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NC Pro Bono Resource Center -- This Month In Pro Bono

Sylvia NovinskyA Note from the Director

It’s been almost one and a half years since the creation of the NC Pro Bono Resource Center.  In that short time, one thing has been consistently clear: Lawyers make a difference. 

At two recent veteran-focused legal clinics, I had the good fortune of watching pro bono attorneys in action.  At the Durham VA Medical Center, family law attorneys met with veterans and provided them legal information and advice.  I watched clients in the waiting room, clearly anxious and distressed.  I saw these same clients walk out of their legal appointment with some direction--a sense of what to do next. 

At the Fayetteville Vet Center, I spoke with veterans who thanked us for providing the opportunity to assist them in getting their lives back together.  On the attorney side, I spoke with volunteers who spent time listening to veterans’ challenging life stories.  My sense is that both clients and attorneys walked away from these clinics changed in some small way. 

I am writing this note at a time when people are attempting to recover from natural disasters.  The dire need for lawyers to help navigate post-hurricane legal issues has seen other states allow out-of-state attorneys to provide pro bono services to vulnerable storm victims. Lawyers have the knowledge that most people do not have—knowledge that can provide direction to what is possible legally.

Please think about how you would like to share your knowledge. Our goal is to provide you with timely, interesting, and meaningful pro bono opportunities to do so–I encourage you to review your many pro bono legal service options at ncprobono.org. 

– Sylvia Novinsky,
    Director, NC Pro Bono Resource Center

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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 ncprobono.org for available pro bono opportunities and support.
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