Free legal services will be provided to the residents and attorneys will be needed who specialize in criminal, family, landlord/tenant, driver license restoration and general practice. Volunteers will also be needed to assist with serving lunch, providing childcare and morning devotion. If you would like to assist with this event, please contact Ashleigh Dunston at email@example.com and/or Meredith Cross at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An attorney's assistance is needed to assist counsel representing death-sentenced defendants with a comprehensive review of selected jury selection transcripts. Depending on information gathered, the pro bono attorney would, if interested, be able to assist with legal writing.
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.
To challenge the current state of court fines and fees in North Carolina and study their disparate impact on minorities. Volunteers will be asked to collect data about court fines and fees in various jurisdictions within North Carolina.
"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."
The North Carolina Justice Center will be hosting four free legal clinics to assist current DACA holders to renew their status and work permits. These renewals will be critical to allow our DACA friends and neighbors to continue working and driving legally for another two years, and will be critically important if Congress does not offer a legislative solution to these young people. Please sign up electronically at https://goo.gl/forms/tDCpwnnyHZERA62O2.
Because of the complexities of how jail credit is computed and applied, inmates are often not credited with time spent in pretrial confinement. Attorneys can obtain court documents and determine whether credit has been applied, and if it has not, work with the district attorney's office and clerk of court to correct any omissions. Project time commitment will be between three and seven hours per week.
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.