Access to Legal Services

The mission of the Access to Legal Services Committee includes fostering support for free and reduced fee legal services with the goal of improving access to the legal system for all Virginians and for nonprofit charitable and civic groups that serve the public good. The Pro Bono / Access department and committee promote pro bono publico services by Virginia lawyers and encourages the integrated development of like contributions by law school faculty and students, lay mediators, court reporters, interpreters, tax accountants, paralegals, and members of related professions.

The VSB access to legal services director and committee examine ways in which access to legal services can be enhanced and opportunities for pro bono service can be expanded in a fashion that supports and complements the rich regional network of existing service providers. In doing this, work is done with the Virginia judiciary, voluntary bar associations, the Public Defender Commission, and the licensed legal aid societies to help local coalitions identify and address areas of emerging need, redundancies, or gaps in service or information.

The committee members are appointed by the VSB President-elect after volunteers are solicited in the fall in Virginia Lawyer magazine, in emails, and online; applications are due in February. Applicants send a brief résumé and fill out a committee preference form.

More information is available at VSB's Pro Bono / Access webpages.

Upcoming meetings may be found on the Calendar and are subject to the Virginia Freedom of Information Act. Agendas and call in numbers will be provided on the meeting entry on the Calendar. 

Full NamePositionAddress of RecordTerm StartTerm End
Joanna Lee SuyesChairSuyes Law PLLC PO Box 7155 Richmond, VA 23221-0155 UNITED STATES7/1/20226/30/2024COMMITTEE/ALS:75932:3846629SUYES, JOANNA
Adonica BaineVice ChairNewport News City Attorney's Office 2400 Washington Ave 9th Fl Newport News, VA 23607 UNITED STATES7/1/20226/30/2024COMMITTEE/ALS:60446:3456348BAINE, ADONICA
Tara Louise CaseyMemberUniversity of Richmond School of Law 28 Westhampton Way Richmond, VA 23173 UNITED STATES7/1/20226/30/2025COMMITTEE/ALS:62099:3797916CASEY, TARA
Brandy Michele DisbennettMember27 Short Leaf Drive Rocky Mount, VA 24151 UNITED STATES7/1/20236/30/2026COMMITTEE/ALS:88899:3846612DISBENNETT, BRANDY
Llezelle Agustin DuggerMemberClerk of Court Charlottesville Circuit Court 315 East High Street Charlottesville, VA 22902-5195 UNITED STATES7/1/20236/30/2026COMMITTEE/ALS:57013:3846613DUGGER, LLEZELLE
Alexandra Dove GoodpasterMemberPO Box 2345 Abingdon, VA 24212 UNITED STATES7/1/20236/30/2026COMMITTEE/ALS:91197:3846609GOODPASTER, ALEXANDRA
Kristopher Richard McClellanMemberOffice of the City Attorney 810 Union St Ste 900 Norfolk, VA 23510 UNITED STATES7/1/20216/30/2024COMMITTEE/ALS:87887:37778MCCLELLAN, KRISTOPHER
Dale Wood PittmanMemberThe Eliza Spotswood House 112-A West Tabb Street Petersburg, VA 23803 UNITED STATES7/1/20226/30/2025COMMITTEE/ALS:36086:3456133PITTMAN, DALE
Robert James PoggenklassMember810 Norwood Ln Earlysville, VA 22936-9560 UNITED STATES7/1/20236/30/2026COMMITTEE/ALS:82342:3846608POGGENKLASS, ROBERT
Henry Chao-Lon SuMember200 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington, DC 20001-1429 UNITED STATES7/1/20226/30/2025COMMITTEE/ALS:51814:3797918SU, HENRY
Timothy Andrew FreilichDirector, Legal Services Corporation of VirginiaLegal Services Corporation of Virginia 919 E Main St Ste 615 Richmond, VA 23219 UNITED STATES7/1/20236/30/2026COMMITTEE/ALS:62256:3846611FREILICH, TIMOTHY
Joshua Makoa PetersonLegal Aid MemberLegal Services of Northern Virginia Suite 100 10700 Page Avenue Fairfax, VA 22030 UNITED STATES7/1/20226/30/2025COMMITTEE/ALS:92337:3797919PETERSON, JOSHUA
Crista Lynn GantzLiaisonVirginia State Bar 1111 E Main St Ste 700 Richmond, VA 23219-3565 UNITED STATES  COMMITTEE/ALS:81053:36966GANTZ, CRISTA
Kristi R. HallCommittee AdministratorRichmond   COMMITTEE/ALS:605877:4108064HALL, KRISTI