Central Virginia Legal Aid Society depends upon many generous donors to do our important work. We could not advance the cause of justice for all without this critical financial backing. We are humbled and grateful for the support we receive annually from law firms, corporations, government entities, foundations, civic groups and other organizations that believe as we do that the lack of financial resources should not limit access to qualified legal advice and representation.
Volunteering is important because it enables individuals to help others in a selfless way. We depend on volunteers to help expand our services and help us achieve our goals of providing free legal help to as many individuals and families as we can. Whether it’s a lawyer working pro bono on a case or dedicated volunteers to come to our office to answer phones, type correspondence, file documents, make copies and handle mail, these altruistic offerings are integral to our success. We could not do our work without our many dedicated supporters!
FIRMS IN SERVICE—RICHMOND® is a collaborative effort of sixteen law firms and businesses that have committed to increasing the availability of pro bono legal services for the underserved in the Greater Richmond community. Each member firm commits to providing volunteer hours (2% of billable hours) and financial support for pro bono. 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. For more information about joining Firms In Service – Richmond, please contact Shane Harper at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information can be found on the Greater Richmond Bar Foundation site, https://grbf.org/fis/
University of Richmond – No Fault Uncontested Divorces and Wills
William & Mary Elder Law Clinic
Virginia Commonwealth University
University of Richmond Paralegal Studies Program
Maggie Walker Governor’s School
Private bar Champions form virtual law firms to recruit, train and mentor pro bono attorneys in 9 areas of civil law where CVLAS is not able to provide full representation. Listed are our 2022 Triage Champions handling cases in the following areas:
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.
JusticeServer has a publicly viewable portal. Anyone can go to https://www.justiceserver.org, click on “All Cases,” and see the total need of legal aid for volunteer help. Available cases are identified by the type of case, the jurisdiction, and the legal aid program which placed it.
To see more about a case, the user must click on “Express Interest.” JusticeServer will show more only if the user has registered for JusticeServer and has been approved by the legal aid program which placed the case. Once the user expresses interest, the user has 72 hours within which to check conflicts and accept it. The case disappears from the public portal so no other volunteer attorney can view it during the 72 hour period.
When registering for JusticeServer, the user does not create a profile stating the type of cases, jurisdictions, and legal aid programs the user wishes to view. After logging in and clicking on “All Cases,” the volunteer attorney can use filters to narrow the search.
JusticeServer does not automatically generate email notifications of available cases. JusticeServer allows the user to create a subscription to get emails. After logging in and clicking on “All Cases,” the volunteer attorney can use the “Manage” button under Subscription create a subscription – using type of cases, jurisdictions, and legal aid programs about which the user wishes to receive emails.
After a user logs in and clicks on “My Cases,” JusticeServer displays cases pending conflict check, cases pending acceptance, accepted cases, and case history (closed cases). When a case is accepted, the user can create and upload case notes, can download case notes, and can upload and download files. JusticeServer also displays Important Dates, both those created by legal aid and the volunteer attorney.
JusticeServer has both a “pull” system and a “push” system. The push system allows legal aid to directly assign a case to a registered user. JusticeServer also has a timekeeping feature for the user that allows legal aid to accurately record donated hours, which is tremendously valuable in reporting to funding sources and applying for grants.
JusticeServer has a resources feature for the user. The resources will appear, as part of the case, whenever the legal problem code on the case matches the legal problem code of the resource which legal aid has created. JusticeServer also has an “End My Representation” button which takes the user to the closing screen, and collects all of the information legal aid needs to close the case and report results to our funders.
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:
Lisa Bennett, Pro Bono Triage Director, (804) 200-6038. Email: Lisa@cvlas.org.