Beginning with the founding of Hirschler Fleischer over sixty years ago, the Firm has had a long history of providing pro bono legal services to the greater Richmond community. As a Firm, we are grateful for the opportunity to practice our profession, and we are committed to giving back to communities in which we live and work by making legal services directly available to underprivileged individuals as well as to the organizations that serve them.
Our attorneys are involved in providing a wide array of legal services in the areas of poverty law, civil rights law, housing and other public interest law, both to disadvantaged individuals who do not have the financial resources to pay for, or who otherwise do not have access to, a lawyer, as well as to religious, charitable, or other similar civic groups with limited means. In addition, our individual attorneys reflect the Firm's dedication to civic engagement through volunteer service on numerous boards of directors of civic and charitable organizations, and by rendering voluntary assistance to charitable, religious, civic, community, government and educational organizations and causes throughout our region.
Examples of the types of pro bono services provided by attorneys in the Firm include:
- Assisting immigrant minors facing persecution in other countries in obtaining political asylum in the United States by working with the organization AYUDA, a charity dedicated to protecting the legal rights of low-income immigrants.
- Providing estate planning services for low-income individuals with terminal illnesses through the Legal Information Network for Cancer, and for military personnel and first responders through the Virginia Bar Association's "Wills for Heroes" program.
- Rendering free legal services to charitable organizations serving the disadvantaged, such as the Virginia Food Bank, the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls, and the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program in Chesterfield County for the welfare of abused and neglected children.
- Providing on-the-spot legal advice and assistance to low-income individuals by volunteering to answer calls for the Pro Bono Hotline.
- In recognition of the Firm's commitment to pro bono services, and to encourage our lawyers to serve our community through the provision of legal services to individuals and organizations with limited means, the Firm has adopted a formal Pro Bono Policy. Under the Pro Bono Policy, the Firm will credit each attorney with up to thirty (30) hours of pro bono legal services each year toward the satisfaction of the attorney's billable hour requirement. In addition, the Firm has established an official Pro Bono Committee, consisting of both partners and associates, to promote the Firm's pro bono involvement and to assist in supervising and administering the Firm's pro bono activities.