Community Engagement

Looking for the ways to support your local community during troubled times? The Carrico Center for Pro Bono and Public Service is reaching out to local community partners to identify remote volunteer opportunities to help those most in need.

To share a volunteer opportunity, or for other inquiries, please contact Professor Tara Casey, Director of the Carrico Center:

  • Support the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy

    Help VICPP support undocumented immigrants living and working in Virginia by translating documents into Spanish and other languages. Contact:

    Use your communication skills to support VICPP’s social media team. You can also write and submit op-eds or letters-to-the editor on VICPP priority issues. Contact:

    Use your research skills to collect and compile information about attorneys who might help with wage theft cases in Virginia, or gather information about congregations in Virginia that serve immigrants. Contact:

    • Benjamin Hoyne,
  • Eviction Legal Helpline Volunteer Opportunities
  • JusticeServer Pro Bono Referral System Training

    JusticeServer is a digital tool that enables attorneys to volunteer their time for pro bono cases from legal services providers. It also allows them to connect with clients in need of legal expertise.

    The Greater Richmond Bar Foundation will host a webinar for law students to connect them with JusticeServer in an effort to get volunteers lined up and ready to activate in designated areas of need in the months ahead.

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  • COVID-19 Conditional Pardon Project

    COVID-19 poses a particularly acute threat to individuals in jail, prisons, and other carceral facilitates, where social distancing is functionally impossible. There have been over 1,000 positive tests in Virginia’s prison system as of the date of this posting and six individuals in Virginia Department of Corrections (VDOC) custody have died. In response, advocates have been pushing for local and state actors to use all available release mechanisms to reduce the incarcerated population during the pandemic. While there have been some successes, including the General Assembly passing a budget amendment giving VDOC discretion to release certain people with a year of their release date, the elderly and people with high-risk medical conditions that are not within a year of their release date have been functionally omitted from the state’s response.

    The Legal Aid Justice Center, the ACLU of Virginia, and Justice Forward Virginia (a group of indigent defense practitioners) have come together to establish a pardon pro bono project. The project will match individuals at high risk of COVID-19 complications held in Virginia jails and prisons to a pro bono attorney willing to file a conditional pardon application on their behalf. A conditional pardon is a modification of an individual’s sentence by the Governor, using his executive clemency authority. The ACLU-VA recently obtained a settlement in which the Secretary of the Commonwealth and the Governor agreed to “expedite” conditional pardon requests that reference COVID-19 related health concerns. These organizations are working to put as many credible petitions before the Secretary of the Commonwealth as possible and monitor how they are processed.

    Law student assistance is needed with the intake process: entering information from requests for assistance into our electronic case management system, basic research on the potential client, and initial filtering based on triage case priorities. The law student volunteers would also be welcome to participate in broader discussions on how to scale up the project and leverage it for systemic advocacy, if interested.

    This opportunity begins as early as the second week of June, and law students would be expected to volunteer through July 31. Volunteer commitment would be minimum 5 hours/week, but up to 20 hours/week may be accommodated as well. All of the work is to be done remotely, with supervision from attorneys with LAJC or ACLU of Virginia, or Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Attorney volunteers. Training will be available virtually for both this program as well as the electronic case management system.

    Contact Tara Casey to learn more: