Pictured above: Richmond law students Rebecca Schultz, Class of 2020, and Adam Winston, Class of 2021; Allison Held, a Richmond Law alum and MLP director for VCU Health; Sarah Palazzolo, VCU School of Social Work graduate student; and Jasmine McKinney, a Richmond Law alum and staff attorney at Central Virginia Legal Aid Society. Pictured below: Director of the Carrico Center Tara Casey.

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND — The Richmond School of Law’s Carrico Center for Pro Bono & Public Service has launched a new medical legal partnership (MLP) with VCU Health and Central Virginia Legal Aid Society (CVLAS) to offer free legal services to the community.

The Health Hub at 25th, which opened this past spring, is located at Nine Mile Road and N. 25th Street in Richmond’s East End. The goal of the health education and wellness center is to provide activities that promote individual and community health and wellbeing.

Tara Casey HeadshotUnder the leadership of Tara Casey, Director of the Carrico Center, about a dozen UR law students will have the opportunity to work with a CVLAS staff attorney at the Health Hub. The students will complete client intake screenings and connect clients with the CVLAS attorney to provide advice and counsel or set up additional screenings or resources. Types of services could include legal advice related to housing, family law, public benefits, and other issues.  

“The mission of the Carrico Center is to serve the community and raise awareness about the need for pro bono legal services,” said Casey. “This latest community partnership is a wonderful example of how our curriculum extends beyond the classroom and allows students to work directly with the clients we serve.”

“There are so many social and legal factors impacting the health of this community, and our main goal is to build trust and effect positive change,” said Allison Held, a Richmond Law alum and MLP director for VCU Health.

Law students and the CVLAS staff attorney will be onsite at the Health Hub Mondays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, visit the Health Hub website.

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