The Houston Bar Foundation was established in 1982 as a 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 many contributors, the Foundation has been able to make a difference in the greater Houston community.

Donations made through this link contribute to the general HBF funds and cannot be made for a specific program.

Optional contributions to “Become an HBF Annual Supporter” on HBA dues statements are directed to the Houston Bar Foundation as one-time donations on a year-by-year basis.


The Houston Bar Foundation is organized exclusively for purely public charity and educational purposes, including purposes which support, promote, and encourage activities for the furtherance of justice and legal education through the sponsorship and encouragement of legal research, publications, institutes, forums, and the establishment of scholarship; the institution and maintenance of legal aid facilities for the indigent or working poor and the acceptance of aid and grants from governmental and private sources; the extension of financial assistance to attorneys or members of an attorney’s family who are “in need.”

Since its inception, the Foundation has grown rapidly in both membership and funding. HBF Fellows, who are the lifeblood of the Foundation, total 2,184 as of 2017:

  • 398 Fellows
  • 1,318 Life Fellows
  • 43 Continuing Life Fellows
  • 15 Sustaining Life Fellows
  • 6 Continuing Sustaining Life Fellows
  • 46 attorneys added to the Fellows program in 2017

Our endowment now stands at over $13 million. The annual support of our Fellows, together with the generosity of the individuals, law firms, corporations and other organizations that regularly contribute to the Foundation, is helping us make steady progress toward our ultimate goal of becoming self-sustaining.

To learn more about the Houston Bar Foundation and its projects, click here to read the 2019 issue of the Houston Bar Foundation Cornerstone.

How Can Houston Lawyers Help Those in Need of Legal Services?

There is a critical need for pro bono legal services for the less fortunate in our community.

Visit the Houston Volunteer Lawyers website to learn how you can help.

Mock Trials


Veterans Legal Clinic, Brazos


A Conversation with Harry M. Reasoner, Conducted by Barrett H. Reasoner

The 2017 Houston Bar Foundation Luncheon featured a conversation with Harry M. Reasoner, chair of the Texas Access to Justice Commission and a partner at Vinson & Elkins, LLP, and his son, Barrett Reasoner, a partner at Gibbs & Bruns, LLP. They discussed the importance of public service and its positive impact on their lives, both personally and professionally.

Click here to see this video on Vimeo.

Online Fellows Payment Now Available
Fellows payments can now be made online. To use this feature, you must have an online account. If you do not have an online account, you can create your online account by using the email address where you receive your HBA email announcements. Once created, you will be able to manage your HBA account at your convenience.

To create your online account, please click here for the member login page to create a new user account.


Make Fellows Pledge Payment Online


American Express, Visa, MasterCard and Discover are accepted.

If you have questions about your dues statement or online account, contact the Membership Department at (713) 759-1133 or email Ron Riojas.