Program areas at Virginia Law Foundation
The Virginia Law Foundation made grants in support of projects that (1) provide services to improve the administration of justice; (2) provide law-related education; (3) promote understanding of the rule of Law in Virginia; (4) provide legal services to the underserved; and (5) provide public service internships for Virginia Law students.see descriptions on schedule o:"best practices" pro bono program, charlottesville-albemarle bar association the charlottesville-albemarle bar association (caba) is in the process of implementing a "best practices" pro bono program in an effort to improve the pro bono efforts of its members. Virginia Law Foundation funding will enable caba to research, test, and ultimately disseminate best practices for attorney recruitment, design of intake and vetting systems, and dissemination and monitoring of pro bono cases. The goal is to increase the number of indigent clients served by and attorneys participating in the caba pro bono program every year over a three-year period and, at the end of that period, have a program that is able to sustain itself. While this program serves charlottesville, albemarle and surrounding counties, materials developed will be made available throughout the commonwealth. Funding this project will allow the Foundation to be a partner in a tested, "turn-key organizational and management plan for midsize bar associations to create and run the most effective pro bono program.capital defense workshop, Virginia bar association administered by the Virginia bar association, the capital defense workshop is the only educational program that covers training requirements for Virginia lawyers representing defendants charged with capital murder. Each year, up to 250 lawyers receive the training to help them meet standards set by the Virginia supreme court and the Virginia indigent defense commission for the defense of capital cases in Virginia. The goals of this workshop are to maintain and increase the current level of qualified lawyers certified to accept capital cases, provide attendees additional insight regarding national developments in death penalty litigation, and enhance participants' overall level of skills and productivity as representatives of capital defendants. Vlf's financial support allows the workshop to be presented with only a nominal charge to registrants.hill tucker pre-law institute, Virginia state bar named for legendary civil rights attorneys oliver hill and samuel tucker, the hill tucker pre-law institute is presented by the Virginia state bar diversity conference and young lawyers conference. It seeks to increase diversity in the legal profession by reaching future lawyers at an early age. For one week each june, high school students from all over Virginia are introduced to the legal profession while living on a college campus. Participants attend mock classes and seminars on career opportunities in the Law, learn test-taking strategies, and are exposed to the college admissions process. The institute culminates in a mock trial and graduation banquet, where a prominent member of the bar is the featured speaker. The vlf sponsors this annual program, which is offered at no cost to attendees.immigration legal services program, northern Virginia family serviceestablished in 1924, northern Virginia family service (nvfs) empowers individuals and families to improve their quality of life and promotes community cooperation and support in responding to family needs. Immigration legal services (ils) is one of their eight core service areas that provide a wrap-around approach to uncovering and eliminating barriers to independence for individuals and families in northern Virginia. Ils provides multi-lingual, family-based, and humanitarian immigration legal assistance to refugees, survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, and other vulnerable immigration populations. Virginia Law Foundation funds will aid in providing services to upwards of 1,700 clients per year, providing legal consultations, supporting them in obtaining or maintaining lawful immigration status, and providing assistance with reunification to improve family stability and well-being and to help individuals and families establish the Foundation on which to build a new life in the united states.jazz4justice jazz4justice partners local bar associations with university or community college music programs to raise funds for legal aid services, pro bono Law programs, and music scholarships. The school plans a jazz concert showcasing students, professors, and other local talent, while the local bar association finds sponsors and assists with marketing and ticket sales. The proceeds are split evenly. In addition to maintaining and growing jazz4justice concerts across universities in the commonwealth, funds from the Virginia Law Foundation grant will help expand the newly designed website to include an educational component about the rule of Law and access to justice.justice in the classroom program, john marshall Foundation bringing the history and importance of the rule of Law in america to the students of today is a difficult task. The john marshall Foundation's justice in the classroom (jic) program brings federal and state judges into public school classrooms for presentations and discussions with students about the constitutional Foundation of our nation, our three co-equal branches of government, the rule of Law, and the role of the judiciary in preserving the rights and liberties of all citizens. 2019 vlf funds will support three areas. First, workshops for teachers in four new challenged school districts will improve knowledge in social studies, history, civics, and government with the goal of creating an informed and responsible electorate. Second, the jic program will continue to transform so it takes advantage of the ever-increasing use of technology in Virginia schools. And third, the jic website will continually update with additional lesson plans, resources, and activities for teachers.medical-legal partnership - richmond, medical college of Virginia Foundation medical-legal partnership (mlp)-richmond is an innovative community partnership between vcu health system, cancerlinc, central Virginia legal aid society, the legal aid justice center, and volunteer attorneys. It is one of more than 300 medicallegal partnerships in the country, and the only one serving the greater richmond area. Mlp-richmond was created to improve health outcomes for lowincome patients by embedding lawyers in the healthcare clinic to address social determinants of health that are rooted in legal problems. Funds from the Virginia Law Foundation will contribute to improving the provider referral process and screening for patients at massey cancer center and the children's hospital of richmond. The grant will also enhance research on the impact of legal intervention on health outcomes for patients. Additionally, the mcv Foundation will conduct a feasibility study to determine the location and scope of expanding mlp-richmond to a third clinic location.public service internship program, the oliver white hill Foundation the oliver white hill Foundation fosters educational opportunities for young people interested in social justice. The public service internship program will award stipends/scholarships to outstanding Law students who have chosen to work unpaid internships that have a goal or focus of public interest in Virginia. The public service internship program hopes to attract top Law students to serve as interns in public interest and social justice related organizations that would not have otherwise been able to afford a Law intern or Law clerk. Special consideration will be given to Law students who find internships in underserved communities in virginia.rule of Law day, Virginia holocaust museum the Virginia holocaust museum (vhm), through its exhibits, archival collections, educational programming, and outreach, explores the history of the holocaust and other genocides to educate and inspire future generations of virginians to fight prejudice and indifference. The vhm and the nuremberg courtroom committee jointly hold an annual "rule of Law day" award program which recognizes and honors individuals whose work, lives, and careers reflect the principles that were established during the nuremberg military tribunal and later at the international court of justice. Vlf grant monies supported the rule of Law day program, dinner, and cle program. At this year's ceremony, attorney and best-selling author john grisham received the rule of Law award and past president of the Virginia state bar and the Virginia Law Foundation david p. bobzien was posthumously given the civility in Law award.
The Virginia Law Foundation produces and sells 51 different titles. For the year ending december 31, 2019 3,118 different customers purchased handbooks. The number of handbooks sold totaled 6,225.
The Virginia Law Foundation (Virginia cle) presented seminars and provided materials for continuing legal education of the Virginia attorneys. For the year ending december 31, 2019, 12,429 different customers purchased seminars on a wide variety of topics generating 29,565 enrollments across various formats.