CVLAS Needs You!!!

There are many ways for both attorneys and non attorneys to volunteer at legal aid.

Private Attorney Involvement Program

CVLAS has the generous support of members of the private bar who volunteer their time to help our clients.  Their contribution increases our capacity to serve more clients and to partner on projects to serve the greater good.

All cases handled through the PAI Program are pre-screened by CVLAS’ Intake Department for income and residency eligibility.  All eligible clients complete a thorough questionnaire which is reviewed for completeness and accuracy before being sent to a private attorney.  All clients handled through the PAI Program are aware that they are responsible for any filing fees incurred during the handling of their case (unless otherwise waived by the Court).  In many cases all fees are collected by CVLAS prior to making a referral to the private bar and mailed to you with our referral packet.

Malpractice insurance coverage

During the course of accepting and handling cases referred through our PAI Program, we offer malpractice insurance to the attorney handling the referral.  You must be signed up by our Director of Volunteer & Pro Bono Services and have completed our Volunteer Application/Memorandum of Understanding.

Tax Credits

Another great reason for signing up as a panel member of the PAI Program is that CVLAS offers qualifying members of its PAI Program the availability of Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) tax credits.  These tax credits are based on 40% of the donated services and can be used when filing a Virginia state income tax return.  For more information about joining the panel, malpractice coverage or tax credits offered, please call Kathy G. Brigman, Director of Volunteer & Pro Bono Services, CVLAS Southside Office, 229 North Sycamore Street, Petersburg, Virginia 23803, 804-518-2131, or e-mail Kat@cvlas.org.

Case work

CVLAS refers uncontested no-fault divorces based on one year’s separation (with no outstanding issues such as custody or support), no-asset Chapter 7 bankruptcies, certain consumer issues, adoptions and guardianships.  For the elderly population in our service area we ask members of our PAI Panel to assist in the preparation of simple wills, powers of attorney, advance medical directives, living wills and some life planning matters.

Other projects currently available to join include, but are not limited to:

  • Richmond Bar Association/University of Richmond/CVLAS Lawyer – Law Student No Fault Divorce Project
  • University of Virginia/CVLAS – Law Student No Fault Divorce Project
  • Elder Law Project
  • Richmond Protective Order Project
  • Women’s Advocacy Project
  • Greater Richmond Bar Association Triage Project


CVLAS also has available the Hotline Attorney call back project in our Richmond office.  The Hotline Attorney call back project generally handles Advice and Counsel cases that are less time sensitive.    Hotline call backs generally are used in consumer, employment and family law cases

Attorney call backs are scheduled for Mondays from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Thursdays from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  On Mondays and Thursdays, each attorney handles eight call backs, and on Wednesday, each attorney handles five call backs.  An experienced CVLAS attorney is available during all call back times to brief and de-brief the pro bono attorney and to answer questions as needed.

Where to start?

I have only mentioned a few of the many ways you can help CVLAS help our clients.  If you are interested in volunteering your time to CVLAS in any of the ways I listed above or perhaps in some other way that I have not mentioned, let’s talk more about how you can help us.

Please contact me by e-mail, Kat@cvlas.org or by telephone at 1-804-518-2131 or drop me a note at our Southside office, 229 North Sycamore Street, Petersburg, Virginia 23803.

Its not just for Lawyers!

Are you looking for a place to make a difference? Look no further, you are at the right place.  Do you think you don’t have any skills that a law office can use?  Think again, you do!  CVLAS needs volunteers from all walks of life.  If you can answer a telephone, type a letter, know the alphabet (file), can use a copy machine, postage machine, we want you!

If you are a college student looking for a place to donate your time and expertise, we have just the place for you.  If you are a law student wanting some experience over the summer (or during the school year), CVLAS is just the place to be.

Do you have special skills, carpentry, electrical, move furniture?  Do you have a little spare time to donate your expertise?  Are you a court reporter?  Do you have any extra time you can give us?  Since our clients meet the federal poverty guidelines, they usually have no monies to pay for much needed court services.  Can you donate your time in court for a day or two?  Are you a paralegal who wants to do a little more?  If so, we need you. Contact Kathy G. Brigman, Director of Volunteer & Pro Bono Services, in our Southside office (Petersburg), 229 North Sycamore Street, Petersburg, Virginia 23803.  Call 804-518-2131 or e-mail, Kat@cvlas.org.  I will sign you up!

Volunteers Really Do Make A Difference!

Kathy G. Brigman, Director
Volunteer & Pro Bono Services