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, 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.
September 11, 2:00-5:00 p.m.: Baylor Law Veterans Clinic, The Veterans One Stop, 2200 Austin Ave. N, Waco, TX 76701. Sponsored by Baylor Law School.
September 12: Galveston VA Outpatient Clinic, 3828 Ave. N, Galveston, TX 77550. Co-sponsored with the Galveston County Bar Association.
September 14, 1:30-4:00 p.m.: Austin Veterans Legal Advice Clinic, Austin VA Outpatient Clinic, 7901 Metropolis Drive, Austin, Texas 78744. Sponsored by the Austin Bar Association.