Public Service and Pro Bono Committee
The Public Service and Pro Bono Committee works to identify opportunities to serve our local community in both public service and pro bono capacities and connect MRWBA members with those opportunities through CLE programs and other events.
One of the ways in which the Committee does this is by selecting one local charitable or nonprofit organization to partner with each year. Partnering with one organization gives our members a chance to get to know the organization well and hopefully create long-lasting and mutually rewarding relationships.
For the 2017-2018 bar year, the Public Service and Pro Bono Committee is asking all MRWBA members to “Make a Commitment to Pro Bono Service!”
We will ask each member to commit to:
1.) Represent a client on at least one pro bono case, however, simple or complex; and/or
2.) Donate the financial equivalent of at least one hour of billable time to a legal aid provider such as Central Virginia Legal Aid Society. (www.cvlas.org)
October is Pro Bono Month and we will be hosting a free 1-hour CLE presented by Doris Causey, the Virginia State Bar President and Managing Attorney of Central Virginia Legal Aid Society. Stay tuned for more details!
And, for the sixth year in a row, MRWBA will continue it’s realtionship with CARITAS, Richmond’s largest and most inclusive homeless shelter. In addition to providing shelter to the homeless, CARITAS also provides the support, training, and material assistance necessary to break the cycle of homelessness and restore stable, productive lives. CARITAS Furniture Bank is experiencing an all time low in its inventory and desperately needs your help to furnish these homes before the holidays. Please click here to see how you can help or visit the CARITAS website for more information.
For those MRWBA members who would like to volunteer to help with Hurricane Harvey Relief:
- The ABA is offering free on-demand resources to train attorneys to provide disaster relief services, including “Disaster Relief: What Lawyers Can Do to Help, Representing Disaster Survivors.” Click Here to visit the ABA’s website and register for courses
- The ABA/Texas Free Legal Answers system has been modified to permit out-of-state attorneys to volunteer to answer Harvey related questions, per an order issued by the Texas Supreme Court permitting such service. Training resources are provided. Visit the ABA’s Disaster Relief website for more information