Leading funding source for legal aid in Texas. With TAJF funding, legal aid organizations provide assistance in civil matters to more than 100,000 low-income Texas families each year.
Primary geographic focus: Texas
Organization type(s): ATJ Initiative, Funder
Acronym or short name: TAJF
Tags: Funding: State & Local
The Texas Access to Justice Foundation is the leading funding source for legal aid in Texas. We are committed to the vision that all Texans, regardless of income, will have equal access to the civil justice system. With TAJF funding, legal aid organizations provide assistance in civil matters to more than 100,000 low-income Texas families each year.
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Legal aid for our veterans: Now it’s our turnNathan L. Hecht, William H. McRaven
November 6, 2015
To help commemorate Veterans Day, legal aid lawyers across the state will hold special clinics and workshops during Texas Veterans Legal Aid Week through Friday to help veterans with legal problems.
Survivors of sexual assault in Texas need access to legal helpEva Guzman
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
April 14, 2016
New program offers legal services to survivors of sexual assault who qualify for legal aid.
Rape survivors on mission to help others through Dallas Catholic Charities programDianne Solis
Dallas Morning News
May 9, 2016
Last year, Catholic Charities was awarded a $150,000 state grant to help immigrant sexual assault victims with therapy and legal aid.
Many sexual assault survivors unaware free legal help is availableEva Guzman
March 29, 2017
With continued financial support from the Texas Legislature, a community of legal advocates across the state will remain available to assist sexual assault survivors with the challenges that lie ahead.
Hurricane Harvey creates huge need for legal aidEva Guzman
Dallas Morning News
October 26, 2017
After an event as catastrophic as Hurricane Harvey, which destroyed property and tore apart lives, legal needs continue for years. For people already stripped of their worldly possessions, more trials are to come. That is where legal aid comes in.
Texas program to provide legal help to veterans goes nationalJeremy Schwartz
November 10, 2017
Texas bar officials are aiming to take the program nationwide and offering their expertise to counterparts in other states. So far, about two dozen states have expressed interest in replicating the Texas program.
Veterans fight for our freedom; it’s time we fight for their legal aidNathan L. Hecht, Donald J. Guter
Victoria Advocate (TX)
November 9, 2018
Texas lawyers and the legal community have a responsibility to help military service members. Legal aid can and does make a difference for veterans.
It’s time to fight for veterans’ legal aidNathan L. Hecht, Donald J. Guter
November 9, 2018
Providing free legal services to qualifying veterans is imperative. We should make a commitment to better the lives of the service men and women who voluntarily risked their lives for our freedom.
A Blank Check for Legal Aid Gets Harder to CashJack Karp
November 26, 2018
IOLTA programs across the country have been a major source of dollars for civil legal aid programs for decades, but anemic interest rates since the financial crash in 2008 have largely drained what was once a much deeper pond.
Letter to Editor
Hecht right to stress the value of legal aidRichard L. Tate
February 12, 2019
By calling for increased funding for legal aid programs serving our most vulnerable citizens — including veterans and survivors of sexual assault, among others—he put a necessary emphasis on the importance of these programs.
Texas veterans deserve fair access to legal helpNathan L. Hecht, Victor Flores
November 10, 2019
Our veterans deserve more than just our applause or gratitude; they deserve our help and our commitment to ensuring that they have access to the resources they need to fully reintegrate into civilian life.
As COVID-19 Layoffs Increase Demand for Legal Aid, Providers Expect Precipitous Funding DropAngela Morris
Texas Lawbook, Law.com
March 25, 2020
Civil legal-aid providers across the country are expecting a flood of Americans to begin qualifying for legal aid because of mass layoffs arising from COVID-19 government shutdowns. Some will face serious legal issues, yet as the demand for legal aid increases, the bottom just dropped out of the legal-aid budget. When the federal government cut interest rates to spur the economy, that also zeroed out the interest rate for Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts, which is the traditional funding source for legal-aid providers.
The Fiscal Crisis Coming For Legal AidJack Karp
April 12, 2020
Texas Legal Aid Providers launch One-Stop-Shop to support rentersOctober 21, 2020
More State Money is Needed to Provide Legal Representation for PoorEditorial Board of Austin American-Statesman
March 30, 2015
The editorial board of the Austin American-Statesman urges the state legislature to increase funding for civil legal services in Texas.
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