Welcome to Legal Aid of North Carolina
...ensuring equal access to justice and removing legal
barriers to economic opportunity.
- december 9, 2013
Combating Domestic Violence with Legal Services
Learn why legal aid programs are a crucial force in the fight against domestic violence, and how Legal Aid of North
Carolina's Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative works to
combat the problem in our state. Read the article by Evelyn
Pursley, executive director of NC IOLTA, in the latest North
Carolina State Bar Journal (see pg. 24).
- october 31, 2013
CLE: Register by Nov. 8 for Legal Aid's 2013 Task Force Trainings
Register by Friday, Nov. 8 to attend Legal Aid of North
Carolina's 2013 Task Force Trainings in Winston-Salem on Nov. 19
and 20. Attorneys can earn up to 12 hours of CLE credit,
including one hour of substance abuse credit, pending state bar
approval. Registration is open to the public.
- october 29, 2013
Gene Nichol: Legal Help Often Beyond Reach for NC's Poor
UNC Law's Gene Nichol writes in the News & Observer about the near-total inability of North Carolina's growing poverty population to afford legal representation in even high-stakes civil cases. The article includes the story of a Legal Aid client whose landlord continued demanding rent while refusing to improve the horrific condition of her house.
- october 28, 2013
CLE: Forward from Frankie Celebration
Legal Aid of North Carolina and the Johnston County Bar are holding a continuing legal education session on domestic violence on Nov. 5 in Smithfield. The CLE's title, Forward from Frankie, refers to the progress that has been made in North Carolina since 1833, when Frankie Silver was hanged for killing her drunk husband while he was loading a shotgun and threatening to kill her and their baby.
- october 22, 2013
Legal Aid Complaint Spurs Durham Schools to Create New Program for Disabled Students
The Durham Public Schools will launch a new program for disabled students following a complaint from Legal Aid of North Carolina's Advocates for Children's Services project.
- october 10, 2013
Raising Awareness of Domestic Violence
Legal Aid of North Carolina is recognizing National Domestic
Violence Awareness Month by participating in vigils, community
outreach programs, advocate training sessions and other events
- august 19, 2013
New Report Finds an Active School-to-Prison Pipeline in the Wake County Public School System
Students exhibiting minor misbehavior may find themselves suspended and on a pathway to the delinquency and criminal systems if they attend Wake County public schools – particularly if they are African-American, have a disability, and/or are economically disadvantaged – new research shows.
- august 15, 2013
Back-to-School Event to Teach Wake County Parents
And Students About Legal Rights in Public Schools
An all-day back-to-school event on August 17 will equip parents and students in the Wake County Public School System with the tools to become stronger advocates
and help prevent students from falling into the district's school-to-prison pipeline.
- july 23, 2013
N.C. Farmworker Groups Urge U.S. State Dept. to Respond to U.N. Complaint Regarding Human Rights Violations in Labor Camps
Legal Aid of North Carolina's Farmworker Unit joined a national coalition of groups urging the U.S. State Department to respond to a U.N. complaint alleging human rights abuses in migrant labor camps.
- july 18, 2013
Legal Aid Lawyer's "Freudian Slip" Places Third in Fiction Contest
Jesse McCoy, an attorney in LANC's Winston-Salem office, placed
third in the North Carolina State Bar's annual fiction-writing
contest with his short story, "A Freudian Slip."
- july 15, 2013
CLE: Intro to Education Law (Download
Flyer | Register Online)
Register by Aug. 30 to attend an Introduction to Education Law
webinar on Sept. 5. Topics include a look at the state of
education in N.C., updates on legislation and case law, tips for
advocates for students, and hot topics like special education
and school discipline. The webinar is open to the public.
Lawyers can earn 3.25 hours of Continuing Legal Education
credit, pending State Bar approval.
- july 15, 2013
Legal Aid of North Carolina to Host
Free Legal Clinics in Vance County
The Durham office of Legal Aid of North Carolina will hold two free legal clinics in Henderson this summer.
The first clinic will cover expungements and certificates of
relief and the second will cover renters' rights and
- july 1, 2013
A Fond Farewell and Best Wishes to Janeen Gingrich
Janeen Gingrich, Legal Aid of North Carolina’s director of development since 2009, has left the organization to become the director of fundraising for miraclefeet, a Carrboro-based nonprofit that treats children with clubfoot in developing countries.
- june 28, 2013
Legal Aid Leaders Honored for Service to Poor
LANC's board chair, Charles Holton of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, and
the senior managing attorney of its Sylva office, Larry Nestler, were honored for their service to the legal needs of the poor at the state bar association's annual pro bono awards ceremony in Asheville June 21.
- june 20, 2013
Federal Government to Investigate Alleged
Civil Rights Violations in Durham Public Schools
The U.S. Department of Education has opened an investigation into
discipline practices at Durham Public Schools following a
complaint alleging civil rights violations against Black
students and students with disabilities. LANC's Advocates for
Children's Services project filed the complaint with the Center
for Civil Rights Remedies at the Civil Rights Project of UCLA.
- june 18, 2013
Wake County Board of Education to Consider
Task Force Recommendations to Make Schools Safer
The Wake County Board of Education will have an unprecedented opportunity
today to improve safety at the county’s 169 public schools when it takes up the recommendations of its Task Force for Creating Safer Schools in Wake County.
- june 5, 2013
Legal Aid of North Carolina Honors Women "Super Lawyers"
Legal Aid of North Carolina joined Duke Energy, GlaxoSmithKline, First Citizens Bank and Ward Black Law to sponsor an event
in Greensboro on May 30 to honor the state’s top 50 women Super
Lawyers of 2013.
- may 29, 2013
Sylva Office Welcomes Law School Interns
Legal Aid of North Carolina’s Sylva office is hosting two law school interns this summer who will help provide free civil legal aid to low-income residents in the office’s seven-county service area and in the Cherokee Reservation’s Tribal Court.
Learn more on our Facebook page.
- may 20, 2013
Legal Aid Unit Honored for Defending Families from Foreclosure
Legal Aid of North Carolina’s Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention Unit has been honored for saving more than 1,000 homes and securing millions of dollars in economic benefits for low-income North Carolinians facing foreclosure.
- may 7, 2013
Youth Justice Advocates Reject Excessively Punitive Measures, Call for Research-Based Approach to Ensuring Safe and Fair Schools
A new issue brief released today by youth justice advocates debunks common myths driving much of the school safety debate and provides a comprehensive, research-based approach to the issue.
- april 30, 2013
State Funding Cuts Endanger Domestic Violence Victims,
Deny Legal Help to Others in Need
Thousands of domestic violence victims struggling to escape abuse and rebuild their lives, and others facing serious legal problems would have nowhere to turn for help due to $1.3 million in cuts to state funding for civil legal aid groups.
- april 18, 2013
The Right to Counsel in Hard Times: Practical Civil Gideon
George Hausen, LANC's executive director, authored an article on the need for Civil Gideon—a right to counsel in critical civil legal cases—for the April 2013 issue of Trial Briefs, the magazine of North Carolina Advocates for Justice.
- april 16, 2013
Durham Public Schools
Punish Black Students and Students
With Disabilities at Higher Rates than
Civil rights groups decry race and disability disparities in suspensions and file
federal complaint against Durham Public Schools alleging violations of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
- april 10, 2013
Legal Aid of North Carolina Opens Branch Office
In Richmond County
Richmond County residents struggling with civil legal problems like domestic violence, eviction, or wrongful termination of public benefits have a new place to go for free legal help if they can’t afford a lawyer..
- march 27, 2013
Remembering Julian Pierce: Legal Aid Lawyer, Lumbee Activist
Twenty-five years ago this month, Julian T. Pierce, 42, a Lumbee Indian activist and legal aid lawyer who helped found Lumbee River Legal Services in Robeson County, was murdered on the eve of an election for a newly created judgeship for which he was a candidate. On March 26, our Pembroke office held a ceremony to mark the anniversary of Pierce's death and honor his life of service to his community. Learn more in
The Fayetteville Observer and
- march 13, 2013
Language Assistance Plan Announced to Resolve Civil Rights Complaint, Advocacy Groups Urge Strict Adherence to Important Reforms
The Wake County Public School System’s recently announced language assistance plan to resolve a civil rights complaint is an important step in protecting the rights of students and their families, but it must be diligently enforced to ensure success.
- JANUARY 24, 2013
Advocates for Children’s Services and the Wake County Public School System Reach Settlement Agreement to Improve Services For Students with Disabilities
The Wake County Public School System and Legal Aid of North
Carolina’s Advocates for Children’s Services project, joined by
Durham attorney Mark Trustin, have entered into a settlement
agreement detailing the school system’s plans for improving
services for students with disabilities who receive lengthy
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order to ensure equal access to justice and to remove legal barriers
to economic opportunity.