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Rules of Professional Conduct supporting Pro Bono: Rules 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, etc. and Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia

Beginning in August, the VSB will host a portal to the ABA’s online pro bono website that allows low-income Virginians to ask legal questions in a private forum and have the questions answered by volunteer Virginia lawyers.

Lawyers: Register for the service by filling out this attorney interest form (PDF file). Send completed form to Karl A. Doss, Director, VSB Access to Legal Services, More information to come.




Pro Bono Training and Events Calendar

Please register for Serious Illness, the Law, and Pro Bono Service, Part 5: Simple Trusts on Mar 2, 2017 1:00 PM EST at:

The Basic Trusts CLE builds upon the information provided in the Simple Life Planning Documents CLE and assumes familiarity with the basic will form provided in that course. In the Basic Trusts CLE you will learn how to identify situations that call for the creation of a trust, how to identify appropriate candidates to nominate as trustee of a trust, how to assist the client with identifying an appropriate duration for the trust, and how to advise clients regarding the necessary beneficiary designations and titling structure to ensure that assets are protected by the trust. This CLE will only cover basic testamentary trusts, and will not cover revocable or irrevocable inter vivos trusts, and will not cover "see-through" retirement trusts for the distribution of tax-deferred assets.

Attorney Carolyn White of White & McCarthy, LLP will be the presenter for this webinar, which has been submitted for 1.5 hours of MCLE credit. There is no cost to attend this program; however, in exchange for the free CLE credits, attendees are asked to certify that they either will accept a pro bono referral from LINC or their local legal aid organization or make a financial donation supporting them

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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From the October 2014 issue of Virginia Lawyer (PDF files):

Webinars Spread the Word on Pro Bono article from the August 2014 issue of Virginia Lawyer (PDF file)

Is there a Pro Bono Gap in Virginia? article from the February 2014 issue of Virginia Lawyer (PDF file)

Resources — How/Where to Get Cases/Volunteer Opportunities

more to come

Top Pro Bono Needs in Virginia (PDF file)

Legal Aid Pro Bono Brochure (PDF file)

Legal Aid Pro Bono Opportunities. All of Virginia’s legal aid offices have well-established private attorney involvement programs with pro bono coordinators who will help support your volunteer lawyering work.  Please contact your local legal aid office for more information.

The Greater Richmond Bar Foundation (GRBF). GRBF’s mission is to expand public access to the justice system in central Virginia by facilitating the delivery of pro bono legal services and service projects. Through its programs, GRBF helps the Central Virginia region with its priority needs for pro bono services and helps connect lawyers with pro bono clients. (804) 780-2600

  • Pro Bono Clearinghouse – a referral service linking volunteer attorneys with nonprofit organizations in need of legal representation on a variety of transactional matters.
  • Pro Bono Promise – law firms and law departments are invited to join Pro Bono Promise with a pledge to commit a percentage of time to the provision of pro bono legal services to the disadvantaged and/or to include financial support to legal services organizations annually.
  • JusticeServer – an all-inclusive case management and referral system that enables private attorneys to accept and work on pro bono cases from their own computers. Attorneys are able to create a confidential profile, view pro bono opportunities available in designated practice areas/jurisdictions, and find the resources to assist with handling the legal matter.
  • Other Volunteer Opportunities – GRBF also provides a menu of volunteer opportunities available in the greater Richmond area. contains resources for pro bono and legal services lawyers to assist in their representation of low income or disadvantaged clients, including the Pro Bono Opportunities Guide, which allows volunteer lawyers to find legal opportunites tailored to their specific requirements.  

St. Anthony Legal Clinic, Falls Church, VA – The St. Anthony Legal Clinic is an informal group of volunteers operating under the auspices of St. Anthony Catholic Church, 3301 Glen Carlyn Rd. in Falls Church. The clinic operates on Saturday mornings from 9:00 to 11:00 AM, working out of the church office and using the church conference rooms. This is a walk-in clinic, no appointments, and completely free. While no screening is done for income, it is apparent that most clients are poor and cannot afford a lawyer at normal rates. Many of the clients are Hispanic/Latino, and the clinic is staffed with interpreters for non-Spanish speaking lawyers. The majority of clients have problems relating to immigration and family law/divorce. Other issues that arise include landlord-tenant issues, criminal actions, DMV problems and employment issues. Attorneys are expected to provide advice and guidance, and limited follow-up if needed, but not to represent clients in court. The clinic maintains a list of referral agencies that can provide more long-term representation.  For more information, contact Norman Hicks, (703) 203-4484.

Virginia Bar Association Veterans Issues Task Force. The VBA provides military veterans and service members with greater access to legal assistance. Volunteer assistance opportunities include: initial intake interviews, one-on-one counsel, speaking at Yellow Ribbon or similar events, mentoring other attorneys, providing pro bono or low-cost assistance, and supervising law students in legal clinics assisting veterans.

Hogar Immigrant Services (703) 534-9805 or (571) 208-1572. Hogar Immigrant Services’ mission is to welcome the stranger by offering immigration legal assistance at a reduced rate to those who could not afford it otherwise. Hogar also hosts Naturalization Workshops every month. At each workshop, members of the Hogar Legal team, as well as trained attorney and non-attorney volunteers, are on hand to assist eligible legal permanent residents (LPRs) in completing naturalization applications. Please contact or call 571-208-1572 x102 for further information. 

Just Neighbors (703) 979-1240.  Just Neighbors provides immigration legal services to low income immigrants in the northern Virginia area. Clients must make 200% or less of federal poverty guidelines and must live in northern Virginia to qualify for services. Just Neighbors has a special emphasis on humanitarian-based immigration cases and does not take: removal/deportation cases, asylum cases, family-based petitions. Clients interested in our services can be screened by calling 703-979-1240, Tuesday - Friday 9 am - 5 pm. If you are an attorney interested in volunteering with Just Neighbors, please call our main number and ask to speak with the Director of Legal Services.


Webinar Recordings:

VSB National Pro Bono Celebration Kickoff Event: Ethical Considerations in Pro Bono

The mission of the Virginia State Bar Special Committee on Access to Legal Services Committee includes “fostering support for free and reduced fee legal services with the goal of improving access to the legal system for all Virginians and for nonprofit charitable and civic groups that serve the public good. It promotes pro bono publico services by Virginia lawyers…The committee continually examines ways in which access to legal services can be enhanced and opportunities for pro bono service can be expanded in a fashion that supports and complements the rich regional network of existing service providers.“

The Access Committee offers free, nuts and bolts training on substantive law and ethics for attorneys interested in providing pro bono publico legal services to economically disadvantaged Virginians. As the VSB's kickoff event for the National Pro Bono Celebration in October, this program will focus on the ethical rules and opinions for pro bono attorneys as well as provide information about the need and opportunities for pro bono service throughout Virginia.

Topics and presenters include: 

  1. The Justice Gap in Virginia and Rule 6.1 – John Whitfield, Executive Director, Blue Ridge Legal Services
  2. Other Ethical Rules and Opinions of Particular Relevance to Pro Bono Lawyers – Seth Guggenheim, Assistant Ethics Counsel, Virginia State Bar
  3. Pro Bono Service by Solo and Small Firm Practitioners – Jennifer Grace Dean, Virginia Immigration Law Center
  4. How and Where to Get Pro Bono Cases – Tara Casey, Director, Harry L. Carrico Center for Pro Bono Service, University of Richmond School of Law


Advance Medical Directives and Pro Bono 

Presenter - Nathan Kottkamp, McGuireWoods, LLP and chair of the National Healthcare Decisions Day Initiative.    

All adults in Virginia have a right to prepare an Advance Medical Directive, which expresses their wishes in writing about future medical care if they become incapacitated, including the type of healthcare they do or do not want and/or the authorization of another person to make medical decisions on their behalf. An advance directive is a very important document because it provides critical information to medical personnel about a patient’s treatment wishes, alleviating some of the stress for family members.

Pro bono attorneys are especially needed to assist low income clients execute these documents.  


Links to Previous Webinar Recordings

Court Appointed Attorney Application and VIDC Standards of Practice

Go to Virginia Indigent Defense Commission website

Updated: Feb 17, 2017