Dallas Community Leaders Pledge $1.2 Million to Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas

Prominent trial lawyers Lisa Blue, Jeff Tillotson and Chris Hamilton along with developer Don Williams have teamed up to pledge $1.2 million to Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas. The funds will help provide legal advocacy and litigation services to eligible, low-income residents in the Frazier Courts neighborhood in South Dallas.

“This generous gift will allow us to provide more and ongoing legal services to the residents of Frazier Courts,” said Maria Thomas-Jones, chief executive officer of Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas. “We are grateful and humbled by the support from people who want to ensure that free legal assistance is provided to one of the most economically challenged areas of Dallas.”

The pledged gift will benefit the community lawyering center that opened in 2016 in the Frazier Courts community and ensure continuance of the Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas supervising attorney full-time positions at the facility.

Blue, Tillotson, Hamilton and Williams, who have known each other for years, expressed satisfaction in helping the South Dallas community.
“People of all socio-economic backgrounds deserve proper legal services,” said Blue. “Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas provides free legal advice and representation to low-income residents and treats all clients with respect and dignity.”

Blue is co-founder of the Baron & Blue Foundation, which helps maintain existing programs and provides opportunities for grassroots organizations. It is primarily focused on homelessness and housing in Dallas. The National Law Journal has recognized Blue as one of the Top 50 Women Litigators in the U.S.

Tillotson specializes in complex business disputes and is the founder of The Tillotson Law Firm, a trial law boutique. He has served as lead lawyer in more than a dozen major multi-party cases, and his work has been profiled by The Wall Street Journal and CBS Evening News.

Hamilton rose to prominence in 2017 by leading the effort at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport to assist travelers who were detained under the initial U.S. travel ban. Hamilton created the Lawyers for America Foundation, a group of volunteer lawyers providing long-term aid to travelers detained at DFW by travel restrictions which are under review by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Williams is the former managing partner, president and CEO of the Trammel Crow Company. In 1995, he founded the Foundation for Community Empowerment and has worked as a catalyst to transform low-income neighborhoods in South Dallas, including Frazier Courts.

Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas is a nonprofit organization that strives to meet the legal needs of more than 1.5 million eligible clients in its 114-county service area. The fifth-largest Legal Aid program in the United States, the organization provides a wide variety of broad-based legal services to low-income and disadvantaged clients including family law, wills and estates, landlord/tenant cases, public benefits, tax issues, real property matters, and community revitalization efforts.