Board of Directors

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.

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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)


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

Equal Justice Under Law

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.)


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

Justice for all

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)