State Sen. José Rodriguez, D-El Paso, will receive the "Legislative Hero" award Wednesday from the Texas Access to Justice Foundation for "leading the fight during the 2011 Legislative Session to provide $25 million in state funding for legal aid and indigent defense programs."
The event will be at 5:30 p.m. at Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, 1331 Texas Ave.
"I am incredibly honored and humbled to receive this award. Last session, we worked hard to ensure funding for legal aid and indigent defense, but the fight is far from over," Rodríguez said in a statement. "Even with this funding, only one in five Texans in need of legal help — veterans, victims of domestic violence, and senior citizens — are being served. During the next legislative session, I will continue to work diligently to find a stable source of revenue for these critical legal services. If we don't do something to fix this funding crisis, many in need will be denied their fundamental, constitutional right to access the courts."