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.
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.
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.
LANC’s legal information pro bono project where legal information videos are webcast across the state to community partners for the general public. Then a live Q&A is provide afterwards with a volunteer attorney.
"The Custody Advocacy Program is appointed by Mecklenburg County Family Court Judges to advocate for the best interests of children in custody cases in which the issues of and/or between their parents threatens to impede the judge’s inquiry into and determination of the children’s best interests.
What We Do
CAP accepts court appointments to represent any child residing in Mecklenburg County whose parents are engaged in a highly contested custody case. These cases involve high conflicts, sexual or physical abuse allegations, substance abuse allegations, or psychological disorders; often some of the most difficult cases to resolve.
Our program utilizes a structured team approach to investigate each case. Each team consists of a staff attorney, a volunteer attorney, and a lay custody advocate. We investigate all the circumstances and the facts of the case by interviewing clients and collateral witnesses, conducting home visits, gathering a variety of records and documents, which enables us to take a position regarding what is in the children’s best interest.
What We Don’t Do
We are unable to take custody related cases over the phone as we only take court-appointed cases.
We cannot answer custody questions or hear about a case that we have not been appointed to because this can compromise our neutrality if a judge later appoints us to become involved in the case.
When we are court appointed to a case, we never represent adults or parents involved. We only represent the best interests of the child(ren) involved."
We the Action on behalf of Dilley Pro Bono Project
In recent weeks, over 700 immigrant children, including more than 100 under 4 years old, have been separated from their parents at the border.
Want to help? Volunteer to spend a week at the South Texas Family Residential Center (STFRC) with the Dilley Pro Bono Project, preparing detained mothers and their children for their asylum screening interviews and documenting experiences of family separation and other mistreatment at the border.
Can’t come to Texas? We need telephonic interpreters to be at the ready to help the on-site team serve detained clients.
Volunteers are *urgently* needed for the following weeks:
The Dilley Pro Bono Project operates a non-traditional pro bono model of legal services that directly represents the families detained at the STFRC. We organize volunteer teams for each week. We ask volunteers to commit to a Sunday to Friday work schedule and to arrive Sunday evening for a mandatory on the ground orientation meeting. After an exhilarating and exhausting week, the team leaves the following Saturday, and a new team arrives to take over the caseload and carry the work forward.
The ABA Young Lawyers Division is seeking volunteers to remotely help with FEMA appeals and other issues in American Samoa resulting from Tropical Storm Gita.
You do not need to have prior experience in this area and training, mentorship, and templates are available. You may be licensed in any state to participate.
Volunteer pro bono attorneys are needed to address the legal needs of North Carolinians impacted by the tornado that swept through the Greensboro area on April 15, 2018. The NC Young Lawyers division, in partnership with FEMA, the ABA’s YLD, NC Emergency Management, Legal Aid of NC and the NCBA YLD Disaster Committee, has established a toll free line for requests for legal help for disaster related problems.
Calls are screened and referred to volunteer attorneys who agree to offer a phone consultation. The types of legal assistance available to survivors include:
• Assistance with appeals of FEMA and other benefits available to disaster survivors;
• Assistance with life, medical, and property insurance claims;
• Help with home repair contracts and contractors;
• Replacement of wills and other important legal documents destroyed in the disaster;
• Assistance in consumer protection matters, remedies and procedures;
• Counseling on mortgage-foreclosure problems; and
• Counseling on landlord-tenant problems.
It is anticipated that the largest needs will relate to insurance, landlord-tenant and FEMA issues. Volunteer attorneys with experience in these areas are especially needed but training is provided if you don’t have experience in this area.
For more information visit https://www.ncbar.org/news/volunteers-needed-for-tornado-victims/
In collaboration with la Mesa de Trabajo de Acceso a la Justicia (Access to Justice Roundtable), the legal clinics at the University of Puerto Rico and Interamerican University Schools of Law and the Colectivo Accion Legal, as well as institutions in the U.S., we are initiating efforts to organize and train lawyers (preferably bilingual) who will be able to help with post-disaster relief legal aid assistance.
Our volunteer efforts will likely develop across three stages:
- Collect legal knowledge & information: We are identifying the relevant laws and regulations surrounding disaster relief and identifying collaborating organizations - Offer & participate in trainings: Once legal needs have been identified, we will share information about webinars and live training opportunities. At least initially, there are conversations to host live trainings in New York City and Puerto Rico. If you have expertise or experience in offering legal aid after a natural disaster, please let us know.
- Provide direct legal assistance: The initial capacity building stages will eventually devolve into providing direct assistance to individuals, families, and communities in need in Puerto Rico. We expect to begin sharing opportunities of this sort in a few weeks after the most urgent relief efforts have been completed and communication networks reestablished.
We hope to organize legal "brigades" of lawyers who can help go down and assist lawyers in Puerto Rico in filing FEMA claims, insurance claims, unemployment claims and other claims related to public benefits and assistance as needed.
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.