ChildLaw Services is now in the Martinsburg, WV area!
The Eastern Panhandle has seen a drastic rise in the number of cases involving children over the course of the pandemic. By the spring of 2021, the few attorneys who are certified and willing to take guardian ad litem appointments representing children in our area had overwhelmingly high caseloads and had to stop taking appointments to catch up on their cases. A group of child welfare law stakeholders in the Eastern Panhandle began gathering regularly to attempt to find a solution to this problem.
They contacted the nonprofit law firm ChildLaw Services who has offices in other parts of the state about assisting with the need here. In October, ChildLaw hired a local attorney, Emily Mowry, to start taking cases and aid in the process of opening an office based out of Martinsburg. However, as many of us know, getting paid for court-appointed cases is a significantly delayed process, and ChildLaw is doing a fundraising initiative to raise initial funds to finance a Martinsburg office location and cover the first few months of the attorney's salary. The Skinner Law Firm has offered to match up to $10,000 in donations to this initiative. All donations are tax deductible, and NIP WV state tax credits are available for a limited time. Our goal is to raise the $10,000 for the matching funds by the end of 2021, and we are almost 2/3 of the way there! Donations can be sent via check to the EPBF or can be made via credit card online here. If you have questions or want to learn more about the work ChildLaw is doing in the Eastern Panhandle, feel free to reach out to Emily Mowry at firstname.lastname@example.org or 681-248-0227.