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:
March 24 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
April 7 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
April 21 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
May 5 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2018 Saturday Clinic Schedule
If you are a veteran with a question about legal services, contact:
Staff Attorney, VLI
713-333-VETS (8387) or Andrew.Lehmann@hvlp.org
Are you an attorney who would like to volunteer for the Veterans Legal Initiative? Click here for volunteer form.
Thank you to our veterans legal clinic volunteers from January 19, 2018
From Chevron: attorneys Kerry McEniry, Robin Minturn and Alexander Papandreou; and paralegals Kristi Buehring, Alicia German, and Becky Vanderberry.
From Norton Rose Fulbright LLP: attorneys Lauren Brogdon, Matthew A. Dekovich, Emilio Longoria, Dan McClure, Utsav Mathur, and Peter Tipps.
As well as Elliott Klein from the Law Office of Elliott Klein and Ryan Rivera from Vinson & Elkins LLP.
Resources for Veterans