Pro Bono means providing or assisting in the provision of quality legal services in order to enhance access to justice for persons of limited means; charitable, religious, civic, community, governmental, and educational organizations activities that are designed primarily to address the legal needs of persons with limited means; or individuals, groups or organizations seeking to secure or protect civil rights, civil liberties or public rights.
PANV is an enthusiastic supporter of paralegal involvement in pro bono activities. PANV's very first pro bono/community involvement was to support the Adopt-A-Marine Family Program at Henderson Hall in Arlington, Virginia. PANV continues to support similar programs each during the Christmas Holiday by raising funds to purchase gifts and gift cards for military families in the northern Virginia area.
Many PANV members are active in pro bono endeavor's either in their speciality or in another area of the law or within their community.
As the recipient of the NFPA Individual Pro Bono Award for 2008, Joanne Randa, a Senior Paralegal with Cooper Ginsberg Gray, PLLC, and PANV Pro Bono Chair, received $1,000 to be given to the pro bono organization of her choice. Joanne chose two pro bono organizations to share this award: Legal Services of Northern Virginia and Adopt-A-Marine Family Program.
Pro Bono opportunities may include: Asylum Law, Human Rights, Immigration Services, Uncontested Divorce Clinics, and Interpreting for Non-English Speakers.
Contact Information and Links to Pro Bono Organizations:
A CASA volunteer identifies the needs of abused and neglected children, ensures they receive all required services, and works towards the goal of their placement in a safe and permanent home by advocating for their best interests in Court.
Northern Virginia Pro Bono Law Center
Fairfax County Bar Association (http://www.fairfaxbar.org)