Crista Whitman Gantz has joined the Virginia State Bar team as the new director of its Pro Bono / Access to Legal Services department. Her first day was Nov. 27.
Gantz’ department serves to support, promote, and further all access to justice initiatives in the commonwealth – and its new director brings a passion for service to the position.
“Every lawyer goes to law school with high hopes for impacting people in need,” she says. “That’s what drew me to access to legal services.”
Gantz is a 2007 graduate of T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond. She previously served for three years as the client services director with the Legal Information Network for Cancer (CancerLINC).
“LINC does really amazing work for a small, specific population – cancer patients and their families in the Greater Richmond area,” Gantz says. “I learned so much there.”
Prior to joining CancerLINC, she was an associate at LeClairRyan where she was involved in numerous volunteer and pro bono activities.
Gantz says she’s looking forward to having a wide impact on people in need – without going to court everyday. “I think that’s one of my talents: energizing and fostering engagement,” she says. “I want people to care about the work and get involved. It’s the most important and compassionate thing we can do with our law degree.”
Gantz has been a frequent guest at VSB’s Access to Legal Service Committee meetings, has developed and presented at a number of pro bono trainings, and is a regular attendee at the Statewide Legal Aid Conference. She also is the author of the article “Lawyering for a Cause: Do Good and Feel Great” from the special October 2014 Pro Bono issue of Virginia Lawyer magazine.
Outgoing Director Karl A. Doss accepted a position as deputy director at the Legal Services Corporation of Virginia, and his last day at the VSB was Dec. 15.Updated: Dec 20, 2017
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