EIN 76-0090652

Houston Volunteer Lawyers

IRS 501(c) type
501(c)(3)
Num. employees
47
State
Year formed
1983
Most recent tax filings
2019-12
NTEE code, primary
Description
To provide pro bono legal services to low-income men and women of Harris County and to promote volunteerism among the legal community.
Also known as...
Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program

Program areas at Houston Volunteer Lawyers

Houston Volunteer Lawyers (HVL) is a non-profit service of the Houston Bar Association. HVL provides free legal aid to low-income Houstonians facing civil legal problems (e.g., family law, probate, landlord/tenant) through legal advice clinics that target and serve different populations (e.g., the general public, U.S. Veterans, the Chinese and Vietnamese communities, persons with HIV/AIDS). HVL has a screening process for extended representation services through which applicants are connected with a pro bono lawyer in private practice for the life of their legal problem. In 2019, HVL provided in-person, one-on-one legal advice to over 4,257 applicants at no charge, over 2,080 of whom were United States Veterans. 897 of their matters were referred to pro bono lawyers for long-term representation. In addition, Houston Volunteer Lawyers assisted 11,481 self-represented litigants at its Self Help Program in 2019. Overall, volunteer attorneys donated 13,350 hours in legal services through Houston Volunteer Lawyers in 2019. At a rate of $260 per hour, the time donated by Houston Volunteer Lawyers volunteers represents a benefit to low-income persons in 2019 of $3,471,460.

Form 990s for Houston Volunteer Lawyers

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2019-122021-03-02990View PDF
2018-122020-01-03990View PDF
2017-122018-12-22990View PDF
2016-122017-11-06990View PDF
2015-122017-01-17990View PDF
...and 6 more Form 990s

Who funds Houston Volunteer Lawyers

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
GrantmakerDescriptionAmount
Houston Bar FoundationThis Grant Provides Pro Bono Legal Assistance in Civil Matters To Harris County Citizens Who Would Otherwise Have No Access To the Legal System.$871,250
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...and 5 more grants received
Federal funding details
Federal agencyProgram nameAmount
Department of Health and Human ServicesHIV EMERGENCY RELIEF PROJECT GRANTS$242,827
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...and 4 more federal grants / contracts

Financials for Houston Volunteer Lawyers

RevenuesFYE 12/2019
Total grants, contributions, etc.$3,575,920
Program services$0
Investment income and dividends$9
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$0
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$0
Total revenues$3,575,929

Personnel at Houston Volunteer Lawyers

NameTitleCompensation
Michael HofrichterExecutive Director From May$66,892
Wafa AbdinExecutive Director To June$64,710
Rina MejiaOfficer Manager
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...and 3 more key personnel

Organizations like Houston Volunteer Lawyers

OrganizationLocationRevenue
Empire Justice CenterRochester, NY$6,525,571
HIV Law ProjectBrooklyn, NY$931,181
Community Health Law Project (CHLP)South Orange, NJ$6,482,549
Legal Services of Northern CaliforniaSacramento, CA$11,181,649
Land of Lincoln Legal AidEast St Louis, IL$9,422,631
Iowa Legal AidDes Moines, IA$11,758,491
Michigan Advocacy Program (MAP)Ypsilanti, MI$10,756,443
Legal Services of Greater MiamiMiami, FL$8,359,707
Delaware Volunteer Legal ServicesWilmington, DE$1,032,700
Georgia Legal Services Program (GLSP)Atlanta, GA$15,712,807
Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar AssociationOrlando, FL$4,125,266
Florida Rural Legal ServicesLakeland, FL$6,409,892
The Justice and Diversity Center of The Bar Association of San Francisco (JDC)San Francisco, CA$7,666,422
Mid-Minnesota Legal AssistanceMinneapolis, MN$15,931,036
Atlanta Legal Aid SocietyAtlanta, GA$12,481,311
Vermont Legal AidBurlington, VT$7,680,022
Indianapolis Legal Aid SocietyIndianapolis, IN$1,282,594
Legal Services for New York City (LSNYC)New York, NY$13,207,478
North MS Rural Legal ServicesOxford, MS$3,099,511
New Mexico State Bar FoundationAlbuquerque, NM$1,320,837
Community Legal Services of Mid-FloridaOrlando, FL$10,830,066
AIDS Legal Referral Panel of San Francisco Bay AreaSan Francisco, CA$1,739,914
Legal Aid Society of San Mateo CountyRedwood City, CA$3,990,172
Legal Aid of Western MissouriKansas City, MO$8,722,506
Mississippi Center for JusticeJackson, MS$3,223,464
Nonprofit Types
Issues
Characteristics
Key performance indicators
Total revenues
$3,575,929
2019
Yearly growth
-13.2%
% of revenues
n/a
Total expenses
$3,476,041
2019
Yearly growth
1.6%
% of expenses
n/a
Total assets
$2,712,106
2019
Yearly growth
5.5%
% of assets
n/a
Num. employees
47
2019
Yearly growth
-14.5%
% of total
n/a
General information
Address
1111 Bagby FLB 300
Houston, TX 77002
Metro area
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
Website URL
makejusticehappen.org/ 
Phone
(713) 228-0735
IRS details
EIN
76-0090652
Fiscal year end
December
Taxreturn type
Form 990
Year formed
1983
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
Yes
Categorization
NTEE code, primary
I80: Legal Services
NAICS code, primary
5411: Legal Services
Parent/child status
Central organization