The Houston Bar Association (HBA) and Houston Volunteer Lawyers (HVL) announce that Michael Hofrichter is the new Executive Director of HVL. Previously serving as HVL’s Operations and Compliance Director, Hofrichter brings leadership and strategy to his new role overseeing the nonprofit organization’s mission through proven expertise and best practices.
His diverse background with HVL includes serving as Interim Executive Director and Interim Low Income Tax Clinic Director. Having spent his entire legal career at HVL, Hofrichter has a long history of working with volunteers, supporting legal clinics, and presenting continuing legal education programs. He has been instrumental in the continued development of HVL’s technology-based projects including online volunteer opportunities, disaster response, and document assembly.
“In my career at Houston Volunteer Lawyers, I’ve focused on helping those in need—the clients with legal issues and the volunteers seeking pro bono opportunities,” Hofrichter said. “In this new role, I look forward to working with all the volunteers and staff of Houston Volunteer Lawyers to continue making an impact in our community and improving the lives of our neighbors and clients.”
Hofrichter joined HVL upon graduating from the University of Houston Law Center in 2010, following an earlier internship with the organization. Prior to attending law school, he earned his undergraduate degree from Brandeis University and worked with the Union Pacific Railroad, King and Spalding LLP, the New England Quarterly, and the Massachusetts Historical Society.
Hofrichter serves on the executive committee of the Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative, as a member of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness, as a member of the Statewide Disaster Pro Bono Technology Committee, and as a member of the Houston Bar Association’s Elder Law Committee and County Law Library Committee.