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"Without your help, we couldn't have gotten Mother the care she needed."   Seeking Justice, Changing Lives
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Legal Aid's Behavioral Health Advocacy Program helps West Virginia's adults, children, and families connect with the services they need.
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New LAWV Board Members Elected!

 Results of the most recent attorney board member elections are in and we congratulate new members Christine Stump and Nigel Jeffries, and welcome back re-elected members Bob Gaudio and Bader Giggenbach.  All four will be seated at our May 20 board meeting in Wheeling for 3-year terms.  More information available in our press release.   


Fundraiser to Aid Victims of Domestic Violence

Join Legal Aid and the WV Coalition Against Domestic Violence on Friday, June 10, 2016 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. for the “Turning a New Leaf Cruise on the Kanawha River” in Charleston to raise money to aid victims of domestic violence. Go here for more information and to buy tickets. 

Beware of Scam

Legal Aid of West Virginia (LAWV) has been notified that other websites and phone numbers are claiming to be LAWV and offering legal services if you pay them a fee. LAWV provides FREE legal services.  We will never ask for your credit card information. If you have given your credit/debit card number to one of these website or phone numbers, please contact your credit card company or bank to dispute the charges. You could also file a complaint with the West Virginia Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-368-8808. 

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Adrienne Worthy
Executive Director

Standing For Justice

Every day, people wake up and find themselves with nowhere to turn. Sometimes it’s a mother and child. Sometimes a senior, a veteran, or a woman trying to escape abuse. What they need is an advocate to guide them through the civil legal justice system.

That’s what we do at Legal Aid of West Virginia: we stand with vulnerable people and assist them as they seek justice for themselves on critical matters affecting their families, their health, their safety, and their economic security.

Think of the last words of our Pledge of Allegiance: “...and justice for all.” That principle drives our work. Together, with the support of generous donors, volunteers, and community supporters, we fight to keep that promise.


 Volunteer Spotlight

Donor Spotlight 

David Yaussy Jim Bordas

David Yaussy has been practicing law for over 30 years, and is a well-known Member at Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, where he is based in the Charleston office, and serves as Chair of its Environmental Practice Group. 

But he also wears another legal hat: he is an active pro bono volunteer for Legal Aid of West Virginia. 

For over 25 years, David has stepped out of his day-to-day practice to take on tough cases - including domestic violence, divorce, and custody disputes - on behalf of vulnerable Legal Aid clients.  When asked why someone with so many responsibilities already on his plate would want to take on something more, he says, “Pro bono work is one of the most rewarding aspects of my practice.  It’s an opportunity to work with people who need help and are appreciative of the service they receive.  And it allows me the chance to walk into court and play lawyer in a way that doesn’t usually happen in my regular practice.”    

We are grateful for the many hours David has devoted to clients who may have otherwise gone without a lawyer to help them when they most needed it.

Read more about David... 

For more than 40 years, Jim Bordas of Wheeling-based Bordas & Bordas, PLLC has been taking cases to trial and securing record-setting verdicts for individuals and families who have suffered abuse, injury and other types of loss.  He is known both statewide and nationally as a passionate advocate for his clients.

Jim has seen first-hand how access to justice is not always guaranteed, especially for the poor and vulnerable, and it has inspired in him a strong commitment to pro bono service, and to providing financial support for Legal Aid of West Virginia.

For years, Jim has made consistent, generous annual gifts to help support the services Legal Aid provides to domestic violence victims, veterans, seniors and others in need.  In addition, from 2011 to 2013, he served as Co-Chair of The Campaign For Legal Aid, helping raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the organization. 

He says, “We get calls every single day in our office from desperate people who have nowhere else to turn.  The need for legal assistance is overwhelming and no single lawyer or law firm can take care of every person who comes to them for help.  This is why I support Legal Aid of West Virginia – they are able to take on cases we can’t, and they help ensure fairness and equity in our court system by leveling the playing field for people who might otherwise be forced to go it alone and unrepresented.  Being a good lawyer doesn’t just mean winning cases.  It means remembering the ideals that brought you to law in the first place, and supporting access to justice for all people.” 

Your generosity to your community and to Legal Aid of West Virginia is deeply appreciated, Jim!

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