Central Virginia Legal Aid Society, Inc.
101 W. Broad Street, Suite 101
P.O. Box 12206
Richmond VA 23220
Mission Statement Founded in 1971, CVLAS’s mission is the zealous legal representation for free of low income and elderly clients in civil cases and to help our most vulnerable citizens through preventive community legal education.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Steve Dickinson Esq.
Board Chair Chuck Seyfarth Esq.
Board Chair Company Affiliation LeClair Ryan
Contact Information
Address 101 W. Broad Street, Suite 101
P.O. Box 12206
Richmond, VA 23220
Telephone 804 648-1012
Fax 804 649-8794
E-mail
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1984
Former Names
NameYear
Neighborhood Legal Aid and Metropolitan Legal Aid merged to form CVLAS in 1982. CVLAS merged with Piedmont Legal Services and part of Southside Virginia Legal Aid Society and expanded in 20011982
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $2,304,472.00
Projected Expenses $2,254,500.00
Statements
Mission Founded in 1971, CVLAS’s mission is the zealous legal representation for free of low income and elderly clients in civil cases and to help our most vulnerable citizens through preventive community legal education.
Impact
In the last twelve months legal aid closed in excess of 3,000 cases represeting more than 6500 people in central Virginia.  The majority of these cases involved critical needs such as housing, employment, protection from consumer fraud and safety from domestic violence.
 
CVLAS has a vibrant and award winning pro bono program which recruits and trains private attorneys to help our clients.  Last year volunteer private attorneys helped in nearly 1,500 cases. 

To increase its capacity with limited resources CVLAS developed a new and innovative way to involve the private bar and distribute educational materials to the community.  In July 2012, CVLAS launched JusticeServer, a web based case management and referral system.  We hope to improve delivery of services to clients, by increasing the number of clients served by no less than 100 new cases per year and returning an 80% favorable rating on client satisfaction surveys.

Needs
Legal Aid has suffered funding cuts from almost all sources in the past few years.  New funding or volunteers are needed to maintain our current attorney staff to handle the increase in demand.
 
Volunteers may help with screening and interviewing new clients.  Private attorney volunteers may accept cases for representation ranging from simple counsel and advice to extended advocacy.
 
Donations may be made in cash or in kind.  While CVLAS has cut non-personnel costs as much as possible, we can still find savings with donated office supplies including legal pads, file folders, pens, pencils, and other paper products. 
 
Background
Central Virginia Legal Aid Society provides free civil (non-criminal) legal assistance to low-income people living in - or who have legal problems arising in - the cities of Richmond, Petersburg, Hopewell, Colonial Heights and Charlottesville, and the counties of Albemarle, Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Fluvanna, Goochland, Greene, Hanover, Henrico, Louisa, Nelson, New Kent, Powhatan, Prince George and Surry.
 
CVLAS provides legal representation primarily in the following cases: Bankruptcy, Civil Rights, Foreclosure, Consumer, Debtor Rights, Disability Benefits, Domestic Violence, Elder Law, Family, Employment, Garnishment Defense, Health, Housing, Public Benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and Unemployment Compensation.

 

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Metro Richmond
Tri-cities Region
Richmond, City
Ashland
Chester
Chesterfield County
Colonial Heights, City
Dinwiddie County
Ettrick
Goochland County
Hanover County
Henrico County
Hopewell, City
Matoaka
Petersburg, City
Powhatan County
Prince George County
Charles City County
Louisa County
New Kent County
Charlottesville-Albermarle
Southside Virginia
Central Virginia Legal Aid Society (CVLAS) provides free civil (non-criminal) legal assistance to low-income people living in - or who have legal problems arising in - The cities of Richmond, Petersburg, Hopewell, Colonial Heights and Charlottesville, and the counties of Albemarle, Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Fluvanna, Goochland, Greene, Hanover, Henrico, Louisa, Nelson, New Kent, Powhatan, Prince George and Surry.
Board Chair
Board Chair Chuck Seyfarth Esq.
Company Affiliation LeClair Ryan
Term July 2015 to June 2016
Email charles.seyfarth@leclairryan.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Eva C. Anthony community volunteer
Herbert L. Beskin Esq.Chapter 13 Trustee
Jonathon T. Blank Esq.McGuireWoods LLP
Irving M. Blank Esq.Attorneys Arbitration and Mediation, Inc.
Ann-Dora Callahan community volunteer
John Cobb EsqPetersburg Public Defender
Linda Freeman community volunteer
Anthony Gambardella Esq.Woods Rogers PLC
Earl J. Gee Esq.The Gee Law Firm
Deirdre Gilmore PHAR
D. Brock Green Esq.Jones& Green, LLP
Cora Hayes community volunteer
Tracey C. Hopper Esq.Law office of Tracey C. Hopper, LLC
Joy Johnson community volunteer
Harry (Pete) M. Johnson, III Esq.Hunton & Williams
James A. McCauley Esq.Marks & Harrison
Juan E. Milanes Esq.Law Offices of Juan E. Milanes
John M. Oakey, Jr. Esq.retired, McGuireWoods LLP
James Ryan Esq.University of Virginia School of Law
Charles K. Seyfarth Esq.Le Clair Ryan
Thomas Slater EsqHunton & Williams
Tina Washington PHAR
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 9
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 14
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 75
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 0
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Executive
Finance
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Steve Dickinson Esq.
Experience
Steve Dickinson has spent his entire career with Legal Aid both with Central Virginia Legal Aid Society and the Legal Aid Justice Center.  Prior to becoming the Executive Director of CVLAS, Steve was the Managing Attorney for the Petersburg Office of the Legal Aid Justice Center and the Executive Director of Southside Virginia Legal Services.  He lives with his wife and two children above their restaurant in Petersburg, VA.
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Henry McLaughlin Mar 1990 - Mar 2010
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Kathy Brigman Director of Volunteer Services
Doris Causey Managing Attorney
Robin L. Edwards Senior Managing Attorney
Jacqueline Kuhle Director of Intake
Christianne Querioz Director of Virginia Farm Workers Program
Martin D. Wegbreit Senior Managing Attorney
Staff
Full Time Staff 20
Part Time Staff 3
Volunteers 3
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Collaborations
CVLAS has most recently collaborated with the Legal Aid Justice Center, the Greater Richmond Bar Foundation and CapitalOne to design and build JusticeServer, its new case management and web based pro bono case referral application.   CVLAS also collaborates regularly with other Virginia legal aid programs, and other non profits serving our clients, including the William Byrd House, the James House, CARES, the Community Tax Law Project, Legal Information Network for Cancer (LINC) and Drive to Work. 
Programs
Description
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $2,304,472.00
Projected Expenses $2,254,500.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
----$281,357
Government Contributions$2,326,931$2,243,667$2,113,001
Federal$1,408,371$1,103,892$2,113,001
State$918,560$1,139,775--
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$124,078$167,082$102,306
------
--$1,507$8,692
Investment Income, Net of Losses------
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind$1,296,959$645,392$1,074,126
Other$3,612$3,600$3,301
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$3,223,439$2,394,743$2,981,324
Administration Expense$339,993$541,318$554,164
Fundraising Expense$48,450$34,274$18,994
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.041.031.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses89%81%84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue2%1%1%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$365,054$171,347$207,908
Current Assets$319,454$97,584$153,437
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$214,208$160,199$287,673
Total Net Assets$150,846$11,148($79,765)
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.490.610.53
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit Application 6/2015View
Comments
Foundation Comments
  • Financial information provided from audited financial statements, with supplemental information from the IRS 990s.
  • Audited financial statements and IRS 990s prepared by Larry Saunders & Associates.
  • Revenue from "Foundations and Corporations" also includes support from the City of Richmond.
  • Revenue from "Foundations and Corporations" for 2009 also includes support from the United Way.
  • Revenue from "Government - Unspecified" for 2008 includes support from both federal and state agencies.