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Elizabeth Gallaspy

  • Hosted by Lone Star Legal Aid
  • Sponsored by Texas Access to Justice Foundation
  • Service location Beaumont, Texas
  • Law school University of Houston Law Center
  • Issue area Domestic Violence, Family Law
  • Fellowship class year 2024
  • Program Design-Your-Own Fellowship

The Project

Beth (she/her/hers) will work with Lone Star Legal Aid to provide family law representation for domestic violence survivors and educational programs on domestic violence and family law for survivors and young people in rural areas of six Southeast Texas counties.

Domestic violence thrives when abusers isolate victims from options, opportunities, and information. In rural areas of Southeast Texas, isolation is common, and resources to help survivors are too few to meet the need. Low-income domestic violence survivors need access to information about their legal options and legal advocates to represent them. Obtaining a protective order, divorce, and/or child custody orders can be critical in helping survivors break ties to abusers and move forward with their lives.

Beth moved to Beaumont to work as a journalist nearly 30 years ago and developed strong connections to her Southeast Texas community. By advocating for underserved people, she hopes to live out her belief that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.

Fellowship Plans

During her Fellowship, Beth will represent domestic violence survivors in protective orders, divorces, and child custody cases in six Southeast Texas counties (Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Newton, Orange, and Tyler). Through a Know Your Rights program, she will educate young people and survivors on domestic violence and family law. Additionally, she will develop a toolkit of pro se resources that partner organizations can use to help survivors represent themselves.

A desire to expand access to justice in Southeast Texas is the reason I went to law school. I am grateful for this opportunity to represent domestic violence survivors and help them change their lives for the better.

Elizabeth Gallaspy /
2024 Equal Justice Works Fellow

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