The Texas Access to Justice Commission, or TAJC, announced April Faith-Slaker as its new executive director and director of the Legal Access Department of the State Bar of Texas. She will take office in late October 2023.

“The Commission is pleased to report that the selection of Ms. Faith-Slaker resulted from an extensive, nationwide search for an experienced leader of extraordinary dedication to the complex issues which confront the access to justice community,” said TAJC Chair Harriet Miers in a press release. “Ms. Faith-Slaker is just such a leader.”

In her most recent position as the executive director of the Office of Eviction Defense for the City of Detroit, Faith-Slaker implemented a successful Right to Counsel program for eviction cases. She coordinated with local legal aid organizations and courts to provide services to indigent tenants, is an experienced manager, and has handled multimillion-dollar budgets.

Faith-Slaker also served as the associate director of the Access to Justice Lab at Harvard Law School. At Harvard, she designed and implemented research studies in the civil and criminal arenas and was instrumental in data collection and analysis. She is an experienced grant writer, and she has served as a managing editor of a legal publication.

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