The Texas Access to Justice Foundation, or TAJF, awarded grants to four legal aid organizations in honor of bestselling author John Grisham and the organization’s 35th anniversary.

TAJF is providing $75,000 grants to Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, Lone Star Legal Aid, South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Project, and Texas RioGrande Legal Aid in Grisham’s honor. These grants will provide basic civil legal services to those in need in Texas.

“Speaking from personal experience John Grisham passionately recounted how having the help of a lawyer makes the vital difference for those struggling with legal challenges,” said Richard L. Tate, chair of the TAJF Board of Directors, in a news release. “We thank him for bringing this message to our 35th anniversary celebration and for his work to encourage others to make a difference.”

Grisham served as the keynote speaker of the foundation’s 35th anniversary dinner and donated his time and service on behalf of those in need of legal aid.

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