News Release

Texas Access to Justice Foundation
February 28, 2012

Awards Presented to Laredo Judges and Lawyers During Historic Texas Supreme Court Visit

AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas Access to Justice Foundation will honor several Laredo judges and lawyers on Feb. 28, at approximately 6:45 p.m. at the LaPosada Hotel for outstanding pro bono efforts benefiting the local community.   The Pro Bono Star Awards will be presented by the Supreme Court of Texas, in conjunction with their historic visit to hear oral agruments in Laredo. 

Those receiving recognition for their support of the local Social Justice Night Court program, a successful pro bono court where litigants are represented by pro bono attorneys in uncontested civil cases, include:

  • Judge Oscar J. Hale, Jr. 406th District Court
  • Judge Joe Lopez, 49th District Court
  • Judge Monica N. Notzon, 111th District Court
  • Judge Elma Teresa Salinas Ender, 341st District Court
  • Judge Jesus "Chuy" Garza, County Court At Law No. 2
  • Judge Alvino "Ben" Morales, County Court at Law  No. 1
  • Esther Degollado, District Clerk

Local attorneys receiving the Pro Bono Star Award for outstanding pro bono efforts that benefit the local community include:

  • Jose L. Arce, II
  • Martha Cigarroa de Llano
  • Richard Gonzalez
  • Israel M. Reyna
  • Luciano Adrian Rodriguez

“Pro bono work is increasingly important as we find ways to join together in helping the millions of Texans who cannot afford basic legal services,” said Texas Supreme Court Justice Nathan L. Hecht, the court’s liaison for access to justice issues.   “As the number of those in need increases, and our legal aid funding sources decrease, pro bono efforts are tremendously vital to delivering access to justice to all, not just for those who can afford it.” 

Visit to Local Legal Aid Office

In addition to the Pro Bono Star Award presentations, the justices of the Supreme Court of Texas will be visiting the local office of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid on Wednesday, Feb. 29 at approximately 1 p.m., following their oral arguments that morning at Texas A&M International University.

Legal aid organizations funded by the Texas Access to Justice Foundation help more than 120,000 low-income Texas families each year with their civil legal needs. Yet, for every person who is helped with legal aid, a qualifying Texan is denied assistance due to a lack of resources. Currently, only one legal aid lawyer is available to provide assistance for every 11,152 Texans who qualify.

# # #

The Texas Access to Justice Foundation (www.teajf.org), created by the Supreme Court of Texas in 1984, is the leading state-based funding source for the provision of civil legal aid in Texas. The organization is committed to the vision that all Texans will have equal access to justice, regardless of their income. The Foundation administers a variety of funding sources, which are earmarked to assist nonprofit organizations in providing legal aid to approximately 120,000 Texans each year.

 


 

 

 

Recent News

 

July 28, 2017

TAJF Is Hiring an Accountant & Compliance Specialist

June 6, 2017

First National Bank of Aspermont Joins Prime Partner Program

May 4, 2017

New Jamail Endowment Supports Legal Services for Veterans

March 29, 2017

Many sexual assault survivors unaware free legal help is available - by Justice Eva Guzman Austin American-Statesman

March 21, 2017

Texas Legal Hotline Available for Survivors of Sexual Assault 

March 3, 2017

New applicants for 2017 TAJF grants must submit a Letter of Intent to Apply - By March 31 

Feb. 17, 2017

Student Loan Repayment Assistance Program application process opens- Deadline March 27 

Dec. 4, 2016

TAJF: Your Return on Investment - A year-end snapshot 

Nov. 4, 2016

Nov. 6-12 is Texas Veterans Legal Aid Week   

Oct. 25, 2016

TAJF Luncheon Kicks Off Pro Bono Week: ATJ Community Honors Legislative Heroes  

Sept. 19, 2016

Carlos M. Zaffirini, Jr., Apppointed to TAJF Board of Directors  

Sept. 14, 2016

TAJF Names 2016 Equal Justice Works Fellows

Aug. 22, 2016

Parenting Order Legal Line: Increasing Parenting Time for the Benefit of Children - ABA Dialogue 

Aug. 10, 2016

Legal aid groups aid to help poor families make smart decisions - KERA 

July 8, 2016

Help for sexual assault survivors - Corpus Christi Caller-Times  

July 8, 2016

One reason so many veterans are homeless? They can't afford lawyers. - Washington Post

June 6, 2016

Investing in Justice: Legal Aid for Survivors of Sexual Assault. - Philanthropy Southwest

May 19, 2016

Undue process: Poor people lose homes, children and money without a lawyer - Salon.com

May 18, 2016

Military Sexual Assault Victims Discharged After Filing Complaints - Time 

May 9, 2016

Rape survivors on a mission to help others... - Dallas Morning News  

 

More news

© 2017 Texas Access to Justice Foundation