The Texas Access to Justice Commission helps bring legal aid to low-income Texans

The commission's Corporate Counsel Committee encourages in-house lawyers to participate in pro bono

Scott Rozzell, GC of CenterPoint Energy

Courts, companies, law firms, legal services organizations and bar associations all have their roles to play when it comes to providing pro bono legal aid to low-income citizens. And the Texas Access to Justice Commission (TAJC) works with them all.

There are 6 million people in Texas who qualify for legal aid, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. With the support of its fundraising arm, the Texas Access to Justice Foundation, the TAJC oversees the provision of legal aid around the state, doing everything from organizing public awareness events to matching lawyers with non-profits to supporting the work of legal services organizations. For example, three years ago, the TAJC brought law firm IT specialists together with legal services organizations to help them standardize their technology specifications, making it easier for them to communicate amongst themselves and with outside entities.

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