Liveblogging the Crisis in Legal Aid Funding Press Conference

Assuming everything goes smoothly, TRLA will be liveblogging tomorrow’s crisis in legal aid funding press conference.  You can read the live blog here. Of course, there’s always the possibility that technology will not work for us, so we apologize in advance.

Press Conference Regarding Texas

Legal Aid Funding Crisis and Legislative Solutions

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 12:30 p.m.

AUSTIN, Texas—Representatives from the Texas Access to Justice Commission, the Texas Access to Justice Foundation, the Supreme Court of Texas and Rep. Pete Gallego will hold a press conference at 12:30 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 18, to discuss a crisis in funding for the Texas legal aid system. Findings from a new report issued by The Perryman Group detailing the economic impact of legal aid on the Texas economy will also be released.

What: Press conference regarding funding crisis in the Texas legal aid system

When: Wed., Feb. 18, 2009, 12:30 p.m. (Note time change)

Where: Texas State Capitol, Speaker’s Committee Room

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 100,000 Texans each year.

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