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 10,000 veterans with advice and counsel and/or legal representation. More than 450 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, 2:00 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.
March 17: Veteran’s Expo for Montgomery, Walker and Liberty counties, Lone Star Convention & Expo Center, 9055 Airport Road, Conroe, 77303, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
March 20: Baylor Law School Veterans Clinic, Veterans’ One Stop, 2220 Austin Ave Waco, TX, 2:00-5:00 p.m.
March 28: Fort Bend Lawyers Care Walk-in Clinic, Calvary Episcopal Church, 806 Thompson Rd., Richmond, TX 77469, 10:00 am-2:00 p.m.
April 18: Pearland Veterans Clinic, American Legion Post 7109, 4202 W. Walnut, 77581, 9:00 a.m. until noon.
April 24: Bell County Veterans Clinic, Central Texas A&M Campus, Founders Hall, 1001 Leadership Place, Killeen, 76549, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
April 25: Katy VA Fair, VFW Post 912,6206 George Bush Drive, Katy, TX 77493, 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Co-sponsored with the Katy Bar Association