What We Do
The mission of the Greater Richmond Bar Foundation is to expand public access to the justice system in central Virginia by facilitating the delivery of pro bono legal services and service projects. GRBF serves as the hub of pro bono service and outreach to the community. Through strategic planning, centralized communications and support, we help the central Virginia region with its priority needs for pro bono services and help lawyers connect with pro bono clients.
Some of Our Programs
The Pro Bono Clearinghouse is a referral service, linking experienced volunteer attorneys with nonprofit corporations in need of legal representation. Our virtual law firm of 300 attorneys from 75 different law firms and corporate legal departments assist nonprofits each year with a variety of transactional legal matters, like personnel issues, contract negotiations, bylaw review, mergers and intellectual property issues, so our nonprofits can focus more of their resources on their charitable purpose. Over $2.5 million in free legal services has been provided.
Pro Bono Promise
To support the critical needs of our community, GRBF urges firms and law departments to join the 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 of the legal service entities each year. When a culture of pro bono service is fostered, then pro bono service can truly make a difference. The Pilot participants of the Pro Bono Promise have contributed 1000’s of service hours and over $100,000 to support pro bono service delivery. Join the growing list of firms & corporate legal departments who have already committed to the Promise: Capital One, Christian & Barton, Dominion, Goodman Allen Donnelly, Hirschler Fleischer, Hunton & Williams, LeClair Ryan, McCandlish Holton, McGuireWoods, Richmond Bar Pro Bono Committee, Sands Anderson, Spotts Fain, ThompsonMcMullan, Troutman Sanders & Williams Mullen. Click here for more information or to make the Promise!
JusticeServer™ is an all-inclusive case management system that has revolutionized case management assignments by pro bono providers in central-Virginia. By reducing redundancy and combining the resources of the various pro bono providers, the maintenance and upkeep costs for the pro bono providers are reduced. Equally important, JusticeServer™ is completely scalable : throughout all of Virginia or even nationwide.
Given the ease with which lawyers can take cases within the wheelhouse of their expertise, and the streamlined case management that enables real-time access to documents, we believe that this allows lawyers to spend more time helping clients than dealing with archaic administrative tasks. Moreover, we hope that the prospect of a better system will enable firms throughout the Commonwealth to contribute even more lawyers and more time to indigent clients needing legal services. Want to know more? Please contact Ali Fannon at (804) 240-7822 and register on www.justiceserver.org today.
Veteran’s Initiative Program
The Virginia Bar Association’s (VBA’s) Veterans Issues Task Force, in partnership with the Greater Richmond Bar Foundation (GRBF), helps match veterans and service members in need of legal assistance with Virginia attorneys willing to assist them on a pro bono or reduced fee basis. If you are a service member or family member of a service member and need legal assistance please click here to complete the online request form or to volunteer.
Firms In Service
Firms In Service is a collaborative effort of eleven of Richmond’s largest law firms and two corporate legal departments to increase the availability of pro bono legal services for the underserved in our community. Since 2007, the pro bono leadership of these firms have met regularly for the purposes of sharing information about their respective pro bono and community service programs and seeking ways in which, working together, they can enhance the availability of quality legal services to needy citizens in the Greater Richmond area. Read more here…
For information on any of these programs, please contact the Foundation office at (804)780-2600.