McGuireWoods LLP today announced that Richmond partner Scott Oostdyk, who oversees the firm’s pro bono efforts, has been named by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia to serve a two-year term on the Commonwealth’s inaugural Virginia Access to Justice Commission.
Oostdyk, a lawyer in the firm’s Toxic Tort and Environmental Litigation practice, was also a member of the Supreme Court Access to Justice Planning Committee. He is the president-elect of the Greater Richmond Bar Foundation, co-chair of the Virginia Bar Association’s Pro Bono Committee, and served as Virginia’s deputy secretary of Health and Human Resources from 1996-1997.
Established by the Supreme Court on September 13, 2013, the Virginia Access to Justice Commission is composed of 18 judges, lawyers, non-profit executives and bar leaders. The commission’s mission is to coordinate justice access activities among various groups, encourage lawyers to represent low-income people, identify barriers to legal services, and develop solutions for improving representation of underserved populations.
A nationwide organization of chief justices and court administrators recommended the creation of such a commission in every state. Virginia was the 29th to do so. Virginia Supreme Court Justice S. Bernard Goodwyn will co-chair the commission, which meets for the first time on Dec. 16, 2013.