Justice Eva M. Guzman has been appointed liaison to the Texas Access to Justice Commission and the foundation that supports the commission’s work to provide civil legal services to the poor. Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht, who had been liaison to the commission and Texas Access to Justice Foundation since 2010, announced Justice Guzman’s new assignment. Her appointment took effect July 1.
“I found in taking responsibility for access-to-justice issues that you must be a champion for them, in public, in the Legislature, in Washington, and among Texas lawyers,” Hecht said in a statement. “I believe we have found that champion in Justice Guzman. As a practitioner and as a trial judge, she confronted the real need of people who require legal help but in far too many cases cannot afford it.”
The Court created the Access to Justice Commission in 2001 to coordinate legal-aid provision in the state. The foundation was created in 1984.