Houston Volunteer Lawyers, or HVL, the pro bono arm of the Houston Bar Association, recently announced Jessica Howton Stool as its new executive director. She began her new role on April 17, succeeding former HVL Executive Director Anne Chandler.

“Jessica brings a wealth of pro bono experience to this role,” said HVL Chair David E. Harrell in a press release. “She comes to HVL as we look to maximize our impact to pro bono services in greater Houston. In her role, Jessica will ensure we continue to make justice happen by providing direct legal assistance to thousands of low-income Houstonians, assist veterans through the Veterans Legal Initiative, and inspire, support, and empower Houston attorneys to volunteer their services through ongoing programs.”

Howton Stool joins HVL with numerous years of pro bono experience, including service to immigrant survivors. Most recently, she served as managing attorney with the Tahirih Justice Center, a role she held for 12 years. Prior to joining Tahirih, Howton Stool was an intern at Kids in Need of Defense during law school, where she represented unaccompanied migrant children. After finishing at Notre Dame Law School, she earned a Notre Dame fellowship to serve at Tahirih as a staff attorney.

“I’m thrilled to take the helm of Houston Volunteer Lawyers,” Howton Stool said in a press release. “I’m excited to work alongside HVL’s staff and board to efficiently deliver our high-quality pro bono services to as many Houstonians as possible and capturing the incredible power of Houston’s legal community to volunteer their services.”

To learn more about HVL, go to makejusticehappen.org.


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