Texas Access to Justice Commission
Contact: Kimberly Schmitt, 512-320-0099, ext. 104, email@example.comTexas Access to Justice Foundation Given Largest Cy Pres Award for Legal Aid
More than $2.6 million given to legal aid providers to help Texans with disabilities
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Access to Justice Commission and the
Texas Access to Justice Foundation (TAJF) have announced the largest
cy pres award to legal aid in Texas – more than $2.6 million to
TAJF and five legal aid organizations that provide civil legal
services to Texans with disabilities. The funds resulted from a
lawsuit litigated by Austin attorney Hamp Skelton of Skelton &
Woody, the late Charles Shaddox of San Antonio, and two Florida
lawyers, Stephen Senn of Peterson & Myers and Robert Fegers. The
award to the TAJF and five legal aid organizations was, collectively,
the largest portion of a total cy pres distribution of more
than $9 million that will flow to non-profit organizations who serve the
needs of Texans with disabilities as a result of the lawsuit.
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 more than 100,000 Texans each year.