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February 26, 2016 - Publications

Escaping the Abuse, Starting Again: How Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse Changes Lives

Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA) has been providing direct services to survivors and families who have been victims of domestic violence for more than 36 years. AVDA has the second highest protective order filings in Harris County yet strives to provide not only legal advocacy, but help with other issues that can impact the client’s ability to navigate the legal system and thrive in life... More »

November 30, 2015 - Publications

Speaker Straus Asks to Evaluate Ability of Unrepresented to Access Courts

Speaker Joe Straus recently announced interim charges for the 84th Legislature in the Texas House, including an interim charge put forth by Representative Jessica Farrar that the Texas Access to Justice Commission helped craft regarding self-represented litigants. More »

November 30, 2015 - Publications

Honoring Pro Bono Trailblazers from our Texas Law Schools

On November 16th, at the State Bar’s New Lawyers Induction Ceremony, the Supreme Court of Texas and the Texas Access to Justice Commission presented the Access to Justice Law Student Pro Bono Award to Jason Cohen, Stephanie Ibarra, and Andrea Meza. More »

November 30, 2015 - Publications

Serving Those Who Served: Texas Veterans Legal Aid Week

The Texas Access to Justice Foundation coordinated the second annual Texas Veterans Legal Aid Week (TVLAW), a statewide effort in honor of Veterans Day during the week of Nov. 9-13, to highlight the legal services available to veterans. Legal aid programs, local bar associations, law schools and pro bono private lawyers provided civil legal services for qualified Texas veterans in more than 50 various locations throughout the state. More »

November 16, 2015 - Press Release

Texas Access to Justice Commission Honors Three Individuals, South Texas College of Law for Commitment to Legal Services

The Texas Access to Justice Commission (TAJC) presented the Law Student Pro Bono Awards to Jason Cohen, a recent graduate of SMU Dedman School of Law, Stephanie Ibarra, a second-year law student at Texas Tech University School of Law, and Andrea Meza, a recent graduate of the University of Texas School of Law during the New Lawyers’ Induction Ceremony November 16 in Austin. The Commission also honored the South Texas College of Law with the ATJ Law School Commitment to Service Award. More »

November 12, 2015 - Press Release

Texas Legislature Creates New Way to Transfer Real Property Upon Death

Thanks to the 84th Legislature, Texans have a new, easy way to transfer real property to someone else upon their death. It does not involve going through probate court, which can be a lengthy and costly process. It also allows the owner to keep the exact same rights to the property that they’ve always had while they are alive – they can get the property tax exemption, use it as collateral on a loan, or sell the property as they like. More »

November 06, 2015 - In The Media

Legal Aid for Our Veterans: Now It’s Our Turn

To help celebrate Veterans Day, legal aid lawyers across the state will hold special clinics and workshops during Texas Veterans Legal Aid Week—November 9-13— to help our veterans with legal problems like Alex’s and Roger’s—and so many more. Too many more. More »