Legal Aid Justice Center
123 East Broad Street
Richmond VA 23219
Mission Statement
To seek equal justice for all by solving clients' legal problems, strengthening the voices of low-income communities, and rooting out the inequities that keep people in poverty. 
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Mary Bauer
Board Chair Mr. Jonathan T. Blank
Board Chair Company Affiliation McGuireWoods, LLP
Contact Information
Address 123 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Telephone 434 977-0553
Fax 434 977-0558
E-mail info@justice4all.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1967
Former Names
NameYear
Southside Virginia Legal Services2001
Charlottesville-Albemarle Legal Aid Society2001
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $4,600,000.00
Projected Expenses $4,470,000.00
Statements
Mission
To seek equal justice for all by solving clients' legal problems, strengthening the voices of low-income communities, and rooting out the inequities that keep people in poverty. 
Impact
Our strategies include providing legal representation in civil actions, engaging in community education and organizing, and promoting legislative policies that benefit all low-income Virginians. By producing outstanding results for more than 45 years, we have developed a national reputation for excellence, and five of our attorneys have received national awards for their groundbreaking efforts. 
 
During the 2013 fiscal year, the Legal Aid Justice Center closed 2,645 cases which provided direct benefits to 7,298 individuals. One-time awards and settlements for our clients totaled $1.43 million and annualized monthly recoveries were $830,000; we helped clients avoid $1.29 million in one-time expenses and more than $258,000 in annualized ongoing monthly payments. This totals $3.8 million in monetary benefits to our clients. Our unique approach to serving clients using a combination of advocacy strategies, however, produces benefits that extend far beyond these case numbers. Our outreach in all programs reached more than 10,000 income-eligible persons and other service providers.
 
From July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013 (FY12), the Legal Aid Justice Center provided innovative, high-quality legal services to our clients through a combination of direct representation, education and organizing, and creative advocacy at the local, regional, state and national levels. In FY13 we continued to leverage limited resources to make a demonstrable difference in the lives of thousands of low-income Virginians, not only in our service area but across the state. And our five programs—the Civil Advocacy Program, the JustChildren Program, the Immigrant Advocacy Program, Medical-Legal Partnerships (which includes the Elder Law Initiative as well as what we formerly called the Child Health Advocacy Program), and the Virginia Institutionalized Persons Project continue to ably address issues that both clients and community members have identified as critical needs.
Needs
1. Unrestricted operating support. Because of decreases in government support for legal aid, and a tight foundation fundraising environment, we are always in need of support to continue our work for our vulnerable neighbors. These gifts are important to us and help us to support the promise of "justice for all" in our communities.
2. Pro bono legal assistance. We run several initiatives to help connect non-legal-aid attorneys with opportunities to serve our low-income clients.
3. Support for our education and organizing campaigns. Formal legal aid delivery can only meet a fraction of the need for legal help our low-income client communities experience. This is why we add "front-end" education and organizing components (working to develop leaders and opportunities for civic participation) into our work - to raise the voices of the poor in policy decisions that affect their lives and futures.
4. Staff support. Please check our website www.justice4all.org for posted position openings.
Background
Founded in 1967, the Legal Aid Justice Center provides civil legal assistance to low income families and individuals in Virginia with a special focus on vulnerable populations, including children, immigrants, the elderly, and the institutionalized.  
The Legal Aid Justice Center has offices in Charlottesville, Richmond, Petersburg and Falls Church from which our staff work within five main program areas: The Civil Advocacy Program, JustChildren, the Immigrant Advocacy Program, Medical-Legal Partnerships (which includes our Elder Law Initiative), and the Virginia Institutionalized Persons Project.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Metro Richmond
Richmond, City
Chesterfield County
Colonial Heights, City
Dinwiddie County
Goochland County
Hanover County
Henrico County
Hopewell, City
Petersburg, City
Powhatan County
Prince George County
Charles City County
Louisa County
New Kent County
Charlottesville-Albermarle
Southside Virginia
Statewide
Other
Tri-cities Region
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Jonathan T. Blank
Company Affiliation McGuireWoods, LLP
Term July 2015 to June 2017
Email jblank@mcguirewoods.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Eva Anthony Powhatan-Goochland Community Action Agency
Mr. Herbert L. Beskin Chapter 13 Trustee
Mr. Jonathan T. Blank McGuireWoods LLP
Mr. Irving M. Blank Paris & Blank
Ms. Dora Callahan Central Virginia Client Council
Mr. John H. Cobb Jr.Petersburg Bar Association
Ms. Linda Freeman NAMI - Virginia
Mr. Anthony Gambardella Woods Roger PLC
Mr. Earl J. Gee The Gee Law Firm, P.C.
Ms. Deirdre Gilmore Public Housing Association of Residents
Mr. D. Brock Green Jones & Green
Ms. Cora Hayes Central Virginia Client Council
Ms. Tracey C. Hopper Private Practice Attorney
Ms. Joy Johnson Public Housing Association of Residents
Mr. Harry "Pete" M. Johnson IIIHunton & Williams
Mr. James A. McCauley Marks & Harrison
Mr. Juan E. Milanes Hispanic Bar Association
Mr. Lonnie D. "Chip" Nunley IIIHunton & Williams
Mr. James E. Ryan University of Virginia School of Law
Mr. Charles K. Seyfarth LeClair Ryan
Mr. Thomas G. Slater Jr.Hunton & Williams LLP
Mr. Christopher Trible McGuireWoods LLP
Ms. Tina Washington Public Housing Association of Residents
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 9
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 15
Female 8
Governance
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Mary Bauer
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Mr. Alex R. Gulotta Jan 1994 - Jan 2014
Staff
Full Time Staff 42
Part Time Staff 3
Plans
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted 2011
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Programs
Description

The Civil Advocacy Program focuses on housing, health and mental health services, consumer protection, employment and unemployment, and public benefits.

Description

The largest children’s law program in Virginia, JustChildren represents at-risk children, organizes parents to be effective youth advocates, and works to change laws and policies for the benefit of all children in the Commonwealth.

Description

The Immigrant Advocacy Program works with low-income immigrants throughout Virginia. Over the past decade, this program has largely focused on wage claims, and has expanded its assistance into other areas, such as housing and consumer protection. 

Description

Medical-Legal Partnerships currently include two distinct practice areas: The Elder Law Initiative addresses the legal needs of Virginia’s low-income elderly with a particular focus on those in long-term care facilities. Our hospital-based Medical-Legal Partnerships provide a range of legal services and supports to low-income families with members being treated for medical problems.

Description

The Virginia Institutionalized Persons (VIP) Project challenges the lack of basic services fundamental to human rights for residents of Virginia’s prisons and mental health facilities.

Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $4,600,000.00
Projected Expenses $4,470,000.00
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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$2,897,462----
Government Contributions$649,863$649,676$650,301
Federal------
State------
Local$649,863$649,676$650,301
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$664,541$643,281$2,674,205
------
--$2,144,038--
Investment Income, Net of Losses----$583
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind$3,394,178$3,630,734$4,500,695
Other$111,916$158,589$298,951
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$6,866,713$7,193,122$8,046,072
Administration Expense$257,284$253,162$197,401
Fundraising Expense$278,900$300,628$239,968
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.040.930.96
Program Expense/Total Expenses93%93%95%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue7%23%7%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$2,695,700$2,314,564$2,923,758
Current Assets$1,017,768$555,812$1,048,371
Long-Term Liabilities$414,238$448,395$486,771
Current Liabilities$649,390$549,161$599,385
Total Net Assets$1,632,072$1,317,008$1,837,602
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.571.011.75
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets15%19%17%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Campaign Purpose Purchase a building in Richmond to serve as the permanent offices of Legal Aid.
Goal $1,000,000.00
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 11/2016View