Volunteer

1Volunteers play an important role at Legal Services of Northern Virginia. LSNV has limited resources and we often rely on the generous donation of time and effort by members of the community both attorney and non-attorney alike. Volunteers support our existing case work and allow us to expand and to help those who would otherwise be turned away due to capacity limitations.

LSNV needs volunteer help from lawyers in the following legal areas:

Bankruptcy and Debtor’s Rights
Bankruptcy Clinic Referrals: LSNV needs bankruptcy attorneys to represent LSNV applicants in Chapter 7 bankruptcies. Please contact LSNV’s pro bono office to get involved.

Consumer Law
Fairfax Consumer Clinic: LSNV partners with the Northern Virginia Pro Bono Law Center to run the consumer clinic. Volunteer attorneys may attend a free CLE training in exchange for agreeing to take two appointment dates.   Clients meet with volunteer lawyers on Wednesday mornings in LSNV’s Fairfax office. These attorneys provide advice and counsel and representation in meritorious matters. LSNV attorneys are available onsite to answer any questions and to provide mentoring. To get involved, please contact Arlene K. Beckerman, Esq. Director of Pro Bono Activities at NVPBLC, at abeckerman@fairfaxbar.org.

Washington Metropolitan Area Corporate Counsel Association (WMACCA) Consumer Rights Clinic: In-House Corporate Counsel members of WMACCA meet with and interview LSNV bankruptcy applicants to determine whether Chapter 7 Bankruptcy is an appropriate option for the applicant.  LSNV staff provide a one hour training at a corporate host site before each clinic, and are on hand to answer any questions. Please contact Ilene Reid, Executive Director at ilene.reid@wmacca.com to get involved.

Employment Law
Employment Law Clinic: LSNV partners with Northern Virginia Pro Bono Law Center to run the employment clinic. Volunteer attorneys meet on Thursday mornings with clients in LSNV’s Fairfax Office to provide advice counsel and representation in meritorious matters.   Please contact Arlene K. Beckerman, Esq. Director of Pro Bono Activities at NVPBLC abeckerman@fairfaxbar.org to get involved.

Family Law
Attorney of the Day Program:  Volunteer attorneys represent civil protective order petitioners in family abuse matters in Fairfax County, Prince William County, or the City of Alexandria. LSNV hosts a free CLE training  in exchange for an agreement to sign up for two hearing dates. Volunteer attorneys participating in the program sign-up for two hearing dates and are expected to represent LSNV applicants in meritorious matters in the J&DR court. LSNV staff is available for mentoring in these cases. To become involved in Alexandria or Fairfax County, please contact LSNV’s pro bono office. Those interested in handling Prince William cases should contact Barbara Stough Chair of the Prince William Pro Bono Committee at stoughlaw@cs.com.

Protective Order Appeals: Volunteer attorneys are needed to represent LSNV applicants with protective order cases in Circuit Court. Please contact LSNV’s pro bono office to get involved.  

Uncontested Divorces: Volunteer attorneys handle uncontested divorce cases on behalf of LSNV applicants. A free CLE training is available in exchange for an agreement to take cases. LSNV pre-screens cases to make sure that custody, support, and property issues are either resolved and/or are not at issue. To become involved in Fairfax – Please contact Arlene K. Beckerman, Esq. Director of Pro Bono Activities at NVPBLC at abeckerman@fairfaxbar.org. Those interested in handling Prince William cases should contact Barbara Stough, Chair of the Prince William Pro Bono Committee at stoughlaw@cs.com. Please contact LSNV’s pro bono office if you are interested in any other jurisdiction.

Housing Law
Housing Law Clinic: Volunteer attorneys provide advice and counsel and representation in meritorious landlord/tenant matters.   Free CLE training is available in exchange for an agreement to take appointment dates.  Those interested in volunteering in Fairfax County should contact Arlene K. Beckerman, Esq. Director of Pro Bono Activities at NVPBLC abeckerman@fairfaxbar.org to get involved.  Those interested in volunteering in Prince William County should contact  Barbara Stough Chair of the Prince William Pro Bono Committee at stoughlaw@cs.com.