JusticeServer is Pro Bono Made Easier
JusticeServer is an online case management and referral system that enables private attorneys to accept and work on legal aid cases right from their own computers – providing legal services to low-income clients in areas such as consumer law, elder law, employment law, housing law, protective orders and uncontested no-fault divorces. We are recruiting attorneys in Richmond, Petersburg, Charlottesville, and surrounding cities and counties.
Virginia attorneys may register for JusticeServer at justiceserver.org.
Central Virginia Legal Aid Society manages the following types of cases through JusticeServer:
- Bankruptcy: 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.
- Estate Planning: 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.
- Guardianship: 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.
- Hotline: 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.
- Housing Law: Represent tenants in unlawful detainer cases, terminations of federally subsidized housing assistance (vouchers), security deposits and disputes involving the condition of the leased premises.
- Protective Order Only: 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.
- Uncontested Adoption: Provide representation to low income prospective adoptive parents in uncontested adoption cases if the child will receive financial benefits after the adoption.
- Uncontested No-Fault Divorce: 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.
- Unemployment Compensation: Provide administrative representation to unemployment compensation claimants in Appeals Examiner hearings and Special Examiner appellate reviews before the Virginia Employment Commission.
These substantive areas have been chosen because they tend to be limited in scope and meet areas of high demand for clients in our community. Some these cases can take as little as 30 minutes. Almost all can be done for less than 15 hours to complete. On-line training and resources are available in each of these substantive areas. CVLAS is available to provide technical assistance in all topics.
For more information about JusticeServer, please contact Kathy Brigman, Director of Volunteer & Pro Bono Services, (804) 518-2131. Email: Kat@cvlas.org.