9:00 am09:00

Houston Volunteer Lawyers Self-Help Divorce Clinic


Friday, February 24, 2017 - 9:00am

Are you filing for divorce?

Are you representing yourself because you cannot afford an attorney?

Do you and your spouse agree to the divorce?

Houston Volunteer Lawyers can help. Sign up for the HVL Self Help Divorce Clinic, and meet with a volunteer attorney, one-on-one, to prepare what you need to complete your own divorce.

WHEN:         February 24, 2016, 9:00 a.m.

WHERE:       HARRIS COUNTY LAW LIBRARY (1019 Congress Avenue)

To sign up, complete this questionnaire.

If your case qualifies, a Houston Volunteer Lawyers staff member will call you to confirm that you qualify and to schedule your clinic appointment

12:00 pm12:00

Microsoft Word for Lawyers and Other Law Types (CLE)

This program will cover legal drafting techniques using tools available in the most widely-available word processing software, Microsoft Word. Key topics will include e-file formatting, legal citations, tables of authorities, and tables of contents, along with fonts, styles, headers and footers, and page and paragraph numbering.

To register for this course, please visit the Legal Technology Institute Events page.

12:00 pm12:00

Social Media for Lawyers

How can social media be used to promote your law firm and reach potential clients? What are the best practices for managing your social media presence on multiple platforms? Are there ethical concerns to be aware of? Learn the answers to these questions and more at this free CLE program, brought to you by the Harris County Law Library. 

Kristen Lee, J.D., Assistant County Attorney, Harris County Attorney's Office

Joseph Lawson, J.D., M.L.S., Deputy Director, Harris County Law Library

Heather Holmes, M.L.S., Assistant Law Librarian, Harris County Law Library

Date: October 27, 2016

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Location: Harris County Law Library -- Harris County Attorney Conference Center, 1019 Congress Street, Houston, TX 77002

Cost: FREE

Total CLE Hours: 1.0

Ethics Hours Included: 0.25

Oct 18

Immigration Law and Internment Camps in Texas

Footage from the Alien Enemy Detention Facility at Crystal City, Texas. This film was distributed by the U.S. Dept. of Justice Immigration and Naturalization Service in 1945. It is now part of the U.S. National Archives (ID# 13206).

Footage from the Alien Enemy Detention Facility at Crystal City, Texas. This film was distributed by the U.S. Dept. of Justice Immigration and Naturalization Service in 1945. It is now part of the U.S. National Archives (ID# 13206).

The Law Library will present a three-part lecture series in collaboration with Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan and Gulf Coast Reads in October. Speakers will discuss legal perspectives on this year's Gulf Coast Read, The Train to Crystal City. Visit the RSVP page to register and for more information.

Sep 30

Immigration Law Resource Month

September is Immigration Law Resource Month at the Harris County Law Library

In conjunction with the upcoming CLE series on Immigration Law and Internment Camps in Texas, which will feature three seminars in the month of October, the Harris County Law Library is highlighting our collection of Immigration Law Resources. Throughout September, print materials on all aspects of immigration law will be on display. Treatises like Kurzban’s Immigration Law Sourcebook and a number of CLE coursebooks from TexasBarCLE will be featured. You’ll also find immigration law resources in the Law Library’s digital collection, including official immigration forms through Westlaw and the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal on HeinOnline. 

Aug 31

ABA Resource Month

August is ABA Resource Month. Look for a wide variety of materials published by the ABA on display throughout the library all month long. Search the Law Library’s online catalog to find additional titles.  

Throughout the month of August, a wide variety of materials published by the American Bar Association will be on display in the library. Search the Law Library's online catalog to find additional titles on everything from law practice management, litigation, and preparing for trial, to professional responsibility and the ethical practice of law. Resources published by the various ABA practice sections, including business, employment, criminal justice, family, real property, and taxation are widely represented. 

Aug 31

Space Law Month

August is Space Law Month at the Harris County Law Library. We’re marking the event with a special Space Law exhibit and providing supplementary online content that’s outta this world! Visit our downtown location throughout the month to view the exhibit, which features a number of primary law resources (listed below) and related visual content, which you can find on NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory website and download for personal use.

  • The Outer Space Treaty, the multilateral agreement that established the governance of state activities in the exploration and use of outer space, was signed by more than 100 countries. It was first proposed by the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space in August of 1966, making this the 50th anniversary of its conception.

Article I, which captures the spirit of the Outer Space Treaty, is excerpted here. As we recognize this sentiment of equality, good will, adventure, and cooperation, the Harris County Law Library invites you to explore our resources. Plan your visit today!

“The exploration and use of outer space, including the moon and other celestial bodies, shall be carried out for the benefit and in the interests of all countries, irrespective of their degree of economic or scientific development, and shall be the province of all mankind.

 Outer space, including the moon and other celestial bodies, shall be free for exploration and use by all States without discrimination of any kind, on a basis of equality and in accordance with international law, and there shall be free access to all areas of celestial bodies.

There shall be freedom of scientific investigation in outer space, including the moon and other celestial bodies, and States shall facilitate and encourage international co-operation in such investigation.”


Jul 31

Freedom of Information Act, 50th Anniversary

Throughout the month of July, the Harris County Law Library is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Information Act, the landmark bill that expanded access to public records and paved the way for greater accountability in government affairs. In the years since President Lyndon B. Johnson reluctantly signed the bill into law, FOIA has been amended several times. The Watergate scandal and the 9/11 attacks brought significant changes, as did the digital age. And on June 30, 2016, President Obama signed the FOIA Reform Bill, further expanding access to government documents and establishing the creation of a single online portal for all FOIA requests.

For a detailed history of this watershed legislation, an interactive timeline of its complete evolution is available here. Please check our blog, Ex Libris Juris, throughout the month for additional FOIA resources and content, or visit us in person to explore our relevant print materials, currently on display. Two such titles include Federal Information Disclosure, a three-volume set that covers open access and transparency in government, and the Locating U.S. Government Information Handbook, an indispensable guide to government documents and other public records.