Young lawyers making an impact in support of Legal Aid of North Carolina
Friday, September 17, 2010
- Organization: Legal Aid of North Carolina
(Greensboro, NC) – Young lawyers in the Triad banded together this summer to encourage their peers to actively support Legal Aid of North Carolina. Their efforts during the first “Triad Associates’ Drive” effectively increased donor participation statewide by ten percent.
The Triad Associates Drive was conducted July 15 through August 31, adding 45 new donors this summer for Legal Aid of North Carolina in the Triad Area.
"This campaign was about fostering a culture of giving to legal services organizations by the younger generation of attorneys,” said Steve M. Russell, Jr., an associate attorney with Smith Moore Leatherwood, LLP in Greensboro and chair of the Triad Associates Drive. “Our focus was on donors, not dollars. While we greatly appreciate every dollar received this year, a lifetime of giving from new donors will mean much more to the community.”
Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC) is a nonprofit law firm that provides legal services in civil (non-criminal) matters to low income people. Attorneys in private practice traditionally have supported legal aid through financial donations and pro bono services.
“LANC is our legal counterpart, serving low-income clients in our area,” noted Russell. “Their work makes our Triad communities better places to live and work."
Seven law firms in the Triad Area participated in this first annual Triad Associates Drive, including: Bell, Davis & Pitt, PA (Winston-Salem, 100 % participation); Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP (Greensboro); Hill, Evans, Jordan & Beatty, PLLC (Greensboro, 100 % participation); Kilpatrick Stockton, LLP (Winston-Salem); Smith Moore Leatherwood, LLP (Greensboro); Tuggle Duggin & Meschan, PA (Greensboro, 100 % participation); and Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice, PLLC (Winston-Salem and Greensboro).
"We were proud of our associates’ support of Legal Aid's efforts to provide competent and prepared counsel for the less fortunate members of our communities who qualify for its services,” noted Cal Adams, a partner with Womble Carlyle in Winston-Salem. “Every attorney and every client benefits from competent and well-prepared counsel engaging in the adversarial process on behalf of opposing parties."
LANC plans to expand the Associates Drive in 2011 in the Triad and to other areas of North Carolina.
“The lawyers in the Triad have provided a model for collectively involving the legal community in support of Legal Aid,” said Janeen Gingrich, LANC’s development director. “This type of peer to peer encouragement provides a strong base for all lawyers to support the concept of equal access for all.”
Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC) is a statewide nonprofit law firm that provides free legal services in civil matters to eligible, low-income residents. LANC serves all 100 counties of North Carolina through 24 geographically located offices across the state. In the Triad Area, LANC offices are located at 122 North Elm Street, Suite 700 in Greensboro and at 102 West Third Street, Suite 460 in Winston-Salem. To learn more about LANC, visit the LANC website: http://www.legalaidnc.org
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Stephen M. Russell, Jr., (Attorney, Smith Moore Leatherwood, LLP), Greensboro, NC, 336-378-5582
Reid C. ”Cal” Adams, Jr. (Partner, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC), Winston-Salem, NC, 336-721-3674
Janeen Gingrich (Development Director, Legal Aid of NC), Raleigh, NC,
Dock Kornegay (Director, Public Relations & Development, Legal Aid of NC), Raleigh, NC, 919-856-2564