The Legal Services Corporation of Virginia (LSCV) was formed and incorporated in 1975 by the Virginia State Bar, the Virginia Department of Social Services and the Virginia Legal Aid Association to develop, fund, coordinate and oversee the delivery of civil legal services to the poor in Virginia.
Since then, the Virginia State Bar has contracted annually with LSCV to provide civil legal services to the poor with a state general revenue appropriation and a state filing fee appropriation. With this support, LSCV funds and oversees the work of nine regional Legal Aid programs and a statewide support center, the Virginia Poverty Law Center, that operate out of 35 offices and serve every city and county in Virginia.
LSCV also is charged by statute with administering the Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program, the proceeds of which are added to state appropriations to fund civil legal services to the poor.
LSCV-funded programs also receive direct support from federal, United Way, local government and private donors.
LSCV monitors programs with a nationally recognized performance reporting and auditing system that includes collection of case-outcome benefits and significant financial controls.
In addition to helping individual clients, cases handled by Legal Aid fueled the economy for all Virginians. A 2011 economic impact report revealed that Legal Aid’s work returns to our communities at least $5.27 for every dollar of support — an amount that does not capture hard-to-quantify benefits such as savings to banks and investors from foreclosures averted, improved efficiencies in the courts, and payment of health-care providers who otherwise would have had to write off Legal Aid clients as indigents.
LSCV has overseen the implementation of many technological improvements in Legal Aid, including the creation of a statewide client legal information hotline in four languages (1-866-534-5243), a statewide Web-based client database and a comprehensive legal information website for clients and pro bono attorneys that will link you to your local legal aid office.
LSCV and statewide bar organizations have established a comprehensive pro bono attorney network that resulted in more than 3,800 cases being closed last year by volunteer attorneys through their local legal aid programs. This unique public-private partnership has significantly enhanced the delivery of civil legal services to the poor and attests to the commitment of Virginia lawyers to the concept of equal justice for all Virginians, regardless of economic status. We need more pro bono attorneys and encourage potential volunteers to contact their local legal aid program.
A - Blue Ridge Legal Services (BRLS)
Harrisonburg, Winchester, Roanoke, Lexington
B - Central Virginia Legal Aid Society (CVLAS)
Richmond, Petersburg, Charlottesville
C - Legal Aid Justice Center (LAJC)
Charlottesville, Falls Church, Petersburg, Richmond
D - Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia (LASEV)
Hampton, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, Belle Haven
E - Legal Aid Society of Roanoke Valley (LASRV)
F - Legal Services of Northern Virginia (LSNV)
Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Leesburg, Manassas, Route 1
G - Rappahannock Legal Services (RLS)
Fredricksburg, Culpeper, Tappahannock
H - Southwest Virginia Legal Aid Society (SVLAS)
Marion, Castlewood, Christiansburg
I - Virginia Legal Aid Society (VLAS)
Lynchburg Danville, Farmville, Suffolk
J - Virginia Poverty Law Center (VPLC)
Richmond, statewide program