Who we are

Enhancing the quality of life


The Houston Young Lawyers Foundation was created in 1992 to support the charitable programs of young lawyers in Harris County. The Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality and availability of legal aid, health, human welfare, and education services provided by Greater Houston nonprofit organizations through targeted volunteering and grants, while building leadership capability through a deeper appreciation of giving.

what we do

HYLF’s mission is to improve the quality and availability of legal aid, health, human welfare, and education. Through events and programs, we raise funds to support local charities that give back to the community in ways that further this mission. Through its Grant Program and Adopt-an-Angel Program, HYLF donates $350,000 a year toward these remarkable causes.



HYLF is indeed a great way for young lawyers—and those young at heart—to give back and make a difference in Houston and the surrounding communities. Lawyers who get involved in HYLF can rest assured that their contributions will be put towards great causes and issues that are important to lawyers like them.



HYLF is governed by a Board of Trustees made up of young lawyers who volunteer their time to the organization. The Board organizes programs & events each year to raise money for HYLF’s Grant Program. HYLF Fellows assist in this endeavor by contributing both their money & time to HYLF & its programs. Apart from the Grant Program is HYLF’s Adopt-an-Angel Program which raises money for impoverished children.



Support. Promote. Encourage

HYLF’s Grant Program supports, promotes, and encourages charitable organizations in Houston and the surrounding areas. HYLF’s is committed to donating $50,000 a year in grants.





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HYLF has events year-round and ways to get in involved with the community it serves.




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Our programs

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HYLF Adopt an Angel

The Houston legal community’s favorite Holiday charity program, Adopt an Angel is a great way to make a difference in a child’s life.

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HYLF Wine Tasting Event

Socialize with other lawyers, drink wine, and raise money all at the same time at HYLF’s Uncorked event.

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HYLF Charity Poker Tournament

Play poker for a good cause at HYLF’s annual charity poker tournament -- and you may even collect some cool prizes!

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HYLF Golf Tournament

Below par or above par, you will have a great time golfing and raising money for HYLF’s Grant Program.

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HYLF Read to Succeed

Join other lawyers in reading to elementary school children twice a month during the school year.

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HYLF Fun Run

Run or walk, this 5K is a sure way to burn some calories and donate to HYLF’s Grant Program and a chosen charity.

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HYLF Law Day Luncheon

This annual luncheon celebrates the significance of our profession, along with closing out the bar year for HYLF & HYLA & offering CLE.

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Recognize & Support

The Fellows of the Houston Young Lawyers
Foundation was established in 1998. Its purpose is twofold: (1) to recognize outstanding members of Houston’s legal community, and (2) to support the charitable efforts of Houston’s young lawyers. Each year, the HYLF Board of Trustees nominate as Fellows select individuals who have demonstrated an exemplary personal commitment to Houston’s Young Lawyers and who are dedicated to the practice of law and the cause of justice.

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HYLF’s community impact

For over 25 years, HYLF has assisted local charities with furthering their outreach in the community. As an organization and with the support of our Fellows, we are bringing together the legal community and focusing on the areas of health, human welfare, education, and legal aid. Our organization will continue highlighting these areas and eagerly look forward to fulfilling the mission and vision of HYLF.

– Whitney Larkin