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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
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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
Virginia Legal Aid and Oliver White Hill Law Student Pro Bono Awards Luncheon, Friday, June 19, 11:45 a.m., Sheraton Oceanfront Hotel, 3501 Atlantic Avenue in Virginia Beach. This event is an important part of the Virginia State Bar’s Annual Meeting and is co-sponsored by the VSB Access to Legal Services Committee and ALPS. Jeremy P. White of the Virginia Legal Aid Society is the Virginia Legal Aid Award recipient and Katherine Moss, Washington and Lee University School of Law 3L, is receiving the Oliver White Hill Award for Law Student Pro Bono. Hon. S. Bernard Goodwyn, Justice, Supreme Court of Virginia and Co-Chair of the Virginia Access to Justice Commission, is giving the keynote address. Tickets for the luncheon are just $20 per person. (NOTE – You do not have to be registered for the Annual Meeting to attend the Awards Luncheon). http://www.vsb.org/docs/VSB-AM2015-Reg.pdf
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