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Updated and Compiled by Barry Klopfer, former Circulation Assistant
Editing and Layout by James G. Durham, former Publications and Reference Librarian
Telephone Number Verification by Felicia Escalera, Document Delivery Assistant, and Lynette Williams, Circulation Assistant

         

FRED PARKS LAW LIBRARY SELF HELP WEBPAGE

Self Help Page

PRO BONO LEGAL ASSISTANCE

Advocate Senior Legal Center
Administrative, family, general civil legal matters.
713.521.7704

Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse & Violence
Legal representation & counseling.
713.224.9911

American Civil Liberties Union
Only assists with infringement of state & federal Bill of Rights. Requests for assistance MUST be in writing.
713.942.8146

Catholic Charities Texas Center for Immigrant Legal Assistance
Asylum, deportation, exclusion, family visas, & naturalization for low-income immigrants.
713.228.5200

Child Abuse / Adoption Committee
Pro bono adoption assistance.
713.229.1372

City of Houston Dept. of Housing & Community Development
Fair Housing Office

Assists residents who have experienced discrimination in apartment rental or regarding a home purchase. Only discrimination based upon race, color, religion, national origin, sex, family status, or disability.
713.868.8300

Divorce Process Pro Se Clinic
Free class on 3d Saturday of each month.
713.228.0732

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Wage & discrimination cases.
713.209.3320 or 713.209.3439 TTY

Family Violence Legal Hotline
Free legal advice for persons encountering family violence.
800.799.7233 or 800.787.3223 TDD

General Legal Hotline
Low-income assistance in English & Spanish.
800.777.3247

Gulf Coast Legal Foundation
Performs civil pro bono legal assistance for low-income persons facing bankruptcy, dissolution of marriage, domestic violence, consumer issues, housing problems, wills & estates, torts, real estate, & public benefits.
713.652.0077 or 800.733.8394

Housing & Urban Development
Housing Discrimination & Landlord Reporting

Receives complaints regarding Fair Housing Rights & HUD landlords.
800.669.9777 or 800.927.9275 TDD or 800.685.8470

Houston Bar Appellate Practice Section Pro Bono Committee
Appellate pro bono representation.
713.547.2018

Houston Bar Association Legal Line / Consejos Legales
1st & 3d Wed. each month, 5-9 p.m. Legal advice in Spanish on the 1st Thurs. of each month.
713.759.1133

Houston Juvenile Law Clinic
Minor criminal, family, & general civil.
713.546.5106

Houston Volunteer Lawyers
Provides free legal service to citizens who do not meet criteria for governmental legal aid programs but who still cannot afford legal representation. Services include family law, protective orders, consumer problems, immigration, estate planning, landlord/tenant issues, & legal matters for persons with HIV. By appointment only. Offers free classes on simple divorce procedures.
713.228.0732

Legal Hotline for Older Texans
Attorneys field legal questions for senior Texans, including Social Security, health care, consumer issues, and elder abuse. Free for persons 60 years & up.
800.622.2520

NAACP Legal Redress Program.
Legal help for low-income persons, including probate, family law, EEOC complaints, consumer problems, Social Security, government benefits, & landlord tenant law.
713.526.3389

NAACP Ryan White Legal Assistance.
For HIV infected & affected persons.
713.526.3389 or 713.630.2699

Southeast Texas Legal Clinic
Legal assistance, esp. elder law & HIV-related cases.
713.523.7852 or 713.523.4253 FAX

South Texas College of Law Legal Clinic
General legal clinic, which handles wills, probate, uncontested divorce, guardianship of children, name changes, and Social Security and Disability claims, after a person has been denied twice and has requested a hearing with an administrative law judge.
713.652.0009 or 713.652.5960

Texas Commission on Human Rights
Investigates employment discrimination based upon race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or disability status.
512.437.3450

Thurgood Marshall School of Law Legal Clinic
Homeless, elder, HIV, & general civil cases. Mon.-Wed.
713.313.7275

University of Houston Legal Aid Clinic
Family & civil cases for persons meeting the federal poverty standard.
713.743.2094 or 713.743.2795

Veterans’ Legal Assistance
Legal consultations every Friday from 4-6 p.m.
713.523.0884 or 713.523.4513 FAX

YMCA Legal Resources & International Services
Persons seeking political asylum & female victims of domestic violence.
713.339.9015 or 713.339.1159 FAX


GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

Drug Enforcement Administration
713.693.3000

Federal Bureau of Investigation
713.693.5000

Food Stamps
800.252.9330

Immigration & Naturalization Service
281.847.7900

Medicaid - Texas Dept. of Human Svcs.
800.252.8263

MetroLift - Transport for the Disabled
713.225.0119

Social Security Administration
800.772.1213

Texas Attorney General - Child Support Svcs.
800.252.8014

Texas Attorney General - Consumer Complaints
800.621.0508

Texas Commissioner of Insurance
800.252.3439 or 800.735.2989 TDD

Texas Dept. of Mental Health & Retardation
800.252.8154

Texas Dept. of Motor Vehicles
800.622.8682

Texas Low Income Housing Information
512.477.8910

U.S. Dept of Health & Human Svcs. - Civil Rights Office
800.368.1019 or 800.527.7697 TDD


HOTLINES & REFERRALS

Child & Elder Abuse Hotline
800.252.5400

Better Business Bureau
713.718.4650 or 713.250.5112

Crisis Intervention of Houston
888.469.5627 or 713.228.1505

Gay & Lesbian Switchboard
713.529.3211

Harris County Criminal Lawyers Referral
713.224.4864

Houston Area Women’s Center
713.528.6798

Houston Lawyers Referral
713.237.9429

National Center for Disability Services
800.949.4232

National Domestic Violence Hotline
800.799.SAFE(7233) or 800.787.3224 TTY

National Fraud Information Center
800.876.7060

National Runaway Switchboard
800.621.4000 or 800.621.0394 TDD

Rape Crisis Hotline
713.528.RAPE(7273)

State Bar of Texas Grievance Information
800.932.1900


COURTS & CLERKS

Harris County Clerk
1001 Preston
713.755.6405 or 713.755.6411

Harris County
Dispute Resolution Center
713.755.8274

Harris County District Courts Clerk
301 Fannin Civil Courts Bldg.
713.755.5734

Houston Municipal Courts
Court Clerk

713.247. 5100 or 713.247.5479

Supreme Court of Texas
Court Clerk

Austin, TX
512.463.1312

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
Court Clerk

Austin, TX
512.463.1551

Texas First Court of Appeals
Court Clerk

Houston, TX
713.655.2700

Texas Fourteenth Court of Appeals
Court Clerk

Houston, TX
713.655.2800

Traffic Court Information
Houston Municipal Courts

713.247.5100

U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts - Information
713.250.5500

U.S. District Court
Southern District of Texas
Houston Division
Court Clerk

713.250.5500

U.S. Fifth Circuit Court
Court Clerk

New Orleans, LA
504.589.6514

U.S. Public Defender
Southern District of Texas
Houston Division

713.718.4600


LAW LIBRARIES

Harris County Law Library
1019 Congress
713.755.5183

Houston Public Library
500 McKinney
713.236.1313

South Texas College of Law Library
1303 San Jacinto
713.646.1711

Texas Legislative Reference Library
Austin, TX
512.463.1252

Texas Southern University
Thurgood Marshall School of Law Library
3100 Cleburne
713.313.7125

Texas State Law Library
Austin, TX
512.463.1728

University of Houston
O’Quinn Law Library
4800 Calhoun Road
713.743.2300

University of Texas - Austin
Tarlton Law Library
Austin, TX
512.471.7726