Virginia Poverty Law center

Location: Richmond, Virginia


About: Established in 1978 to advocate on behalf of low-income Virginians on poverty issues of statewide importance, Virginia Poverty Law Center (VPLC) is the only statewide organization providing training to local Legal Aid program staff, private bar attorneys, and low-income clients, relating exclusively to the legal rights of Virginia’s poor.

Fellowship Overview

VPLC seeks a full-time, 10-week legal technology Fellow to help develop more online interactive legal forms and other legal content useful to the client community and self-represented litigants. The ATJ Fellow will work with the Center for Community Support at the VPLC, which maintains the statewide website, and has a major push to update current content and create new content for the website and use by the public.

The Attorney member of the team will supervise the ATJ Fellow as they create legal information resources to ensure accuracy and support. The other members of the team have created legal education priorities and can assist in the ATJ Fellow with the opportunity to create the most in-demand and highest demand information. The non-attorney staff will also help give feedback on the readability of their creative forms more legal information content as well as more complex court forms.

Fellows Duties

The ATJ Fellow will work in the Center for Community Support at the Virginia Poverty Law Center, which maintains the statewide legal legal information website and creates legal information resources for the public and self-represented litigants, and also maintains the database of cases, trainings, and listservs for the entire civil legal aid community in Virginia. As part of the project, the ATJ Fellow will work on more of the substantive court forms chosen by the Access to Justice Commission.

VPLC recently began the process of making current content changes and mapping out what new content is most requested or needed by the visitors to the site and incorporating suggestions from the LSC study released this past Spring on how to address the changing needs of legal aid clients with options and capabilities through the statewide website. Most improvements will be interactive, easy to use, and with an eye towards modernizing legal information delivery to be accessible. 

Competencies Include

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Excellent legal research skills

  • Strong knowledge of web-based legal information and intake systems

  • Familiarity with the legal needs of low-income Virginians, and a strong commitment to working on these issues

  • Ability to work effectively with our clients and partner agencies

  • Strong independent work skills

  • Ability to work in a high-volume, fast-paced environment