Baylor Law School Receives Grant from Texas Access to Justice FoundationSept. 25, 2014
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WACO, Texas (Sept. 25, 2014) – The Baylor Law School has been awarded a $22,000 grant from the Texas Access to Justice Foundation (TAJF) for the purpose of providing civil legal services to Texas veterans.
Bridget Fuselier, J.D., a professor of law in the Baylor Law School, said this is the third year in a row that the Baylor Law School has been awarded a grant from TAJF.
“We’re very appreciative and honored that the Texas Access to Justice Foundation continues to support our program,” she said. “The fact that they’re renewing their commitment to us is proof that we’re being successful in our efforts with the money.”
Veterans receive free legal aid during monthly clinics at the law school from faculty, students and volunteer local attorneys.
“The veterans are able to at least get some immediate advice, and then sometimes we send their cases to volunteer attorneys in Waco that can do some more work pro bono,” Fuselier said.
The legal services include assistance for civil problems such as denial of benefits or disability, family law matters and/or any other issues that have arisen as a result of a veteran’s deployment.
Richard Tate, chair of the board of directors of the Texas Access to Justice Foundation, said providing money to helpful organizations is fundamental to improving the quality of veterans’ lives.
“With Texas having the second-highest population of veterans, it is essential that we provide legal services for those who have sacrificed so much for our country,” he said. “Whether it’s through legal clinics, a staff attorney or help from a pro bono lawyer, these organizations will provide the representation they need and deserve.”
In 2013, TAJF grantees gave more than 8,800 veterans access to the justice system. The total amount of money given in grants this year was $426,000, and in more than 30 years of existence, TAJF has awarded more than $410 million in grants.
To qualify for legal assistance, an individual cannot earn more than $14,588 a year. For a family of four, the annual household income cannot exceed $29,813.
Other 2014 TAJF grants were awarded to organizations including San Antonio’s Community Justice Program, Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas and Houston’s Bar Foundation.
by Kristen Bennett, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805
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