Who We Are
Houston Volunteer Lawyers is the pro bono legal aid arm of the Houston Bar Association. Founded in 1981, we help thousands of people each year with their most pressing legal needs, such as child custody, landlord/tenant, guardianship, and probate.
We are here because (unlike the criminal system) you have no right to an attorney if you cannot afford one to save your home or keep custody of your child. We fill this gap in the civil justice system by connecting eligible clients with private attorneys who volunteer their time.
Each year, we receive over 30,000 calls for help, and volunteer attorneys collectively donate over $5 million in free legal services.
To learn how you can apply, click "How to Get Help" at the top of the page.
We Help With
Tax Disputes with the IRS
We do not accept criminal, traffic, immigration, or fee-generating cases.
RT @BlankRomeLLP: Congrats to our #Houston office, named @HVLPtweets Equal Access to Justice Champion, & to Partner @susanbickley, appointe…6 days ago
Seeking Volunteers: Saturday Clinic - https://t.co/VCFEjgiEbI6 days ago
RT @ProBonoTX: FYI: @fema will host basic webinar on disaster recovery. #Harvey @thehba @HVLPtweets @TRLA @LStarLegal @TLSC https://t.co/WQ…1 week ago
Thank you @garderelaw for sponsoring the VA legal advice clinic this past Friday!1 week ago
Had a wonderful time celebrating the contributions Houston attorneys have made in the lives of so many HVL clients… https://t.co/Lq4FOhXEwY2 weeks ago