The Houston Volunteer Lawyers expanded its pro se assistance program, known as the Library Booth, which provides legal information for people representing themselves typically in family law matters like divorce and custody modification.
The program will now be open five days a week from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Harris County Law Library on 1019 Congress Avenue in downtown Houston.
“Because of the incredible demand for assistance to self-represented litigants, we are pleased to offer expanded opportunities for help,” said Alistair Dawson, president of the Houston Bar Association. “We believe the extended hours will benefit the courts and the administration of justice, as well as the pro se litigants.”
The program, which helped 1,457 people in 2017, has a host of volunteers, including HVL senior staff attorneys and paralegals and lawyers from rotating Houston law firms.
HVL is also looking to expand in other areas of its pro se divorce program with monthly divorce clinics on the horizon, as well as paid internships to help litigants with documents and forms such as petitions, final decrees, civil process requests, and civil answers.
For more information, go to makejusticehappen.org or visit the HVL office, 201 Caroline St., 17th Fl., Houston 77002, from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.