Sept. 30, 2019 — Michael Hofrichter, a 2010 graduate of the University of Houston Law Center, has been named executive director of Houston Volunteer Lawyers, the pro bono legal aid arm of the Houston Bar Association.
He has spent his entire legal career working in various capacities with the organization which connects volunteer attorneys with clients who otherwise could not afford representation on a wide range of civil matters. HVL also hosts walk-in legal clinics, organizes self-help assistance at the civil courthouse, and conducts continuing legal education programs. Hofrichter has been instrumental in developing the organization’s technology-based projects, including online volunteer opportunities, disaster response, and document assembly resources.
"It's gratifying to be in this position at HVL” said Hofrichter. “All the more so since my initial exposure to HVL came as an internship before my 2L year. Public service has long been a part of my life, and I’m excited to continue the work at HVL helping volunteers help those in need. I look forward to seeing the impact that we all can make by strengthening our community through pro bono service.”
Hofrichter also serves on the executive committee of the Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative, as a member of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness, as a member of the Statewide Disaster Pro Bono Technology Committee, and as a member of the Houston Bar Association’s Elder Law Committee and County Law Library Committee.
Law Center Clinical Assistant Professor Alissa Gomez, who teaches Lawyering Skills and Strategies, served as executive director of HVL for six years prior to joining the faculty in 2017.