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:

 

Jun 01

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

June 1 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jun 15

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

June 15 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jul 13

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

July 13 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jul 27

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

July 27 @ 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: June 15, 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 May 20, 2019

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 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