Administrative Unit &

Marion Field Office

227 W. Cherry St.

Marion, VA 24354

phone 276-783-8300

fax 276-783-7411

toll-free 800-277-6754



Centralized Intake Unit &

Castlewood Field Office

16932 W. Hills Dr.  (PO Box 670)

Castlewood, VA  24224

Intake Unit phone toll-free 888-201-2772
Field Office phone 276-762-9354 or
toll-free 866-455-8716
fax 276-762-9356


About Legal Aid


If you cannot afford an attorney one will be provided for you...


While most of us are familiar with those words from television, right to counsel applies only in criminal cases. No such guarantee exists for those facing civil issues, which can be equally devastating. Loss of a home or livelihood, denial of healthcare or public benefits...
This "access gap" persists despite the fact that studies consistently show a direct correlation between representation and outcomes, particularly in the very cases often faced by the poor, including eviction, landlord-tenant disputes, domestic violence, and custody cases, as well as unemployment claims and social security appeals.
Because Legal Aid is underfunded and can meet only 20% of the civil legal needs of the poor, caseloads are prioritized to focus on clents' most critical legal needs. These include: access to shelter; access to affordable healthcare; protecting their income and resources; securing financial support and public benefits; and attacking oppressive or exploitative practices.
Services range from advice and counseling to brief service to representation in court proceedings or administrative hearings.Civil legal aid provides no unfair advantage, it simply levels the playing field in a complex and confusing justice system that is based upon two-party representation.

Legal Aid attorneys and staff are caring, compassionate professionals who work to achieve the best possible outcomes for their clients.



Who We Are

More than 40 years ago, a group of idealistic young attorneys and community  leaders did something brand new for Southwest Virginia:  Taking advantage of federal funds available through the U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO), they started the first rural legal aid program in Virginia.

Much has changed in the decades since. From two attorneys serving Bland and Smyth Counties, Southwest Virginia Legal Aid Society (SVLAS) has grown to match its name. The program now serves the region's 17 counties and four small cities, an area roughly the size of the state of New Jersey!
But while much has changed, much has also remained the same, including the agency's commitment to its clients and a steadfast belief that equal access to justice should not depend on how much money you make.
Legal Aid provides free civil legal assistance to low-income families in Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Dickenson, Floyd, Giles, Grayson, Lee, Montgomery, Pulaski, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise and Wythe Counties, and the cities of Bristol, Galax, Radford and Norton.
We serve clients from three field offices, in Castlewood, Christiansburg and Marion. A Centralized Intake Unit and Administrative Unit serve program-wide.

Christiansburg Field Office

155 Arrowhead Trail

Christiansburg, VA  24073

phone 540-382-6157
fax 540-382-5981
toll-free 800-468-1366


DISCLAIMER: This website has been prepared for general informational purposes only. The information you see on this website, or by linking to other websites, is not legal advice and cannot replace the advice of an attorney. Viewing this website, completing an online application, or transmitting any e-mail message to SVLAS does not create an attorney-client relationship. In fact, unless you are already a client of SVLAS, your online application or e-mail may NOT be protected by attorney-client privilege. Also please remember that unencrypted e-mail may be intercepted by persons other than the intended recipient. Legal advice is dependent upon the specific circumstances of each situation. If you have a legal problem and want to receive legal advice or representation, you should contact an attorney in your area. If you live in southwestern Virginia, have a low household income, and your problem is one that Legal Aid may be able to assist with, please consider applying for legal assistance from SVLAS.