July 13, 2017
At Legal Aid of West Virginia (LAWV), we are always asking “how can we make it easier for pro bono attorneys to volunteer.” We believe we may have found the answer with our newly launched Pro Bono Portal. The Pro Bono Portal is a one-stop resource for attorneys who have never taken a pro bono case before.
Often, volunteers tell LAWV they aren’t sure how to handle a matter because they are unfamiliar with that area of law. Other volunteers state that they are busy during their day and it would be easier if they had a way to do some pro bono work remotely. Legal Aid believes the Pro Bono Portal addresses both of these concerns.
A primary feature of the Pro Bono Portal are the six FREE self-paced, online training courses, approved for 4.8 CLE credits through the West Virginia State Bar. These courses cover Adoption, Divorce (no children), Eviction, Expungement, Infant Guardianship and drafting Simple Wills, which are among the more common cases handled by Legal Aid for their low-income clients.
Through the Pro Bono Portal, volunteers are also able to see a list of cases in need of pro bono help. These cases can be viewed based on the types of cases an attorney is willing to take in the counties where they are willing to help. Once a case has been taken, the Portal gives pro bono attorneys the ability to see client information, provide Legal Aid with notes to update the case, add documents associated with the case and let Legal Aid know when a case is closing. All this can be done from any computer – anywhere!
Legal Aid is hopeful that volunteers across the state will take advantage of the opportunity for free training that can lead to a fulfilling volunteer experience helping low income individuals in their quest for “equal justice.”
For more information, watch a short video about the Pro Bono Portal. To sign up for the Pro Bono Portal, please visit https://probono.lawv.net/.