The Houston Bar Association reports that in Houston alone, nearly half a million people qualify for legal aid based on federal poverty guidelines.
In recognition of National Pro Bono Week, which takes place October 25-31, the HBA is increasing its area volunteer efforts by holding special clinics and events—some of which will continue as permanent fixtures in the group’s ongoing pro bono initiatives.
Family Law LegalLine, 1-5 p.m., call-in only, 713-759-1133
Volunteers from the Houston Bar Association Family Law Section will answer calls from the public regarding family law legal matters and provide brief legal advice.
Veterans Legal Clinics
– Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, 2002 Holcombe (77030), 1-4 p.m.; walk-in basis
– Regional Veterans Affairs Office, 6900 Almeda Rd. (77054), 1-4 p.m.; walk-in basis
Volunteer attorneys will meet with veterans to answer legal questions and conduct intake for continued pro bono representation in civil matters.
Self-Help Divorce Clinic
Harris County Law Library, 1019 Congress (77002), 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; by appointment
This event will mark the start of a new permanent clinic for those representing themselves in certain kinds of divorce cases. Attendees should first complete the questionnaire at makejusticehappen.org/probonoweek. A member of the Houston Volunteer Lawyers’ staff will call qualified applicants to schedule an appointment.
The HBA is encouraging volunteers to share pro bono moments from the week by using #houprobono and #ABAdayofservice on social media.
For more information, go to makejusticehappen.org/probonoweek or call (713) 228-0732.