Being a lawyer is not merely a vocation. It is a public trust, and each of us has an obligation to give back to our communities.
Why Pro Bono Matters
What’s our responsibility as Virginia attorneys?
Rule 6.1 of the Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct states,
“(a) A lawyer should render at least two percent per year of the lawyer’s professional time to pro bono publico legal services. Pro bono publico services include poverty law, civil rights law, public interest law, and volunteer activities designed to increase the availability of pro bono legal services.
(b) A law firm or other group of lawyers may satisfy their responsibility collectively under this Rule.
(c) Direct financial support of programs that provide direct delivery of legal services to meet the needs described in (a) above is an alternative method for fulfilling a lawyer’s responsibility under this Rule.
Rule 6.1 comments:
 Every lawyer, regardless of professional prominence or professional work load, has a personal responsibility to provide legal services to those unable to pay, and personal involvement in the problems of the disadvantaged can be one of the most rewarding experiences in the life of a lawyer. …
The mission of the Greater Richmond Bar Foundation (GRBF) is to expand access to Justice by mobilizing, training, and connecting attorneys to pro bono clients. We help attorneys do pro bono. In Central Virginia, GRBF serves as a hub of pro bono service and outreach to the community. Through strategic planning, centralized communications, and support, we work with Legal Aid organizations, local governments, and community organizations to assess needs for pro bono services and then connect lawyers to these opportunities to serve.
Our Vision is for all Virginia attorneys to volunteer and support pro bono.