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Steven Scoggan Recognized for Pro Bono Work

Ellis & Winters LLP is pleased to announce that Steven Scoggan has been inducted into the North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society as part of its first inaugural class recognized by the Supreme Court of North Carolina.  The honor society recognizes attorneys who donated 50 or more hours of legal services during 2016. Steven’s pro...

N.C. Pro Bono Honor Society Inducts Seven Robinson Bradshaw Attorneys

The North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission has named seven Robinson Bradshaw attorneys to its N.C. Pro Bono Honor Society inaugural class. Members each provided at least 50 legal service hours to pro bono clients in 2016. Pro bono legal services are provided without fee or expectation of fee to persons of limited means,...

Five Poyner Spruill Attorneys Recognized for Pro Bono Efforts

Raleigh, NC – Five Poyner Spruill attorneys have been inducted into the inaugural cohort of the Pro Bono Honor Society by the N.C. Supreme Court. J.M. Durnovich, Andrew H. Erteschik, Eugene S. Griggs, Caroline P. Mackie and Mike McIntyre were among 170 attorneys named to the cohort. “Every attorney at Poyner Spruill gives back to the...

N.C. Pro Bono Resource Center Announces Inaugural Pro Bono Honor Society Inductees

The Supreme Court of North Carolina recognizes 170 attorneys who donated 50 or more hours of legal services during 2016 through the state’s inaugural voluntary pro bono reporting effort. These 170 attorneys make up the first cohort of the N.C. Pro Bono Honor Society. According to the N.C. Pro Bono Resource Center (PBRC), North Carolina...

Support the National Pro Bono Celebration by Getting Involved

The North Carolina Pro Bono Resource Center joins the ABA and the legal community in a national celebration of attorneys’ pro bono contributions.  In 2014, North Carolina volunteer attorneys provided 18,000 hours of pro bono legal services worth more than $3.6 million.  We have much to celebrate, but a great demand remains. 80% of the...

The Pro Bono Resource Center Launches Voluntary Pro Bono Reporting

How many hours of pro bono service have you contributed in the last year? In the last two years? In the last ten? North Carolina attorneys are generous with their time and financial contributions.  Rule 6.1 of the North Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct encourages attorneys to provide at least fifty hours of pro bono...

NC Pro Bono Resource Center Turns 1!

  The NC Equal Access to Justice Commission launched the NC Pro Bono Resource Center in April of 2016. The NC Pro Bono Resource Center is one of only a handful of statewide pro bono resource centers in the country. The goal of the NC Pro Bono Resource Center is to increase pro bono participation...

Prioritizing Pro Bono Legal Service

  North Carolina attorneys are generous with their time in support of equal access to justice for all members of our state. Our profession has even adopted Rule of Professional Conduct 6.1, which encourages each attorney to provide 50 hours of pro bono legal services each year to those unable to afford them without expectation...

Pro Bono and Malpractice coverage—less complicated than you might think!

  As the director of the new North Carolina Pro Bono Resource Center, I often get asked about how the intersection between pro bono cases and malpractice insurance. In fact, according to a 2014 North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission survey, lawyers say that one of the biggest barriers to taking on a pro...

Pro Bono and Malpractice Insurance

  What is LPL? Lawyers Professional Liability insurance coverage. This type of coverage is also commonly referred to as malpractice insurance, errors & omissions insurance, or E&O. Do I need liability coverage? Claims arising from pro bono activities are very rare, and most states do not require an attorney to have liability insurance in order...