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Judge, legal veteran urge pro bono work

Lynchburg General District Judge Ed Burnette once again joined forces with longtime Lynchburg lawyer Frank Morrison at a recent bar gathering to boost the numbers of Lynchburg-area lawyers who contribute their skills for the greater good.

Burnette said working at the Virginia Legal Aid Society immediately after graduating from law school was “one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had.”  Recognizing that low-income members of the community needed more access to the courts, Burnette teamed up with Morrison in 1991 and recruited 80 members of the Bar to accept at least one pro bono case per year from the Virginia Legal Aid Society, according to a VLAS news release.

Morrison last week issued a new challenge to fellow lawyers to each recruit at least one other attorney to serve on the VLAS Pro Bono panel.  “Although members of our legal community are very service-oriented, the need for pro bono services is substantial, and we each need to put ‘service above self’ to help those who have nowhere else to turn,” Morrison said.

6 comments

  1. The need for pro bono help is getting even greater as Congress is poised to cut Legal Services Corporation funding (perversely directed to the local ‘field’ offices, but not the silly bureaucrats in DC) which in turn will cut services.

    AND in some areas there are tax credits available for the time spent doing pro bono work – ask your local Legal Aid office about them.

  2. The need for pro bono help is getting even greater as Congress is poised to cut Legal Services Corporation funding (perversely directed to the local ‘field’ offices, but not the silly bureaucrats in DC) which in turn will cut services.

    AND in some areas there are tax credits available for the time spent doing pro bono work – ask your local Legal Aid office about them.

  3. Rather than volunteering, you may wish to consider a donation. The reason is that Legal Aidwork is somewhat specialized. It is like the drives for the Food Bank. Rather than putting canned goods in a box, the Food Bank is actually better off if you donate and let them use their purchasing power to buy the food actually needed. Our firm donates.

  4. Rather than volunteering, you may wish to consider a donation. The reason is that Legal Aidwork is somewhat specialized. It is like the drives for the Food Bank. Rather than putting canned goods in a box, the Food Bank is actually better off if you donate and let them use their purchasing power to buy the food actually needed. Our firm donates.

  5. I heartily endorse both concepts of pro bono and “paycheck pro bono”. We’re probably turning away 3 out of every 4 people who need our service due to funding cuts here at Blue Ridge Legal Services. We need your help.

  6. I heartily endorse both concepts of pro bono and “paycheck pro bono”. We’re probably turning away 3 out of every 4 people who need our service due to funding cuts here at Blue Ridge Legal Services. We need your help.

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