Southwest Virginia Legal Aid is governed by a 13-member board of directors. Directors are nominated by area bar associations and by agencies which serve the region's low-income community. Directors serve a three-year term. Officers are elected annually.



President - Douglas Brinckman, Esq., Montgomery-Radford Bar
Vice-President - Michael Abbott, Esq., Wise County & City of Norton Bar
Vice-President - Herb Clay, Esq., Smyth County Bar
Secretary/Treasurer - Carmel Cullop, Women's Resource Center of the New River Valley


Damie Carter, Esq., Lee County Bar
Susan Canter, Abuse Alternatives
Bruce Russell, II, Esq., Washington County Bar
Steve Minor, Esq., Bristol City Bar
Sara Jo Goines, Family Resource Center
Tami Grehofsky, New River Community Action
Jamie K. Rebkovich, Esq., Montgomery-Radford Bar
Katie Patton, Esq., Russell County Bar
Avis Wolfe, People Inc. of Southwest Virginia


Without equal access to the law
the system not only robs the poor of their only protection, but it places in the hands of their oppressors the most powerful and ruthless weapon ever created. 
- Reginald Heber Smith, Justice and the Poor (1919)
Equal justice under law
is not merely a caption on the facade of the Supreme Court  building, it is ... the most inspiring ideal of our society.
- Lewis Powell, Jr., Justice of the Supreme Court (ret.)
There can be no equal justice
where the kind of trial a man gets depends on the amount of money he has.
-U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black (1964)

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.