News and Information
March 20, 2020

Pro Bono Opportunities During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Virginia lawyers interested in providing pro bono services for the low-income families hardest hit by COVID-19 are now able to access support from 300 law students, paralegals, and student paralegals. Pro bono lawyers may get help with research, drafting, and other support necessary to assist with COVID-19 legal issues. Examples of projects students may assist on include:

  • research regarding paid leave policies 
  • drafting for bail motions 
  • supporting efforts to seek release from immigration custody.

If attorneys are interested in receiving student support on their COVID-19 related matters, they should fill out this form.  If students are interested in providing support, they should fill out this form

Questions and concerns can be directed to Alyssa Leader (aleader@live.unc.edu), a student helping to coordinate this pro bono effort. 

As always, lawyers who are looking for distance-lawyering and other pro bono cases may access the JusticeServer statewide pro bono portal.

Virginia Free Legal Answers also provides an easy way to engage in pro bono, especially in times of social distancing as the services are provided exclusively online through the Q&A portal administered by the VSB. Service is anonymous, and attorneys are covered by the ABA/NLADA malpractice policy. To learn more and register as a volunteer visit https://virginia.freelegalanswers.org.

A full list of pro bono resources for attorneys may be found here.

Updated: Mar 23, 2020