Volunteer Opportunities

Below are opportunities for lawyers, deferred associates, law students and others to donate time to help legal aid serve those Texans in need of civil legal services.  Most programs provide in-house mentoring, training, and malpractice insurance to qualified volunteers. 

The volunteer opportunities are listed by city, please either click a city below or scroll down to find yours.  If a pro bono opportunity is not listed in your city or nearby, please call 800-204-2222, ext. 1855. 

Amarillo / Angleton / Austin / Beaumont / Belton / Brownsville / Bryan / Conroe / Corpus Christi / Dallas / / Denton / El Paso / Fort Worth / Galveston / Harlingen / Houston / Longview / Lubbock / Midland/Odessa/San Angelo / McKinney / Nacogdoches / Paris / Richmond / San Antonio / Texarkana / The Woodlands / Tyler / Waco / Waxahachie /
Wichita Falls

  

ABILENE & BROWNWOOD        

Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas

Contact: Guadalupe (Lupe) Elizondo

Phone: 325-677-8591
Office Address: 500 Chestnut # 901, Abilene, TX 79602
Volunteer Work Needed: Conduct client interviews at clinics and accept cases from the clinic or volunteer to accept cases.

 

AMARILLO  

Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas  

Contact:  Luisa Vigil
Phone:  806-373-6808
Office Address:  203 West 8th, Ste 600, Amarillo, TX 79101
Volunteer Work Needed: Conduct client interviews at clinics and accept cases from the clinic or volunteer to accept cases.

ANGLETON  

Lone Star Legal Aid
Contact:  Linda Good, Supervising Attorney
Phone: 713-652-0077 x 1245
Office Address: 1415 Fannin, Houston, TX 77002
Volunteer work needed:  Pro bono attorneys, paralegals and law students for a variety of civil cases.

AUSTIN

Advocacy, Inc.

Contact:   Richard Lavallo, Legal Director

Phone:  512.454.4816-Austin  800.252.9108 toll free

Office Address:  7800 Shoal Creek Blvd., Austin, TX 78757

Volunteer Work Need:  Assist with legal research, drafting pleadings, briefs and discovery, and providing assistance at administrative hearings and court proceedings.  Also volunteer attorneys to provide legal services to individuals in specific disability related law through our special education legal clinics in central Texas.

 

American Gateways

Contact: Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch, Pro Bono Coordinator 

Phone: 512.478.0546 x 213

Office Address: 314 E. Highland Mall Blvd. Suite 501Austin, TX  78723

Volunteer Work Need: Opportunities range from asylum representation in Immigration Court to Violence Against Women Act administrative petitions, and visa petitions for victims of trafficking and other violent crimes in the US.  Pro bono attorneys interested in administrative or litigation work will be matched with cases to fit their needs and interests.


The Diocesan Law Project  

Contact: Linda Conway 

Phone:  512-494-2419

Address: 6225 HWY 290 E, Austin, TX 78723

 

Equal Justice Center

Contact:  Aaron Johnson, Attorney / Volunteer Coordinator

Phone:  512-474-0007 ext-104

Office Address:  510 South Congress Ave, Suite 206, Austin, TX 78704

Volunteer Work Need :    Direct legal assistance and/or co-counsel on employment litigation to recover unpaid wages for low-wage working men and women, regardless of immigration status.  Work in collaboration with non-profit employment rights law firm and with affiliated University of Texas Law School – Transnational Worker Rights Clinic.

 

Texas Advocacy Project

Contact:  Denise Moy, Legal Director

Phone:  512-476-5377

Office Address:  P.O. Box 833, Austin, TX 78767

Volunteer Work Need:  Volunteer referral attorneys provide a free half-hour consultation in person or by phone.  Volunteer attorneys also assist clients with drafting pleadings and other court documents in connection with our assisted self-representation program. 

 

Texas Legal Services Center - The Legal Hotline for Texans

Contact:  Moriah Steinthal

Phone:   512-477-6000

Office Address:   815 Brazos, Suite 1100, Austin, TX 78701

Volunteer Work Needed:  Handle telephone calls from eligible callers. Non-attorney volunteers assist with intake and referrals. Volunteer attorneys also assist with legislative advocacy and to assist low-income Texans with pension rights cases, cases for victims of nursing facility abuse/neglect, HHSC fair hearings, and cases involving access to health care.


Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
Contact:  David Hall or Pablo Almaguer
Phone:  956-393-6200
Office Address:  4920 I-35, Austin, TX 78751
Volunteer Work Needed:  Opportunities for private attorneys, deferred lawyers, and law students.

University of Texas School of Law – Transnational Worker Rights Clinic

Contact:  Bill Beardall,  Clinical Professor of Law

Phone:  512-784-0683

Office Address:  510 South Congress Ave, Suite 206, Austin, TX 78704

Volunteer Work Need: Direct legal assistance and/or co-counsel on employment litigation to recover unpaid wages for low-wage working men and women, regardless of immigration status.  Work in collaboration with UT Law School – Transnational Worker Rights Clinic and with affiliated non-profit employment rights law firm.

 

Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas

Contact:  Anna K Meyers, Associate Director

Phone: (512) 476-5550

Office Address: 816 Congress Ave., Ste, 701, Austin, TX 78701

Volunteer Work Need:  Attorneys to handle a wide variety of civil matters, from provision of advice through full representation.

BEAUMONT  

Jefferson County Bar Association Pro Bono Program  

Contact:  Cindy Torrans, Pro Bono Coordinator
Phone:  409-835-8647
Office Address:  1001 Pearl Street, Ste. 202, Beaumont, TX 77701
Volunteer Work Needed:  We work with Lone Star Legal Aid who qualifies the applicants, then sends files to our programs.  We then place the files with volunteer attorneys.  Our primary need is the family law area but we place all types of cases from LSLA.  We offer many benefits to our volunteer attorneys including malpractice insurance for pro bono cases.

BELTON  

Lone Star Legal Aid
Contact:  Linda Good, Supervising Attorney
Phone: 713-652-0077 x 1245
Office Address: 1415 Fannin, Houston, TX 77002
Volunteer work needed:  Pro bono attorneys, paralegals and law students for a variety of civil cases.

BROWNSVILLE

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
Contact:  David Hall or Pablo Almaguer
Phone:  956-393-6200

Office Address:  531 E. St. Francis St., Brownsville, TX 78520
Volunteer Work Needed:  Opportunities for private attorneys, deferred lawyers, and law students.

BRYAN  

Lone Star Legal Aid
Contact:  Linda Good, Supervising Attorney
Phone: 713-652-0077 x 1245
Office Address: 1415 Fannin, Houston, TX 77002
Volunteer work needed:  Pro bono attorneys, paralegals and law students for a variety of civil cases.

CONROE  

Lone Star Legal Aid
Contact:  Linda Good, Supervising Attorney
Phone: 713-652-0077 x 1245
Office Address: 1415 Fannin, Houston, TX 77002
Volunteer work needed:  Pro bono attorneys, paralegals and law students for a variety of civil cases.

CORPUS CHRISTI

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
Contact:  David Hall or Pablo Almaguer
Phone:  956-393-6200
Office Address:
Volunteer Work Needed:  Opportunities for private attorneys, deferred lawyers, and law students.

 

DALLAS

Legal Hospice of Texas 

Contact:   Cynthia Emerson, Coordinator of Volunteer Services 

Phone:  214.521.6622 

Office Address:   3626 N. Hall Street, Suite 820, Dallas, TX  75219 

Volunteer Work Need:   Services and support are provided in the areas of estate planning, insurance, employment, public benefits and housing.  All cases are related to a person's qualifying health diagnosis (terminal condition, end-stage of a chronic condition, or HIV disease). 

  

Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program

Contact:  Michelle Alden, Managing Attorney

Phone:  214-243-2234

Office Address:  1515 Main Street, Dallas, Texas 75201

Volunteer work needed: Seeks deferred associates and/or recent law school graduates to assist with case management duties, summarizing cases for placement with volunteer attorneys, assisting at recruiting and continuing legal education events, and interviewing applicants at legal clinics. 

DENTON

Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas

Contact: Glenda Hill

Phone:  940-383-1406

Office Address:  625 Dallas Drive # 350, Denton, TX 7620

Volunteer work needed: Conduct client interviews at clinics and accept cases from the clinic or volunteer to accept cases.

EDINBURG

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
Contact:  David Hall or Pablo Almaguer
Phone:  956-393-6200
Office Address: 316 South Closner Blvd., Edinburg, TX 78539
Volunteer Work Needed:  Opportunities for private attorneys, deferred lawyers, and law students.

EL PASO

Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services, Inc.

Contact:  Iliana Holguin, Executive Director

Phone:  915-532-3975, ext. 213

Office Address:  2400A E. Yandell, El Paso, TX 79903

Volunteer Work Need:  Represent immigrants and unaccompanied immigrant children detained by the U.S. Border Patrol and/or Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facing removal from the United States

 

Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center

Contact:  Eduardo Beckett

Phone:  915-544-5126 ext. 24

Office Address: 1500 E. Yandell, El Paso, TX 79902

Volunteer Work Needed:  Volunteer attorneys to assist in representing clients who are escaping the drug violence in Juarez, Mexico (Mexican Asylum Project).

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
Contact:  David Hall or Pablo Almaguer
Phone:  956-393-6200

Office Address:  1331 Texas Ave., El Paso TX 79901
Volunteer Work Needed:  Opportunities for private attorneys, deferred lawyers, and law students.

FORT WORTH

Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas

Contact:  Ellena Simmons
Phone: 817-336-3947
Office address: 
600 E. Weatherford, 2nd Floor Fort Worth, TX 76102
                               Weatherford, TX
Volunteer work needed: Conduct client interviews at clinics and accept cases from the clinic or volunteer to accept cases.

GALVESTON  

Lone Star Legal Aid
Contact:  Linda Good, Supervising Attorney
Phone: 713-652-0077 x 1245
Office Address: 1415 Fannin, Houston, TX 77002
Volunteer work needed:  Pro bono attorneys, paralegals and law students for a variety of civil cases.

 

 

HARLINGEN

ProBAR’s Detained Adult Project and Immigrant Children’s Assistance Project

Contact:  Meredith Linsky, Director or Carly Salazar, Pro Bono Coordinator

Phone:

Office Address:  301 E. Madison Ave., Harlingen, TX 78550

   119 W. Van Buren, Ste. 205, Harlingen, TX 78550

Volunteer work needed:  Volunteer lawyers to represent asylum-seekers and immigrants seeking to remain in the United States through various forms of immigration relief and cases of unaccompanied children who are held in federal detention facilities in South Texas.


Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
Contact:  David Hall or Pablo Almaguer
Phone:  956-393-6200
Office Address:  308 E. Harrison Ave., Harlingen, TX 78550
Volunteer Work Needed:  Opportunities for private attorneys, deferred lawyers, and law students.

HOUSTON

Boat People SOS Legal Services

Contact: Vinh Ho, Lead Staff Attorney

Phone: 281-530-6888

Office Address: 11360 Bellaire Blvd., Suite 910, Houston, TX 77072

Volunteer Work Need: Provide Vietnamese immigrants with legal services and referrals in matters including insurance claims, public benefits, landlord/tenant, FEMA appeals, contractor/home repair fraud, health care access, family law, and property law;  draft pleadings and petitions; attend court hearings; assist clients with immigration forms.  Spanish and Vietnamese fluency helpful, but not required.

 

Cabrini Center for Immigrant Legal Assistance at Catholic Charities

Contact Person: Erin Langley, Business Manager

Phone: 713-874-6565

Office Address:  2900 Louisiana Street, Houston, TX 77006 

Volunteer work needed:  Volunteer attorneys for the following types of cases: family-based immigration; asylum; citizenship; VAWA, T visas, and U visas for victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, and other serious crimes; unaccompanied minors in removal proceedings; and other assistance to refugees. Volunteers will interact with clients, prepare cases, assist with legal research, and experience immigration court. Spanish speakers preferred.

 

Cathedral Justice Project - A program of Cathedral Health & Outreach Ministries

Contact:  Bob Thurmond, Managing Attorney

Phone:   713-220-9780

Office Location: 1212 Prairie,  Houston, TX 77002

Provides pro bono legal assistance to the homeless and those unable to access traditional legal services focused on the working poor.  CJP is expanding services in elder law, health law and veterans benefits, and is seeking additional volunteer assistance with litigation and appeals. 

 

Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program, Inc.

Contact:  David Mandell, Executive Director

Phone:  713-228-0735

Office location(s):   712 Main Street, Suite 2700, Houston, TX 77002

                                  3100 Richmond, Suite 405, Houston, TX 77098

Volunteer work needed:  Interview applicants for legal services, enter salient information into a case management database, provide initial counsel and advice, advise applicants regarding “next steps”, develop brief case summaries for referral to local pro bono counsel. May represent applicants in brief actions. May draft petitions and estate planning documents for low-income applicants.

 

Immigrant Victim Services, Asylum Pro Bono Project

Contact Person:  Ramona C. Vargas, Immigrant Victim Services Coordinator

Phone:  713-339-9015

Office Address:  6300 Westpark Drive, Suite 600, Houston, TX 77057

Volunteer work needed:  Research on immigration law, preparing cases, representing clients on cases such as VAWA; U visa T visa, asylum cases and representing clients in immigration court proceedings.

Lone Star Legal Aid
Contact:  Linda Good, Supervising Attorney
Phone: 713-652-0077 x 1245
Office Address: 1415 Fannin, Houston, TX 77002
Volunteer work needed:  Pro bono attorneys, paralegals and law students for a variety of civil cases.


LONGVIEW  

Lone Star Legal Aid
Contact:  Linda Good, Supervising Attorney
Phone: 713-652-0077 x 1245
Office Address: 1415 Fannin, Houston, TX 77002
Volunteer work needed:  Pro bono attorneys, paralegals and law students for a variety of civil cases.

LUBBOCK and Plainview
Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas

Lubbock:  Nancy Mojica,  806-763-4557, 1220 Broadway # 1601, 78401
Plainview: Sylvia Chavez, 806-293-8491, 305 W. 7th St., 79072

Volunteer Work Needed: Conduct client interviews at clinics and accept cases from the clinic or volunteer to accept cases.

McKINNEY
Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas

Contact:  Jan Kearney

Phone:  806-763-4557

Office Address:  1220 Broadway # 1601, Lubbock, TX  78401

Volunteer Work Needed: Conduct client interviews at clinics and accept cases from the clinic or volunteer to accept cases.

MIDLAND / ODESSA / SAN ANGELO
Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas

Midland:  Pedro (Pete) Fierro  915-686-0647, 212 W. Main St., #100, 79701
Odessa:  Jacqueline Harden  432-332-1207, 620 N. Grant St. #410, 79761
San Angelo:  Tonnie Robbins 325-653-6982, 17 S. Chadbourne #43, 76903

Volunteer Work Needed: Conduct client interviews at clinics and accept cases from the clinic or volunteer to accept cases.

 

NACOGDOCHES  

Lone Star Legal Aid
Contact:  Linda Good, Supervising Attorney
Phone: 713-652-0077 x 1245
Office Address: 1415 Fannin, Houston, TX 77002
Volunteer work needed:  Pro bono attorneys, paralegals and law students for a variety of civil cases. 


PARIS  

Lone Star Legal Aid
Contact:  Linda Good, Supervising Attorney
Phone: 713-652-0077 x 1245
Office Address: 1415 Fannin, Houston, TX 77002
Volunteer work needed:  Pro bono attorneys, paralegals and law students for a variety of civil cases.

 

 

RICHMOND 

Fort Bend Lawyers Care

Contact:  Holly Reyes, Interim Executive Director

Phone: 281-239-0015
Office Address:  310 Morton Street #566, Richmond, TX 77469
Volunteer Work Need
: Accepting pro bono civil cases, advice and counsel, staffing clinics or telephone intake/hotlines, or providing assistance to pro se litigants

SAN ANTONIO

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of San Antonio Immigration Services

Contact:  David Yanez, Staff Attorney/ Pro Bono Coordinator 

Phone: 210-433-3256

Office location: 2903 W. Salinas Street, San Antonio, TX 78207-2858

Volunteer Work Need:  To assist the STAR Program (Serving Together Achieves Results) in providing immigration legal services to low income victims of crime, domestic violence and human trafficking in South Central Texas.  Immigration experience not necessary.

Equal Justice Center

Contact Person:    Yuri Jimenez, Attorney / Volunteer Coordinator

Phone:   512-308-6222 ext-102

Office Address: 6609 Blanco Rd., Suite 260, San Antonio, TX 78216

Volunteer work needed:  Direct legal assistance and/or co-counsel on employment litigation to recover unpaid wages for low-wage working men and women, regardless of immigration status.  Work in collaboration with non-profit employment rights law firm and with affiliated UT Law School – Transnational Worker Rights Clinic.

 

Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc. (The Battered Women and Children’s Shelter)

Contact:  Shelly M. Siegfried, Director of Legal Services

Phone:  210-733-8810 or 210-930-3669

Office Address:  7911 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209

Volunteer work needed:  Accepting pro bono civil cases, researching or drafting pleadings and/or providing assistance to pro se litigants.

 

Refugee & Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES)

Contact:  Jonathan Ryan
Phone:  210-226-7722
Office Address:  1305 N. Flores, St. San Antonio, TX 78212

 

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
Contact:  David Hall or Pablo Almaguer
Phone:  956-393-6200
Office Address: 111 N. Main, San Antonio, TX 78212
Volunteer Work Needed:  Opportunities for private attorneys, deferred lawyers, and law students.

 

THE WOODLANDS

Montgomery County Women’s Center

Contact:  Karmel Willis, Managing Attorney

Phone:  281-292-4155 x285 

Office Address:  1600 Lake Front Circle, Suite 100, The Woodlands, TX  380

Volunteer work needed:  Represent domestic violence clients in need of protective orders.  Although these cases are a priority, we also assist clients with divorces and suits affecting the parent child relationship in some instances. 

TEXARKANA  

Lone Star Legal Aid
Contact:  Linda Good, Supervising Attorney
Phone: 713-652-0077 x 1245
Office Address: 1415 Fannin, Houston, TX 77002
Volunteer work needed:  Pro bono attorneys, paralegals and law students for a variety of civil cases.  

TYLER

Lone Star Legal Aid
Contact:  Linda Good, Supervising Attorney
Phone: 713-652-0077 x 1245
Office Address: 1415 Fannin, Houston, TX 77002
Volunteer work needed:  Pro bono attorneys, paralegals and law students for a variety of civil cases.

Smith County Volunteer Attorney Program

Contact:  Holly R. Monk, Smith County Reference Attorney and Volunteer Attorney Coordinator

Phone:   903-952-1107

Office Address:   Smith County Courthouse, 100 N. Broadway 21B, Tyler, TX 75702

Volunteer work needed:  I work with Lone Star Legal Aid, who qualifies the applicants, then sends the file to me.   I then place the file with a volunteer attorney.   Our primary need is the family law area, but we place all of the types of cases that Lone Star Legal Aid handles.

WACO  

Lone Star Legal Aid
Contact:  Linda Good, Supervising Attorney
Phone: 713-652-0077 x 1245
Office Address: 1415 Fannin, Houston, TX 77002
Volunteer work needed:  Pro bono attorneys, paralegals and law students for a variety of civil cases.

WAXAHACHIE

Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas

Contact:  Patricia (Trish) Walker

Phone: 972-923-3344
Contact Address:
110 E. Main Street # 200, Waxahachie, TX 75165
Volunteer Work Needed: Conduct client interviews at clinics and accept cases from the clinic or volunteer to accept cases.

WICHITA FALLS

Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas

Contact:  Linda Gomez

Phone:  940-723-5542
Office Address:  703 Scott Avenue, Wichita Falls, TX 76301
Volunteer Work Needed: Conduct client interviews at clinics and accept cases from the clinic or volunteer to accept cases.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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