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.  The law firms share the belief that in the field of pro bono and community service, the principles of traditional competition among law firms should not, and do not, apply.

Because Firms In Service and the Greater Richmond Bar Foundation share the same mission – increasing much needed pro bono legal services to citizens and area non-profits – the two organizations are closely aligned.  One of the goals that Firms In Service adopted is to encourage law firms to provide support for the Greater Richmond Bar Foundation and its endeavors.  The Foundation’s flagship program, the Pro Bono Clearinghouse, provides invaluable pro bono services to area nonprofit organizations.  The pro bono services are provided by lawyers, mostly from Firms In Service-represented firms, who have generously volunteered to serve with representation for transactional matters.

Firms In Service also supports the incredible technological advances of JusticeServer, a program in which the Greater Richmond Bar Foundation deserves so much of the credit.  JusticeServer is a major step in increasing pro bono legal services in the state of Virginia by enabling legal aid organizations to collaborate with private lawyers on casework.  The program breaks down one more barrier that private attorneys face when looking for pro bono opportunities because cases and opportunities are delivered to their own desks.  Firms In Service commends the work of Capital One, Central Virginia Legal Aid, the Legal Aid Justice Center and the Greater Richmond Bar Foundation for fulfilling this goal for the state of Virginia.


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