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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.

Volunteer

Legal Aid of North Carolina has volunteer opportunities for lawyers, law students, paralegals and others who want to donate their time and talents to serve North Carolinians in need. Keep reading to learn more about our different programs.

 Our Programs

Lawyer on the Line

Lawyer on the Line is a p​artnership of the North Carolina Bar Foundation and Legal Aid of North Carolina. It gives private attorneys an easy and rewarding ​way to provide basic legal advice and service to Legal Aid clients. Lawyer on the Line volunteers serve thousands of clients every year who have nowhere else to turn.

Facts about Lawyer on the Line

  • Volunteers provide one-hour telephone interviews with Legal Aid clients in need. Calls are made from the comfort of the volunteer's office.

  • Volunteers choose the number of referrals they receive (up to four per month) and the types of cases that will be referred to them.

  • Clients are pre-screened for eligibility and need brief advice in one of the following areas of law: bankruptcy, consumer, child custody, employment, criminal record expunction, foreclosure, government benefits, government housing, landlord/tenant and unemployment.

  • Training opportunities, malpractice insurance and mentoring support services are available.​​

Volunteer Lawyers Program

Our Volunteer Lawyer Program is a statewide pro bono program for volunteers who want to provide extended representation and litigation services to Legal Aid clients. Volunteers receive training for CLE credit, mentoring support throughout the duration of a case, and malpractice insurance. You choose how often to take cases. We need your help in these areas of law: consumer, domestic violence, education, expunctions, guardianship terminations and removals, immigration, private landlord-tenant and veterans benefits. You can make a real difference in someone's life! Necesitamos abogados que hablen español.

Self-Help Clinic Volunteer Program

We host live, monthly self-help legal clinics in communities throughout the state. At the clinics, participants receive a packet of legal forms and watch an instructional video. Following the video, volunteer attorneys answer general legal questions from participants. No legal advice is given at the clinics. Clinic topics include child custody and visitation, expunction, simple divorce, health care powers of attorney and living wills, and tenant rights. Learn more about self-help clinics.

Legal on the Line - Paralegal Partnership

Legal on the Line - Paralegal Partnership is a partnership between the North Carolina Bar Association Paralegal Division and Legal Aid of North Carolina. It offers an opportunity for certified paralegals and Meredith College paralegal students to volunteer to serve Legal Aid clients under the supervision of licensed attorneys. Since paralegals perform the bulk of the work and are the point of contact for the client, attorneys are able to serve even more clients than they would working on a case alone.

  • Paralegals will be assigned one case at a time, but attorneys can supervise up to 10 advice cases at one time. 

  • Volunteers will be contacted by Legal Aid for volunteer orientation before receiving their first referral. 

  • Paralegal time commitment per case is 3-6 hours, and 2-4 hours for attorneys, over a period of approximately 2 weeks. 

  • Legal Aid will refer advice cases to a Paralegal Team Leader, who will then distribute cases to paralegals on their team, and Legal Aid will pair with a supervising attorney.

  • Paralegals  will communicate with their attorney supervisors prior to contacting the client, after speaking with the client, prior to beginning research, and after research in order to acquire attorney-approved advice.

  • Cases referred will be in the practice fields of consumer issues, expunction, education, government benefits, bankruptcy, and landlord-tenant issues. 

  • Training opportunities, malpractice insurance and mentoring support services are available from Legal Aid for all volunteers.


Other Volunteer Opportunities

We have other volunteer opportunities for lawyers, paralegals, law students and others who want to donate their time and talents to serve North Carolinians in need. Fill out our sign-up form and we will follow up with you.

 Volunteer Spotlight

Andrea C. Chomakos · McGuireWoods

Charlotte

Andrea Chomakos helped one of our clients close out her deceased husband's estate, paving the way for our client to receive a loan modification from her mortgage lender. Our client had been struggling financially since her husband passed away some years ago. While he was still alive, she and her husband took out a bank loan using the home as collateral. Our client got behind on the payments after her husband’s passing. We were in the process of helping her get a loan modification when her lender informed us that her husband’s estate had to be settled as part of any modification package. Andrea stepped in and administered and closed out the estate of our client’s husband—a very complicated process. Closing her husband's estate allowed us to successfully negotiate a loan modification with her mortgage lender. Our client avoided foreclosure, and even got lower monthly payments. Posted July 23, 2019

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