Welcome to Forthright Legal

Affordable, non-profit community education and representation for everyday people, in immigration,  family and other matters. Representing 100+ clients ranging from Central American victims of violence to parents facing challenges with the custody and protection of their children.

Help Our Cause

We serve 100+ clients who often have to choose between rent, food and/or legal representation. Your support and contributions will help us fill the "justice gap," so we can serve more modest-income folks who otherwise have no help with their legal problems. 

We participate with a few different platforms for donations:

Paypal Giving Fund  at  paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/1910666

Amazon Smile at  https://smile.amazon.com/ch/47-2784318  

Giving Tuesday at  https://www.givingtuesday.org

CARS for vehicle donations at   


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About Us

   Forthright handles immigration, family, employment, housing and other cases. For example, we have helped dozens of Central American women and children make their asylum cases. And we have represented numbers of abused women obtain protection and custody and support for their children.

   We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit based in Charlottesville, Virginia. We collaborate with community-based service organizations to provide legal services to modest income folks, with payment plans and fees scaled to client income. We cooperate with these organizations to enhance local understanding of the complexity of immigration and its intersection with other legal matters. 

   Founder and Managing Attorney, Doug Ford has more than 15 years of immigration experience, including as director of the Immigration Clinic at the Legal Aid Justice Center and UVa Law.  He has extensive non-profit management experience, most recently as Chair of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville, a national leader in affordable housing.


People who support this non-profit approach to affordable legal services for people of modest income.

  • Kimberly Emery, Assistant Dean for Pro Bono and Public Interest, Uva Law
  • Bryan Slaughter, Partner Michie Hamlett, Chair Pro-Bono Committee Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar Assoc.
  • Sin Barreras, www.sinbarrerascville.com
  • Mary Bauer
  • Stephen Braga, Director of Clinics, Uva Law
  • Larry McElwain, Scott Kroner PLC
  • Mark Root, Founder Edjix, Simple, Sensible App Solutions
  • Mytrang Nguyen
  • Palma Pustilnik
  • Kerry Sherlock Talbot
  • Kristin Clarens, attorney and activist

More on our operation. Se habla espanol.

Click on a file to download.

Forthright Outreach oct19 (pdf)


Forthright Outreach Espanol oct19 (pdf)


Contact Us

Forthright Legal

2340 Commonwealth Dr., Ste 206, Charlottsville, VA 22901

(434) 260-1329

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