Houston Bar Foundation Fellows Program

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Mission Statement of the Houston Bar Foundation and its Fellows Program

The Houston Bar Foundation was established in 1982 as the charitable arm of the Houston Bar Association. Since that time, the Foundation has supported programs that help provide legal representation to the indigent, promote community understanding of our legal system and foster the administration of justice. Through the generosity of its contributors, and significantly its Fellows, Life Fellows and Sustaining Life Fellows, the Foundation has been able to make a difference in the greater Houston community.

 

Programs supported by the Houston Bar Foundation

Following are some of the programs for which the Houston Bar Foundation provides critical funding:

  • Legal Clinics: Clinics run by Houston Volunteer Lawyers (“HVL”) provide low-income clients an opportunity to apply for assistance with HVL and receive free legal advice.
  • Self-Help Divorce Clinics: HVL provides assistance to self-represented litigants.
  • Veterans Clinics: Low-income military veterans are served through the Veteran’s Legal Initiative, a collaboration between HVL, the Houston Bar Foundation and the Houston Bar Association.
  • Texas Children’s Medical-Legal Partnership: Texas Children’s Hospital and HVL have a Medical-Legal Partnership to provide low-income patients with critical legal assistance.
  • Houston Area Women’s Center: In-house corporate legal departments and law firms partner with HVL to provide legal advice clinics and protective orders for domestic violence victims.
  • The Juvenile Justice Mock Trial Program: This program teaches 8th grade students throughout Harris County about the justice system.
  • Continuing Education Grants: These grants provide Harris County court staff with educational programs that improve the administration of justice for all Houstonians.
  • Lawyer Assistance Program: Limited, temporary financial assistance is available to attorneys in need.
  • Consumer, Elder & Family Law Handbooks: Free printed and electronic handbooks that explain common legal issues and remedies in a simple Q&A format.

 

The Houston Bar Foundation is the charitable arm of the Houston Bar Association, and is not related to the Texas Bar Foundation. The Texas Bar Foundation makes grants across the State of Texas. The Houston Bar Foundation supports access to justice in the greater Houston area.

How does your contribution to the HBF directly serve legal needs in Houston?

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Benefits of being an HBF fellow

  • Honor and privilege – less than 20% of Houston Bar Association members are nominated to become Fellows of the Houston Bar Foundation.
  • The Houston Bar Foundation is a Section 501(c)(3) charitable organization and all contributions to the Houston Bar Foundation’s Fellows Program are tax deductible.
  • Knowledge that you are helping to close the justice gap in the Greater Houston area.
  • Listed on the HBA/HBF website and publications.

 

What is asked of an HBF fellow?

  • Fellow: Attorney is invited to become a Fellow by contributing $2,500 to the Houston Bar Foundation, either in one payment or $250 annually over a 10 year period.
  • Life Fellow: After completing a Fellow contribution of $2,500, attorney is invited to become a Life Fellow by contributing an additional $2,500, either in one payment or $250 annually over a 10 year period.
  • Sustaining Life Fellow: After completing a Fellow commitment of $2,500 and a Life Fellow Commitment of $2,500, attorney is invited to become a Sustaining Life Fellow by continuing to contribute $250 per year. If the attorney decides to discontinue his/her Sustaining Life Fellow commitment, the attorney retains the designation as a Life Fellow.

 

To become an HBF Fellow, please click here (credit card processing fees apply). To download a printable pledge form and make a payment by check, please click here.

For more information about the Houston Bar Foundation, please contact HBA Membership Director Ron Riojas at (713) 759-1133 or ronr@hba.org.

 

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