Forthright Legal

Welcome to Forthright Legal

Respectful, affordable, non-profit community education and representation for everyday people, beginning with immigration. 

About Us

   We are a 501(c)non-profit based in Charlottesville, Virginia. We collaborate with community-based service organizations to enhance local understanding of the complexity of immigration and to provide low-cost legal services. Fees are scaled to client income, using the federal poverty level.

   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,
  • Mary Bauer
  • Stephen Braga, Director of Clinics, Uva Law
  • Larry McElwain, Scott Kroner PLC
  • Mark Root, Founder Edjix, Simple, Sensible App Solutions
  • Mytrang Nguyen

More on our operation. Se habla espanol.

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Forthright Outreach (pdf)


Forthright Outreach Espanol (pdf)


Contact Us

Forthright Legal

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

(434) 260-1329

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