A 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