The Need for Volunteers
Pro bono service plays an important part in our state’s justice system. Every year, lawyers perform tens of thousands of hours of volunteer service for organizations and people who otherwise could not afford legal help. These contributions, worth millions on the private market, provide the only access to our justice system for many North Carolinians. The goal of this site is to make it easy for lawyers to find pro bono opportunities that match their interests, skill sets and schedules. Recognizing the importance of pro bono service, the State Bar, through its Voluntary Pro Bono Publico Service rule, encourages its members to provide 50 hours of volunteer service each year. Since 2017, attorneys who meet this goal and report their service to the Pro Bono Resource Center are inducted into the annual class of North Carolina’s Pro Bono Honor Society.
Many resources are available to help volunteers. Attorney volunteers may register for CLE-accredited lunch-hour online trainings in the areas of law most needed by the low-income community. The trainings are recorded, and unless CLE credits are needed, the recordings may be viewed by volunteers at their convenience. The North Carolina Pro Bono Resource Center’s website, ncprobono.org, contains a wealth of material on pro bono programs and activities in North Carolina. Since 2017, attorneys who meet the aspirational goal of 50 hours of pro bono services in the year and who report their service to the Pro Bono Resource Center are inducted into the annual class of North Carolina’s Pro Bono Honor Society.