HBA Veterans Legal Initiative
HBA Veterans Legal Initiative

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 15,000 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.



Free Friday Clinics at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center

Every Friday, 1:00 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. To view upcoming dates and locations of the traveling Saturday legal clinics, see our calendar or read the information below.

The next Saturday clinics are:


Sat 20

HBA Veterans Legal Initiative
VLI Clinic – Tomball

October 20 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Nov 03

HBA Veterans Legal Initiative
VLI Clinic – Richmond

November 3 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Nov 17

HBA Veterans Legal Initiative
VLI Clinic – Conroe

November 17 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Dec 08

HBA Veterans Legal Initiative
VLI Clinic – Katy

December 8 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM


2018 Saturday Clinic Schedule



If you are a veteran with a question about legal services, contact:
Andrew Lehmann
Staff Attorney, VLI
713-333-VETS (8387) or Andrew.Lehmann@hvlp.org



Legal professionals, click here to sign up as a volunteer with the Veterans Legal Initiative.



Thank you to all of the attorneys, paralegals, and students who have volunteered at VLI clinics so far in 2018!

List updated October 9, 2018

Farha Ahmed Michael Antalan Hans Barcus Ashley Barrill David Barron Mike Belanger
Kate Blaine Ruby Bolton Marsha Bradley Lauren Brogdon Kristi Buehring Ken Burton
Larry Champion Timothy Clark Margie Connolly Kyle Crowl Matthew A. Dekovich Glen D. Dunbar
Frank Fraley Jackie Franklin Paul Freeman David Frishman Alicia German Serena Greene
Betsy Grubbs Cynthia Haagenson Larry Harrison Emily Hensley Charlie Huber Taylor Hunter
Sylvester R. Jaime Allen Johnson Matt Jones Ed Joyal Megan Kehoe Jeff Kemp
Jeff Kilgore Elliott Klein Gus Knebel Emilio Longoria Bruce Mack Utsav Mathur
Ed Mattingly Lori Matthews Dan McClure Kerry McEniry R. Scott McKay Elitza Meyer
Robin Minturn Michael Moniz Grace Nwanguma Alexander Papandreou Kerry Pettijohn Ryan Rivera
Christine Robertson Rick Rousseau Jim Sands Annie Scott Mark Shelley Dylon Simmons
Arnessa Smith Tony Sortino Sharon Steckler Austin Thomas Peter Tipps Sue Turney
Becky Vanderberry Elisa Vasquez Boone Vastine Jacob Walley John P. Warren, Jr. Emily Watkins
Teana Watson Richard Werlein Tom Whiteside Lisa Windsor Dulcie Wink Mari Wise
Chris Wood