Sylvia NovinskyA Note from the Director

Happy 2018! 

I took some time over the holidays to think about what I wanted to do more of this year.  My thoughts focused on spending time with family and friends, being more appreciative of the many gifts I have, helping others, and continuing to grow and learn. Any of this resonate with you?

We hope that the NC Pro Bono Resource Center can be a part of your New Year’s resolutions.  We encourage you to look at our site and review more than 30 different pro bono opportunities.  These projects offer you the chance to help others.  Time commitments vary, and training and mentoring may be available. While carving out dedicated time for pro bono can be challenging, finding your perfect pro bono fit in advance will help. 

What would make a pro bono project a satisfying volunteer experience for you?  Think about your goals in volunteering:

  • Do you want to work directly with clients?
  • Do you want to work with, and meet, other attorneys?
  • Do you want a flexible opportunity which you can complete during non-business hours?
  • Do you want to learn a new skill or area of law?

Whatever your 2018 goals are, consider making pro bono a part of them.  At the end of the year, I think you’ll be glad you did. 

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

Voluntary Reporting of 2017 Pro Bono Legal Service Hours Now Available
January 1, 2018 launched North Carolina's voluntary reporting process for 2017 pro bono legal service hours. Attorneys who report 50 or more hours of pro bono work will be inducted into the North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society and will receive a certificate honoring their achievement from the Supreme Court of North Carolina. The form also collects information on other types of service from NC RPC 6.1. Submissions will be accepted through March 31, 2018.
UNC Law Hosting CLE Covering 2018 Changes to Power of Attorney Documents
The UNC School of Law is hosting a UNC Cancer Pro Bono Legal Project CLE on January 26 at 9am. This CLE will both provide an overview of substantive law necessary for volunteer attorneys participating in the UNC Cancer Pro Bono Legal Project, sponsored by the UNC School of Law’s Pro Bono Program, NC Cancer Hospital, and Legal Aid of North Carolina. The CLE will also cover changes to the law surrounding advance directives documents, new for 2018.

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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