Our pro bono volunteers are crucial partners in our efforts to provide equal access to justice to all North Carolinians. Here are some volunteers that have made a big difference in the lives of our clients.
Our client loaned someone money but soon realized that she was not going to be repaid. She could not afford a private attorney, so she sued in small claims court on her own. At the hearing, the judge refused to review our client's evidence and ruled against her. With a short deadline to appeal, our client contacted us for help. We assigned the case to Polly Chien, one of our pro bono volunteers in Greenville. Working closely with attorneys in our Greenville office, Polly prepared to represent our client at her appeal hearing. Thanks to Polly's hard work and unwavering determination, the judge ruled in favor of our client and awarded her nearly $1,000 in damages.
"Taking a pro bono case is a great way for a new attorney like me to gain some invaluable experience in the local courthouse. I don't do court cases, so at the beginning I was anxious and worried about whether I could adequately represent my client at her hearing. However, Legal Aid's Greenville office gave me their relentless support and advice throughout the process. I have to thank attorney Daniel Worrall for his guidance and tips that reduced my anxiety and mistakes in the courtroom. Many legal aid clients have more than one broken piece in their lives. We couldn't help fix them all, but with my humble assistance in amending one piece of this client's life, she could find strength to move on. It has been a very rewarding experience in which both the attorney and the client are the beneficiaries: the client receives the free legal help, and the attorney has the opportunity to learn new skills and build up a new network in the process. Thank you, Legal Aid!"
Posted June 18, 2019