October 3, 2008

Houston Bar Association
(713) 759-1133
1001 Fannin, Suite 1300
Houston, Texas 77002
Fax 713-759-1710

Contact: Tara Shockley, 713-759-1133 or

Extended LegalLine, New Videos, Legal Clinics Answer Public's Questions Related to Hurricane Ike

Houston, Texas – Answers to legal questions related to Hurricane Ike are available through several resources provided by the Houston Bar Association.

Volunteer attorneys will answer questions from the public during a daily LegalLine program, from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, through October 10. The public can call 713-759-1133 or toll free 866-959-1133 to get answers to their legal questions and brief legal advice.

A new series of 16 short videos features volunteer attorneys answering frequently-asked questions related to Hurricane Ike. Topics include fallen trees, landlord/tenant issues, consumer protection, employment, housing, health insurance, FEMA, lost documents and property insurance. To watch the videos, visit and click on the "Watch Videos" button on the homepage.

The HBA's Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program is establishing free legal clinics to assist low-income residents following Hurricane Ike. The clinic locations and times are:

Sunnyside Multipurpose Center, Wednesdays, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Aldine Youth Facility, Thursdays, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Tracy Gee Center, Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Clinics in other locations also are under development.

The Houston Bar Association, with nearly 12,000 members, is the nation's fifth-largest metropolitan bar association. The HBA provides professional development, education, and service programs for the legal profession and the community.