Please help kids like Regan.
Once a year, as part of dues renewal with the State Bar of Texas, we ask Texas attorneys to donate $150 to the Justice for All Campaign. The 2016 campaign raised more than $1.3 million from 8 percent of licensed Texas attorneys. If every Texas attorney gave the suggested $150, giving would total nearly $15 million. Justice for All Campaign results for 2017 will be available mid-September.
Your voluntary, tax-deductible donation supports legal services to the poor through grants distributed by the Texas Access to Justice Foundation and the Texas Bar Foundation. More than 30 nonprofit organizations—volunteer lawyers programs, legal aid offices, law school clinics, local bar association projects, and family violence shelters—put these dollars to work in your community.
Your contribution makes a life-changing difference:
- $150 can help a special needs child get the education she deserves
- $250 can protect an elderly woman from a consumer scam
- $500 can preserve housing for a person living with disabilities
- $1,000 can cover an entire legal aid case for a family
- $5,000 can give life-saving assistance to victims of domestic violence
Members of the public and attorneys working at firms or entities that participate in the State Bar's firm billing process who may not receive a dues statement can make their contribution on our Donate page.
Access to Justice Contribution = Justice for All Campaign
This year’s campaign is highlighting the impact of Justice for All in your community. Your gift takes words from the pledge, Justice for All, and brings these words to life for income eligible people with urgent civil legal needs, like Regan.
Justice for All Families Coping with Medical Problems
Regan was born with spina bifida, a disabling medical condition that necessitates her use of a power wheelchair for mobility. Morgan's rehabilitation team conducted a wheelchair evaluation and determined that she requires a custom power wheelchair with integrated standing feature. Her request was denied based upon a policy that excluded this type of wheelchair. Regan filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the legality of this policy. Following the district court's directive to reconsider Regan's medical need for this wheelchair, her custom power wheelchair with integrated standing feature was finally approved in 2013. In her mid-twenties, Regan now has the ability to independently stand using the recommended wheelchair and can perform activities of daily living that were not possible with her previous wheelchair. Equally important, Regan can independently stand to relieve pain, reduce pressure and address the numerous medical conditions she faces due to prolonged sitting in a wheelchair each day.
Champion of Justice Firm Competition
Today, many firms pay dues electronically for all their attorneys without the attorney ever seeing their individual dues statement. Before the creation of this electronic process, dues statements were mailed directly to lawyers, who could see the option of making the suggested $150 Access to Justice Contribution. The streamlined process resulted in a dramatic decrease in contributions. Out of this need, the Champions of Justice Firm Competition was born.
Last year, firms across the state demonstrated strong support for access to justice in Texas and contributed more than $170,000 to the Justice for All Campaign. Campaign funds go to civil legal aid organizations throughout the state that work tirelessly to ensure the voices of our most vulnerable Texans are heard.
The Firm Competition takes place in April of each year. Firms with the highest overall contribution or the highest overall percentage of contributing attorneys will be recognized in the Texas Bar Journal and at the Justice for All reception in October. Winners will be determined after July 31, allowing ample time for contributions to be made. Check out our “How It Works” guide. For more information or to participate, contact Catherine Galloway.
Champion of Justice Society
Special recognition is due to those attorneys that exceed the suggested donation. The Texas Access to Justice Commission created the Champion of Justice Society for those who wish to show their strong support of access to justice by making contributions of $250 or more. For 2016, Society members have given more than $160,000 in support of access to justice, with another $36,000 in in promised contributions for future years. Together, these Champions of Justice fund the equivalent of more than three full time legal aid staff attorneys. For more information, visit the Champion of Justice Society page.
Become part of the growing ATJ Community and make a contribution today (download a contribution form):
- Send a personal or business check made payable to “SBOT-ATJ Fund” and mail it to the Texas Access to Justice Commission, 1414 Colorado, 4th Fl., Austin, Texas 78701;
- Contribute online – through the Commission’s donation page or the State Bar of Texas ‘MyBarPage’; or
- Include your contribution when paying your annual State Bar dues through the State Bar of Texas Firm Billing process or using paper renewal statement (contact the Membership Department - Sandy Gavin).