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 Tara L. Casey
Tara L. Casey
Director, Carrico Center for Pro Bono Service
Courses Taught Public Policy Research & Drafting

Tara Casey is Director of the Carrico Center for Pro Bono Service and writes on contemporary public policy issues. She is a member of the Richmond Times-Dispatch Pundit's Podium, and her essays have appeared in the Richmond Times-DispatchVirginian-Pilot, and Roanoke Times, as well as online venues including the Maddow BlogFeministingAlterNetRH Reality CheckYahoo! Voices, and RVA Magazine. Ms. Casey is the Faculty Director of the Law School's Bridge to Practice Fellowship Program. She currently chairs the Awards Committee for the Section on Pro Bono and Public Service Opportunities of the Association of American Law Schools and is an active member of the Public Service Section of NALP — The Association for Legal Career Professionals. Ms. Casey was named YWCA "Outstanding Woman of Achievement in Law" in 2007, a "Virginia Rising Star Lawyer" by Richmond Magazine in 2006, one of the "Legal Elite" by Virginia Business Magazine in 2005 (and 2006, 2009, and 2010), the Richmond Bar Association's Pro Bono Award winner in 2005, and one of Style Weekly Magazine's "Top Forty Under Forty" in 2004.


 2015 Woman of Achievement Award, Metropolitan Richmond Women's Bar Association

Legal Elite Class of 2015, Legal Services/Pro Bono category, Virginia Business Magazine

Commentator, "Encouraging and Empowering the Next Generation of Public Interest and Pro Bono Leaders," AALS Annual Meeting 2019, Association of American Law Schools, New Orleans (Jan. 2019).
Presenter, "Equal Justice Under Law: A Call to Justice in OUr Community," Maggie Walker Leadership Institute, Richmond (July 2018).
Presenter, "Legal Professionals from Diverse Backgrounds," Virginia Bar Association Spring Symposium, Richmond (April 2018).

Presenter, "Using Legal Skills Outside the Law," Virginia Bar Association Summer Meeting, Hot Springs, Va. (July 2017).

Panelist, "How Attorneys can Promote and Advance Access to Justice," Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting, Virginia Beach (June 2017).

Moderator, "Service to the Community" Panel Discussion, Virginia Bar Association (March 2017).
Presenter, "Federal Court Mediation and the Role of the Pro Bono Lawyer," Richmond Bar Association (Feb. 2017).
Presenter, "Equal Justice Under Law," Shepherd's Center, Richmond (Jan. 2017).
Presenter, "Experiential Learning in Legal Writing," AALS Annual Meeting, San Francisco (Jan. 2017).

Presenter, "Helping Women Out of Poverty," Legal Aid Justice Center/Central Virginia Legal Aid Society Fresh Start Breakfast (Oct. 2016)

Moderator, Speaker Panel on the Opioid Epidemic in Virginia, Public Interest Law Review Symposium, University of Richmond School of Law (Sept. 2016).

Panelist, Leadership Forum Panel, YWCA Outstanding Women Awards/Disrupt & Transform Forum (April 2016).

Presenter, "Pro Bono Engagement in Virginia Law Schools," Supreme Court of Virginia Pro Bono Summit (April 2016).

Co-Presenter, Ethical Considerations in Pro Bono Webinar, Virginia State Bar's Access to Legal Services (Oct. 2015).

Virginia's Legal Elite 2014
Access to Justice Planning Committee (2013-2015), and Commission (2015-present) Supreme Court of Virginia
Relay for Life Team, American Cancer Society
Pro Bono Attorney, Central Virginia Legal Aid Society
Board of Directors, Greater Richmond Bar Foundation (2009-present)
Board of Directors and Donor Relations Committee Chair, YWCA of Greater Richmond (2008-present)
Awards Committee Chair, Pro Bono and Public Service Opportunities Section, Association of American Law Schools (2009-present)
Experiential Learning Work Group, Public Services Section, National Association for Law Placement (2008-present)
Former Chair of Public Service Committee and former Chair of Membership Committee, Metropolitan Richmond Women's Bar Association (2000-present)
Chair of Administration of Justice Committee, Former Chair of Pro Bono Services Committee, Richmond Bar Association (2000-present)
Board of Directors and Chair of the Board of Development Committee, Children's Health Involving Parents of Greater Richmond (2002-2009)
Member, United Way, Homeless Action Council (2001-2004)
Volunteer ESL Instructor for the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, Refugee and Immigration Services (2001-2002)
Bar Admissions
Professional Experience
Director, Carrico Center for Pro Bono Service (2007-present)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.
Assistant United States Attorney (2002-2007)
Civil Division, Office of the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Richmond, Va.
Adjunct Legal Instructor (2003-2006)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.
Staff Attorney (2001-2002)
Office of Staff Counsel, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Richmond, Va.
Special Assistant United States Attorney (2000-2001)
Office of the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Richmond, Va.
Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary (1999-2000)
Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, Washington, D.C.

Pro Bono at University of Richmond School of Law, Virginia Lawyer Magazine, Vol. LXV (October 2016).

Educating New Lawyers, VBA Journal, Vol. XXXIX, No. 2 (Fall 2012).

In the News

Op-ed: Parole reform - An American redemption story (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Mon., Feb. 10, 2020

Even After Virginia's Passage, ERA Is On Uncertain Legal Grounds (NPR)
Thu., Jan. 16, 2020

The future of learning and how it could change your classroom (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
Thu., May. 17, 2018

Look for the helpers (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Sat., Jul. 23, 2016

Tara (Richmond Justice)
Fri., Apr. 15, 2016

The benefits outweigh the sacrifice: Two of Virginia's Top Pro Bono Attorneys Discuss Attorney Service (Virginia Lawyer)
Mon., Feb. 1, 2016

"Do Justice" PSA (Legal Aid Justice Center)
Fri., Sep. 11, 2015

Why can't we fix our gun problem? (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Wed., Sep. 2, 2015

AG's threat is not grounded in law (The Roanoke Times)
Mon., Sep. 24, 2012

Va. board reverses course on abortion clinic regs (The Washington Times)
Fri., Sep. 14, 2012

Separate and unequal regulations for women (The Roanoke Times)
Thu., Jun. 14, 2012

An Oath of Service Betrayed--By One-Third of the Virginia House of Delegates (RVA Mag)
Wed., May. 16, 2012

A Tale of Two Mandates (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Sun., Apr. 1, 2012

When It Comes to the Budget, Mandating Consent Does Not Work Either (RVA Magazine)
Thu., Mar. 22, 2012

Casey: Responding to the governor on the ultrasound kerfuffle (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Tue., Mar. 13, 2012

Virginia calling: An open letter to Bob McDonnell (The Maddow Blog, Yahoo! Voices, and RVA Magazine)
Wed., Mar. 7, 2012

A "Kerfluffle" Over Forced Ultrasound? An Open Letter to Governor McDonnell (RH Reality Check)
Tue., Mar. 6, 2012

B.A., University of Virginia 1994
J.D., Washington University School of Law in St. Louis 1999
Contact Information
Room 226, Law School
(804) 287-1207
(804) 289-8992 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Pro Bono Legal Services
Public Service Work
Contemporary Public Policy Issues