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December 28, 2018

Five Ways to Start Doing Pro Bono in 2019

If your 2019 to-do list includes a plan to log a few more hours of pro bono, the VSB is here to help.

“Virginia attorneys can transform their values into action by doing pro bono, which is incredibly empowering,” says Crista Gantz, director of access to legal services at the bar. “Plus, it’s easier than you might think. Wherever you are, however much time you have to give, whatever your skills as a lawyer, there’s a pro bono opportunity for you that’s not only consistent with the aspirational goals of Rule 6.1, but also doable and personally satisfying.”

Here’s what you can do right now from your desk:

  1. Register for the Virginia Poverty Law Center’s eviction defense CLE on Jan. 7, which will train you for their eviction helpline launching soon.
  2. Register or sign in at Virginia Free Legal Answers and start answering people’s questions today from the comfort of your own home. 
  3. Find your local qualified legal services provider and get in touch: sign up for their newsletter, fill out a form for attorney volunteers, donate what you can. 
  4. Like the Access to Legal Services Facebook page to stay abreast of pro bono trainings, events, and service opportunities.
  5. Register for Virginia CLE’s pro bono portal to get access to classes and supplemental materials available for the pro bono work you’re doing.

Learn more on our pro bono / access to legal services page

Updated: Dec 28, 2018