The Texas Access to Justice Foundation, or TAJF, announced the creation of the Randy Chapman Fellowship program for legal aid lawyers on June 20.

The announcement coincided with an event celebrating Chapman’s retirement in 2017 as executive director of the Texas Legal Services Center, a nonprofit that serves the legal needs of the elderly, sexual assault survivors, veterans, and other disadvantaged Texans. TAJF will fund and administer a four-year fellowship for a lawyer at the center to continue to provide creative approaches to civil legal services in Texas.

Chapman served as executive director of the center from 1985 until his retirement. He is credited with creating new statewide funding streams for civil legal services in Texas through various partnerships and collaborations.

“Randy Chapman has a deep commitment and passion for the cause of justice, and is uniquely known for his creative approaches to legal aid challenges,” said Richard L. Tate, TAJF Board of Directors chair, in a news release. “This fellowship will encourage new ideas and creative approaches to the delivery of legal services as a lasting reminder of Randy’s work for those in need of legal help.”

For more information and eligibility guidelines for the fellowship, go to