In 2010, the North Carolina State Bar adopted Rule 6.1 of the North Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct, "Voluntary Pro Bono Publico Service." This rule states that lawyers should aspire to provide 50 hours of pro bono service each year to:

  • persons of limited means,
  • charitable, religious, civic, community, governmental and educational organizations in matters that are designed primarily to address the needs of persons of limited means, or
  • individuals, groups or organizations seeking to secure or protect civil rights, civil liberties or public rights, or charitable, religious, civic, community, governmental and educational organizations in matters in furtherance of their organizational purposes, where the payment of standard legal fees would significantly deplete the organization's economic resources or would be otherwise inappropriate.

The rule also encourages North Carolina attorneys to "voluntarily contribute financial support to organizations that provide legal services to persons of limited means."