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Can You Help Provide Pro Bono Legal Services?

Wednesday, August 26, 2020   (0 Comments)
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The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly increased the demand for Virginia legal aid and nonprofit legal services. Those demands will continue to grow long after the immediate health crisis abates.

Pro bono attorneys, paralegals, and law students are urgently needed to help fill the gap. The Virginia State Bar has reached out to other bar groups with a request to inspire membership to answer the call.

The VSB COVID-19 Pro Bono Task Force has created a Google Form through which interested attorneys can express interest in helping Virginians in need. Attorneys can choose from a variety of engagements across several high-demand legal categories. The need is particularly great in rural parts of Virginia, so lawyers in the south central, southwest and Shenandoah Valley regions will be extremely helpful to the cause.

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Special Education Pro Bono Project

Legal Aid Justice Center logoCrista Gantz, VSB director of access to legal services, also mentioned a Special Education Pro Bono Project in central Virginia. The Legal Aid Justice Center is leading this effort to respond to the unique educational challenges of COVID-19 for students with disabilities.

The center is hosting two trainings for pro bono attorneys on special education advocacy, school discipline, and Virginia and federal education law. After training, attorneys will agree to accept referrals for pro bono special education cases. Zoom trainings will be held Aug. 27 from noon to 2 p.m., and Sept. 9 from 3 to 5 p.m. To register or for more information, contact Miriam Torian, managing attorney, at or call 804-643-1086.

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