Pro Bono Referral Project
The Pro Bono Referral Project is a state-wide organization that works to secure free and reduced cost legal representation for low-income citizens. Formed in the early 1980's, we are operated jointly by Legal Aid of West Virginia; the West Virginia State Bar; and West Virginia Senior Legal Aid
There are numerous ways to give volunteer help, other than (or in addition to) handling cases. Click Here! to see the variety of pro bono opportunities.
Most pro bono cases are referred through a local Legal Aid office or domestic violence advocacy group. Clients are screened for case type, eligibility, and conflicts, and matched with an appropriate attorney volunteer.
Each year, at the annual meeting of the West Virginia State Bar, private attorneys are recognized with the Kaufman Award for the individual and law firm with the highest number of volunteer hours across the state. Click Here! for information about some previous Kaufman Award winners.
Why do low-income West Virginians need pro bono lawyers?
To see the choices poor families have to make, take the Poverty Tour. [This link will take you to another web site. Once there, look for the "Living on Poverty USA - Poverty Tour" box.]
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