Charlottesville-Area Organizations to Offer Free Legal Clinics
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Several community organizations in Charlottesville and Albemarle County are joining forces to offer free legal clinics for underserved populations. The goal of these clinics is to help immigrants and others understand their rights.
"We're focusing on immigrant communities partially in response to what happened in Mississippi last month, but also because its important legal hygiene to just make sure that you're doing what you can to make your family safe and to operate within the rules of your community," said organizer Kristen Clarens.
Attendees will receive training on their legal rights and will get help preparing important documents, like wills and power of attorneys. Attorneys will also be on hand to answer any questions, and to explain the differences between law enforcement agencies.
LAJC and local bar association held clinics like this in the winter of 2017, and say dozens of people attended. They hope these clinics will signal to the community that there are support mechanisms in place.
Organizers plan to run four clinics within the next six weeks, and will rely on volunteer legal support during all of them.
If you are unable to attend the free clinics or have questions about your rights or citizenship status, you can reach out to the Legal Aid Justice Center or the bar association's pro bono program for more information.