Texas Access to Justice Commission
New Commissioners Appointed to the Texas Access to Justice Commission
AUSTIN, Texas - The Supreme Court of Texas and the State Bar of Texas have appointed three new commissioners to the Texas Access to Justice Commission. The Court created the Commission in 2001 to expand civil legal aid services for low-income Texans.
The appointments, each for a three-year term, are as follows:
Supreme Court of Texas Appointments
C. Kay Caballero, Lubbock
Carlos Eduardo Cárdenas, El Paso
State Bar of Texas Appointment
Ike Vanden Eykel, Dallas
“We are delighted to have these outstanding new Commissioners join us, representing the wide geographic diversity of those we serve. They will make a great contribution to the Commission's mission to provide access to justice to the millions of Texans who cannot afford to hire lawyers,” Harry M. Reasoner, chair of the Texas Access to Justice Commission and partner in Vinson & Elkins LLP in Houston, said.
The Supreme Court of Texas created the Texas Access to Justice Commission to increase services for people who need legal help but may not be able to afford it or find it. Legal aid organizations in Texas serve more 100,000 Texas families each year with their basic civil legal needs; however, only approximately 20-25 percent of those who qualify for legal aid are able to receive it due to lack of resources. The Commission’s goals include reducing barriers to the justice system and increasing resources and funding for legal aid. The Commission consists of 21 commissioners, including attorney and non-attorney members.
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.