Texas Access to Justice Foundation
“On Dec. 29, a new
law (H.R. 6398) was signed by President Barack Obama that requires full FDIC
coverage of Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA). In
“The leadership of our Texas Congressional
delegation, namely Rep. Lloyd Doggett and Sen. John Cornyn, was critical to
the success of this legislation that helps protect funding for legal aid.
Rep. Doggett sponsored H.R. 6398 and eloquently described on the
House floor his firsthand experience with the importance of IOLTA funding to
those who receive access to justice through our programs in
“While the IOLTA
Comments from Rep. Lloyd Doggett:
“I am pleased that the bill, which I authored at the request of leaders of the State Bar of Texas, is now law. By continuing full FDIC protection for Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts, this legislation will help finance legal services for those who otherwise would have no access to our justice system.
“Before coming to Congress, I served as a Justice on the Texas Supreme Court, which sets forth the rules and oversees the operation of such IOLTA accounts in our state. I saw firsthand the benefits of these programs in ensuring access to justice for those who otherwise might be unable to secure justice.
“We recognize the wisdom of Judge Learned Hand’s writing: ‘If we are to keep our democracy, there must be one commandment—thou shalt not ration justice.’"
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The Texas Access to Justice Foundation (www.teajf.org), created by the Supreme Court of Texas in 1984, is the leading 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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