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.

Project Frequency

Regular Commitment, but Less Frequent than Monthly

Project Time Commitment

The number of memos in need of review varies. The program is extremely flexible with attorneys and will respect their requests for how often they are able to review memos (ex: twice monthly, no more than 10 per year).

Project Location

Remote Electronic (service completed by phone or internet)

Area of Law

  • Animal Rights
  • Domestic and Sexual Violence
  • Family
  • Housing

Geographic Areas

  • Remote
  • Statewide
  • Durham
  • Orange
  • Wake

Project For

  • Newly Licensed Attorney
  • Attorney
  • Retired Attorney
  • Out-of-State Attorney (registered with NC State Bar)

Population Served

  • Crime Victims
  • Domestic and Sexual Violence Survivors
  • General Low Income
  • Immigrants
  • LGBT+
  • Nonprofits
  • People who are Homeless

Skills to be Developed

  • Client Advice and Counseling
  • Community Engagement and Education
  • Document Drafting (Contracts
  • Advance Directives
  • Petitions
  • etc.)
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Management and Mentorship
  • Training Provided for Project Volunteers
    No
  • Volunteers Who Speak an Additional Language Requested for this Project
    No
  • Malpractice Insurance Provided for this Project
    No
  • Mentorship Provided for this Project
    No