If you are an attorney licensed in another state (whether you are active or inactive) who wants to volunteer, we can work together to find a pro bono opportunity for you. Some pro bono activities at legal aid do not require attorneys to have an active license in North Carolina. Examples include assisting with intake and working under the supervision of another attorney at an expunctions clinic.

If you want to participate in other pro bono activities that require an active license, NC State Bar rules permit out of state attorneys (whether active or inactive) to serve their community by petitioning for pro bono status. With pro bono status, out-of-state attorneys can provide pro bono legal assistance to indigent clients under the supervision of an attorney at a nonprofit legal services corporation. Attorneys granted pro bono status do not incur membership dues from the NC State Bar and are not required to complete mandatory continuing legal education, although CLE may be taken if desired. Pro bono attorneys have opportunities to serve indigent clients in a variety of practice areas and levels of service.

For details about how to obtain pro bono status, frequently asked questions, forms and links for more information, visit the NC Equal Access to Justice Commission site: http://ncequalaccesstojustice.org/pro-bono/pro-bono-practice-status-for-inactive-and-out-of-state-lawyers/.