Meeting Minutes - LANC Board of Directors
September 14, 2007
Marriott at the Civic Center
Call to Order and Welcome
Chairman Glenn Barfield called the
meeting to order at to discuss Board committees, committee assignments
and committee structure. The Board will address its agenda
items after the committee discussion.
Traditionally, the LANC Board committee structure has had
approximately five or six standing committees through which the
Board’s work is generally done. The committees consider
specific issues presented by staff or board members and present
recommendations to the full Board as needed. Each committee
has approximately eight or nine members, who primarily meet by
conference call and operate on a quorum basis. Reports for each
committee are presented at the Board meetings. The most active
committees are the finance committee, which handles the budget
issues; the operations committee, which reviews the delivery of
legal services to the clients; and the personnel committee, which
addresses employment and related personnel issues.
Chairman Barfield revised the standing committees as follows:
Operations Committee will address the delivery of legal services as
well as personnel issues; Finance Committee will review budgetary
matters; Strategic Planning will develop a five to ten year long
range plan for increasing funding and expanding client services;
Nominating Committee will nominate individuals to serve on the Board
and a new Private Attorney Involvement Committee will address how to
increase private attorney participation in the delivery of services
to clients. The remaining standing committees, such as Grievance
and Client Affairs, will be constituted on an as needed basis.
Chairman Barfield announced that Reid “Cal” Adams will chair the
Strategic Planning Committee. Board members were asked to
contact the Chair regarding the committee assignments.
Chairman Barfield called the regular public business meeting to
order at 10:35 a.m. and welcomed all in attendance.
Reid C. Adams
Frank G. Queen
Glenn A. Barfield
Paul C. Shepard
Charles L. Becton
William H. Lambe, Jr.
Kristoffer B. Shepard
Thomas S. Berkau
John J. Bowers
Scott B. Lewis
Charles R. Ward
Susan Perry Cole
Gregg E. McDougal
S. Kyle Woosley
Celeste M. Harris
Raymond E. Owens, Jr.
Members Absent With Prior
Approval of Minutes
Chairman Barfield directed the Board’s
attention to the minutes of June 15, 2007. Following review
and discussion of the minutes, the minutes with corrections as
attached were approved. A motion was made, duly seconded, and
the minutes with corrections noted were
Chairman Barfield attended the NCBA
Annual Meeting in Asheville in June and gave a report to the
Board of Governors. At that meeting, Attorney Charlie Dixon
North Carolina gave LANC a gift of
$100,000 to kick off the newly established NCBA Foundation LANC
Endowment fund. He further reported that Janet Ward Black was
elected President of the NCBA, and that she is committed to
enhancing the private attorney involvement through the “4All
Commission” and the NCBA. Chairman Barfield stated that he will
work with Mrs. Ward Black and the 4All Commission on this mission.
Also, he recognized and congratulated Charles Becton, the newly
elected President-Elect of the NCBA who was in attendance.
Recently, LANC staff presented a day long orientation for the new
LANC Board members, that was well attended. Chairman expects that
the new members bring a myriad of talents to the Board and will be
Chairman Barfield attended a meeting of the Chief Justice’s Equal
Access to Justice Commission and recognized Cal Adams to report on
the Commission’s work. Mr. Adams reported that the Equal Access to
Justice Commission was formed by former
Lake in November of 2005 to ensure that
access to justice is provided to all indigent persons who live in North Carolina. The
Commission meets quarterly and its members are representative of
legal services organizations in the state. The Commission is hosting
a summit on October 12 in
to discuss how to improve legal services to the poor.
Approximately 200 people are expected to attend the event, which
will include lunch, a keynote speaker and breakout sessions with
presentations on the needs in the legal services community.
North Carolina Bar
Association (NCBA) Report
Chairman Barfield asked Alan Head,
Executive Director of the NCBA, to report on the NCBA. Mr.
Head reported that the NCBA is working closely with LANC and other
legal services organizations. NCBA President Janet Ward Black,
has initiated the “4ALL” campaign, which has four components,
educate (NCBA membership will inform its attorneys about poverty
issues); legislate (a grassroots lobbying efforts will solicit the
continued support of legislators for legal services); donate (NCBA
members will support LANC by giving to the NC Bar Foundation’s
endowment) and participate (NCBA membership will be encouraged to
provide more pro bono services) On April 4, 2008 a statewide
Public Service Day will take place and feature a call in event for
persons to discuss legal questions with lawyers). Further, a video,
“Waiting for Justice” will be shown at each NCBA CLE held this year
to educate attorneys about the poverty issues facing low income
individuals living in North Carolina.
George Hausen reported that LANC is in
the process of moving the Centralized Intake Unit because it has
outgrown its space on Dawson Street, Raleigh.
The Centralized Intake Unit continues to expand its services
providing intake using a toll free number and he expects that this
service will be in place for all LANC office by the end of 2008.
The structure of LANC has changed and has gradually become a highly
integrated law firm, with approximately 150 lawyers if you include
CIU part-time attorneys.
Mr. Hausen reported that the NC General Assembly increased LANC’s
funding by approximately one million by increasing court fees and
fines. Increased funding has allowed LANC to raise attorneys
starting salaries to $39,000 which translates into a 50% increase in
the last five years.
Mr. Hausen directed the board’s attention to page 28 in the board book
to an annual grant to LANC from the City of
Raleigh. Following discussion, it was
moved, duly seconded and UNANIMOUSLY RESOLVED to accept the
grant from the City of
as it appears in the board book.
Celia Pistolis was asked to report on compliance issues and
priorities. Priorities are set and reviewed annually by
the LANC Board. The Board determines how resources are used in
terms of staff and funding. The Board also determines the
types of cases to be handled, such as housing, family law, domestic
violence, and consumer. The field offices through its local
advisory councils determine the case acceptance criteria for each
office. Locally they decide which types of case within those
broad areas will be handled at the field level. Three surveys were
conducted of clients, judges, and the private bar. Information
from these surveys will assist the Board in setting the priorities.
Generally, the operations committee will recommend priorities for
full consideration by the Board at its next meeting.
Ms. Pistolis presented the annually Equal Employment
Report provided as a handout to the Board. The report reflects
that LANC staff is becoming more diverse. Also, Ms. Pistolis asked
the Board to review the Local Advisory Reports found on pages 40-51.
Mr. Hausen reported that Legal Aid of North Carolina is now the sole
provider of legal services in the
area. He stated that Legal Aid Society employees have been
hired by LANC, allowing us to create the largest Legal Aid office in
the organization. Hazel Mack-Hilliard was promoted and is now
the Regional Manager for the Triad. Janet McAuley-Blue was recently
named and has assumed the duties of Managing Attorney in the Greensboro office.
from the NC Justice Center
presented highlights from the 2007 legislative session. Some
of the highlights included a tax break for working families,
increased access to health care, improved educational opportunities,
fiscal improvements for counties, foreclosure prevention, and
migrant housing improvements. He also reported on the approved
budget and its effects on housing, workforce issues, consumer rights
and protections, access to health care for children and adults, tax
fairness, public education, access to the courts, ethics and
election reforms, community development and immigration issues.
Access to Justice Campaign
AP Carlton, Willis Whichard and Dennis Dorgan presented the Access to Justice
Campaign report. Mr. Carlton reported that he and Justice
Willis Whichard are co-chairs of the 30 member Triangle Committee,
which consists of four subcommittees, Cy Pres, Law Firms, Individual
Attorneys, and Corporate Development. The target of the
Triangle Access to Justice Campaign is to raise $1 million over a
three year period. He explained that two videos, a lawyer version
and a corporate version, were produced by LANC to be used for
educating the public and especially legal professionals about the
need for funding and severity of poverty in the state of
North Carolina. The campaign will
observe the United Way blackout
Dennis Dorgan reported on the Triad Access to Justice Campaign.
Andrew Spainhour is doing an outstanding job leading the effort in
the Triad. He further reported that the leadership in the
Triangle and Triad has demonstrated a tremendous amount of
dedication and commitment to the campaign, and that an environment
is being created to make people want to give and be supportive of
the fundraising efforts. Mr. Dorgan stated that there has been
some press that has come from the efforts of the leadership and it
members who are working hard to achieve the goals of the campaign.
Milan Pham from NC LEAP gave an overview
of the NC LEAP program and its benefits to Legal Aid and legal
professionals. She shared handouts with information regarding
eligibility guidelines for the program.
Client Council Report
Willis Williams gave the Clients Council
report. He reported that the client council is planning its
next meeting in Little Rock Arkansas in
conjunction with the Region IV Conference which coincides with the
anniversary of the desegregation of
schools. Also, the Clients Council is co-hosting with the
Center on Civil Rights, an
event to discuss “excluded communities.” This event will be held in Greenville on October 6
and all are invited to attend.
Cedar Grove Institute Report
Ann Joyner of Cedar Grove Institute
shared a PowerPoint presentation “Using GIS and Public Data to
Fight Institutionalized Discrimination.”
As there was no further business before
the Board, Chair Barfield adjourned the meeting at
Phillip Leigh, Secretary
LANC Board of Directors