Volunteer Opportunities

The on-line volunteer system, JusticeServer, is currently open for attorney registrations.  By visiting the JusticeServer site www.justiceserver.org, pro bono attorneys are able to create a confidential profile, view pro bono opportunities available in designated practice areas/jurisdictions, and find the resources to assist with handling the legal matter.  Please visit today!

Below is a menu of some of the Pro Bono Opportunities available in the greater Richmond area.  Many of these are available on JusticeServer.

If you have additions, questions or comments, or would like to arrange a JusticeServer training, please contact Ali Fannon at (804) 240-7822 or afannon@grbf.org.  

Please note that time commitments vary from case to case, and thus, the time commitment categories below are based on the average case.  For purposes of this menu, “SHORT” includes cases or on-site clinic opportunities that average anywhere from 2 to 10 hours.  “MEDIUM” includes cases that average 10 to 20 hours, that may take months from initial engagement to conclusion, OR opportunities that work best with regular involvement on a periodic basis.

 
Description Training Resources Malpractice Insurance Contact

Bankruptcy

Time Commitment: Medium

Provide representation to debtors in Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings for low income clients for whom the filing would serve to protect income and/or property.

Training on the Chapter 7 basics & forms available.

Intake done by CVLAS & case reviewed by senior attorney before referred.
Law students available for case preparation.

Yes

Bankruptcy Phase II

Time Commitment: Medium

Under Development
Develop program to assist pro se debtors in coordination with UR Law School & Richmond Bar Association.

 

UR Law student research.

N/A

Estate Planning

Time Commitment: Short

Draft simple wills, Powers of Attorney, and advance directives (Living Wills and Medical Powers of Attorney) for low income clients 60 years of age or older, or who have other circumstances which make simple estate planning necessary.

Virginia Poverty Law Center (VPLC) & Dept. of Aging offer training.

Form packages & consultation available.

Yes

Estate Planning

Time Commitment: Short

Draft simple wills, Powers of Attorney, and advance directives (Living Wills and Medical Powers of Attorney) for low income clients 60 years of age or older, or who have other circumstances which make simple estate planning necessary.

Learn basic law & how to use preloaded forms.

Laptop computers with preloaded forms available for scheduled programs.

Yes (thru GRBF)

Guardianship

Time Commitment: Medium

Represent the petitioner who is seeking guardianship over another person where the petitioner is 60 years of age or older, in good health, and there are no less restrictive alternatives.

Virginia Poverty Law Center (VPLC) & Dept. of Aging offer training.

Form packages & consultation available.

Yes

Hotline

Time Commitment: Short

Provide brief legal telephone advice in call backs to pre-screened clients in routine, non-emergency cases primarily involving consumer law, debt collections, employment law and family law.

Training offered (including on-line video available).

Manual for reference & consultation with CVLAS attorneys if necessary.

Yes

(804) 518-2131

Housing Law

Time Commitment: Medium

Represent tenants in unlawful detainer cases, terminations of federally subsidized housing assistance (vouchers), and disputes involving the condition of the leased premises.

Live training offered annually & on-line video.

Reference manual & onsite in-house counsel available at client appointments. Law Students.

Yes

Immigration Law

Time Commitment: Short

Provide assistance to undocumented immigrants who are victims of domestic &/or sexual violence.

Training available.

Law Students available for intake & case assistance.

 

JustChildren

Time Commitment: Medium

Represent children and families in the education, juvenile justice and foster care systems, in special education, student discipline, enrollment of special populations, dispositional advocacy for court-involved youth, conditions of confinement, and post-conviction relief for serious youth offenders.

   

Yes

Protective Order Only

Time Commitment: Short

Represent domestic violence victims in Preliminary Protective Order and Permanent Protective Order hearings – “quick hit” type cases where the pro bono attorney is in and out of the case in a short time.

Annual live training and on-line video available.

Law Students.

Yes

Uncontested Adoption

Time Commitment: Medium

Provide representation to low income prospective adoptive parents in uncontested adoption cases if the child will receive financial benefits after the adoption.

 

Form packages & consultation available.

Yes

Uncontested No-fault Divorce

Time Commitment: Medium

Provide divorce representation for low income clients who have been separated from their spouse for at least two years, and in which there are no contested custody, support, or property issues.

Live Training offered annually and on-line video.

Reference materials, sample forms/pleadings & consultation available. Law Students.

Yes

Unemployment Compensation

Time Commitment: Short

Provide administrative representation to unemployment compensation claimants at Appeals Examiner hearings and Special Examiner reviews before the Virginia Employment Commission. More information

Live Training offered and on-line video available.

Onsite in-house counsel available at client appointments. Reference manual & sample pleadings provided. Law Students.

Yes

Veterans Disabled

Time Commitment: Medium, Short

Assist with Federal Court appeals of disability claims.

Federal Circuit Bar Association.

Law Students for research & case assistance.

 

Veterans Hotline

Time Commitment:  

Handle general civil matters for veteran clients or handle Veteran specific issues (e.g. benefits, discharge status).

 

Attorney consultation available upon request.

Yes (if referral through CVLAS)

Community Tax Law Project

Time Commitment: Medium, Short

Provide low-income Virginia taxpayers with pro bono representation in federal and state tax disputes and to educate low-income individuals about their rights and responsibilities as U.S. taxpayers.

Training available & Spring 2012 Tax Court webinars planned.

Materials & consultation with staff attorneys.

Yes

(804) 358-5855

GRBF Pro Bono Clearinghouse

Time Commitment: Medium, Short

Provide transactional legal assistance (in your practice area) to nonprofits in need.

N/A

 

Yes

(804) 780-2600

LINC

Time Commitment: Medium, Short

Provide legal assistance to cancer patients & their families in your practice area.

N/A

 

Yes

(804) 562-0371 extension 4

JusticeServer www.justiceserver.org

Time Commitment: Long, Medium, Short

JusticeServer is an online case management system that expedites pro bono service by leveraging the latest technology to enable attorneys to contribute pro bono files right from their own computer. JusticeServer maximizes the time volunteer attorneys spend counseling clients in need by reducing the transaction time of receiving cases and projects.

Training available through the Foundation

Yes: trainings, manuals, pleadings, et al.

YES ( for most cases)

(804) 240-7822