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Helping Clients Secure Basic Financial Resources

Our client with an intellectual disability came to LSNV in July, 2012 after the Social Security Administration (SSA) terminated her disability insurance because of an alleged overpayment due to earnings from subsidized employment.  All of the way back In 1997 we obtained a favorable Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) decision on this very issue for the same client.  The ALJ had stated that the client’s earnings were not “substantial” enough to disqualify her from benefits, and that she had not been overpaid.  In 2012, the client had the same job, subsidies, and job coach.  Only the dates of employment had changed.  We appealed the SSA’s current decision.  SSA stopped the client’s benefits in August, 2013 and scheduled a hearing in November, 2013, but didn’t tell anyone.  They dismissed the case after no one appeared, and didn’t tell anyone that either.  SSA never informed anyone what happened with the case until contacted by the client’s Congressman in April, 2016.  We persuaded the chief ALJ in Roanoke, where the client had moved, to reopen the case for a hearing.  In March, 2017, the ALJ used the original 1997 decision as a guide ruling that the work was not “substantial” and the client was not overpaid.  Client’s benefits were restored and she was awarded retroactive benefits of $49,969.


VA Law Help 2 Go

The VA Law Help 2 Go is a program that will enable those who use smartphones and other mobile devices to access brief informational videos about common civil legal issues in Virginia.  The program was spearheaded by LSNV in partnership with the Virginia Legal Aid Society and Blue Ridge Legal Services and funded by the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) Technology Innovative Initiative Grant program. This technology initiative advances LSC’s goal of enabling users to accessportant legal information when and where it’s convenient for them.

For more information visit:  http://www.valawhelp2go.org/banner_Poster


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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.