The Texas Access to Justice Commission announced last week that Slack & Davis is one of the winning law firms in its second annual Access to Justice (ATJ) Campaign. The 2013 campaign raised more than $1 million for Texas Legal Aid.
The ATJ Law Firm Campaign involved more than 120 firms throughout Texas. Attorneys were encouraged to make the suggested $150 Access to Justice Contribution on their State Bar of Texas dues statement. Winning firms (“Champions of Justice”) were selected in two categories: highest overall contribution and the percentage of attorneys within the firm that contributed.
The Commission will be presenting awards to the winning firms at a cocktail reception in Austin on October 21.
This year the ATJ campaign raised more than $1 million for legal aid. Nearly six million people qualify for civil legal aid in Texas, but due to a lack of resources only 20-25% of their legal needs can be met. Civil legal aid helps those with critical legal issues, like spouses and children of domestic abuse, elderly citizens who have been denied life-sustaining prescriptions, veterans who are not able to receive critical medical benefits, and families whose homes are facing wrongful foreclosure.
Background: The Texas Access to Justice Commission was created in 2001 by the Supreme Court of Texas to develop and implement policy initiatives designed to expand access to and enhance the quality of justice in civil legal matters for low-income Texans. The Commission has created several initiatives to increase resources and awareness of legal aid. For more information, please visit https:/www.TexasATJ.org.