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Announcing the Rule 6.1 Society

LSNV is proud to announce the Rule 6.1 Society, a new program to recognize and thank attorneys who perform at least 40 hours of pro bono work annually.  Members of the Society receive an attractive lapel pin, a frame-able certificate of appreciation, and recognition on the LSNV website.

Rule 6.1 of the Virginia State Bar’s Rules of Professional Conduct says that “a lawyer should render at least two percent per year of the lawyer’s professional time to pro bono publico legal services.”  

That 2% works out to be about 40 hours a year (Virginia Lawyer, February 2014). Our pro bono attorneys lend their expertise on issues as wide ranging as consumer advocacy, family law, housing, elder law and much more.  We could not fulfill our mission to achieve equal justice and to provide hope and empowerment to thousands of Northern Virginians each year without their help. 

The first year that attorneys qualify for membership in the Society, they will be Bronze members.  The second year that they do they will be Silver members.  Attorneys qualifying for three or more years will be Gold members.  The attorneys who volunteered for 40 or more hours in 2015 are listed below.  We are so grateful to them all.

If you are interested in finding out more about our pro bono program, or wish to volunteer, please contact our pro bono office.

Rule 6.1 Society Members
Bronze Members for 2016 
  1. Amy Bradley
  2. Sara Dajani
  3. Malika Elkettani
  4. Muhammed Elsayed
  5. Carly Jehlen
  6. Anastasia Kranias
  7. Mikhail Lopez
  8. Gina Marine
  9. John Roche
  10. Charles Rothermel
  11. Ramika Stephens
  12. K. Leigh Taylor
Silver Members for 2016
  1.  Stephen Fowler
  2. Carolyn Grimes
  3. Laura O’Brien
  4. Dan Schy
  5. Robert Walker
  6. Susan Wuchinich

To nominate yourself, or a colleague, please contact our pro bono office.

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Avoiding Homelessness and Combating Fraud

An LSNV staff attorney was representing a client in court because the landlord was suing the client for nonpayment of rent for a basement apartment the client and his family were renting. The LSNV attorney did some research and discovered that the basement unit violated zoning restrictions and that this landlord had previously been cited 6 times for the very same thing over the past five years.

The LSNV attorney counterclaimed against the landlord for fraud and a violation of the Virginia Consumer Protection Act. The LSNV attorney was able to settle the case so that the client did not owe the landlord any additional rent money, but rather the LSNV attorney was able to get the client $1,000 from the landlord! With our assistance the client and her family were able to stay in their home and avoid homelessness.