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Fellowships
We are a statewide, nonprofit law firm that provides free legal services in civil matters to low-income people in order to ensure equal access to justice and to remove legal barriers to economic opportunity.

Fellowships

​​​Our fellowship programs offer prestigious placements for newly minted lawyers, while providing invaluable services for North Carolinians in need. All fellowships are contingent upon the availability of funding.​


 Everett Fellowship

The Clifton W. Everett Sr. Community Lawyer Fellowship, established in 1992, offers one-year staff attorney positions for recent law school graduates who are committed to serving low-income North Carolinians in rural areas.

Everett Fellows begin their service every year in September, after they have graduated law school and passed the N.C. Bar Exam.

Everett Fellows are selected based on their legal abilities and demonstrated commitment to social justice. They must be dedicated to making the legal system responsive to those who have been marginalized by both poverty and geography. They must be ready to accept the challenging and rewarding tasks of a full-fledged attorney who serves rural communities.

Everett Fellows are responsible for handling a general caseload in the traditional areas of poverty law practice on behalf of clients who live in rural areas. Types of cases usually involve housing, employment, consumer, domestic and/or public benefits.

The Everett Fellowship program is funded by the board of trustees of the N.C. State Bar's Interest on Lawyers' Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program in memory of Clifton W. Everett Sr., a lifetime resident of eastern North Carolina who served as president of the N.C. State Bar and vice-chairman and member of the IOLTA program's board of trustees. He dedicated his life to the extension of justice in rural parts of eastern North Carolina.

 Ervin Fellowship

The Judge Samuel J. Ervin III Fellowship is a one-year staff attorney position in our Morganton office, which provides free legal assistance in civil matters to low-income persons in Alexander, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, McDowell, Mitchell, Watauga and Yancey counties in northwest North Carolina.

Ervin Fellows are responsible for handling a general caseload in traditional areas of poverty law practice, including housing, employment, consumer, public benefits, and elder law issues.

Ervin Fellow candidates will be expected to have demonstrated their commitment to community service and be able to relate well to low-income people in a rural setting. Candidates should expect to be licensed to practice law in North Carolina when their fellowship begins, usually in September.

Judge Samuel J. Ervin III served as judge and Chief Judge of the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals for nearly 20 years. He had an exemplary record of public service as state legislator and judge, and two tours of duty in the U.S. Army prior to his elevation to the Circuit Court by President Carter in 1980. He was a graduate of Davidson College and Harvard Law School.

The Ervin Fellowship is funded in memory of Judge Ervin's commitment to equal justice and public service. The fellowship is intended to provide legal aid to clients in Judge Ervin's hometown of Morganton and the surrounding area.

 Pierce Fellowship

The Julian T. Pierce Fellowship offers staff attorney positions for recent law school graduates who are dedicated to improving the legal system for low-income people in rural areas who have been marginalized by both poverty and geography.

Pierce Fellows are selected based on their legal abilities and their demonstrated commitment to social justice. They must be ready to accept the challenging and rewarding tasks of full-fledged attorneys who serve and live in rural communities.

Pierce Fellows handle a general caseload in the traditional areas of poverty law practice ob behalf of clients who live in Richmond and Anson counties. Types of cases usually involve housing, employment, consumer, domestic and/or public benefits.

The Pierce Fellowship is funded by Legal Aid of North Carolina in memory of Julian T. Pierce, a Lumbee Indian, civil rights leader, and legal aid icon who was tragically murdered in Robeson County, N.C. in 1988. Julian was the founding director of Lumbee River Legal Services, which is now our Pembroke office. During his tenure, he fought against discrimination, racial segregation and dedicated his life to the pursuit of equal justice for all persons regardless of race, religion or ethnicity.