GRBF-CVLAS Triage Project

Launched in 2017, The Triage Project is the country’s first effort to create a second ring around Legal Aid, with private pro bono attorneys taking on matters in various practice areas so that Legal Aid can concentrate its limited resources on core specialties (see more about the project below).

If you would like to volunteer for one of our Triage practice areas, please contact Lisa Bennett, Triage Coordinator, at or Shane Harper by email at

2021 Practice Areas & Champions

  • Consumer Bankruptcy – Ron Page & Jed Donaldson
  • Consumer Auto Contracts and Warranties – Ian Vance
  • Wage Claims/FLSA Issues – Tim Schulte
  • No Fault Divorces/Name Changes – Mary Hunt
  • Protective Orders in Domestic Violence Cases – Taylor Brewer & George Davis
  • Housing Repair and Security Deposit Recovery Matters – Brian Wright & Anna Berkenheier
  • Wills/Power of Attorneys – Andy Nea
  • General Counsel to Nonprofits – Mike Goldman


Statement of the Problem

  • 80% of high-needs individuals have no lawyer in civil cases
  • Legal Aid budgets are too low to provide full service to eligible clients
  • Rule 6.1 puts the voluntary onus on lawyers to provide pro bono service
  • Volunteer legal efforts are diffuse and need to be brought under a common coordination
  • CVLAS needs to focus its scarce resources (8 lawyers)
  • The Bar needs to continue to take ownership of the delivery of a “second-ring” of pro bono service

Goals of the Effort

  • To create a system of coordinated case referral that permits Central Virginia Legal Aid Society and the Legal Aid Justice Center to use JusticeServer® to affiliate pre-trained pro bono lawyers in matters for qualified clients within pre-selected focus categories of legal service.
  • To present to the Supreme Court of Virginia at the 2018 Pro Bono Summit an account of the mobilization of the Triage project, and its potential for replication.

Why you should Volunteer for Pro Bono

  • You will feel happier and make a difference in the world
  • You will provide help and hope to people who really need it
  • You will make the justice system work better
  • You will learn something and develop skills
  • You will be part of a pro bono community of lawyers and judges
  • You will meet the Virginia Bar’s Rule 6.1 which admonishes attorneys to give 2% of their annual billable hours to the provision of pro bono legal services

How to Volunteer

  • If interested in a practice area, contact a Champion and ask to be put on the team or contact Lisa Bennett, Attorney, and Director of Pro Bono & Triage Programs, by email or phone, 200-6038 or Shane Harper, Director of Administration of the Greater Richmond Bar Foundation at 780-2600 ext. 1
  • The Eviction Diversion Program is currently a virtual pro bono opportunity to conciliate rent repayment agreements between landlords and tenants in order to stop evictions in the City of Richmond. For more info, contact Hannah Brecklin,
  • Register for JusticeServer – legal aid’s case management and pro bono referral system
  • Go to and click “Register”
  • Create a login & password, enter contact information, experience & bar license
  • Choose at least one Legal Provider- (CVLAS and GRBF) near the bottom of the registration page
  • Agree to terms – all pro bono work is covered by legal aid’s malpractice insurance
  • Once a Legal Provider approves your registration, you can log in, express interest, check conflicts & accept cases
  • Once a case is accepted, all case information is displayed
  • You can add/view case notes, attachments, important case dates, and time records

There is a pro bono experience that is right for you whether you are new to the practice of law or a veteran, whether your comfort zone is litigation or transactional work, or whether you have only a finite number of hours per week.

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