The Texas Access to Justice Commission and Texas Access to Justice Foundation honored Texas Rep. Oscar Longoria with the Texas Access to Justice Legislative Hero Award at a luncheon in Austin on October 18. He was recognized for his contributions during the 85th Texas Legislature.
“As an attorney, Rep. Longoria understands that legal aid is essential for the economically disadvantaged and that having a lawyer can make all the difference in a time of need,” Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman said in a press release. “We’re truly thankful for all the hard work he has put into championing legal aid for all Texans.”
The Legislative Hero Award program was launched by the commission and foundation in 2010 to recognize people who have advanced access to justice in Texas, either through appropriating funds or other substantive activities that provide legal aid.
“I believe in making a strong impact on underprivileged Texans who need legal services,” Rep. Longoria said in a press release. “I hope to continue to create viable solutions and foster legislation that will positively affect not only the Rio Grande Valley, but all our Texas families and communities.”
Legal aid organizations funded by the Texas Access to Justice Foundation help more than 150,000 low-income Texas families yearly—only about 10 percent of the civil legal needs of low-income and poor Texans are met due to a lack of resources.