Sylvia NovinskyA Note from the Director

My guess is that many of us thought about what we’re thankful for during the last few weeks.  I am thankful for my family and my friends.  I am thankful for the many gifts that have been afforded to me—my health, my upbringing, my education, and especially for my law degree.  Although it wasn’t always easy, I am proud to be a lawyer and I am thankful to have had the gift of such a fine education.  

While many of us spent Thanksgiving celebrating with family in a warm home with an abundance of food, many of our North Carolina neighbors did not.  While we scoured the Black Friday deals, many of neighbors were worried about losing their homes, losing their children, fearing for their safety, losing their voice. As a result of these legal issues, some felt helpless and confused.  

As a lawyer, I am thankful I have the skills and the opportunity to give back in a specific, tangible way. I can provide legal services to those who cannot otherwise afford it.  I am thankful I can provide a voice to someone who has a defense but doesn’t know how to raise it.  I am thankful I know how to draft a legal document to enable someone to have peace of mind regarding end of life care.  

Please consider sharing your legal knowledge and skills on a pro bono basis—someone may be thankful for you.  

-- Sylvia Novinsky,
    Director, NC Pro Bono Resource Center

Pigah Legal Services Volunteer Shares the Importance of Pro Bono Emeritus Status
Gerald Kirksey, Pro Bono Attorney with Pisgah Legal Services in Asheville, NC, spoke with attendees of a NCBA Senior Lawyers Division meeting in Blowing Rock about the opportunity to provide pro bono legal services as a retired attorney. Pro Bono Status enables retired and out-of-state attorneys to practice in NC under the supervision of a legal aid provider.
NC Womble Bond Dickson Attorneys Train Conference Attendees For Pro Bono Clinic
Womble Bond Dickinson attorneys Rebecca C. Fleishman (Raleigh Office), Orla M. O'Hannaidh (RTP Office), and John E. Pueschel (Winston-Salem Office) prepared 2017 Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting attendees to provide pro bono advice and counsel to nonprofit organizations on social media policies and online marketing compliance.

Pro Bono in the News

North Carolina Rule of Professional Conduct 6.1 encourages each NC attorney to provide at least 50 hours of pro bono legal service each year, without expectation of a fee, to clients unable to pay. To help you fulfill this professional responsibility, visit for available pro bono opportunities and support.
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