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

Sylvia NovinskyA 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  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

National Celebration of Pro Bono Commences
The ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service hosts the National Celebration of Pro Bono each October. This year marked the 9th iteration of this national initiative, and North Carolina organizations showed strong participation. Click the below link to see the many events held in NC celebrating pro bono.
Pro Bono Reporting Coming Soon
As #celebrateprobono encourages us to recognize the good work being done by attorneys through their pro bono legal service, it also encourages us to think about sharing this information to encourage the volunteerism of our peers. Pro bonor reporting for service provided in 2017 will launch on January 1, 2018 at

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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