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 -Jamie K. Rebkovich, Esq., Montgomery-Radford Bar

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.)


Holly Breedlove, Family Resource Center
Damie Carter, Esq., Lee County Bar
Sara Jo Goines, Family Resource Center
Tammy Grehofsky, New River Community Services
Sonya Martin, Women’s Resource Center
Steve Minor, Esq., Bristol City Bar
Mary Rasnake, People Inc. of Southwest Virginia
Bruce Russell, II, Esq., Washington County Bar
Dave Tiller, Russell County Bar

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)