The Houston Bar Association's 11,250+ member attorneys have a continued commitment to serving the legal profession and the community. Established in 1870, the Association's purpose was to maintain high standards in the legal profession and provide legal education for Harris County attorneys. Today, the HBA, the fifth largest metropolitan bar association in the nation, still adheres to those basic principles, but has expanded its goals to include public service and better access to legal services for all citizens in the Greater Houston area. Public Information Brochure Download PDF
Each year, the HBA publishes a brochure for the public that provides information and phone numbers for the association's many community and legal services programs, in an effort to get the word out about the many types of help available through HBA programs. The brochures are widely distributed at forums such as the Houston Public Library, the Law Day Naturalization Ceremony, the People's Law School, the Harris County Jury Assembly Room, churches, social service agencies, and other groups. More than 51,000 copies were distributed during the past year to more than 80 groups. Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program
Through the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program, attorneys volunteer their time to provide legal services in civil matters for Houston's needy citizens. This program helps those who cannot get help through other legal aid programs and is based on income eligibility. Special units within the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program handle family law, Bankruptcy, HIV/AIDS, problems of the elderly, and victims of domestic violence. To reach the program, call (713) 228-0732 or click here to visit their website. Saturday Legal Advice ClinicsThe HBA's Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program offers Saturday Legal Advice Clinics at various community centers throughout Houston on the first Saturday of each month. The clinics are free, run from 9:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., and no appointment is necessary. Click here to see upcoming dates and locations for 2011.
Dispute Resolution Center
The Dispute Resolution Center offers residents of Harris County a free alternative to legal action. Services include community-based mediation, court-ordered mediation, arbitration, and moderated settlement conferences. Trained mediators and moderators help parties reach agreement before the problem leads to a costly lawsuit or violence. If you have a problem or lawsuit, mediation may be beneficial. For more information, please call (713) 755-8274 or click here to visit website. Houston Lawyer Referral Service
Provides access to competent legal representation in all areas of the law according to legal need, financial resources and geographic preference. Attorneys are screened and selected based on experience. The first 30-minute consultation is $20.00 after which the attorney will negotiate normal fees. HLRS assists over 125,000 individuals annually in Harris, Montgomery, Ft Bend, Brazoria and Galveston counties, TX. To speak to a trained staff member, call 713-237-9429 or click here for the Houston Lawyer Referral Service website. LegalLineThe Houston Bar Association offers free legal advice over the phone through LegalLine. The Mexican American Bar and the Hispanic Bar, together with the Houston Bar Association offer Consejos Legales for Spanish speakers.LegalLine Brochure click here to download PDF The Houston Bar Association offers free legal advice over the phone through LegalLine. The Mexican American Bar and the Hispanic Bar, together with the Houston Bar Association offer Consejos Legales for Spanish speakers.For all of these programs, call 713-759-1133 during the time specified.