Virginia State Bar

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The Project for the Empowerment of Survivors is a Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance initiative that offers survivors of violence the opportunity to connect with attorneys in their communities. Lawyers can contact the PES to volunteer at legal@vsdvalliance.org or (804) 377-0335x 2127.

Rule 6.1 creates an aspirational goal that Virginia lawyers take professional time – at least 2% per year – to do pro bono publico legal services. Peruse the options listed and linked below and call the bar’s access to legal services director, Crista Gantz, to talk about your opportunities to serve your community. cgantz@vsb.org | (804) 775-0522.

Pro Bono Opportunities


This all-inclusive, state-wide case management and referral system enables private attorneys to accept and work on pro bono cases from their own computers. Create a confidential profile, view pro bono opportunities available in your practice area and location, and find the resources to assist with handling the legal matter.

Information is not automatically shared with every legal aid, but you can pre-select legal aids in your area in the PREFERRED LEGAL SERVICE ORGANIZATION drop down list which will notify them of your registration.

In order to accept cases, the referral legal aid must approve you as a volunteer. Cases are filtered by location, case category and/or legal service provider. Currently, there are cases in a variety of areas: many uncontested (no fault) divorces (which can be done remotely and through the mail), housing issues, contract issues, and estate planning. 

Refer to the User Guide for instructions on how to register and accept cases.


Virginia Free Legal Answers
ABA’s Free Legal Answers allows lawyers to answer legal questions from low-income Virginians in a private forum. Register online and do pro bono from anywhere. 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.
 

Wills for Heroes
The Commonwealth's Wills for Heroes Program, sponsored by the Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference, The Virginia Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, Virginia CLE, and the Virginia Law Foundation is expanding its pool of eligible clients to include healthcare workers tending to COVID-19 patients during this pandemic, as a thank you from the legal community for, and in recognition of, their service and sacrifices during this time. Virtual Wills for Heroes events are currently being coordinated for healthcare providers in Richmond and Hampton Roads. Learn more about these adapted programs.

Legal Aid Disaster Resource Center
LADRC serves as a national, multi-partner site to effectively meet the civil legal needs of disaster survivors. The site targets several audiences, including pro bono attorneys and other volunteers, legal aid attorneys, and disaster survivors. The website includes training materials, templates, and presentations on various disaster-related issues, sorted by legal topics and geographic area. Learn more about the LADRC mission and services.

Qualified Legal Service Providers

This regularly updated document lists the regional and statewide programs that have been approved by the VSB as official Qualified Legal Services Providers, as well as contact information for their pro bono coordinators who will help support your volunteer lawyering work. List of Qualified Legal Services Providers by region (pdf)

Virginia's Legal Aid Organizations


main office in Harrisonburg, offices in Winchester, Lexington, and Roanoke



main office in Richmond, offices in Petersburg, and Charlottesville

main office in Charlottesville, offices in Richmond, Petersburg, and Falls Church

main office in Norfolk, offices in Hampton, Virginia Beach, Belle Haven, and Williamsburg

Legal Aid Society of Roanoke Valley

main office in Falls Church, offices in Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax, Leesburg, and Manassas

main offices in Fredericksburg, offices in Culpeper, and Tappahannock

main office in Marion, offices in Castlewood and Christiansburg

main office in Lynchburg, offices in Danville, Farmville, and Suffolk

main office in Richmond
 

Training

Check out the bar’s webinar recordings for free pro bono training. And Virginia CLE offers free content for attorneys dedicated to filling the justice gap by providing pro bono representation to their fellow Virginians. Learn more and create an account.

Look for more upcoming opportunities.

Pro Bono Training

Serve Veterans

The bar maintains a list of Military & Veteran Pro Bono Projects (pdf) with opportunities to serve Virginia’s many veterans.

Virginia Lawyer Referral Service

Join the panel of the bar's referral service to start doing free half-hour consultations with potential clients. Not all consultations will be Rule 6.1 pro bono qualified, but this service is an incredibly important way Virginians get access to legal advice and representation.

Can’t give hours, consider a donation!

Rule 6.1(c) suggests financial support of programs that provide direct delivery of legal services as an alternative method for fulfilling a lawyer’s responsibility. Donate at one of the Virginia legal aid organizations above or to any programs on the list of qualified legal service providers.

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