Pro Bono Week CLE Opportunities


Divorce, Custody, support, remain one of the largest legal needs of low-income Houstonians. HVL’s long-running Family Law Seminar is an opportunity to learn from experts on how to handle such a case. From how to file for an indigent client, to what to file when, to what other legal issues might overlap with a case, and even an opportunity to hear from sitting Family Judges on what to expect in their courtrooms, this seminar is designed to give you the tools to handle one of these cases. It is a chance to learn not just the necessary aspects of family law, but also the changing nature of pro bono representation with new updates to the rules regarding indigent clients.

*The seminar is free if you accept a pro bono family law case through HVL, either at the seminar or if you accepted a case after September 1, 2018.



The Symposium will take place during Pro Bono Week on Wednesday, October 24 at 3:30 pm. The purpose of the symposium is to collaborate and discuss how in-house counsel can create a pro bono culture for both attorneys and non-attorneys and how they can  build on already existing relationships with outside counsel to extend their pro bono outreach.


The schedule of the Symposium is:

3:30 – Registration

3:45 – Welcome, Wafa Abdin, Executive Director, Houston Volunteer Lawyers

3:50 – Keynote Speaker, Jeffrey Kaplan, Executive Vice President Chief Legal Officer, LyondellBasell

4:05 – Panel Discussion on Building Pro Bono Culture

             Rob Johnson, Exxon (Moderator)

             Lauren Brogdon, Senior Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright and HVL Board Chair

             Phyllis Young, Partner, Akin Gump

             Monica Karuturi, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, CenterPoint

             Alyssa Schindler, Senior Counsel, Chevron

             Nicole Perry, Partner, Jones Day

4:45 – Pro Bono Speed Matching Discussion

              Audrey Momanaee, Partner, Foley Gardere

5:00 – Volunteer Appreciation / Pro Bono Matching Event


Immediately after the symposium, we are encouraging volunteers to participate in a pro bono speed matching event and to enjoy a networking Happy Hour hosted by CenterPoint.  

Posted: September 30, 2015