Access to Justice Facts
  • Currently in Texas, there are more than 4 million people living below poverty level. Approximately 5.3 million Texans qualify for legal aid (125% poverty).1
  • To qualify for free civil legal services, an individual must not earn more than $14,850 per year. A family of four must not earn more than $30,375 per year.2
  • Legal aid organizations help more than 178,000 Texas families each year with their civil legal needs.3
  • The average starting salary for a public interest attorney is less than $50,000.  Most new law school graduates carry an average of $89,000 or more in student loan debt.3
  • In 2014, Texas attorneys donated more than $1.1 million through the State Bar of Texas dues collection for the provision of civil legal aid for low-income Texans.4
  • Texas ranks 47th in access to legal aid lawyers.5
  • There is approximately one legal aid lawyer for every 9,800 Texans who qualify.3
  • Due to a lack of resources,less than 10 percent of the civil legal needs of low-income and poor Texans are being met.6
  • For every one person helped by legal aid, a qualifying individual is turned away.7
  • IOLTA revenue declined dramatically when the Federal Reserve lowered its benchmark interest rate to an all-time low of zero to .25 percent in 2008.   IOLTA revenues have plummeted from $20 million in 2007 to  $4.5 million in 2014 – a decline of more than 75 percent.3

1 U.S. Census Bureau Current Population Survey (CPS)
2 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
3 Texas Access to Justice Foundation
4 State Bar of Texas
5 The Justice Index
6 American Bar Association
7 Legal Services Corporation

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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

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March 29, 2017

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March 21, 2017

Texas Legal Hotline Available for Survivors of Sexual Assault 

March 3, 2017

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Feb. 17, 2017

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

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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

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Military Sexual Assault Victims Discharged After Filing Complaints - Time 

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