Message from the Board President, Tyler Brown


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The mission of the Greater Richmond Bar Foundation is as critical as ever.  We must continue to expand public access to the justice system in Central Virginia.  With the help of its many supporters and volunteers, the GRBF is serving a key role in the community by facilitating the delivery of pro bono legal services and service projects.  But we are striving to do much more.

The GRBF serves as the hub of pro bono service and outreach to the community.  We pair lawyers with those in need, either through direct representation or by providing assistance to the non-profit entities that are the front line in tackling the issues encountered by the underprivileged in our area.

For example, the GRBF’s Pro Bono Clearinghouse, honored as the 2016 recipient of the Richmond Bar Association’s John C. Kenny Pro Bono Award, has provided legal advice — worth millions of dollars — to over 900 non-profits since the program’s inception in 2001.  More than 350 Clearinghouse volunteers stand ready to assist charities with their legal needs and those of their clients.  These volunteers already address a broad array of transactional matters, and we will expand the scope and reach of their services through the establishment of a General Counsel program, comprised of experienced senior lawyers at the ready to help as needs arise.

Volunteers in the GRBF’s Veteran’s Initiative Program have been matched with and assisted over 60 veterans with legal matters arising from their service to our country.  The GRBF co-hosted a Veteran’s Summit on November 17, 2016, collaboration with over 25 service providers across the Commonwealth to help identify service gaps and create a referral network.

The GRBF is overseeing the enhancement of JusticeServer, one of the most advanced  systems used in America to match lawyers with the needy.  The GRBF and its partners in this project created JusticeServer to allow legal aid organizations to interact efficiently with volunteers in the assignment and monitoring of pro bono cases.  This upgrade will enable more legal aid organizations to use the system, broadening the impact of the work of the GRBF and its partners.  Your past financial support of these efforts already has resulted in the matching of over 1,350 pro bono cases with volunteers through JusticeServer in 2015 alone. 

The GRBF also is engaged currently in a triage project, investigating the best means to assist Central Virginia legal aid organizations with clients those entities do not have the resources to represent.  Our new projects will be designed to help fill these specific gaps in the delivery of legal services to clients already determined to have unmet, pressing legal needs.

We are exploring other projects, while maintaining a focus on keeping our ongoing programs strong and following through on great ideas of the past. 

Thank you for partnering with the GRBF.  Please consider giving to our cause and joining with us as we work together to support those in need in our community.

Tyler P. Brown
President

Tyler Brown is a Partner in Hunton & Williams LLP and Co-Chair of the firm’s Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Creditors’ Rights practice group.  Tyler is a member of the American College of Bankruptcy, a member of the Board of Governors of the Bankruptcy Section of the Virginia State Bar, and President of the Bar Association of the City of Richmond.

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