services - Quorum Report

Legislative plan to boost funding for Texas legal aid revealed - Austin Business Journal

Stabbing Victim Margarita Sanchez Credits Legal Aid with Saving Her Life at Austin Press Conference Today - Houston Press Blog

February 8, 2013
Divorce forms will burden lower courts with teaching litigants the legal system - OpEd by Diana Friedman, Houston Chronicle

February 7, 2013
Court-approved legal forms for the poor help ensure promise of justice for all Court's ruling on divorce forms stokes legal debate - OpEd by Harry M. Reasoner, Houston Chronicle

January 24, 2013
Texas Supreme Court offers do-it-yourself forms - Victoria Advocate

January 4, 2012
Newsmakers: Austin legislator, attorney recognized for legislative efforts improving access to justice - Tex Parte Blog

December 28, 2012
Newsmakers - High court reappoints three to Texas Access to Justice Commission, one to State Commission on Judicial Conduct - Texas Parte Blog

December 12, 2012
On the Threshold: On Brink of Record-Setting Tenure, Justice Talks Tort Reform, Judicial Elections and Court Evolution - Texas Lawyer

December 6, 2012
Baylor Law School gets $10,000 grant for veterans clinic - Waco Tribune-Herald

November 12, 2012
Veterans Day - Letter to the Editor by Justice Nathan Hecht - Houston Chronicle

October 8, 2012
Representative Otto Named Legislative Hero - The Eastex Advocate

July 27, 2012
Local Group Wins Legal Awards - Midland Reporter-Telegram

May 2, 2012

Admiral McRaven Speaks at "Champions of Justice event - YNN

Bin Laden Take-Down Leader Speaks at UT - KXAN.com

Admiral William McRaven speaks at Gala to raise money for returning Texas Veterans - Daily Texan

May 1, 2012

Year after leading bin Laden mission Admiral speaks at Veterans Fundraiser - Austin American Statesman

Helpful Options for Veterans - MyFoxAustin - Fox News

February 25, 2012
Pitts presented with Texas Access to Justice Legislative Hero Award - Waxahachie Newspaper

February 16, 2012
Legal Aid Honor Goes to Duncan - LubbockOnline - Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

February 8, 2012
No Money? Thinking You Can't Get Legal Help? - Victoria Advocate

February 7, 2012
Corporate Counsels Increase Pro Bono and Pressure Outside Firms to Do So, Too - The Texas Lawbook

Feb. 2, 2012
Panel Drafts Forms for Do-It-yourself Divorce - KUT Radio - Austin

February 1, 2012
State Considering Standardized Form for Simpler Divorces - Waco Tribune-Herald

January 30, 2012
Court Won't Suspend Task Force's Work on Pro Se Divorce Forms - Texas Lawyer

January 28, 2012
Do-It-Yourself Litigants Need Help - San Antonio Express-News

January 26, 2012
Texas High Court Moves Forward to Create Divorce Forms - KDAF-TV

January 25, 2012
"Divorce Form" Question Worries Family Law Attorneys - WOAI News Radio 1200

January 25, 2012
Easier Divorces? - KTSM News Channel 9 - El Paso

January 25, 2012
Divorce Forms A Step Closer to Reality - KXAN, NBC-TV Austin

January 25, 2012
Texas High Court Moves Forward to Create Divorce Forms - Texas Tribune

January 24, 2012
Some Family Lawyers Oppose Creating Divorce Forms - Texas Tribune

January 20, 2012
State Bar of Texas Board Votes to Ask Supreme Court to Suspend Work of Task Force - TexParte Blog

January 16, 2012
Draft Forms for Pro Se Divorce Litigants Create Controversy - Texas Lawyer

November 15, 2011
University of Houston Law School Student Receives Honor - UHLC In the News

November 14, 2011
The Law School and Robert Brothers, '11, honored by awards from Texas Access to Justice Commission - UT Law - Alumni News

June 7, 2011
Late push may save legal aid programs  - Austin American-Statesman

June 6, 2011
Amendment could restore funding for indigent legal services; House to hear committee version of bill Thursday - Tex Parte Blog

June 2, 2011
Supreme Court Justices Plead for Legal Aid Dollars - The Texas Tribune

June 2, 2011
Court Urges Budget Allocation for Legal-Aid for Poor - Analysis offered to Senator West at his request - Texas Supreme Court Advisory

June 2, 2011
Justices Jefferson and Hecht Plead for Law Makers to Fund Legal Aid Programs - Quorum Report

April 5, 2011
Interns help underprivileged - The Daily Cougar - University of Houston

April 1, 2011
Editorial: House should back new revenue source for legal aid - Dallas Morning News

March 15, 2011
Funding a way to justice for all - Fort Worth Star-Telegram

February 16, 2011
Advocates: Texas budget slashes legal aid for poor - Houston Chronicle

February 16, 2011
Jurists, Lawmakers, Lawyers: Aid Funds Running Out - Texas Tribune

February 16, 2011
More money sought to help cover legal expenses for Texas' poor. - Dallas Morning News

February 16, 2011
Higher fees could fill legal aid shortfall:" Bills seek to boost court filing fees for lawsuits, document filings, foreclosures. - Austin American Statesman

February 1, 2011
Shell Oil Company Wins Magna Stella Pro Bono Award - Inside Counsel

February 2011
Marc Vockell Named Board President of Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas - The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel

January 28, 2011
Desperate times - State cuts to legal aid put families at deadly risk. And that's just the half of it. - Houston Chronicle

January 20, 2011
Legal aid funding must be maintained - San Antonio Express News

January 3, 2011
Perfect storm hits legal aid - National Law Journal

November 1, 2010
State Sen. Hinojosa names 'Legislative Hero' by TAJCF - Edinburg Review

October 31, 2010
Justice Hecht presents 'Legislative Hero' award to Senator Hinojosa - Rio Grande Guardian

October 28, 2010
Texas Highlights Pro Bono Work This Week - Tyler Morning Telegraph Online

October 12, 2010
Hecht: Economy hinders offering legal aid to Texans in need - Austin American Statesman

October 8, 2010
Texas' legal aid system needs help - San Antonio Business Journal

October 7, 2010
Law School wins award for service excellence - The Baylor Lariat

October 7, 2010
Senator Steve Ogden honored with Texas Access to Justice Legislative Hero Award - Teague Chronicle

October 6, 2010
Newly released poverty figures bring new urgency to the need to adequate funding for the Texas legal aid system - Commercial Recorder (Fort Worth, Texas)

October 6, 2010
Texas State Senator Steve Ogden honored with Legislative Hero Justice award - Groesbeck Journal (Groesbeck, Texas)

September 30, 2010
Sen. Steve Ogden recognized for efforts to improve access to justice - Houston County Courier (Crockett, Texas)

September 29, 2010
A Need For Those in Need - The Fredericksburg Standard Radio Post

September 28, 2010
Adequate funding needed for Texas legal aid system - Waxahachie Daily light

September 27, 2010
Struggling Texans need legal aid by Justice Nathan L. Hecht - Special to the San Antonio Express News

September 27, 2010
Struggling Texans need access to legal system - Corpus Christi Caller-Times

September 26, 2010
AID: Poor Texans need legal access - Houston Chronicle

September 26, 2010
Senator Ogden to be honored - Grapeland Messenger (Grapeland, Texas)

September 26, 2010
Raise in rate of poverty shows need to bolster state legal aid - Amarillo Globe News

September 25, 2010
Adequate funding needed for Texas legal aid system - Fort Worth Business Press

September 25, 2010
Newly released poverty figures bring new urgency to the need for adequate funding for the Texas legal aid system - Gilmer Mirror (Gilmer, Texas)

September 22, 2010
Texans who live in poverty deserve help with legal issues by Justice Nathan L. Hecht - Fort Worth Star-Telegram

September 22, 2010
Newly released poverty figures bring new urgency for adequate funding for Texas legal system - Tribune-Progress (Bartlett, Texas)
August 2, 2010
Attorneys awarded for pro bono work - Midland Reporter Telegram

August 2, 2010
Karen Lukin receives the Texas Access to Justice Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Award - Texas Lawyer

July 30, 2010
Hall gets second term with TAJC - Mid-Valley Town Crier

July 26, 2010
Representative Pete P. Gallego is awarded the Texas Access to Justice Legislative Hero Award - Van Horn Advocate

July 26, 2010
Gallego honored with award - The Fort Stockton Pioneer

July 23, 2010
Keul Appointed To Be Commissioner on Texas Access to Justice Commission - TylerPaper.com/Tyler Morning Telegraph

July 22, 2010
Texas Representative Receives First Texas Access to Justice Legislative Hero Award - TexasBarBlog

July 22, 2010
Legal foundation honors Gallego with Legislative Hero Award - The Big Bend Sentinel

July 16, 2010
Gallego to be named Legislative Hero Saturday - Del Rio News-Herald

June 20, 2010
Do-It-Yourself Legal Work On The Rise Tyler Morning-Telegraph

June 16, 2010
Dallas' Dick Sayles Mentors Attorneys at Statewide Conference dBusinessNews

May 19, 2010
Ouisa D. Davis: Veterans, families can access legal services El Paso Times

May 19, 2010
Programs providing legal services to the poor escape budget cuts - Texas Lawyer TexParte Blog

May 7, 2010
Gala raises funding for veterans' legal services - Texas Lawyer - TexParte Blog

April 13, 2010
"Going it Alone" an article on self-represented litigants TexasTribune.org

April 8, 2010
Blog - Dallas event addresses civil-court legal aid for people who cannot afford to hire a lawyer Dallas Morning News

April 8, 2010
Texas Access to Justice Commission to hold Gala for Veterans TexasBar Blog

April 7, 2010
Wilson and Kern participate in statewide symposium   The Fort Bend/Southwest Star

April 5, 2010
Rowlett attorney honored by the Texas Access to Justice Commission Star Local News

April 1, 2010
An op-ed piece by Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson and Commission Chair Harry M. Reasoner about helping self-represented litigants. Published in the Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star-TelegramHouston Chronicle

 February 15, 2010
"Funds on the Chopping Block" Texas Lawyer

January 12, 2010
"Evening with the Chief" - a fundraising event and more TexParte Blog

January 2010
Speaker Straus Receives Star of Justice award Texas Bar Journal

December 7, 2009
"Need is up, funding plummets for legal aid" Washington Post

November 25, 2009
Granger’s Brosch honored for commitment to legal services – Taylor Daily Press 

November 16, 2009
St. Mary’s earns 2009 Law School Service Award – San Antonio Business Journal

November 2, 2009
Law in the Public Interest University of Texas School of Law Feature Story

September 2009
Harry M. Reasoner - Lifetime Achiever American Lawyer Media

October 28, 2009
"Celebrating Pro Bono" by Roland K. Johnson Focus Daily News, Desoto, Texas

October 27, 2009
"Calling more lawyers for pro bono work" by Roland Johnson River Cities Daily Tribune (Marble Falls, Texas)

October 23, 2009
Wentworth lauded for helping the poor – San Antonio Express-News

October 21, 2009
Legal aid interns get experience, insight Fort Worth Star Telegram

May 29, 2009
Event Raises $300,000 for Texas Access to Justice Austin Business Journal

April 9, 2009
"O'Neill: Don't let the legal aid safety net unravel" Austin American Statesman

April 5, 2009
Local Lawyer Gets 'Pro Bono Champion' Nod Midland Reporter-Telegram

April 4, 2009
"Texas' legal aid system is at risk of collapsing" by Justice Harriet O'Neill - Corpus Christi Caller-Times

April 1, 2009
"Texas must save legal aid program" by Justice Harriet O'Neill Amarillo Globe News

March 27, 2009
"Legal aid funding vital to at-risk Texans" by Justice Harriet O'Neill San Antonio Express-News

March 19, 2009
Courthouse access crucial to the poor San Antonio Express-News

March 10, 2009
Funding crisis cuts legal aid in Texas El Paso, Inc.

February 18, 2009
Review the latest media coverage concerning the Access to Justice press conference

January 2, 2009
Op-ed by Justice Harriet O'Neill, Legal aid is crucial to a fair system San Antonio Express News

P.O. Box 12487 Austin, Texas 78711 toll-free 800.204.2222 x1855 email atjmail@texasbar.com
Privacy Policy | © 2014 Texas Access to Justice Commission, All rights reserved. | Site by Zocalo Design.