Baylor Law alumnus Ike Vanden Eykel of Dallas has been appointed by the State Bar of Texas to the Texas Access to Justice Commission. Vanden Eykel will serve a three-year term.
"Ike understands the lawyer's obligation to serve and follows in the path of many distinguished Baylor lawyers who have given themselves over selflessly to assume leadership roles among their peers," said Baylor Law Dean Brad Toben.
The CEO and managing partner of KoonsFuller, P.C., and a renowned family law litigator, Vanden Eykel currently serves on the board of directors of the State Bar of Texas. He is the immediate past president of the Dallas Bar Association and during his term dedicated his efforts to increasing legal aid services to the poor.
He earned a bachelor of science degree from Drake University and graduated with his JD in 1973. He is a member of the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and a Diplomate in the American College of Family Trial Lawyers. In 2010, he received the Sam Emison Award for meritorious service to family law in Texas.
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.