North Carolina making a concerted effort to increase pro bono opportunities and access to justice
Monday, April 28, 2008
- Organization: National Association of Pro Bono Professionals (NAPBPro)
Vol. XVII, Issue 1, April 2008
NORTH CAROLINA MAKING A CONCERTED EFFORT TO INCREASE PRO BONO OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO JUSTICE.
by Roselle Margolis, Legal Aid of North Carolina
From the coast to the mountains of North Carolina, efforts are underway to provide increased Pro Bono opportunities and equal access to justice. North Carolina was the 19th state in November 2005 establishing its Chief Justice in North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission. The North Carolina Supreme Court ordered the creation of the Commission "inrecognition of the need to expand civil legal represetation for people of low-income and modest means in North Carolina." The North Carolina Bar Association administratively supports this Commission. The establishment of this Commission has created a catalyst of thought and action by legal service providers in the state, as well as created collaborations of varied legal organizations and other collaborators.
An example of the energy generated by such incentive has been the 2007-08 debut of the Justice 4 ALL Campaign.....
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* [NOTE: The National Association of Pro Bono Professionals (NAPBPro) is an organization dedicated to people working in the legal field of Pro Bono. NAPBPro strives to increase the professional development of its diverse membership, recognize and record best practices, advocates on behalf of it's membership, participates in planning and execution of the ABA/NLADA Equal Justice Conference and serves as a national communication forum for pro bono professionals to seek assistance and ideas. Annually, NAPBPRO provides annual scholarships for one or more of it's members to attend the EJC. Also, annually NAPBPro presents two nationally recognized awards: (1) The Tanya Neiman Award honors a Pro Bono Professional, who has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to pro bono, given exceptional service and achieved outstanding results; and (2) The William Reece Smith Jr., Special Services to Pro Bono Award honors an individual(s) who have made outstanding commitments to and positive impacts on the institutions or systems of providing pro bono legal services. For membership information contact Helenka Marculewicz at firstname.lastname@example.org.]