Who We Are

Our Mission

Founded in 1971, CVLAS’ mission is the zealous legal representation without charge to low income or elderly clients in civil cases and to help the low income and elderly community through preventive community legal education.

CVLAS is a non-profit section 501(c)(3) organization.

Our Priorities

Central Virginia Legal Aid Society’s goals and priorities drive where we focus our resources to do the most good. These priorities determine the types of cases we believe are most important to our clients and our community.

Improving Outcomes for Children

This includes defending victims of domestic violence and making sure children are safely sheltered.

Preservation of Housing and Housing Needs

This often involves defending clients facing eviction and foreclosure, or who need access to safe, affordable housing.

Protecting Economic Stability

Cases in this area involve employment, public benefits, and consumer issues.

Promoting Safety, Stability and Well-being

This can mean defending victims of sexual violence and helping clients obtain affordable health benefits.

We Prioritize Emergency Cases and the use of Technology

to improve our ability to bring legal services to all – especially those in underserved areas. For example, remote court hearings may be available to those who are unable to appear in court in person.

Our History

Employment Opportunities


Central Virginia Legal Aid Society seeks an attorney to participate in a two-year fellowship program in our Petersburg office. The fellow will provide direct legal services (including impact litigation), strategic partnership building, outreach & education in housing related cases.

The ideal Fellow will possess a demonstrated commitment to public interest work and a strong desire to assist indigent clients. An active Virginia State Bar license is required. Further, the ideal candidate will have excellent writing, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills; strong oral and negotiation skills, and the ability to work as a team member; and prior experience in managing independent projects or assignments. Diverse economic, social and cultural experiences; a second language; prior experience in community/movement lawyering or community organizing; knowledge of housing benefits law and/or experience with housing and benefits agencies and other relevant practice experience are preferred. Starting salary is $60,000 with excellent benefits. Send cover letter, resume, and writing sample – to Michelle King, michelle@cvlas.org.

Central Virginia Legal Aid Society is committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage candidates of all identities, experiences and communities to apply. Central Virginia Legal Aid Society does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or veteran status.


Central Virginia Legal Aid Society seeks staff attorney for its Petersburg office. Will handle consumer, domestic violence, elder, employment, family, housing and public benefit cases. Excellent written and oral advocacy skills and ability to work independently in fast paced environment are required. Prior experience in public interest and poverty work is desirable. Must have strong commitment to equal justice. Virginia State Bar license required. Salary $60,000/year (or more commensurate with experience) plus excellent benefits. Send cover letter, resume, and writing sample (to be received by February 15th) to Michelle King, (michelle@cvlas.org). Minorities, bilingual speakers, veterans, older adults, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. EEO employer.

CVLAS offers a competitive salary depending on experience and excellent benefits. Send cover letter expressing interest and qualifications, and a résumé to Michelle King (michelle@cvlas.org) and copy Lorie Illsley (lorie@cvlas.org). Interested persons are encouraged to apply soon as the successful candidate will start work right away. Minorities, bilingual (English/Spanish) speakers, veterans, older adults, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. EEO employer.