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 18,000 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 23

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

March 23 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Apr 06

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

April 6 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Apr 27

HBA Veterans Legal Initiative
Free Walk-in Legal Clinic for Veterans – Lake Jackson

April 27 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
May 04

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

May 4 @ 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: June 1, September 28, and November 23, 2019
Galveston: July 27, 2019
Katy: March 23, June 15, September 14, and December 7, 2019
Lake Jackson: April 27 and August 10, 2019
Richmond: May 18 and October 12, 2019
Texas City: May 4 and November 9, 2019
Tomball: January 26, April 6, July 13, and 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 March 11, 2019

Farha Ahmed Felicia Alexander Michael Antalan Hans Barcus Ashley Barrill David Barron
Mike Belanger R.A. Bement Kate Blaine Ruby Bolton Lashay Bostic Bill Bowen
Boe Bowen Marsha Bradley Lauren Brogdon Kristi Buehring Michael Burg Ken Burton
Larry Champion Timothy Clark Margie Connolly Kyle Crowl Matthew A. Dekovich Glen D. Dunbar
John Eckel Max Fin Frank Fraley Jacky Franklin Paul Freeman David Frishman
Alicia German Serena Greene Betsy Grubbs Cynthia Haagenson Larry Harrison David Heller
Emily Hensley Janet Heppard Charlie Huber Paula Hughes Taylor Hunter Sylvester R. Jaime
Hon. Gary Janssen Allen Johnson Matt Jones Ed Joyal Megan Kehoe Jeff Kemp
Jeff Kilgore Elliott Klein Gus Knebel Charles Knobloch Juliann Krolick Tot Kim Le
Denny Lee Hye Kyoung Lee Emilio Longoria Bruce Mack Utsav Mathur Ed Mattingly
Lori Matthews Dan McClure Kerry McEniry R. Scott McKay Jeffrey J. Messock Elitza Meyer
Robin Minturn Danielle Mirabal Michael Moniz Allison Mundy Grace Nwanguma Alexander Papandreou
Lisa Pearce Kerry Pettijohn Ryan Rivera Christine Robertson Rick Rousseau Jim Sands
Bill Sanford Annie Scott Michael Schlafly Mark Shelley Dylon Simmons Arnessa Smith
Tony Sortino Sharon Steckler 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