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 Houston Bar Foundation, and the Texas Veterans Commission.

To date, the program has served over 20,000 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
*TEMPORARY LOCATION: Building 108-A, near main valet 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 23

HBA Veterans Legal Initiative
Free Walk-in Legal Clinic for Veterans – Conroe

November 23 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Dec 07

HBA Veterans Legal Initiative
Free Walk-in Legal Clinic for Veterans – Katy

December 7 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

 

2019 Saturday Clinic Schedule (Chronological)

Saturday Clinic Schedule by City

Each clinic is held from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the city’s VA Outpatient Clinic.
Conroe: November 23, 2019
Katy: December 7, 2019
Texas City: November 9, 2019 [CANCELED]

 


 

If you are a veteran with a question about legal services, contact:
Robert Morales
Staff Attorney, VLI
713-333-VETS (8387) or Robert.Morales@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 Saturday VLI clinics in 2018 and 2019!

List updated October 28, 2019

Robert Abreo John Adkins Farha Ahmed Felicia Alexander Matthew Allen Carla Alvarenga
Mark Andrus Michael Antalan Hans Barcus Ashley Barrill David Barron Ozzie Bayazitoglu
Trevor Beam Mike Belanger Michael Bell Katie Belleville R.A. Bement Kate Blaine
Ruby Bolton Robert Booth Lashay Bostic Whitney Bosworth Bill Bowen Boe Bowen
Marsha Bradley Lauren Brogdon Robert Brown Kristi Buehring Michael Burg Ken Burton
Hon. Jerry Bussell Sarah Callahan Heather Carson Allen A. Cease Larry Champion Edmund W. Chapman
Lilia Cimino Meredith Clark Timothy Clark William Collins Susan Coney Brent Cooper
Jim Cooper Margie Connolly Kyle Crowl Mindy Davidson Matthew A. Dekovich Andrew del Junco
Stacy Dickson Tracey Druce Glen D. Dunbar John Eckel Max Fin Brian Finch
Megan Ford Frank Fraley Jacky Franklin Paul Freeman David Frishman Alicia German
Serena Greene A. Edward Groff Betsy Grubbs Cynthia Haagenson Britney Harrison Larry Harrison
E. Stephanie Hebert David Heller Laila Hemani Emily Hensley Janet Heppard Haley Horowitz
Charlie Huber Paula Hughes Taylor Hunter Ashley Hymel Miles Indest Sylvester R. Jaime
Hon. Gary Janssen Lauren Jenkins Allen Johnson Robert Johnson Matt Jones Ed Joyal
Megan Kehoe Jeff Kemp Jeff Kilgore Michael Kinzer Elliott Klein Gus Knebel
Charles Knobloch Rachel Koehn Juliann Krolick Tot Kim Le Denny Lee Hye Kyoung Lee
Andrew Lehmann Stu Levin Jon Longerbone Emilio Longoria Bruce Mack Utsav Mathur
Ed Mattingly Lori Matthews Dan McClure Kerry McEniry R. Scott McKay Jeffrey J. Messock
Elitza Meyer Tiffany Minks Robin Minturn Danielle Mirabal Michael Moniz Allison Mundy
Greg Novack Grace Nwanguma Tyler Outré Alexander Papandreou Rachel Payne Lisa Pearce
Carissa Peterson Kerry Pettijohn David Portz Kay Pruitt Phillip Rendon Ryan Rivera
Christine Robertson Timothy Rose Rick Rousseau Jim Sands Bill Sanford Annie Scott
Michael Schlafly Mark Shelley Dylon Simmons Brendon Singh Arnessa Smith Tony Sortino
Sharon Steckler Suni Sukduang Job Tennant Austin Thomas Peter Tipps Matt Todd
Sue Turney Becky Vanderberry Elisa Vasquez Boone Vastine Jacob Walley Valorie Warner
John P. Warren, Jr. Emily Watkins Teana Watson Andrew Weaver Richard Werlein Tom Whiteside
Christine Wilson Lisa Windsor Dulcie Wink Mari Wise Chris Wood

Resources for Veterans

Veterans Benefits

Health Care

  • Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center – houston.va.gov, (713) 791-1414 or 1 (800) 553-2278

Crisis Intervention and Mental Health

Housing

  • U.S. Vets at Midtown Terrace Residential Assistance – usvetsinc.org, (832) 203-1626
  • DeGeorge SRO at Union Station – (713) 224-1418

Employment

  • Veterans Employment Training Service – dol.gov/vets, 1 (866) 4-USA-DOL (87-2365)
  • Workforce Solutions – wrksolutions.com, 1 (888) 469-JOBS (5627)
  • Texas Veterans Commission – tvc.texas.gov, (713) 383-2756

Transportation

  • Houston Metro – ridemetro.org, (713) 635-4000
  • EZ Tag/Harris County Toll Road Authority – hctra.org, (281) 875-EASY (3279) for customer service or (281) 584-7500 for roadside assistance

Identification

Other Helpful Links