The Delaware Volunteer Legal Services Board of Directors is committed to our mission to provide quality pro bono legal services to indigent Delawareans with meritorious civil legal problems.
- Tiffany A. Poole, Esq., President
- Leslie Spoltore, Esquire, Vice President
- David B. Brown, Esq., Secretary
- W. Donald Sparks II, Esq., Treasurer
- Don C. Brown, Esquire
- Francis Catania, Esquire
- Jill Di Sciullo, Esquire
- Lawrence S. Drexler, Esquire
- Randolph K. Herndon, Esquire
- Robert Hirst, Esquire
- David Miller Meyers. Esquire
- Ryan P. Newell, Esquire
- Daniel M. Silver, Esquire
- Kara Swasey, Esquire
- Kina Thornton-Frazier
- Wilson Gualpa, Esquire
- Pamela Brooks-Grimes
- Executive Director - Janine N. Howard-O'Rangers, Esquire
- Janine N. Howard-O'Rangers, Esquire - Executive Director
- Thomas V. McDonough, Esquire - Director of Pro Bono Recruitment
- Jacquelyn A. Chacona, Esquire - Director of Pro Bono Projects
- Christina M. Showalter, Esquire - Staff Attorney
- Angela Desmond, Esquire - Staff Attorney
- Tina Ventresca - Director of Finance & Administration
- Melissa Hughes - Paralegal
- Berma Scott - Legal Assistant/Intake Specialist
- Jennifer Castaneda - Pro Bono Case Manager
- Gina Greim - Pro Bono Case Manager
Family law (for victims of domestic violence only)
- Custody/visitation when there is domestic violence
- Protection From Abuse matters when you are seeking protection
- THE SERVICES WE ARE FOR DIVORCE ARE EXTREMELY LIMITED; we may be able to assist with drafting initial paperwork when there is domestic violence involved and there are no property division or alimony issues WE CANNOT ASSIST WITH PROPERTY DIVISION OR ALIMONY MATTERS.
DVLS may be able to assist with estate documents if you are 60 years of age or older, have a terminal illness, or are a victim of domestic violence. WE CANNOT ASSIST WITH MATTERS INVOLVING PROBATE)
- Power Of Attorney
- Advance Healthcare Directives
- Income and asset limitations apply.
Guardianship of an adult (uncontested)
- DVLS assists with uncontested cases meaning that you are the only person seeking a guardianship over an adult (18 years or older) with a disability AND in a physician’s opinion the person with a disability is unable to make their own decisions because they are: mentally disabled or in some instances physically disabled. A person who makes poor choices or who knowingly takes excessive risks is not necessarily a disabled person.
Assistance with Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
- Etremely limited capacity. Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) allows some children to get lawful permanent residency when they cannot live with one or both parents due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment and it is not in their best interest to return to their home country.
Protect Rightful Owner
- After a Sheriff’s Sale excess proceeds arise when the value of the property, at the time of the sale, exceeds the amount of money needed to pay off all recorded liens and mortgages; DVLS may be able to assist in cases where the amount owed to be returned to the borrower is less than $5,000.
JPMC Second Chance Career Program:
Is a collaborative effort involving DVLS and various nonprofit organizations that assist individuals who have criminal backgrounds in determining their potential for a career path in financial services or information technology. These non-profits will identify and refer potential eligible candidates to DVLS. DVLS will review an individual’s criminal background to determine if they are eligible and would benefit from an expungement, a pardon, or a Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) waiver. DVLS primarily represents individuals who are seeking FDIC waivers and will refer eligible expungement and/or pardon matters to other collaborative partners.
Please note Legal Services Corporation of Delaware is the agency that primarily handles these matters and you should contact that agency first at 302-575-0408. If Legal Services Corporation of Delaware cannot assist you, call 302-478-8680.
Private Landlord Tenant matters for tenants:
Please note Legal Services Corporation of Delaware is the agency that primarily handles these matters and you should contact that agency first at 302-575-0408.
Public Housing Landlord Tenant matters:
Please note Community Legal Aid Society is the agency that primarily handles these matters and you should contact that agency first at 302-575-0660.
For all other legal issues go to delegalhelplink.org to find information and resources for possible assistance.
DVLS was established in 1981 by the Delaware State Bar Association (DSBA) to fill the void created by severe cutbacks in the federally funded Legal Services Corporation. DVLS has continued to expand the role of the private bar by providing quality, pro bono legal services to eligible Delawareans with meritorious civil legal problems.
DVLS is an organization of volunteer attorneys who assist eligible clients with problems in a variety of areas. Faced with an increasing demand for free legal services and rapidly diminishing resources, the DVLS Board of Directors and staff remain committed to providing pro bono civil representation to Delaware citizens.