Betty Balli Torres has served as the executive director of the Texas Access to Justice Foundation, the largest Texas-based funder for legal services to the poor, since October 2001. Betty has a career dedicated to public interest work. Betty started as a staff attorney at Legal Aid of Central Texas in Austin in 1987 and has held various direct service and administrative public interest positions since that time. Betty is the Immediate Past President of the National Association of IOLTA Programs and has served in many volunteer capacities to programs that support national access to justice efforts.
Government funding is one of the principle sources of funding for legal aid programs but convincing politicians to fund these programs can seem like a huge obstacle. Experts discuss the complex issue of educating donors about what legal aid is.
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