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 27

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

July 27 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Aug 10

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

August 10 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sep 14

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

September 14 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sep 28

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

September 28 @ 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: 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 July 15, 2019

Robert Abreo John Adkins Farha Ahmed Felicia Alexander 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 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 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 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