Projects Available for Pro Bono Attorneys
Legal services law firms occasionally have need for assistance with organized projects (other than direct litigation) to provide legal assistance to a group of clients. For example, these might include:
* Pro se clinics - to help mulitiple low-income clients complete forms (one-on-one)
* Amicus briefs - to support impact cases.
* Advance directives - to assist clients with documents such as health care powers of attorney and living wills
* Ad hoc client group assistance - to provide support to legal services staff when large numbers of clients are affected by an issue (e.g., natural disasters, corporate bankruptcy, etc.).
* Advisor pools - to serve as consultants to legal services staffs, particularly on speciality type areas (e.g., tax, real estate, bankruptcy).
The key to this type of pro bono service is to contact your local legal services law firm and volunteer for the types of projects for which you might consider providing pro bono service. Contact your local PAI Coordinator for potential projects available and/or to be listed in the pro bono volunteer pool; or simply:
"Call 4ALL" (NC Bar Association)
DESCRIPTION: Call 4ALL attorneys have the chance to help a pre-screened client in one of the following areas of law-private landlord/tenant, public and subsidized housing, Medicaid, disability and non-disability issues in Social Security matters, consumer collections, employee rights, custody, guardianship and simple estates. In most instances, Call 4ALL volunteer attorneys will work with clients through monthly or weekly one-hour telephone interviews to provide advice or discrete services to pre-screened Legal Aid clients. (more...)
CONTACT: Complete and submit the Call 4ALL application/pledge form:
CLINIC Available for Pro bono:
Pro Se Divorce Clinics
DISCRIPTION: Volunteer attorneys are needed to conduct quarterly Pro Se Divorce Clinics in Moore County. Volunteer attorneys are asked to teach attendees to represent themselves pro se in simple divorce proceedings. Typically, attorneys answer general questions regarding NC divorce law. These clinics are sponsored by the Legal Aid-Pittsboro Office; LANC will provide the divorce packets, instructions and sample pleadings. The clinics last about one hour each. The Legal Aid-Pittsboro Office will gladly make space available in their office for the use of the attorney conducting these clinics during normal office hours. Attorneys interested in providing this service should contact Debbie Herndon at 919-542-0475, ext. 105; or 1-800-672-5834, ext. 105.
CONTACT: Debbie Herndon at 919-542-0475, ext. 105; or 1-800-672-5834, ext. 105.
CLINIC Available for Pro bono:
Eastern NC Low Income Tax Clinic (eastern & central NC)
DESCRIPTION: The Eastern NC Low Income Tax Clinic (LITC) in Greenville needs pro bono help from attorneys who like to work with or would like to gain experience working with IRS controversies. The clinic, which works through Legal Aid of NC (LANC-Greenville Office), serves taxpayers who absolutely cannot afford to pay for tax assistance.Most of the work is done by phone, with LANC providing any needed back-up. Phone and copy expenses will be reimbursed by LANC. No attorney will need to travel to provide this service.The clinic most frequently handles cases involving Earned Income Tax issues, Injured Spouse matters, Installment Agreements, Currently Not Collectible status, Offers in Compromise and problems stemming from tax preparer errors. If you could help even one client, you would make a tremendous difference in that person's life. The Eastern NC LITC accepts clients for representation from eastern and central NC. For more information or to sign up for a case, contact: Ayanda Meachem, Pro Bono Coordinator in the LANC-Greenville Office.
CONTACT: Ruffin Sykes, Pro Bono Coordinator, 1-800-682-4592
Pro Bono Publico (pro bo'no pub'liko)
Latin. for the public good or welfare.]
Refers to private attorneys and others who provide free (or reduced fees) representation and/or other services to low-income people.
The key to this type of pro bono service is to contact your local legal services law firm and volunteer for the types of projects for which you mightconsider providing pro bono service. Contact your local PAI Coordinator for potential projects available and/or to be listed in the pro bono volunteer pool; or simply: