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February 3, 2016

Associated Press: Review reveals problems protecting workers from pesticides

Caitlin Ryland, an attorney in our Farmworker Unit, is quoted in this Associated Press article on the dangers farmworkers face from pesticide exposure and lax government enforcement.


January 25, 2016

Less than a week left for N. Carolinians to enroll in Affordable Care Act

January 31 is the final deadline for North Carolinians to enroll in coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace during the third Affordable Care Act open-enrollment period.


January 21, 2016

Ahoskie office seeks domestic violence staff attorney

Our Ahoskie office is seeking a full-time staff attorney who will primarily handle domestic violence cases. Read the announcement for more information.


January 12, 2016

Free health insurance enroll-a-thons in Alexander, Caldwell, Catawba and McDowell counties

Our Morganton office is holding a series of free enroll-a-thons in Alexander, Caldwell, Catawba and McDowell counties to help consumers enroll in affordable health insurance through the Affordable Care Act before the 2015-2016 open-enrollment period ends Jan. 31.


January 11, 2016

Legal Aid’s Jennifer Simmons talks affordable health care on UNC-TV’s Black Issues Forum

Legal Aid attorney Jennifer Simmons, head of the Legal Aid-led NC Navigator Consortium, joins other health care experts to discuss the Affordable Care Act on UNC-TV’s Black Issues Forum.


January 8, 2016

“Still vast room for improvement” at Durham’s troubled Lakeview school

Peggy Nicholson, head of our Advocates for Children’s Services project, writes in Durham’s Herald-Sun that there is “still vast room for improvement” at Durham’s troubled Lakeview alternative school.


January 8, 2016

Landmark sexual harassment case one of the top settlements of 2015

The $2.7 million settlement secured by our Fair Housing Project in a landmark sexual harassment case in July ranks 18 in North Carolina Lawyers Weekly’s list of the top 25 verdicts and settlements of 2015. Read our press release from July to learn more.


January 7, 2016

CLE: Substance Abuse: A Medical Perspective for Attorneys and Their Families

Learn how to identify substance abuse signs and symptoms and find help for an impaired attorney or family member.


January 4, 2016

How to reduce domestic violence with legal assistance

Our work with family justice centers is mentioned in this Fox News op-ed by Martha Bergmark, head of Voices for Civil Justice.


January 2, 2016

Lawyer on the Line volunteer's inspiring journey

Meet Sharita Whitaker, a commercial real estate attorney and Lawyer on the Line volunteer who grew up in subsidized housing and was the first member of her family to attend college.


January 1, 2016

App will help migrant farmworkers report violations

Our Farmworker Unit is developing a smartphone app to help migrant farmworkers report safety violations and other concerns.


December 25, 2015

N.C. must shine a light on domestic violence

Read the Charlotte Observer op-ed by local attorney John Wester about the critical role that civil legal aid groups play in combating domestic violence.


December 18, 2015

On International Migrants Day, migrant farmworker advocates release video “Isolated by Force: Denying Migrant Farmworkers Access to Services”

In recognition of International Migrants Day, the Farmworker Unit of Legal Aid of North Carolina joins the Transnational Legal Clinic of the University of Pennsylvania to announce the release of a new video, “Isolated by Force: Denying Migrant Farmworkers Access to Services.”


December 9, 2015

Less than one week until the deadline: Enroll by December 15 to start the new year with coverage!

December 15, the first major deadline of this Affordable Care Act open enrollment period, is rapidly approaching, and uninsured North Carolinians who want to enroll in quality, affordable health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace must enroll by that date if they want their new coverage to begin on New Year’s Day.


December 2, 2015

Civil legal aid caucus launched in U.S. Congress

U.S. Reps. Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) and Susan Brooks (R-IN) announced the launch of the bipartisan Access to Civil Legal Services Caucus yesterday. A joint press release issued by the members of congress, both former prosecutors, states that the new caucus will address obstacles in the civil legal aid system and focus on expanding access to legal representation to low-income families.


November 17, 2015

Legal Aid to broadcast free DIY divorce clinic to 14 cities across state

Legal Aid of North Carolina is broadcasting a free, interactive, do-it-yourself divorce clinic at 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 19 to locations in 14 cities across the state.


November 16, 2015

New Benefits Enrollment Center helps North Carolinians access federal benefits

Low-income Medicare recipients in North Carolina can call our new Benefits Enrollment Center at 1-877-579-7562 (toll-free) for free help enrolling in federal benefits programs that provide financial help with health care, prescription drugs, home energy bills and food costs.


October 30, 2015

Local lawyers help low-income community members get a fresh start

The Greensboro Bar Association and Legal Aid of North Carolina are providing free, professional legal services to low-income households in the expunction of criminal records.


September 30, 2015

Applications for Everett Fellowships due Oct. 15

Applications for the next round of Everett Fellowships are due on Thursday, Oct. 15. Visit our Everett Fellowships page to learn more.


September 10, 2015

CLE: Pathways to Pro Bono

Our advocates will be among the presenters at this CLE training hosted by the UNC School of Law on Sept. 18 in Chapel Hill.


September 2, 2015 | News

NC Navigator Consortium awarded $2.6 million to enroll consumers in health insurance through the Affordable Care Act

The NC Navigator Consortium, led by Legal Aid of North Carolina, has been awarded a $2.6 million federal grant to help North Carolina consumers enroll in affordable health insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act during the 2015-2016 open-enrollment period.


August 27, 2015 | News

CLE: Education Law Overview

Our Advocates for Children's Services project will provide an overview of education law at CLE sessions in Raleigh on Sept. 16 and in Winston-Salem on Sept. 17.


August 24, 2015 | News

Pro bono attorney defends disabled veteran from $10,000 lawsuit

Raleigh lawyer Larry Reeves, one of our committed pro bono volunteers, recently won a critical victory for our client who was facing a $10,000 lawsuit.


August 5, 2015 | News

Seeking candidates to sponsor for Skadden Fellowship

We are seeking candidates to sponsor for a two-year Skadden Fellowship to begin in fall 2016. The Skadden Fellow will work with military veterans and be expected to propose an impactful project to execute over the course of the fellowship.


July 14, 2015 | Press Release

Shaw University to change discriminatory policies for disabled students

Shaw University will revise its discriminatory policies and procedures for students with disabilities following a complaint filed by our Advocates for Children’s Services project with the U.S. Department of Education on behalf of a client with cerebral palsy.


July 14, 2015 | NEWS

CLE: Effective Legal Representation in Veterans Law

Attorneys can learn how to help veterans appeal denials of disability benefits and prepare claims for post-traumatic stress disorder. The training will also discuss ethical considerations of veteran representation.


July 13, 2015 | Press Release

State Bar honors Charlotte housing rights advocate and legal aid leader Ted Fillette for exemplary service to legal profession

The State Bar has selected Ted Fillette, a leading advocate for the housing rights of poor North Carolinians and a leader of Charlotte’s civil legal aid community for more than 40 years, to receive its prestigious John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award.


July 9, 2015 | News

CLE: AOC Standards for Language Access

We are hosting a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) webinar August 7 at noon on the Standards for Language Access in North Carolina courts. The webinar will review the standards and procedures for obtaining a court-appointed interpreter and address how to use them effectively.


July 1, 2015 | Press release

Scotland County Housing Group Settles Fair Housing Case for $2.7 Million

From our Fair Housing Project: Lawyers for 16 women who alleged they were sexually harassed by two employees of Southeastern Family & Community Services have settled a federal housing discrimination lawsuit against the group which requires the housing agency and its former employees to pay $2.7 million, among other provisions.


June 29, 2015 | press release

North Carolinians will continue receiving Affordable Care Act subsidies following U.S. Supreme Court ruling

The nearly half-million North Carolinians who are receiving health insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act will continue to do so following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in King v. Burwell.


may 28, 2015 | News

Apply Now: Program coordinator for Lawyer on the Line program

We are seeking a program coordinator for our Lawyer on the Line pro bono team in Raleigh.


march 4, 2015 | News

Lawyer on the Line celebrates four years of pro bono service to North Carolinians in need

Today is the fourth anniversary of the Lawyer on the Line program, a pro bono partnership of the North Carolina Bar Association and Legal Aid of North Carolina, which has provided free legal help to thousands since 2011.


march 2, 2015 | News

CLE Webinar: Winning Manifestation Determination Reviews and keeping kids out of the school-to-prison pipeline

Earn CLE credit and learn about a special legal protection for students with disabilities at this webinar on April 8.


february 3, 2015 | Press release

Affordable Care Act enroll-a-thon Feb. 11 in Burlington

Our Pittsboro office is holding an Affordable Care Act enroll-a-thon Feb. 11 in Burlington. Call 1-855-733-3711 or 1-800-672-5834 to schedule an appointment.


february 1, 2015 | news

Watch video replays of our 2014 task force meetings and earn CLE credit

Watch video replays of our 2014 task force meetings to earn CLE credit and learn about the legal issues confronting low-income North Carolinians across the state.


january 30, 2015 | Press release

Gift to Legal Aid honors extraordinary career of Durham lawyer Jim Maxwell

The Durham law firm of Maxwell, Freeman & Bowman, P.A. has announced a gift of $2,500 to Legal Aid of North Carolina in honor of the firm's former president, James B. Maxwell, chairman of Legal Aid from 2003 to 2004, who retired Jan. 1.


january 26, 2015 | Press release

Last chance health care enrollment and education event Jan. 29 in Marion

We are co-sponsoring a free health care information and enrollment event Thursday at the Corpening Memorial YMCA in Marion.


january 12, 2015 | in the news

Campbell Law bankruptcy clinic will help Legal Aid clients

Campbell Law school's new Stubbs Bankruptcy Clinic, launching this spring, will accept referrals from Legal Aid of North Carolina.


january 5, 2015 | In the news

Eviction of single mother ‘unconscionable,’ COA rules

North Carolina Lawyers Weekly article on our victory for a Wayne County mother and her children facing eviction from federally subsidized housing.


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Mission Statement

Legal Aid of North Carolina is 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.


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