NC PARALEGAL PRO BONO REPORTING FORM: JAN. 1, 2022 – MAR. 31, 2022

  • The North Carolina Pro Bono Resource Center is collecting information on paralegal participation in 2021 pro bono activities.

    These activities include:
    (1) providing pro bono legal services,
    (2) providing legal services at a substantially reduced fee,
    (3) participating in activities to improve the law, the legal system or the legal profession,
    (4) engaging in non-legal community service, and
    (5) financially supporting legal service providers.

    In providing information about legal services, a paralegal may include information both about volunteer (or reduced fee) services under the supervision of licensed attorneys and volunteer (or reduced fee) services where the paralegal provides those services autonomously in administrative law matters where allowed by state law. For more information about the ethical obligations of a paralegal in pro bono service, refer to the Guidelines for Use of Paralegals in Rendering Legal Services as published by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Paralegal Certification.

    Personally identifiable information provided through this survey will be shared with third parties ONLY (a) to the extent necessary to recognize the reporting paralegal for their reported involvement AND (b) as long as the reporting paralegal does not choose to remain anonymous at the end of the form.

    Paralegals in North Carolina who report 50 hours of pro bono legal services – the first category of activity below – in calendar year 2021 (and do not choose to remain anonymous) will be inducted into the 2021 North Carolina Paralegal Pro Bono Honor Society and will receive a certificate recognizing their achievement.

    Thank you for your participation!


  • PRO BONO LEGAL SERVICE

  • According to NC Rule of Professional Conduct 6.1, pro bono legal service is defined as legal service provided without a fee or expectation of a fee to:

    "(1) persons of limited means;

    (2) charitable, religious, civic, community, governmental and educational organizations in matters that are designed primarily to address the needs of persons of limited means or

    (3) individuals, groups or organizations seeking to secure or protect civil rights, civil liberties or public rights, or charitable, religious, civic, community, governmental and educational organizations in matters in furtherance of their organizational purposes, where the payment of standard legal fees would significantly deplete the organization's economic resources or would be otherwise inappropriate."

    In providing information about your pro bono legal service, you may include information both about volunteer (or reduced fee) services under the supervision of licensed attorneys and volunteer (or reduced fee) services where the paralegal provides those services autonomously in administrative law matters where allowed by state law. For more information about the ethical obligations of a paralegal in pro bono service, refer to the Guidelines for Use of Paralegals in Rendering Legal Services as published by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Paralegal Certification.

    PLEASE NOTE: This category of activity is the only category that leads to recognition through the 2021 North Carolina Paralegal Pro Bono Honor Society – to be eligible for inclusion, a paralegal must report the provision of 50 hours in this category.

  • PLEASE NOTE: This response must be 50 hours or more to be eligible for inclusion in the North Carolina Paralegal Pro Bono Honor Society.

  • LEGAL SERVICE AT A SUBSTANTIALLY REDUCED FEE

  • In providing information about legal services at a substantially reduced fee, a paralegal may include information both about volunteer (or reduced fee) services under the supervision of licensed attorneys and volunteer (or reduced fee) services where the paralegal provides those services autonomously in administrative law matters where allowed by state law. For more information about the ethical obligations of a paralegal in pro bono service, refer to the Guidelines for Use of Paralegals in Rendering Legal Services as published by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Paralegal Certification.

  • ACTIVITY THAT IMPROVES THE LAW, THE LEGAL SYSTEM, OR THE LEGAL PROFESSION

  • Examples of activities to improve the law, legal system, or legal profession are:

    (1) leadership or active participation in professional legal associations, committees and commissions at the national, state, regional and local levels;

    (2) service on boards of organizations that provide legal services to persons of limited means and/or coordinate pro bono activities;

    (3) participation in Law Day or Constitution Day activities;

    (4) service as a mediator, arbitrator, or continuing legal education instructor or

    (5) engagement in legislative lobbying to improve the law, legal system, or legal profession.


  • NON-LEGAL COMMUNITY SERVICE

  • Examples of non-legal community service activities are volunteering at schools, hospitals, churches, food banks, soup kitchens and disaster relief centers, and membership on the boards of non-legal charitable organizations.


  • FINANCIAL SUPPORT OF LEGAL SERVICE PROVIDERS


  • PARALEGAL INFORMATION

  • If you are a certified paralegal in North Carolina, please share your certification information.

  • The only personally identifiable information from this form that will be shared with third parties will be for recognition purposes (e.g. a certificate of recognition through the North Carolina Paralegal Pro Bono Honor Society). However, you may choose not to share this information. Checking this box means that your pro bono activity will not be shared for recognition purposes, and you will not be a member of the Honor Society, even if you are otherwise eligible.