The Supreme Court of Texas established the Texas Access to Justice Commission (“Commission”) in 2001 to serve as the statewide umbrella organization for all efforts to expand access to justice in civil legal matters for the poor. It is the role of the Commission to assess national and statewide trends on access to justice issues facing the poor, and to develop initiatives that increase access and reduce barriers to the justice system.1 The Commission is comprised of ten appointees of the Court, seven appointees of the State Bar of Texas, and three ex-officio public appointees.