In response to federal budget cuts and other reductions in funds for Legal Aid Services, Hunton & Williams maintains two pro bono fellowship positions for attorneys whose time is entirely committed to pro bono work. Each Fellowship is a two-year position and is a valuable opportunity for young lawyers pursuing a career in public service. As a member of the litigation team, each Fellow spends a great amount of time in the courtroom and serves as a useful resource for other attorneys seeking assistance on pro bono matters. There are two fellowship programs, one in Richmond, Virginia that recruits candidates on even-numbered years, and the other in Atlanta, Georgia that recruits candidates on odd-numbered years. The fellowships were enhanced in 2004 to provide $10,000 each year for law school debt repayment.
Atlanta Pro Bono Fellow
The Atlanta fellow represents indigent clients in all aspects of the Hunton & Williams Atlanta pro bono practice, including; assisting clients with relative caregiver adoptions, child custody and support, divorce, domestic violence, guardianships, estate planning, immigration law, and representation as Guardian ad Litem for children in custody disputes, abuse and neglect proceedings, and also for those children who appear before the Juvenile Court on charges of status offenses. They have served as business intake attorneys at the firm’s Atlanta neighborhood office and have also worked in conjunction with the Atlanta Legal Aid Society and the Atlanta Volunteers Lawyer Foundation.
Richmond Pro Bono Fellow
The Richmond fellow dedicates a large percentage of their time to Church Hill neighborhood office matters and the other portion of their time to matters handled through the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society. Fellows have primarily handled divorce, custody and guardian cases, child and spousal support appeals, housing cases, asylum and adoption cases. While the substantial portion of legal work is performed for Central Virginia Legal Aid, it is expected that the fellow is fully integrated into Hunton & Williams, with all the normal opportunities available for legal training, associate development, and social participation.