The Pro Bono Clearinghouse program matches nonprofit organizations with volunteer attorneys to help them with business, personnel, real estate and other legal needs. Through the hard work of many volunteers, the Pro Bono Clearinghouse program successfully handled 71 matters during the 2015-2016 fiscal year. Since the program’s 2001 inception, our volunteers have handled 977 cases from more than 570 different nonprofit organizations, for a combined estimate value of over $2.5 million in legal services for free.
In 2015-2016, we continued to partner with the Virginia Bar Association to handle the case placement process for the VBA's Veterans Initiative, matching active duty service members,Veterans , and their families needing legal assistance with attorneys willing to assist for free. In 2015, we also launched our own Veterans Task Force to further improve our capacity for providing assistance.
Our collaboration with Capital One, Central Virginia Legal Aid Society, Legal Aid Justice Center and Firms In Service - Richmond, resulted in the creation of JusticeServer, a secure on-line case management system built on the Salesforce platform. JusticeServer upgrades legal aid’s technology in-house while allowing pro bono attorney volunteers the ability to access pro bono cases from any internet connection. Since the launch in 2012, seven offices of legal aid in central Virginia have used this system to increase case handling efficiency internally and expand capacity by creating a virtual law firm from willing private attorney volunteers. Over 1700 individuals, families, Veterans and nonprofits have received free legal assistance from this volunteer matching process. This project was made possible by generous grants from the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation, The Community Foundation, the Virginia Law Foundation, Capital One, Dominion Resources, plus, generous donations from the following law firms: Hunton & Williams, LeClairRyan, McGuireWoods, Murphy McGonigle, Spotts Fain, Thompson McMullan, Troutman Sanders and Williams Mullen.
Our goals for 2015 include:
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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