Contact the Texas Access to Justice Foundation

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 12886
Austin, Texas 78711-2886

Physical Address:
1601 Rio Grande, Ste. 351
Austin, Texas 78701

Phone: 512.320.0099 or 800.252.3401 (in Texas only)
Fax: 512.469.0112

Betty Balli Torres
Executive Director
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Jonathan Vickery
Associate Director
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Lisa Melton
Special Projects Manager
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Isaac Harrington
Program Officer
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Shefali Tewari
Director of Finance
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Kimberly Schmitt
Communications Manager
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Assistant to Executive Director
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Yvonne Aguirre
Grants Administrative Assistant          
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Gina Richardson
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Ayesha White
Administrative Assistant         
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Supreme Court Appointments

Deborah G. Hankinson, Chair
Hankinson PLLC
Dallas, Texas
Term Ends: 8/31/23

G. Joseph Barrientos, Vice Chair
Hilliard Martinez Gonzales LLP
Corpus Christi, Texas
Term Ends: 8/31/22

Rod Edens  (public member)
PlainsCapital Bank
Austin, Texas 
Term Ends: 8/31/22

Margarita Sanchez (public member)
El Paso, Texas
Term Ends: 8/31/21

Lisa M. Tatum
LM Tatum, PLLC
San Antonio, Texas
Terms ends: 8/31/22

Travis A. Torrence
Shell Oil Company
Houston, Texas
Terms ends: 8/31/23

Carlos M. Zaffirini, Jr.  
Adelanto HealthCare Ventures, L.L.C.
Austin, Texas
Terms ends: 8/31/21


State Bar of Texas Appointments

Perla Cavazos (public member)
Austin, Texas 

Term Ends: 5/31/21

Hon. Pete Gallego
Alpine, Texas 

Term Ends: 8/31/23

Roland K. Johnson, Treasurer
Harris, Finley & Bogle, P.C.
Fort Worth, Texas
Term ends: 8/31/23

Denise Scofield
Winston & Strawn
Houston, Texas
Term ends: 8/31/21

Kay Sim  (public member)
Dallas, Texas
Term Ends: 8/31/22

Terry O. Tottenham, Secretary
Norton Rose Fulbright
Austin, Texas
Term ends: 8/31/22

Recent News


Aug. 25, 2021

TAJF Receives $20 Million from TDHCA to Provide COVID-related Housing Legal Services

June 16, 2021

Texas Legislature Provides Funding for the State's Legal Aid System

May 11, 2021

TAJF Executive Director honored with national Innovations in Equal Justice Award

Apr. 15, 2021

Help sexual assault survivors and support legal aid - Justice Eva Guzman, Houston Chronicle

Mar. 3, 2021

Hurting from the pandemic and storm, more Texans need legal aid - Chief Justice Nathan Hecht, Austin American-Statesman

Nov. 5, 2020

Texas Veterans Legal Aid Week goes virtual, free clinics held Nov. 9 - 13

Oct. 21, 2020

Stop TX Eviction Launches to Keep Renters Housed

Oct. 1, 2020

TAJF Creates New Tate Rural Justice Fellowship

Sept. 22, 2020

Hispanic Issues Section Raises Funds for Legal Aid

Sept. 2, 2020

TAJF Adds Houston Attorney Travis Torrence to Board

Aug. 25, 2020

TAJF Names Former Texas Supreme Court Justice Deborah Hankinson as Board Chair

Aug. 12, 2020

TAJF Sponsors Five Equal Justice Works Fellows

Aug. 10, 2020

American Bar Association Appoints TAJF Executive Director to New Positions

June 25, 2020

Nearly 50 Prime Partner Banks Remain Committed to Funding Civil Legal Aid


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