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Houston Volunteer Lawyers

Houston Volunteer Lawyers help low-income citizens that other programs often cannot serve, such as those who may not meet the financial criteria of other legal assistance programs or non-US citizens. This is what makes HVL unique. HVL's commitment to helping those in need strongly reinforces how deeply the legal profession cares about the Houston community.

Volunteer attorneys may accept many different types of cases. HVL attempts to match the volunteer attorney's requests with client needs. HVL screens all cases for merit and client financial eligibility. Malpractice coverage, materials, forms; pleadings and training (as needed) are provided to volunteers. Time commitments vary according to each case. Volunteer attorneys may also participate in statewide community education programs and telephone intake/advice only projects. Time commitment for these projects varies as well.

  • County(s) of Volunteer Opportunity: Harris
  • Area of law: Community Development, Consumer, Debt/Credit/Bankruptcy, Disability, Disaster and Crisis Assistance, Elder Law, Family & Juvenile, Foreclosure, Health, HIV/AIDS, Homeless, Housing, Public Benefits, Taxes, Veterans, Public Utilities, Special Education
  • Populations Served: Low Income
  • Opportunities For: Interpreters, Law school clinic, Law Students, Lawyers, Mentors, Mentors/consultants, Nonlitigation Projects, Paralegals, Senior Lawyers
  • Need for non-English services: Spanish
  • Hours for Pro Bono Opportunities: Flexible, Monthly Saturday Legal Advice Clinics from 8:30 am until approximately 1 pm
  • Malpractice insurance is provided for volunteers: Yes
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Training Required: No
  • CLE credit for trainings: Yes
  • CLE credit for pro bono: No
  • Mentoring or supervision offered: Yes
  • Volunteer lawyers need to meet a caseload or hours requirement: No
  • Types of projects in need of Pro Bono help: Client intake and screening, Draft legal documents (e.g., briefs), Litigation: Class actions, Litigation: Impact, Litigation: Support (e.g., discovery), Litigation: Trial/Direct Representation, Mentor volunteer lawyers or law students, Prepare legal education materials, Transactional work, Translate legal documents
  • Long Distance Opportunities: Conduct Research, Draft or Translate Legal Documents, Mentor Volunteer Lawyers
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: Yes
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