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JusticeServer's Pro Bono Portal

The Greater Richmond Bar Foundation, the Legal Aid Justice Center, and Central Virginia Legal Aid Society
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

JusticeServer™ is a new online case management and referral system developed in collaboration between the Greater Richmond Bar Foundation (GRBF), the Legal Aid Justice Center (LAJC), and Central Virginia Legal Aid Society (CVLAS). JusticeServer™ includes a pro bono portal, which allows volunteers - including attorneys, paralegals, and law students - to accept and work on pro bono cases online.

Since JusticeServer™ is an online system, volunteers register through their website. During registration, volunteers create a profile which specifies the types of pro bono cases they are interested in working on. Volunteers can choose from thirteen substantive areas, which were selected for pro bono work because they tend to be limited in scope and meet areas of high demand for clients.

After volunteers register and are approved by participating organizations, they are able to see a list of available cases which match their jurisdiction and practice areas, called “Cases of Interest.” The Cases of Interest list allows volunteers to view summary and demographic information for each case. Volunteers can remove cases from their Cases of Interest list, or move them to their own “Cases I am Considering” list to put cases on hold while they check for conflicts. After moving a case to Cases I’m Considering, volunteers can either accept or reject the case.

After accepting a case, attorneys continue to work through the pro bono portal to manage information related to the case. The portal provides options for editing case details, attaching documents, adding co-counsel, requesting help from a law student, and closing a case.

For attorneys who are new to JusticeServer™, or for individuals interested in learning more about the pro bono portal, founding organizations created a How-To Guide that provides instructions for its basic functions.

JusticeServer is being deployed in stages to the private bar. Please do not register unless you intend to accept and work on pro bono cases in central Virginia.

Contact Information: 

Stephen Dickinson

Executive Director
Central Virginia Legal Aid Society