1508 S. York Road, Gastonia, NC 28052
704-865-2357; 1-800-230-5812 (toll-free; for clients only)
Managing Attorney: Sharon S. Dove
The legal staff of Legal Aid of North Carolina - Gastonia Office provides legal
assistance in civil matters to eligible, low-income clients who have
problems with their basic needs and live in:
Gaston County or
Community Economic Development cases (cases where
nonprofit groups who cannot afford a private attorney seek legal assistance
with their charitable or educational activities) will be
individually reviewed and accepted, if possible.
Pro bono Options
PAI Coordinator at the LANC-Gastonia Office]
Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC) actively recruits, trains,
mentors, and co-counsels with volunteer (pro bono) attorneys
to help them handle the many complex and changing legal issues
unique to the practice of civil poverty law. Our
PAI ("Private Attorney Involvement") Program helps to ensure
access to justice for low-income families and further leverages the
dollars that are invested in LANC. Typically, volunteer (pro
bono) attorneys are needed either for their special expertise and/or
to help us with our large case load.
more on LANC-Gastonia's
Volunteer Lawyer Program
more on "pro bono options"
Sign-up FORM for pro bono service (pdf document)
Local Advisory Council
The Local Advisory Council is comprised of volunteers who live in
the communities served by the LANC-Gastonia Office and who are dedicated
to ensuring equal access to justice.
In July 2002, Legal Aid of North Carolina opened its Gastonia office as the result
of the consolidation of the four, federally funded (LSC-funded), legal
services programs in North Carolina, including part of the staff of
Legal Services of Southern Piedmont (LSSP).
Free legal services for low-income persons has existed in the Gastonia
area since 1979 when Legal Service of Southern Piedmont (Charlotte)
expanded to Gaston Counties. Following increased restrictions on LSC-funded
legal services programs in 1996, the legal services programs in North
Carolina created the
Planning Council ("Planning Council") to coordinate a comprehensive,
integrated, statewide system. In 2001, the Planning Council adopted
a plan to restructure NC legal services system, including the formation
of "Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC)."
Legal Aid of North Carolina (and its Gastonia office) began full operation on July
1, 2002 as the statewide, LSC-funded, legal aid program in North Carolina,
operating in all 100 counties through 24 geographically based
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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.