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From the October 2014 issue of Virginia Lawyer (PDF files):
- Improving Access to Justice and Pro Bono Services in Virginia
by Cynthia D. Kinser, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia
- We Can Be Heroes
by Justina Uram-Mubangu
- Rethinking Access to Justice
by James J. Sandman
- Access to Justice Commission Homes In on Specifics
- Legal Aid Programs Produce Results That Touch Everyone in Virginia
by Mark D. Braley
- The Impact of the Justice Gap on Litigants: Are We Providing a Level Playing Field?
by John E. Whitfield
- Getting a Pro Bono Case
- Pro Bono Assistance Sought for Clients Struggling to Pay Court Debt
by Carolyn Kalantari and Richard DeMeglio
- Lawyering for a Cause: Do Good and Feel Great
by Crista Whitman Gantz
- Pro Bono Challenges: Time, Distance, Money, Culture
- Advocates for Cancer Patients, Founders of Pro Bono Referral Program Recognized for Service
Webinars Spread the Word on Pro Bono article from the August 2014 issue of Virginia Lawyer (PDF file)
Is there a Pro Bono Gap in Virginia? article from the February 2014 issue of Virginia Lawyer (PDF file)
Resources — How/Where to Get Cases/Volunteer Opportunities
more to come
Top Pro Bono Needs in Virginia (PDF file)
Legal Aid Pro Bono Brochure (PDF file)
Legal Aid Pro Bono Opportunities. All of Virginia’s legal aid offices have well-established private attorney involvement programs with pro bono coordinators who will help support your volunteer lawyering work. Please contact your local legal aid office for more information.
- Blue Ridge Legal Services – (540) 433-1830 (main office in Harrisonburg, offices in Winchester, Lexington, and Roanoke)
- Central Virginia Legal Aid Society – (804) 200-6049 (main office in Richmond, offices in Petersburg, and Charlottesville)
- Legal Aid Justice Center – (434) 977-0553 (main office in Charlottesville, offices in Richmond, Petersburg, and Falls Church)
- Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia – (757) 627-5423 (main office in Norfolk, offices in Hampton, Virginia Beach, Belle Haven, and Williamsburg)
- Legal Aid Society of Roanoke Valley – (540) 344-2088 (Roanoke)
- Legal Services of Northern Virginia – (703) 778-6800 (main office in Falls Church, offices in Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax, Leesburg, and Manassas)
- Rappahannock Legal Services – (540) 371-1105 (main offices in Fredericksburg, offices in Culpeper, and Tappahannock)
- Southwest Virginia Legal Aid – (276) 783-6576 (main office in Marion, offices in Castlewood and Christiansburg)
- Virginia Legal Aid Society – (434) 528-4722 (main office in Lynchburg, offices in Danville, Farmville, and Suffolk)
The Greater Richmond Bar Foundation (GRBF). GRBF’s mission is to expand public access to the justice system in central Virginia by facilitating the delivery of pro bono legal services and service projects. Through its programs, GRBF helps the Central Virginia region with its priority needs for pro bono services and helps connect lawyers with pro bono clients. (804) 780-2600
- Pro Bono Clearinghouse – a referral service linking volunteer attorneys with nonprofit organizations in need of legal representation on a variety of transactional matters.
- Pro Bono Promise – law firms and law departments are invited to join Pro Bono Promise with a pledge to commit a percentage of time to the provision of pro bono legal services to the disadvantaged and/or to include financial support to legal services organizations annually.
- JusticeServer – an all-inclusive case management and referral system that enables private attorneys to accept and work on pro bono cases from their own computers. Attorneys are able to create a confidential profile, view pro bono opportunities available in designated practice areas/jurisdictions, and find the resources to assist with handling the legal matter.
- Other Volunteer Opportunities – GRBF also provides a menu of volunteer opportunities available in the greater Richmond area.
Probono.net/va contains resources for pro bono and legal services lawyers to assist in their representation of low income or disadvantaged clients, including the Pro Bono Opportunities Guide, which allows volunteer lawyers to find legal opportunites tailored to their specific requirements.
St. Anthony Legal Clinic, Falls Church, VA – The St. Anthony Legal Clinic is an informal group of volunteers operating under the auspices of St. Anthony Catholic Church, 3301 Glen Carlyn Rd. in Falls Church. The clinic operates on Saturday mornings from 9:00 to 11:00 AM, working out of the church office and using the church conference rooms. This is a walk-in clinic, no appointments, and completely free. While no screening is done for income, it is apparent that most clients are poor and cannot afford a lawyer at normal rates. Many of the clients are Hispanic/Latino, and the clinic is staffed with interpreters for non-Spanish speaking lawyers. The majority of clients have problems relating to immigration and family law/divorce. Other issues that arise include landlord-tenant issues, criminal actions, DMV problems and employment issues. Attorneys are expected to provide advice and guidance, and limited follow-up if needed, but not to represent clients in court. The clinic maintains a list of referral agencies that can provide more long-term representation. For more information, contact Norman Hicks, (703) 203-4484.
Virginia Bar Association Veterans Issues Task Force. The VBA provides military veterans and service members with greater access to legal assistance. Volunteer assistance opportunities include: initial intake interviews, one-on-one counsel, speaking at Yellow Ribbon or similar events, mentoring other attorneys, providing pro bono or low-cost assistance, and supervising law students in legal clinics assisting veterans.
Hogar Immigrant Services (703) 534-9805 or (571) 208-1572. Hogar Immigrant Services’ mission is to welcome the stranger by offering immigration legal assistance at a reduced rate to those who could not afford it otherwise. Hogar also hosts Naturalization Workshops every month. At each workshop, members of the Hogar Legal team, as well as trained attorney and non-attorney volunteers, are on hand to assist eligible legal permanent residents (LPRs) in completing naturalization applications. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 571-208-1572 x102 for further information.
Just Neighbors (703) 979-1240. Just Neighbors provides immigration legal services to low income immigrants in the northern Virginia area. Clients must make 200% or less of federal poverty guidelines and must live in northern Virginia to qualify for services. Just Neighbors has a special emphasis on humanitarian-based immigration cases and does not take: removal/deportation cases, asylum cases, family-based petitions. Clients interested in our services can be screened by calling 703-979-1240, Tuesday - Friday 9 am - 5 pm. If you are an attorney interested in volunteering with Just Neighbors, please call our main number and ask to speak with the Director of Legal Services.
Pro Bono Training and Events Calendar
FREE training on Legal Relief for Victims of Human Trafficking — Friday, April 17, 2015, 1–4:30 p.m., University of Richmond - Downtown, in Richmond, Virginia, The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, the Virginia State Bar, Ayuda and Gray Haven are hosting a FREE training on Legal Relief for Victims of Human Trafficking. The training is designed for attorneys who are interested in handling immigration cases for victims of human trafficking in Virginia. They will review T visa applications, as well as Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, U visas, Asylum, and other forms of relief. This program has been approved for 2.5 hours of MCLE credit. Space is limited. Register
Federal Income Tax and the Affordable Care Act (ACA): Considerations for Survivors of Domestic Violence — March 24, 2015, 1:00 PM EDT
Domestic violence survivors face unique challenges in dealing with the effects of sharing tax responsibilities with abusive spouses, as well as navigating premium tax credits under the Affordable Care Act. Learn about those challenges and how they apply to survivors of domestic violence.
This free webinar has been approved for 1.5 hours of MCLE credit. As a condition of registration approval, attendees are asked to certify during registration that they will provide pro bono publico legal assistance to a survivor of domestic violence (or make a financial contribution to a nonprofit organization providing legal assistance to domestic violence survivors).
This webinar series is co-sponsored by the VSB Special Committee on Access to Legal Services, the Community Tax Law Project, and the Virginia Poverty Law Center.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
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