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Resolution to Enhance Pro Bono Publico in Virginia

Access to Legal Services Committee

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Is there a Pro Bono Gap in Virginia? article from the February 2014 issue of Virginia Lawyer (PDF file)


Pro Bono Training and Events Calendar


Please register for Handling Uncontested Divorces: A Webinar for Pro Bono Lawyers in Virginia on Feb 18, 2016 1:00 PM EST at:

Many legal aid offices are overwhelmed with applications for assistance with uncontested divorces. Volunteer attorneys are needed to take these cases pro bono to help meet the demand. This CLE will train attorneys to represent clients in uncontested divorce proceedings in any jurisdiction in Virginia. The CLE will cover both procedural and substantive aspects of these type of cases. A training manual and sample documents will be provided at training. This webinar has been approved for 1.5 hours of MCLE. 

In consideration for the free training, attorneys agree to accept an uncontested divorce referral and understand that their name will be shared with the legal aid pro bono program in their jurisdiction.

• How the Pro Bono Program Works 
• Jurisdiction, Venue & Notice 
• Separate Property v. Marital Property 
• Pleadings, Procedures and Common Mistakes 
• The Ore Tenus Hearing

- Jennifer A. Haberlin Fulmer, LSNV 
- Laura M. O'Brien, Kelly Byrnes & Danker

This webinar is a collaboration among the VSB Special Committee on Access to Legal Services, the VSB Young Lawyers Conference, Legal Services of Northern Virginia, and Kelly, Byrnes & Danker, PLLC.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Please register for Representing SIJS Clients in Virginia's J&DR Court and U.S. Immigration Courts on Mar 10, 2016 1:00 PM EST at:​

In the last year and a half, over 70,000 unaccompanied minors left Central America and traveled to the United States without their parents to escape gang violence or threats of violence to themselves or their loved ones if they do not join a gang. Over 6,000 children arrived in Virginia, making it the 6th highest receiving state. Some of these children qualify for “special immigrant juvenile status" (SIJS)—an immigration status conferred by the federal government if the state court makes certain factual findings. Additionally, there are several hundred more undocumented children in Virginia who are victims of human sex and labor trafficking. These at-risk clients need representation by pro bono attorneys to obtain immigration and civil protections and remedies. 

This free CLE program, which is co-sponsored by the VSB Access to Legal Services Committee,  Legal Aid Justice Center, and CAIR Coalition, has been submitted for 1.5 hours MCLE credit and will provide attendees with a deeper understanding of the state J&DR Court and federal proceedings required to obtain “special immigrant juvenile status” and other relief. The training will also provide insights into the issues that arise when working with undocumented clients and dealing with the courts in these cases. 

In consideration for the free training, attorneys agree to accept a pro bono referral from or make a financial contribution to Legal Aid Justice Center, CAIR Coalition or other legal aid or non-profit legal services program that provides pro bono representation in SIJS and human trafficking cases. 

Tanishka Cruz, Attorney, Immigrant Advocacy Program, Legal Aid Justice Center, and 
Ursela Groat, Staff Attorney, Detained Children’s Program, CAIR Coalition 

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Pro Bono Spotlight

Since September 2007, Williams Mullen has provided basic life planning documents for several groups in need of legal services through free clinics -- including veterans, nursing homes, at-risk moms, senior citizens and recovering addicts. The program was created by Pro Bono Partner Andy Nea, who has led the program’s clinics since its inception.  The program served 431 clients in 26 clinics in 2015. In total, 104 lawyers contributed their services to the program during 2015, which provides a simple will, a power of attorney and an advance medical directive. The program also partners with Virginia law schools and, in 2015, 56 students from the University of Richmond, William & Mary and the University of Virginia assisted at the clinics.


Access to Justice News

Articles and blogs from other sources about access to justice issues (to come)

Updated: Feb 12, 2016