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January 03, 2018 - Press Release

Texas Governor appoints Andrew Oldham to the Commission

Andrew Oldham, General Counsel to the Governor, has been appointed by the Texas Governor as liaison to the Commission. Oldham advises the Governor on a range of issues under federal and state law, manages litigation in which the Governor is an interested party, and serves as a frequent lecturer on matters involving the rule of law, the U.S. Constitution, administrative law, federal courts, and federalism. “Mr. Oldham is a brilliantly talented lawyer and has experience at many levels of both state and federal governments. We look forward to his contributions on achieving access to justice in Texas,” said Harry M. Reasoner, chair of the Texas Access to Justice Commission.  More »

November 20, 2017 - Press Release

UNT Dallas College of Law Soaks up the Spotlight

The Commission presented John VanBuskirk, a third-year law student enrolled at the UNT Dallas College of Law, with the Law Student Pro Bono Award, and UNT Dallas College of Law Dean Royal Furgeson was presented the Law School Commitment to Service Award on behalf of the law school during the New Lawyer Induction Ceremony in Austin. 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 »

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 »

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