Lynchburg, Virginia


1990-Present              Executive Director, Virginia Legal Aid Society, Inc.

                                    Lynchburg, VA

1989-1990                    Chief Attorney, Legal Aid Bureau, Inc.

                                    Prince George's County Office, Riverdale, MD

1986-1989                    Legal Director, Food Research and Action Center, Inc.

                                    Washington, D.C.

1984-1986                    Associate Director, Coalition on Smoking OR Health, and

                                    Associate Attorney, Asbill Junkin Myers & Buffone Chtd.

                                    Washington, D.C.

1982-1984                    Minority Counsel, U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human

                                    Resources, Washington, D.C.

1979-1981                    Reginald Heber Smith Fellow and Staff Attorney, Rhode Island

                                    Legal Services, Inc., Providence, R.I.

1975-1976                    ACTION Community Volunteer Paralegal, Rhode Island Legal Services, Inc.

                                    Providence, R.I.


1979    J.D.                  University of Maine School of Law

1976    A.B.                 Brown University


State Courts:              Virginia, District of Columbia, Maryland;

                                    (Voluntarily withdrew from RI 1993 because RI had no inactive status)

Federal Courts:             District Courts for MD, DC, RI; Courts of Appeal for the First, Fourth, and D.C. Circuits; U.S. Supreme Court



Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities Humanitarian Award, 2014
Mayors Award of Excellence, City of Lynchburg, 2011


Pro Bono: A Call to Service: Virginia Lawyers Weekly June 2020

Preserving and Presenting Our History, The News & Advance, June 2020

Articles for Virginia Lawyer:

     VLAS Serving Some of the Poorest Areas in the State ; October 2017

     A Survey by the VBA Pro Bono Council, October 2016

Articles on fundraising and administrative issues; book review; Management Information Exchange Journal (1994-2005, 2014)

Articles on Food Stamp issues, Clearinghouse Review (1986-87)

"Four-Warninged is Fore-Armed", with Senator Birch Bayh, The New York Times (September 10, 1984)


Affirmative and defensive civil actions in U.S. District Courts in Rhode Island, Maryland, Alabama, New Jersey, D.C., enforcing Constitutional and statutory rights involving housing, food programs, citizen process for complaints against police (1979-1989); amicus briefs in U.S. Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal for the Sixth and Eleventh Circuits in cases involving food programs and civil rights (1984-1986); opposition to petition for certiorari in U.S. Supreme Court (1989); numerous bench trials and two jury trials representing tenants in state court eviction proceedings; criminal defense representation in state & federal courts




       Virginia State Bar:

  • Chair, Practice Management Task Force, February 2021-present

  • Member, Carrico Professionalism Course Faculty, October 2019-present

  • Member, Bar Council, July 2013 – June 2019

  • Member, Diversity Conference, 2016-present

  • Member, Committee on the Future of Law Practice, August 2017-June 2019

  • Member, Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law, July 2014-June 2017

  • Member, Access to Legal Services Committee, July 1992-June 1997

Virginia Bar Association

  • Member, 1993-present, and member, Pro Bono Council, inception-present

  • Editor, biannual Pro Bono Council State of Pro Bono report 

Old Dominion Bar Association

  • Member, 2016-present

Access to Justice:

  • Member, Access to Justice Commission of the Supreme Court of Virginia, November 2018-present

  • Member, Pro Bono Council, Virginia Bar Association, 2015-present

  • Member, Committee on Access by Self-Represented Litigants, Access to Justice Commission, 2014-present

  • Member, Legal Services Corporation of Virginia board of directors, 2000-2006, 2017-present

  • Chair, Association of Virginia Legal Aid Programs, 1998-2013

  • Member, Lynchburg Bar Association board of directors and Law Day chair, 1990s


  • Chair, Lynchburg City Electoral Board, February 2020-present; vice chair, February 2017-January 2020

  • Founding president & now board secretary, Central Virginia Academy for Nonprofit Excellence, 2013-present

  • Founding president, Opera on the James, 2005-2012; board member 2012-13, board member 2018-present and campaign chair 2018-2020.

  • Board member, Legacy Museum of African-American History, Lynchburg, July 2020-present

  • Member, Board of Directors, Riverviews Artspace, February 2017-December 2019

  • Co-chair, Thornhill Statue Development Committee, 2017-present, and board member, Fifth Street Community Development Corporation, 2020-present

  • Member, Board of Directors, United Way of Central Virginia, 2014 & 2015, ex officio as immediate past president of Council of United Way Agencies

  • President, Council of United Way Agencies, Lynchburg, 2013 and two prior terms

  • Chair, Campaign Nonprofit Division 2005, 2006, 2009-10, 2010-11, & Campaign Professional Division 1999, United Way of Central Virginia

  • Founding president and board member, James River Council for the Arts & Humanities, 2008-present

  • Facilitator and legal resource, Lynchburg Community Dialogue on Race and Racism, 2008-2011

  • Board President, First Christian Church, Lynchburg 2003-04

  • Board President, Lynchburg Daily Bread 2000-2001

  • Volunteer and schedule coordinator, Habitat for Humanity house “build” by Soulforce, see Soulforce.com, Fall 2000

  • Member, Capital Campaign Committee, Legacy Museum of African-American History, Lynchburg, 1998

  • Member, Lynchburg Capital Campaign Committee, Planned Parenthood of the Blue Ridge, 1990s

  • President, Bedford Hills Elementary School PTA and R.S. Payne Elementary School PTO, EC Glass High School band boosters, citywide PTA/PTO (five years total between 1993 and 2006)

  • Overnight volunteer, The Gateway homeless men’s shelter, Lynchburg, 1990s, and Luther Place homeless shelter, Washington, DC, 1980s


Married since 1981 to Mary V. Barney, Esq., Associate General Counsel, Genworth


  • Benjamin Neumeyer, Esq., William and Mary School of Law Class of 2012; University of Virginia Class of 2006, Policy Manager, Facebook, Inc., Washington, DC

  • Joy Neumeyer, Ph.D. in Russian history, University of California at Berkeley, 2020; Brown University Class of 2010; E.U. Institute Fellow, Florence, Italy, 2020-22; Fulbright Fellow 2010-2011