Legal Assistance for Lower Income Persons
- If You Can’t Afford a Lawyer (State Bar of Texas)
- Information on obtaining a lawyer for middle- or low-income persons.
- TexasLawHelp.org (Pro Bono Net)
- One-stop, online resource for free and low-cost civil legal assistance in Texas. TexasLawHelp is a project of the Texas Access to Justice Commission and the Texas Equal Access to Justice Foundation, in partnership with participating legal aid organizations. Major funding is provided by the Legal Services Corporation.
- Project for the Future of Equal JusticeÂ (NLADA)
- The Project for the Future of Equal Justice is a joint effort of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) and the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP). Funded by the Open Society Institute (OSI), the Project’s mission is to advance the cause of justice for all in America. New directions for the civil legal aid communityÂ—new partners, new messages, new modelsÂ—provides a shorthand way of capturing the Project’s goals, its strategies, and its record of accomplishments over its five-year history.
- American Bar Association Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service (CLASP)
- Agency that supports programs that deliver pro bono legal assistance. Includes state-by-state listing of pro bono programs and pro bono Web links.
- Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
- National non-profit that works to improve the lives of low-income people. CLASP’s mission is to improve the economic security, educational and workforce prospects, and family stability of low-income parents, children, and youth and to secure equal justice for all.
- Legal Services Corporation (LSC)
- Private, non-profit corporation established by Congress to seek to ensure equal access to justice under the law for all Americans by providing civil legal assistance to those who otherwise would be unable to afford it.Â
- National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA)
- Advocate for front-line attorneys and other equal justice professionals who make a difference in the lives of low-income clients and their families and communities. Representing legal aid and defender programs, as well as individual advocates, NLADA is the oldest and largest national, nonprofit membership association devoting 100 percent of its resources to serving the broad equal justice community.
- Texas Access to Justice Commission (TAJC)
- The mission of the Texas Access to Justice Commission is 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, also known as Legal Aid. The Supreme Court of Texas created the Texas Access to Justice Commission to coordinate services for people who need legal help but may not be able to afford it or find it. The Commission’s goals include reducing barriers to the justice system and increasing resources and funding for Legal Aid.
- Texas Equal Access to Justice Foundation (TEAJF)
- Nonprofit corporation created by the Supreme Court of Texas in 1984 to administer funds to create community capacity to provide civil legal services for low-income Texans, also known as Legal Aid. The organization is committed to the vision that all Texans will have equal access to justice, regardless of their income.
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