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April 25, 2019

Chief Justice Lemons Reminds Lawyers to Report Pro Bono

In a letter going to all Virginia lawyers in the mid-June in the membership dues statement, Supreme Court of Virginia Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons asks lawyers to engage in pro bono service, and to take the time to voluntarily report their activities.

While not obligatory, pro bono reporting assists the Court and the Virginia State Bar with gathering the information that assesses the gap between the need for pro bono service and the actual supply. Frequently asked questions about voluntary pro bono reporting may be found here.

The Chief Justice reminds lawyers who may have concerns about the skills needed to take on a certain pro bono case that the Virginia Law Foundation has a free pro bono learning portal that may be accessed here.

Attorneys unable to volunteer their time can fulfill their pro bono goals by donating to legal aid and other Qualified Legal Service providers, contributions which can also be reported under the new rule. The Legal Services Corporation of Virginia website provides a list of all Virginia legal aid organizations and a simple way for lawyers to make monetary donations.

A full copy of Chief Justice Lemons's letter may be found here.

original post April 25, 2019
updated July 17, 2019

Updated: Jul 17, 2019