The Pro Bono Board at Elon University School of Law will host its annual Ask a Lawyer Day at the law school in Greensboro on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. North Carolina-licensed attorneys are invited to join Elon Law students to serve members of the Greensboro community who are in need of free legal assistance. To confirm your participation, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 30. Please indicate your practice area(s) and whether you would like to volunteer from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., or 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
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."
In collaboration with la Mesa de Trabajo de Acceso a la Justicia (Access to Justice Roundtable), the legal clinics at the University of Puerto Rico and Interamerican University Schools of Law and the Colectivo Accion Legal, as well as institutions in the U.S., we are initiating efforts to organize and train lawyers (preferably bilingual) who will be able to help with post-disaster relief legal aid assistance.
Our volunteer efforts will likely develop across three stages:
- Collect legal knowledge & information: We are identifying the relevant laws and regulations surrounding disaster relief and identifying collaborating organizations - Offer & participate in trainings: Once legal needs have been identified, we will share information about webinars and live training opportunities. At least initially, there are conversations to host live trainings in New York City and Puerto Rico. If you have expertise or experience in offering legal aid after a natural disaster, please let us know.
- Provide direct legal assistance: The initial capacity building stages will eventually devolve into providing direct assistance to individuals, families, and communities in need in Puerto Rico. We expect to begin sharing opportunities of this sort in a few weeks after the most urgent relief efforts have been completed and communication networks reestablished.
We hope to organize legal "brigades" of lawyers who can help go down and assist lawyers in Puerto Rico in filing FEMA claims, insurance claims, unemployment claims and other claims related to public benefits and assistance as needed.
Students work with clients at the Duke Cancer Center to provide legal assistance to cancer patients, primarily assisting in the preparation of Power of Attorney/Healthcare Power Of Attorney forms and Advanced Directives.
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.