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
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 28

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

September 28 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Oct 12

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

October 12 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Oct 26

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

October 26 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Nov 09

HBA Veterans Legal Initiative
Free Walk-in Legal Clinic for Veterans – Texas City

November 9 @ 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: September 28 and November 23, 2019
Galveston: July 27, 2019
Katy: September 14 and December 7, 2019
Lake Jackson: August 10, 2019
Richmond: October 12, 2019
Texas City: November 9, 2019
Tomball: October 26, 2019

 


 

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 August 13, 2019

Robert Abreo John Adkins Farha Ahmed Felicia Alexander Mark Andrus Michael Antalan
Hans Barcus Ashley Barrill David Barron Ozzie Bayazitoglu Mike Belanger R.A. Bement
Kate Blaine Ruby Bolton Robert Booth Lashay Bostic Bill Bowen Boe Bowen
Marsha Bradley Lauren Brogdon Kristi Buehring Michael Burg Ken Burton Hon. Jerry Bussell
Sarah Callahan Allen A. Cease Larry Champion Meredith Clark Timothy Clark Brent Cooper
Jim Cooper Margie Connolly Kyle Crowl Matthew A. Dekovich Stacy Dickson Glen D. Dunbar
John Eckel Max Fin Megan Ford Frank Fraley Jacky Franklin Paul Freeman
David Frishman Alicia German Serena Greene Betsy Grubbs Cynthia Haagenson Britney Harrison
Larry Harrison 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 Allen 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 Grace Nwanguma Tyler Outré
Alexander Papandreou Rachel Payne Lisa Pearce Carissa Peterson Kerry Pettijohn David Portz
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 Job Tennant Austin Thomas Peter Tipps
Sue Turney Becky Vanderberry Elisa Vasquez Boone Vastine Jacob Walley Valorie Warner
John P. Warren, Jr. Emily Watkins Teana Watson 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