About the Initiative
The Veterans Legal Initiative was established in 2008 by the Houston Bar Association, Houston Bar Foundation and Houston Volunteer Lawyers. The program provides free legal advice and legal representation to U.S. veterans. Any veteran, or spouse of a deceased veteran, can get advice and counsel at one of the clinics offered by the VLI at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center or at one of the community clinics. Low-income veterans who need further legal representation in civil matters and meet eligibility guidelines can be assigned a pro bono attorney through the Houston Volunteer Lawyers, a public service of the Houston Bar Association. The Veterans Legal Initiative is made possible by grants from the Texas Access to Justice Foundation, the Texas Bar Foundation, the Houston Bar Foundation, and the United Way of Greater Houston Veterans Services Pilot Project.
To date, the program has served over 11,000 veterans with advice and counsel and/or legal representation. More than 400 attorneys have volunteered to assist with the Veterans’ Legal Initiative.
The VLI is now part of a coalition of bar associations in 18 Texas counties that provides free legal advice clinics and legal representation to veterans through clinics scheduled periodically in the following counties: Bell, Brazoria, Brazos, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Grimes, Hardin, Harris, Jefferson, Liberty, McLennan, Montgomery, Orange, San Jacinto, Travis Walker and Waller.
If you are a veteran with a question about legal services, contact:
Staff Attorney, VLI
713-333-VETS (8387) or Andrew.Lehmann@hvlp.org
Are you an attorney who would like to volunteer for the Veterans Legal Initiative? Click here here for volunteer form.
Free Friday Clinics at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
Every Friday, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., 2002 Holcombe, Houston, TX 77030
First Floor, near the Emergency Room Entrance
No appointment necessary
Upcoming Free Saturday Clinics
Saturday clinics are from 9:00 a.m. to noon, unless otherwise noted, and no appointment is necessary.
April 23: Katy Veterans Fair — CANCELLED DUE TO FLOODING. Watch for information on new date.
May 7: Galveston VA Outpatient Clinic, 3828 Ave N, Galveston, TX 77550. Co-sponsored with the Galveston Bar Association.
Other VLI Clinics and Events
Tuesday, April 26: Free Legal Advice Clinic at Tri County Veterans Fair, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Lone Star Convention and Expo Center, 9055 Airport Rd., Conroe, TX 77303.
Tuesday, May 10: Free Legal Advice Clinic at VA Regional Office, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, 6900 Almeda Rd, Houston, TX 77030.