A Note from the Director
Autumn is an exciting time for so many reasons. We experience a change in the weather and the leaves turn beautiful colors. Our newest colleagues are sworn in as new attorneys—a day we all remember among our own personal and professional milestones. The ABA celebrates national pro bono week, a time to acknowledge the legal volunteerism of private attorneys who do so much to help bridge the access to justice gap. And we get an hour back when daylight savings time ends (and I always seem to have many lofty goals for its use).
If you have taken on a pro bono case this year, we thank you. We thank you for doing this work in light of the responsibilities necessary for effective service: carving out discretionary time, going out of your way to find the pro bono opportunity, and making sure you have the expertise to handle the case.
Most of all, we thank you for caring about someone who needs your help. We often meet our pro bono clients at the very worst times of their lives. Their nerves are frayed; they are confused, desperate, and searching for answers. Addressing their legal problem has now risen to the very top of their list of priorities. This urgency underscores how important the work you do is as an attorney volunteer. I believe that you will remember your pro bono clients, and at the end of the day, you will make a major difference in their lives.
So when you think about what you plan to do with the “extra” hour that fall brings, please think about how you can set aside time for pro bono legal service. Take a moment and review the opportunities on ncprobono.org. Get trained on an area of law and how it relates to the low income community. Think about how close you are to meeting your 50 hour goal of pro bono legal service in RPC 6.1.
Enjoy the fall weather and and find your way to give back.
– Sylvia Novinsky,
Director, NC Pro Bono Resource Center