Started in 1978, the Virginia Poverty Law Center was founded to coordinate and pursue statewide efforts to provide legal services and protections for low-income residents. Their work covers the areas of consumer rights, domestic and sexual violence, elder rights, families, health, housing and public benefits. They provide statewide training to legal aid staff and develop and pursue legislative changes to benefit and protect low-income Virginians.
For the Spring 2021 semester, we are happy to recognize the work of the Virginia Poverty Law Center by hosting a photography exhibit they created in honor of their 40th anniversary. This exhibit is called “40 Years, 40 Faces,” which features portraits by photographer Glen McClure and profiles from Marshall McClure. They traveled throughout Virginia for this effort to meet, interview and highlight individuals and families who have benefited from work VPLC has made possible.
For any students on campus and in the law library for Spring 2021, we hope these portraits help remind us of the people across the Commonwealth of Virginia who benefit from access to justice and legal services. You can read about their stories in the 40 Years, 40 Faces website online, and we have copies of the exhibit book available in the library and the Dean’s office. We hope many of you will read the details about VPLC and these people they recognize with this effort.
Dean Wendy Perdue and Professor Tara Casey were honorary committee members working to support the Virginia Poverty Law Center for this effort. Our clinics, students and pro bono programs provide service and support to our community in many ways. We hope that 40 Years, 40 Faces will inspire continued and new efforts to make a difference.