The Access to Justice Partnerships – Our Pro Bono Initiatives
Our pro bono programs provide legal help to low-income clients in areas such as consumer protection, education, elder law, employment, and housing disputes. We are recruiting attorneys in Richmond, Petersburg, Charlottesville, Falls Church, and surrounding cities and counties.
The Charlottesville Albemarle Bar Association Pro Bono Program:
The Legal Aid Justice Center places high priority cases in our Charlottesville office through our partnership with the Charlottesville Albermarle Bar Association. Case examples include:
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) – Assist undocumented immigrants in applying for legal recognition by immigration authorities and protection from deportation; Estate Planning – Draft simple wills, powers of attorney, and advance directives (living wills and medical powers of attorney) for low-income clients 60 years of age or older, or who have other circumstances which make simple estate planning necessary; Housing – Represent tenants in unlawful detainer cases, terminations of federally subsidized housing assistance (vouchers), security deposits, and disputes involving the condition of the leased premises;
Contact: Kristin Clarens for more information
Richmond Pro Bono Housing Unit
Volunteer attorneys work directly with low-income clients on a rotating bases to provide advice and counsel for evictions and other landlord tenant disputes. Volunteers will meet with clients at LAJC’s Richmond office on their scheduled day. Client’s appointments are schedule in advance 4-6 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The schedule attorney will receive the intake and conflict check prior to arrival. Volunteers will have access to a video training as well as a yearly in person training (CLE credit given) prior to starting and will have access to experienced housing attorneys when additional resources are needed.