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4ALL Statewide Service Day Record-Setting Success

Friday, March 04, 2011

The North Carolina Bar Association’s fourth annual 4ALL Statewide Service Day, held Friday, March 4, 2011, proved to be another record-setting experience for the citizens and lawyers of North Carolina.

NCBA President-Elect Martin Brinkley, front, Past-President Norfleet, left, and President Gene Pridgen field calls at WRAL-TV.Operating from seven call centers stretching from the mountains to the coast, volunteer attorneys fielded 8,568 calls, besting last year’s previous record of 8,467. It took an army of 460 lawyers, paralegals, law students and other volunteers to field the calls, and an extraordinary array of call center hosts who helped make the day possible.

Debra Foster and Gray Styers serve as co-chairs of the 4ALL Task Force and the Participate Working Group for 2010-11.

The call-center site chairs were Sharon Robertson and Susan Dotson-Smith (Asheville); Trey Lindley and Danny Merlin (Charlotte); Scott Adams, Parrish Peddrick and Stephanie Roberts (Greensboro); Stephanie Crosby and Leslie Van Der Have (Greenville); Jason Pfister and Dan Hartzog Jr. (Raleigh); Ryan Rhodenhiser, Andy McVey and Jill Raspet (Wilmington); and Terrence McEnally III (Cary).

Here’s a breakdown of the results from each of the seven call centers:

ASHEVILLE:
Western North Carolina and the Asheville area were served by WLOS News 13 in Asheville, where 858 calls were received.
 
CHARLOTTE:  Charlotte/Mecklenburg and surrounding counties were served by WBTV News 3 in Charlotte, where 1,525 calls were received.
 
GREENSBORO: Greensboro and the Triad area were served by WFMY News 2 in Greensboro and The Volunteer Center of Greensboro, where 2,117 calls were received.
 
GREENVILLE: Eastern North Carolina was served by WNCT-TV 9 in Greenville, where 1,102 calls were received.
 
RALEIGH:  Raleigh and the Triangle area were served by WRAL-TV 5 in Raleigh, where 2,000 calls were received.
 
WILMINGTON:  Wilmington and Southeastern North Carolina were served by the Wilmington offices of the Williams Mullen law firm, where 639 calls were received.
 
SPANISH-LANGUAGE CALL CENTER:  The North Carolina Bar Association hosted a call center for North Carolina’s Spanish-speaking residents. The center handled 327 calls.

The statewide public service project coincides with the NCBA’s 4ALL campaign to provide civil legal aid to the poor. The event also marked the official launch of a new pro bono program, Call 4ALL, that will provide attorneys the chance to help a pre-screened client in one of several areas of law: private landlord/tenant, public and subsidized housing, Medicaid, consumer, and employment security.

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