2020 ACCESSIBLE VOTING (Curbside Monitoring) PROJECT Disability Rights NC Disability Rights North Carolina (DRNC) is a legal advocacy agency that fights for the rights of people with disabilities in North Carolina. DRNC is working to ensure that curbside voting is implemented properly, allowing every eligible voter to cast an in-person ballot while remaining distanced and safe during the COVID 19 pandemic. Law student, paralegal and attorney volunteers observe and document the curbside voting process at early voting sites across the state October 15 - 31 and report issues such as long lines or vehicles not being served. To serve as a curbside monitor and receive pro bono credit, you must be enrolled in law school. All monitoring is contactless, and monitors will be able to select a location at the poll site where they feel safe to observe.
Monitors are required to:
• Be able to monitor at one four-hour shift during early voting between October 15 - 31.
• Have access to a computer/tablet or cell phone with reliable internet access;
• Be able to attend a one-hour online training; Travel stipends are available for students and paralegals willing to monitor in counties besides their home or school county.
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Self-Help/Democracy NC/ Southern Coalition for Social Justice/Lawyers Committee
The North Carolina nonpartisan Election Protection (EP) coalition works to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to vote and have their vote count. Volunteers will staff the virtual hotline during early voting and the General Election on Nov. 3 to provide assistance to voters around the state.
To serve as a hotline volunteer, you must hold a JD or currently be enrolled in law school.
Volunteers are required to:
• Have a law degree, be currently enrolled in law school, or have prior experience answering a nonpartisan voter hotline;
• Be able to serve a minimum of FOUR shifts between September 1 and November 13, 2020 (shifts are four hours long, typically Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. or 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., with weekend hours in October and November);
• Have access to a computer with reliable internet access and a headset with a microphone;
• Have basic computer / internet skills and the ability to troubleshoot problems;
• Be able to attend a two-hour online training; and
• Be able to interact with voters in a calm, nonpartisan manner.
ABSENTEE BALLOT PROTECT CANVASS PROJECT STATEWIDE
Disability Rights NC
Disability Rights North Carolina (DRNC) is a legal advocacy agency that fights for the rights of people with disabilities in North Carolina. In coalition with other partners DRNC is working to ensure that absentee ballots that have been timely cast by eligible and registered North Carolina voters are counted. Law student and paralegal volunteers will attend county cavass meetings across the state October 5 - November 13. To serve as a canvass monitor and receive pro bono credit, you must be enrolled in law school. Monitors are required to: • Be able to serve at one canvass between October 5 and November 13, 2020. • Have access to a computer/tablet or cell phone with reliable internet access; • Have avid note taking skills • Be able to attend a two-hour online training; Travel stipends are available for students willing to monitor in counties besides their home or school county.
To volunteer sign up at https://forms.gle/cVCEEnbNzU8sRhjJA.
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NC Bar Association Appellate Practice Section, NC Pro Bono Resource Center, & NC Court of Appeals
The Appellate Pro Bono Project seeks pro bono attorneys to help pro se litigants for cases before the NC Court of Appeals or the NC Supreme Court that meet the following requirements:
(1) The appeal involves one or more pro se litigants who would qualify for in forma pauperis status, as set out in N.C. Gen. Stat. § 1-288, regardless of whether the litigant has applied for in forma pauperis status;
(2) The appeal presents at least one non-frivolous issue; and
(3) The pro se litigant consents to be represented by a pro bono attorney and an attorney, chosen from a list maintained by the NCBA’s Appellate Practice Section, consents to represent the litigant free of charge.
The Program will be coordinated by the Pro Bono Committee of the N.C. Court of Appeals, which will consist of Court of Appeals judges selected by the Court, and by the NCBA’s Appellate Practice Section and its Pro Bono Committee.
Partnering with Legal Aid of NC, Duke Law students assist individuals in need of legal assistance. Through Lawyer-on-the-Line, Duke Law students work under the supervision of a licensed attorney to handle issues regarding bankruptcy, consumer, and landlord/tenant.
The BIA Pro Bono Appeals Project matches vulnerable immigrants with pro bono counsel to defend their cases before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). One of the nation's most successful pro bono initiatives, the BIA Project partners with attorneys and law school clinics to provide pro bono legal representation to indigent immigrants.
Through a network of committed volunteers, trainers, and mentors, the BIA Project facilitates access to justice, a critical component to safeguarding the rights of vulnerable asylum-seekers and long time lawful permanent residents. Since the Project’s inception in 2001, it has reviewed over 7,200 appeals cases. The Project's cases regularly result in significant decisions, including favorable, published BIA decisions, as well as Federal and Supreme Court decisions. In a published study, the Department of Justice found that immigrants who had been provided representation through the Project were up to four times more likely to win a favorable decision before the BIA.
Due to this unprecedented public health crisis, Prisoner Legal Services (PLS), a nonprofit law firm that advocates for the rights of those incarcerated in North Carolina state prisons, is seeking pro bono attorneys and paralegals to help PLS file Motions for Appropriate Relief to amend sentences for people who are particularly vulnerable to infection and/ or have other compelling mitigating factors.
Prisoner Legal Services…
- Identifies clients who are good candidates for MAR relief based on a combination of factors, including age, percentage of sentence served, type of conviction, and possible medical risk.
- Assigns appropriate cases to pro bono attorneys.
- Provides training and malpractice insurance to volunteers.
- Provides templates and clear, step-by-step instructions to pro bono attorneys.
- Provides ongoing supervision and mentoring as needed.
Pro bono attorneys must…
- Communicate with their client via letter and phone as instructed by PLS and within one week of having the case assigned.
- Communicate with the district attorney in the volunteer’s local jurisdiction to find out if they consent to the motion.
- If the district attorney does not consent, determine whether grounds exist to file the MAR without district attorney support.
- File the MAR and appear in court for a hearing if required to do so.
- Communicate with PLS staff about the status of the case.
After signing up to volunteer, you will be sent a link to sign up for a North Carolina Advocates for Justice webinar training taking place this Friday, May 1 at 12 pm. You will also be provided with a detailed training manual. Criminal law or litigation experience is helpful but not necessary.
This is a project of North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services in partnership with the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, the North Carolina Pro Bono Resource Center, and the North Carolina Justice Center.
Community Legal Project is a joint collaboration with UNC Law School. Law Students meet in-person with a client to assess their situation regarding family law or domestic violence. After the initial assessment, the student writes an official law school memo that is reviewed by an attorney. The volunteer attorney provides feedback and edits to the memo, which is presented to the client in person.
Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy helps people in the Charlotte, North Carolina, region who cannot afford legal services, but desperately need them. Without legal representation in civil matters, thousands of families can lose access to financial security, healthcare, housing and opportunity.
Through its Community Redevelopment Project, Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy helps low-income N.C. residents get their criminal records expunged. Expunctions remove past dismissed charges and convictions of misdemeanors and minor felonies on eligible criminal records by a court order. We are seeking pro bono attorneys to take on expungement cases. Without pro bono volunteers, these would otherwise appear on background checks when applying for housing and employment.
More than one in five North Carolinians has a criminal record. Too often, individuals are automatically denied employment, housing, and other opportunities, based on past involvement with the criminal justice system, including dismissed charges and long-ago convictions. Through our individual representation and advocacy, we seek to help people with a criminal record have a fair chance at productive citizenship.
We offer trainings to attorneys outside of their practice area. We also provide a tool kit with the necessary materials to take the case. The Advocacy Center staff provide ongoing assistance and co-counsel is welcome and encouraged!
You would enjoy expunction work if:
You want to work directly with clients.
You are excited about eliminating barriers to opportunity in North Carolina.
You want to volunteer but have limited or inconsistent time to do so.
You want to learn more about re-entry and criminal justice reform.
Pro bono work is important because there are so many unmet legal needs in our state today, and we as lawyers have the specialized skills to address those needs.
LeeAnne Quattrucci, Owner, LeeAnne Quattrucci, PA
Everyone deserves a good attorney no matter their economic status; pro bono service ensures that this balance is created.
Micah Huggins, Owner, Micah Huggins Law
Opportunities abound for our helping with the unmet legal needs in our state, whether in the urban, suburban or rural areas – and especially in response to disasters like Hurricane Matthew.
Mike McIntyre, Partner, Poyner Spruill LLP
After spending most of the week working on business-to-business issues, pro bono work reminds us that there is a personal element to our work.