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We’ve changed our name to Legal Aid WorksSM

 Same passion for justice, new name. 

 Click on the link for our new web site: www.LegalAidWorks.org 


Facebook:  www.facebook.com/legalaidworks/ 

Twitter: https:/twitter.com/legalaidworks

          Give Local No Date

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On May 5th, you can be an Equal Justice Hero 

with a gift to RLS through Give Local Piedmont or The Community Give!

It's easy and rewarding!

With more than $200,00 in prize money at stake,

this is a great time to give because your generosity will be amplified.

When: May 5, 2015

Time: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

Where: Give Local Piedmont: https://www.givelocalpiedmont.org/#npo/rappahannock-legal-services


The Community Give: www.bit.ly/RLSgive15

Thank you for making a difference in the communities we serve!

Many thanks to the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation and The Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region and their sponsors for hosting these two important events.









Map of Virginia with exploded view of areas Rappahannock Legal Services serves


RLS is proud to serve its community and clients whenever we can. RLS is normally open every Monday through Friday, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. RLS is closed for only two occasions; on holidays and during our staff meetings. You can find a detailed list of all the dates RLS is closed here.


We have three offices across central Virginia to better serve area residents:




Serving Fredericksburg, Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, and Caroline.


Address: 500 Lafayette Boulevard Suite 100
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Phone: 540-371-1105
Fax: 540-371-1114
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Driving directions to the Fredericksburg Office.



Ann H. Kloeckner (Executive Director)
William Herbert (Staff Attorney)
Daniel Turczan (Staff Attorney)  
Gary Godman (Bilingual Staff Attorney)  
Anne Menegalli (Program Administrator)  
Carolyn Ross (Secretary, Pro Bono Coordinator)  
Nely Guzman (Secretary, Administrative Assistant, Intake Specialist)  


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Serving Westmoreland, Northumberland, Richmond, Lancaster, Essex, King and Queen, and King William.


Address: PO Box 1662, 311 Virginia Street
Tappahannock, VA 22560

Phone: 804-443-9393
Fax: 804-443-9394 
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John Rellick (Managing Attorney)
Yolanda Desi Harley (Paralegal)
Kimberly Wilkins (Secretary, Intake Specialist, Pro Bono Coordinator)

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Serving Culpeper, Orange, Madison, Rappahannock, and Fauquier.


Address: 146 North Main Street
Culpeper, VA 22701

Phone: 540-825-3131
Fax: 540-825-3802
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Driving directions to the Culpeper Office.


Tamara Moore (Managing Attorney)
Gloria Ferguson (Secretary, Pro Bono Coordinator)

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Historical View
A Current View
A Broader Community Impact
Board of Directors


Historical View


Before 1973, if you were poor and needed an attorney, you were often out of luck. There were a fair number of attorneys in the area who would help at a reduced fee or on a pro bono basis, but it often took a little luck and a lot of persistence before one was found. Many people simply went unrepresented.

In 1973, a group of local attorneys recognized the problems poor persons faced in finding an attorney to represent them and founded the Fredericksburg Area Legal Aid Society, a volunteer membership group which referred indigent citizens with legal problems to participating private attorneys in the Fredericksburg area. Over time the organization was funded by the United Way, Title XX programs and, eventually, the Legal Services Corporation established by President Nixon.

The organization hired full-time staff and changed its name to Rappahannock Legal Services, Inc. (RLS) to better reflect its expanded service area, which now stretches from the shores of the Chesapeake Bay in Northumberland and Lancaster Counties on the east, along the Rappahannock River watershed to the mountains of Madison and Rappahannock Counties on the west. The service area is larger than the states of Rhode Island, Delaware, and Connecticut with a year 2010 poverty population of 52,573 (a 65% increase over the 2000 poverty population of 31,870). In May, 2012 RLS celebrated its thirty-ninth year of service.

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A Current View


Today, Rappahannock Legal Services operates 3 offices with 12 full-time and 3 part-time staff providing free legal services in non-fee generating civil matters to those who cannot afford an attorney.

The vast majority of RLS' cases are either family (primarily custody, support and domestic violence), consumer finance, income maintenance/health, or housing. For the fiscal year ending 6/30/11, RLS represented clients in 1,555 legal matters, including 1,336 matters handled by 6 staff attorneys and 2.67 paralegals and 219 matters handled pro bono by a panel of over 30 private attorneys.

Services provided ranged from counsel and advice to full representation in court and administrative hearings.

Monetary benefits awarded to clients during FY 10-11 totaled $1,323,362 and included $416,055 in child and spousal support and $793,449 in Social Security and SSI disability benefits. Claims avoided amounted to $133,486. Total benefits awarded and claims avoided amounted to $1,456,848. Numerous Medicaid and Medicare benefits were also awarded. Numerous foreclosures, evictions, and utility shut-offs were also avoided.

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A Broader Community Impact


RLS has also worked closely with a number of community service organizations by helping organize or otherwise support the Rappahannock Council on Domestic Violence (RCDV), the Fredericksburg Area Food Relief Clearinghouse (FAFRC), the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank, the Thurman Brisben Homeless Shelter, Hope House, Central Virginia Housing Coalition (CVHC), the Al Chaplin Group Home for Non-Violent Youth Offenders, Services to Abused Families (SAFE), Culpeper Community Development Corporation (CCDC), the Ann Wingfield Housing Corporation, the Fauquier Free Clinic, The Haven Shelter and Services, and Tappahannock Free Clinic.

RLS staff also serve or have served on the boards of RCDV, Hope House, the regional Spotsylvania-Stafford-Fredericksburg Group Home Commission, SAFE, CCDC, Ann Wingfield Housing Corporation, Haven Shelter and Services, Tappahannock Free Clinic, the Piedmont Dispute Resolution Center, and Family Focus and Scenario.

RLS staff also regularly provide community education through presentations to groups at homeless shelters, the Area Agency on Aging, Senior Centers, and nursing homes. In addition to hosting presentations, RLS also publishes articles in various local newspapers and newsletters.

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Board of Directors

- Jeannie P. Dahnk, Esq. (President)
- Candice Hall, Esq. (Vice-President)
- Tasha Browne
- Judith Budd
- David Danieli, Esq.
- Hall Cheshire
- Colleen Jordan
- Matt Kite, Esq.
- Robin Lam
- David M. Williams, Jr., Esq.
- Joel W. Young, Esq.

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Listen to the radio interview between RLS Executive Director Ann Kloeckner and Ted Schubel of AM1230 WFVA.



Office Tutorials

Contact us by branch:
Fredericksburg Office: 540-371-1105
Tappahannock Office: 804-443-9393
Culpeper Office: 540-825-3131