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.
Timely and accurate legal information can have a huge impact for families in need. Each week, LANC hosts informational clinics in libraries and community locations throughout the state covering various areas of civil law. Pro Bono Attorneys are needed to remotely answer general legal questions related to custody, simple divorce, expunction, education, wills and POA, tenant rights, or small claims court procedure . Clinics take place on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and volunteers are asked login, or call in, to the online session for one hour during the clinic of their choice. Training and comprehensive resource materials will be provided. All active volunteers receive access to LANC’s ongoing CLE program, malpractice coverage, and the support of a mentoring attorney.
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 Compass Center is an organization that provides domestic violence and self-sufficiency services to women and families throughout the triangle area.
The Community Legal project connects Compass Center clients to law students who draft memoranda providing information about a clients specific legal needs, usually relating to family law or landlord/tenant claims. The program maintains a directory of volunteer attorneys who review student memos before transmission to clients. Not only does the program provide an important service, but it also has the benefit of exposing attorneys to potential clients.
The program thrives off of the generosity of our volunteer attorney reviewers, and we are in great need of new volunteers for this vital pro-bono opportunity.
"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 North Carolina Bar Association, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association and Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC), with support from the North Carolina Bar Foundation, are collaborating to provide immediate pro bono legal assistance to survivors of Hurricane Florence through the NC DLS program.
Volunteers will answer the NCBA Disaster Legal Services hotline (conducting intake only -- volunteers are not expected to provide legal advice or counsel).
During the shift times for which you sign up, the DLS Hotline will be forwarded to the phone number that you provide. Volunteers can expect to receive 3-6 calls per hour; each call/intake lasts about 10 minutes.
Volunteers must be available to answer the phone at the number provided during the entire 2-hour shift. There is no "roll over" coverage on the Hotline; if a volunteer does not answer the call, the caller will end up in the volunteer's personal voicemail box (which is not ideal).
Volunteers must be at a computer during the entire 2-hour shift in order to fill out the online intake form for each caller (the link to the form will be provided in a confirmation email).
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.