Sylvia NovinskyA Note from the Director

It is hard to believe that it was only two years ago when the North Carolina Pro Bono Resource Center launched. The Resource Center has grown much in that time, collaborating on new projects, launching a statewide clearinghouse of available opportunities at, hosting pro bono regional councils, and bringing voluntary pro bono reporting to North Carolina. It has been an exciting two years – and the growth continues!
We at the Resource Center are delighted to share with you the latest addition to our pro bono team. B. Leigh Wicclair will be spearheading the efforts of the Resource Center to develop new pro bono projects for volunteer attorneys; we are excited for the leadership and expertise she will bring to this work. Leigh comes to us from Philadelphia, PA, where she spent the last seven years focused on the intersection of social justice and criminal justice through her work as a public defender, EJW Fellow with Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity, and Judicial Law Clerk for the PA First Judicial District Court of Common Pleas.
Please welcome Leigh to North Carolina’s pro bono community – she can be reached at

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

Celebrating the Volunteers of The Child's Advocate!
The Child’s Advocate, a project of Legal Aid of NC, provides needed support for vulnerable children in our community, and thanks its pro bono attorney volunteers for their assistance in providing that support in cases which usually involve chronic conflict between parents, neglect, substance abuse, child abuse, domestic violence, continuing litigation, mental illness, or children with special needs.
Highlighted Pro Bono Legal Service Opportunity: NC LEAP
NC LEAP (North Carolina Lawyers for Entrepreneurs Assistance Program) is a pro bono program of the NC Bar Foundation that provides free legal services to low-wealth entrepreneurs and inventors seeking intellectual property or business-related legal services. Attorney volunteers can conduct intake interviews (which do not include providing legal advice) or accept case referrals.

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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