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 all matters in thirteen practice areas so that Legal Aid can concentrate its limited resources on core specialties (see more about the project below).

Learn more at our upcoming Training on October 24, 2019 (3-5 pm).  Register Today!

If you would like to volunteer for one of our Triage practice areas, please contact Ali Fannon at or Lisa Bennett, Triage Coordinator, at


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.

Statement of the Problem:

  • 80% of the poor 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 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

2019 Practice Areas & Champions

  • Consumer Bankruptcy – Ron Page & Jed Donaldson
  • Consumer auto contracts and warranties – Ian Vance
  • Wage claims and other FLSA issues – Harris Butler
  • No fault divorces/Name changes – Mary Hunt & Bobby Harris
  • Protective orders in domestic violence cases – Carolyn LaVecchia & George Davis
  • Child support determination (other than domestic violence) – Melanie Friend
  • Housing repair and security deposit recovery matters – Brian Wright & Anna Berkenheier
  • Eviction Diversion Program – Josh Hanbury & Drew Gann
  • Social Security Insurance recovery cases –  Joanna Suyes
  • Wills, powers of attorneys – Andy Nea
  • General counsel to non-profits – Mike Goldman