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.
The Judge Samuel J. Ervin III Fellowship offers one-year staff attorney positions in our Morganton office, which serves low-income people in nine counties in northwest North Carolina. Judge Ervin was a Morganton native who served as judge and Chief Judge of the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals for nearly 20 years and was committed to equal justice and public service.
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. Clifton Everett was a lifetime resident of eastern N.C. who dedicated his life to improving justice in the region. He served as president of the N.C. State Bar and vice-chairman and board member of its IOLTA program.
The Julian T. Pierce Fellowship offers staff attorney positions for recent law school graduates who are dedicated to improving the legal system for people who have been marginalized by both poverty and geography. Julian Pierce was a Lumbee Indian, civil rights lawyer and legal aid icon who was murdered in Robeson County in 1988. He was the founding director of Lumbee River Legal Services, which is now our Pembroke office.