Introduction

On behalf of the HBA board and the staff of the Houston Bar Association, I extend our sincere hope that you and your families are safe in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The damage caused by this storm and the number of people who have suffered and are displaced is unprecedented. It is imperative that we join together to help those in need in our community. The HBA and its ancillary organizations – Houston Volunteer Lawyers, Houston Lawyer Referral Service and the Harris County Dispute Resolution Center – will join the legal community in assisting with disaster relief efforts for our members and our city. We will work with city and county authorities to provide services that will help residents from Harris County and surrounding areas recover from this devastating storm.

Click here to read the official press release from the Houston Bar Association regarding our Harvey relief efforts.

Here is information to help you, as well as areas in which we plan to assist and where we need your help:


Resources for the Public

  • Click here for upcoming hurricane relief legal clinics sponsored by the HBA. Legal help booths are also open at various Houston-area shelters. You can visit the Houston Volunteer Lawyers web site for more information.
  • The HBA has LegalLine every weekday from 3 to 5 p.m. from now until Friday, September 29. Call (713) 759-1133 or toll-free 1 (866) 959-1133 and licensed volunteer attorneys can answer your legal questions. Learn more here.
Tue 26

HBA Public Services
Special Hurricane Relief LegalLine

September 26 @ 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wed 27

HBA Public Services
Hurricane Harvey Relief Legal Clinic – Memorial Assistance Ministries

September 27 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wed 27

HBA Public Services
Special Hurricane Relief LegalLine

September 27 @ 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

See the HBA calendar for more public service events.

  • The People’s Law School (sponsored by Houston Lawyer Referral Service) is providing free legal classes for flood survivors. Learn more here.
  • The State Bar of Texas has a Disaster Relief Resource Page with information on ways to obtain legal help. The State Bar also operates a Disaster Hotline to assist people impacted by Hurricane Harvey at 1 (800) 504-7030. Learn more here (English), (Spanish).
  • Click here for TexasLawHelp’s legal advice and resources regarding Hurricane Harvey.
  • Southeast Texas residents impacted by Harvey can also call the Jefferson County LegalLine at (409) 719-5999, every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in September between 3 and 5 p.m. Learn more about it here.
  • Click here for the Harris County Recovery Network, which lists helpful local news and resources.
  • Click here for a list of frequently-asked-questions (and answers) regarding legal issues around Hurricane Harvey, as provided by Baker Botts. (This guide provides general information only that may or may not be applicable in individual circumstances. It is not intended as legal advice. For legal advice in specific circumstances, please consult your own lawyer or the HBA LegalLine at (713) 759-1133.)

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Resources for Attorneys

  • The Houston Bar Foundation has a hurricane relief fund for attorneys, with finances dedicated to helping members of the local legal community in need of hurricane relief. If you or someone you know needs financial help after Harvey, contact the HBA office at (713) 759-1133. You can also click here if you would like to donate.
  • Houston Volunteer Lawyers will host a Consumer Bankruptcy Seminar for attorneys only on September 15. Click here to learn more and register.
  • If you are an attorney who has extra office space or housing that you would be willing to share temporarily with someone who has been displaced by the storm, or if you are an attorney in need of temporary office space or housing, please let us know by calling (713) 759-1133. We will facilitate matching the needs of our members with the generosity of our members.
  • The State Bar of Texas has a Disaster Relief Resource Page with information on ways to obtain legal help. The State Bar also operates a Disaster Hotline to assist people impacted by Hurricane Harvey at 1 (800) 504-7030. Learn more here (English), (Spanish).
  • Click here for the Harris County Recovery Network, which lists helpful local news and resources.
  • Click here for a list of frequently-asked-questions (and answers) regarding legal issues around Hurricane Harvey, as provided by Baker Botts. (This guide provides general information only that may or may not be applicable in individual circumstances. It is not intended as legal advice. For legal advice in specific circumstances, please consult your own lawyer or the HBA LegalLine at (713) 759-1133.)

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Volunteer Opportunities

  • The HBA’s Houston Volunteer Lawyers needs volunteer attorneys at Disaster Recovery Centers throughout Houston. Specifically, volunteers are needed at the Baytown, Greenspoint and Simonton Disaster Recovery Centers, as well as the NRG Shelter. If you are interested in volunteering for one of the recovery centers or shelters, please sign up at the portal.
  • Houston Volunteer Lawyers also needs volunteer attorneys for several resource fairs to provide information and legal assistance. If you would like to help at a resource fair, please sign up at the portal.
  • And last, but far from least, Houston Volunteer Lawyers needs attorneys to take cases for low-income Houstonians. While there is, and will continue to be, a great need for volunteers to take cases related to Hurricane Harvey, HVL still has other cases waiting for current clients who need help with family law, wills and probate, tax matters and many other civil legal issues. You can view the case list and sign up at the portal.
  • Update from Houston Volunteer Lawyers – What They Need for Upcoming Clinics
  • You can sign up to give legal advice over the phone through the HBA’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Expanded LegalLine program by contacting Ashley Gagnon Steininger at (713) 759-1133 or ashleyg@hba.org. We are especially in need of attorneys who speak Spanish.Thank you to everyone who has volunteered so far!
  • The U.S. Small Business Administration has hurricane relief volunteer positions available. Click here to sign up.

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