HUNTINGTON – Legal Aid of West Virginia will use a grant awarded by law firm Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough to hire a summer law clerk to assist children and their families with legal needs.

The law firm has maintained a donor directed foundation fund since 1997 to provide yearly assistance to organizations that serve the legal needs of low-income children.

"We are grateful for the assistance Nelson Mullins is providing to allow us to increase the numbers of children we can serve," said Adrienne Worthy, executive director of Legal Aid of West Virginia. "Children are among the most underrepresented in the legal system, and the addition of summer law clerks can help us reach more of those in need."

Legal Aid of West Virginia is a statewide, non-profit law firm which provides free civil (not criminal) legal services to West Virginia's most vulnerable citizens, including: victims of domestic violence, regardless of income; residents of nursing homes and other long term care facilities, and their family members; and West Virginians who face challenges brought about by behavioral and mental health disorders.

In 2011, Legal Aid of West Virginia handled more than 8,000 cases statewide.

For more information on Legal Aid of West Virginia, visit www.lawv.net.

Established in 1897, Nelson Mullins has more than 430 attorneys and government relations professionals with offices in Atlanta, Boston, Nashville, Tallahassee, West Virginia, Washington, D.C., and throughout the Carolinas.

For more information about the firm, visit www.nelsonmullins.com.

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