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Ervin Fellowship
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.

Ervin Fellowship

​​​​​​​​​​​​​judge-samuel-j-ervin-III-200x250px.pngThe 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.

​Note: All fellowships are contingent upon the availability of funding.