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Legal Clinics at STCL Houston Offer Free Legal Aid for Hurricane Harvey Victims

Licensed attorneys – and law students working under their supervision – at the Randall O. Sorrels Legal Clinics at South Texas College of Law Houston (STCL Houston) encourage Harris County victims of Hurricane Harvey to take advantage of free legal counseling offered through the law school.

Clinics’ staff and students stand ready to assist these storm victims with:

  • Appeals from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) denials;
  • Wage and hour disputes as residents work to rebuild Houston (involving underpaid or unpaid workers);
  • Evictions (advice and counsel);
  • Probate issues, including title to property to allow rebuilding.

Harris County residents affected by the storm – regardless of annual income – are eligible to receive free legal aid pertaining to Hurricane Harvey recovery, thanks in part to funding received from the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.

Potential clients can seek assistance from STCL Houston clinics by calling 713.646.2990 or visiting www.stcl.edu/referral. The school’s legal clinics operate year-round, closing only for school holidays. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

“Houstonians who continue to face substantial barriers in rebuilding or recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey need to know they are not alone,” said Catherine Greene Burnett, vice president, associate dean, and professor of law at South Texas College of Law Houston. “The licensed attorneys and hard-working law students in STCL Houston’s Randall O. Sorrels Legal Clinics have the expertise and the experience to walk alongside Hurricane Harvey victims and provide the critically needed legal advice they need to get back on their feet.”

The Randall O. Sorrels Legal Clinics at STCL Houston match the experiential learning needs of law students with the legal needs of underserved Texans seeking justice. Under the guidance of faculty and staff attorneys, future lawyers employ hands-on skills with actual clients in a variety of civil and criminal legal fields. Over the past decade, the law school has built an onsite clinic facility funded by donor contributions and increased its specialized legal clinics from four to 19. In the process, STCL Houston has earned several pro bono awards from the State Bar of Texas, in addition to the Texas Access to Justice Commission’s prestigious Law School Commitment to Service Award in 2012 and 2015. Last year, STCL Houston students contributed 35,640 hours of direct client services, equating to approximately $1,782,000 worth of pro bono legal representation from the school’s legal clinics.