About Us

Who We Are

Founded in 1966, Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia is a non-profit law firm that provides representation in civil matters to the low-income residents of Hampton Roads.  We have offices in Norfolk, Virignia Beach, Hampton, Williamsburg and Belle Haven.  Find a service office near you.

What We Do

Our mission is to promote the equal application of justice and remove impediments to fairness for the low-income and vulnerable families of eastern Virginia.  We strive to both meet the individual legal needs of our clients and to challenge systemic injustice and the root causes of poverty and inequality.  We represent in many types of civil matters including landlord/tenant, public benefits, domestic violence, family law, consumer law, collections, estate planning, education and other civil rights and discrimination matters.  Apply for services here.

Table of Contents

  1. Board of Directors

Board of Directors


President: Collins Owens, Esquire, City Attorney for Newport News, Virginia

Vice-President: Professor Kathleen McKee, Regent University School of Law

Treasurer: Greg E. Summy, Esquire, Norfolk Southern Corporation

Secretary: Melvin Jones, nominated by the Endependence Center


Judy Anderson, nominated by the Sickle Cell Association

Gary A. Bryant, Esquire, Wilcox Savage

Dorinda P. Burton, Esquire, Poole Brooke Plumlee, PC

Jane G. Cabarrus, nominated by the Northampton County NAACP

Jeffrey Charity, nominated by the Urban League of Hampton Roads

Linda Day, nominated by the Volunteers of America

Marsha Dunning Carter, Esquire

Richard Hudgins, Esquire

Thomas C. Kleine, Esquire, Troutman Sanders, LLP

Jamilah LeCruise, Esquire, Law Office of J.D. LeCruise

Professor Emeritus John Lee, Marshall Wythe Law School, College of William and Mary

Lacy Bynum-Malone, nominated by the NAACP Virginia State Conference

Tashauna Russell, nominated by the Ladies of Virtuous Empowerment

Elizabeth L. White, Esquire, LeClair Ryan