News Release

 
October 18, 2018

Representative Oscar Longoria Honored with Texas Access to Justice Legislative Hero Award

AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas Access to Justice Commission and Texas Access to Justice Foundation honored Texas Representative Oscar Longoria at an annual luncheon today as a Texas Access to Justice Legislative Hero for his contributions during the last session of the Texas Legislature.

“As an attorney, Rep. Longoria understands that legal aid is essential for the economically disadvantaged and that having a lawyer can make all the difference in a time of need,” Justice Guzman said. “We’re truly thankful for all the hard work he has put into championing legal aid for all Texans.”

The Texas Access to Justice Commission and Foundation launched the Legislative Hero Award >program in 2010 to recognize legislators who have significantly advanced access to justice in the state, either by assisting with the appropriation of funds and/or other substantive activities related to providing legal aid.

“I believe in making a strong impact on underprivileged Texans who need legal services,” Rep. Longoria said. "I hope to continue to create viable solutions and foster legislation that will positively affect not only the Rio Grande Valley, but all our Texas families and communities.”

Legal aid organizations funded by the Texas Access to Justice Foundation help more than 150,000 low-income Texas families each year; however, only about 10 percent of the civil legal needs of low-income and poor Texans are met due to a lack of resources.

Rep. Longoria is in his third term representing House District 35 in the Texas House of Representatives. During last year’s 85th Legislative Session, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus appointed him vice-chair of the House Appropriations Committee. Longoria owns and operates the Law Office of Oscar Longoria. He earned his law degree in 2007 from the University of Texas School of Law. Longoria, who attended South Texas College for one year, earned a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies in 2003 from the University of Texas at Austin.

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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 www.TexasATJ.org.

The Texas Access to Justice Foundation (www.teajf.org), created by the Supreme Court of Texas in 1984, is the primary 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 150,000 Texas families each year.

 

 

Contact:

Kimberly Schmitt
512-320-0099, ext. 104
kschmitt@teajf.org

 

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