Pro Bono

Pro bono work takes many forms. We are here to help you take your first (or tenth) case representing a victim directly.  However, pro bono opportunities are not limited to direct representation of crime victims in the criminal justice system.  Your help is also needed to serve as local counsel, conduct legal research, and represent crime victims in related civil proceedings.  You don't need experience with victim law to help. NAVRA and NCVLI will train you to represent crime victims.

  • NCVLI legal staff will help you with legal research, writing, and strategy, and with other related matters including drafting limited representation agreements.
  • NAVRA membership provides you with access to a legal brief and memoranda bank with many samples of key victim law motions.
  • NAVRA membership provides you with access to victim law case summaries organized by issue.
  • NCVLI and NAVRA offer practical skills and other trainings relating to victim law.

Please consider providing pro bono help to a crime victim this year.  NAVRA is here to help!

Pro Bono Profile

Crime Victim Advocacy Center of Tulare County: Amy Terrible and Layli Caborn

News ImageAmy Terrible and Layli Caborn are victims’ rights lawyers and National Alliance of Victims’ Rights Attorneys (NAVRA) members who represent victims of crime in Central California.  This March they will launch a nonprofit organization to grow their work for victims, the Crime Victim Advocacy Center of Tulare County, California.

Both former prosecutors, Amy and Layli eventually realized that their true passions lay with achieving justice for victims and they felt that they could do that better by directly representing victims.  We took some time to talk with Amy and Layli about their work. To read more, click here.


The Need for Pro Bono Assistance

In 2007, there were 1,408,337 violent crimes reported nationwide. [1] More than 9,000,000 property crimes were reported. [2] The vast majority of these crime victims did not have access to individual legal representation to enforce their rights in the criminal justice system.  You can help by providing pro bono assistance to a crime victim. There are many ways to assist a crime victim, including providing legal assistance:

  • to ensure that a domestic violence victim’s confidential counseling records are not released to the defendant;
  • to ensure that a murder victim’s family can attend the trial of the person accused of the crime;
  • to ensure that a child victim of sexual abuse has a support person with him or her in the courtroom;
  • to ensure that a victim impact statement and sentencing memorandum are prepared and submitted to the court on behalf of the family members of a victim of a drunk driver; and,
  • to ensure that an elderly assault victim will be ordered restitution sufficient to cover medical bills and other expenses resulting from the assault.


[1] U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics, available online.

[2] Id.