Student hoping to bring Legal Aid Day to Goochland

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Photo by Ken Odor

Goochland High School senior Brian Thomas Lapkin hopes to leave a legacy behind when he graduates.

It would be a legacy of a free Legal Aid Day for those needing legal advice who can’t afford it.

Lapkin, working with the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society and Goochland Family Services, has set the date for the first such legal clinic for Jan. 28 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the American Legion building at 3386 River Road West near Goochland High School.

Volunteer attorneys will be available to discuss civil matters for free, from bankruptcy, civil rights to unemployment compensation, according to the flyer Lapkin plans to post around the area. No registration will be required.

Lapkin, who is in the Blue Ridge Virtual Governor’s School (BRVGS), came up with the idea of the Legal Aid Day as part of his senior project for BRVGS. A community service component is part of the project, along with an internship and a research paper.

“I didn’t know of any legal aid services in Goochland for families trying to make ends meet,” said Lapkin, who is interning under attorney Geoffrey Gasperini at the law firm of McGuireWoods.

Lapkin said he will also publicize the legal clinic on NEWS 2 at Goochland High School, where he anchors the news program every other day.

Considering the downturn in the economy, Lapkin said he thought there might be a need for his project.

“It’s very apropos of the time we’re in,” he said.

Interning at McGuireWoods has given him an insight into what working at a law firm is like, he said.

“It’s not like TV,” he laughed. There’s a lot more writing, reading and studying on the job and a lot less action.

But Lapkin, who has applied to a number of prestigious universities, said a law career is a possibility in his future.

“I enjoy being around accomplished and successful people,” he said.

To find out more about the upcoming Legal Aid Day, email Brian at

Odor, Ken.  “Student hoping to bring Legal Aid Day to Goochland.” Goochland Gazette. 18 January 2012.