HVL hosts a variety of legal advice clinics throughout the year. We use clinics to perform intake. We recruit and depend on volunteer attorneys, firms, and corporations to help staff these clinics. Clinic volunteers are not obligated to take on a pro bono case, though experience tells us that many volunteers find pro bono cases that they are passionate about through our clinics!
Intake clinics typically last two to three hours and are held at various community centers and social service agencies throughout the greater Houston area. Each clinic begins with a brief training, and an HVL staff attorney is always present to help you. The volunteer attorney’s task is to assess the applicant’s legal issue, provide initial legal advice, and gather and note relevant facts. Individual interviews typically last between 20 to 30 minutes, with each volunteer seeing between three and five applicants at a clinic. HVL staff attorneys use the notes taken by volunteers at the clinic to make decisions about whether to accept a case for long-term representation.
Legal Advice Clinics are an excellent volunteer opportunity for lawyers in all areas and at every experience level. Clinic dates and locations are listed on the HVL website here. To volunteer for a clinic, advance notice is not required, but please contact our Pro Bono Coordinator to ensure we are not going to be overstaffed.
COVID-19 Update: Due to growing concerns regarding COVID-19, Houston Volunteer Lawyers is canceling all of the remaining March legal advice clinics. Starting on Friday, March 27, HVL will be conducting legal advice clinics remotely. We are seeking volunteer attorneys to call HVL applicants and provide legal advice and counsel over the phone on Friday afternoons from 2 pm - 5 pm. If you're interested in volunteering, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.