“Legal Aid of North Carolina provides a greatly needed service to people across our state. I would challenge every attorney in North Carolina to use their expertise for a good cause when needed.”
Rebecca L. Stevens, Esq.
Stevens and Hand, PLLC, Cary, NC
Working in partnership with the NC Bar Association and local bar
groups, Legal Aid of NC's local
Attorney Involvement (PAI) coordinators and attorneys
actively recruit, train, mentor and co-counsel with volunteer
(pro bono) attorneys to help them handle the many complex and
changing legal issues unique to the practice of civil poverty
law. These local partnerships, Volunteer
Law Programs (VLP) help ensure access to justice
for low-income families and further leverage the dollars that are
invested in Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC). Typically, pro bono attorneys
are needed either for their special expertise and/or to help us
with our large case load.
A private attorney who is willing to provide pro bono
service can contact his/her local PAI coordinator to discuss
"best fit" for pro bono service, based on the attorney's time,
expertise and availability.
Sign up for pro bono service
By establishing communication with our
coordinators, you can let them know of your desire to perform
pro bono service, your availability and your areas of expertise
and/or areas that you desire to expand your expertise.
The North Carolina Bar Association
initiated the annual "4ALL Campaign" in 2008
to help make civil legal services available to
all North Carolinians, focusing on those at
or below the poverty
Pro Bono & Public Service Committee/Center for Pro Bono
Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service is the
national source of information, resources and assistance to
support, facilitate, and expand the delivery of pro bono legal
assistance. The Standing Committee and its project, the
Center for Pro Bono, encourage lawyers to do pro bono work
and help them connect with opportunities that meet their needs.
Such ABA programs, projects and services help pro bono programs,
advocates and policymakers address the legal needs of the poor.
Frequently Asked Questions
What types of cases can be handled pro bono?
Potential clients for LANC offices are typically
low-income persons who have legal needs in civil matters, such as credit or
consumer fraud, landlord/tenant problems, child custody, domestic violence,
public benefits and/or representation of victims of natural disasters.
Sometimes referrals may also be made for legal assistance that LANC staff
attorneys are not allowed to handle due to funding restrictions. Your
PAI coordinator will work with you to ensure that you are comfortable with such
Who selects the pro bono cases that
are assigned to me?
You do. You decide when and what types of cases you will
accept. Your local LANC office's
PAI coordinator seeks to find the
best fit for each pro bono attorney, based the the attorney's
time, expertise and availability. Your pro bono case might include
assuming full responsibility for a client's case, co-counseling
and/or consultations with LANC attorneys. You might also want
to volunteer for other types of pro bono service. Your participation
as a pro bono attorney will be greatly appreciated!
What types of pro bono service does
Opportunities abound for pro bono service at Legal Aid of
North Carolina. In your discussions with your local LANC office's
PAI coordinator, please be creative regarding the types of services
you and/or your firm may be able to provide. Types of pro bono
service might include:
* Assume responsibility for a client case.
* Serve as co-counsel for a client case.
* Serve with a team of attorneys on a community project.
* Provide consulting advice to LANC attorneys in your
* Encourage your law firm staff to perform pro bono
* Encourage your law firm to provide a full-time,
staff attorney to a LANC office for six months
* Serve on a LANC advisory committee.
* Serve on a local bar pro bono committee.
* Provide leadership for a new pro bono project for
Aid of North Carolina.
What's in it (pro bono service) for
* Increased knowledge of practice area;
* Broadening of legal knowledge and skills;
* Improved standing in the legal community;
* Acquisition of practical experience (particularly for
new attorneys); and/or
* Adherence to the
"Rules of Professional Conduct."
How do I make a financial donation?
Legal Aid of North Carolina can
now take donations online with your credit card. Alternatively
you may prefer to phone or mail-in your donation.
Learn about the many ways you can
Your participation as a pro bono attorney is greatly
The materials contained on this website
are for information and educational purposes only and do not
constitute legal advice.
Also please note that Legal Aid of North Carolina does not
provide legal assistance by E-mail. Contact your Legal Aid of
North Carolina office or a private attorney if you need to speak
to an attorney regarding your particular situation.
Legal Aid of North Carolina is 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.