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North Carolina Pro Bono Legal Information, Resources and Assistance

The Preamble to North Carolina State Bar's "Rules of Professional Conduct" contains several references to the need for attorneys to provide pro bono service.

North Carolina Pro Bono Summary: The Public Service and Pro Bono Activities Department of the North Carolina Bar Association Foundation serves as the center for coordinating public service and pro bono activities for the North Carolina Bar Association and Foundation. The purpose of the Pro Bono Project is to work with various entities within the North Carolina Bar Association and Foundation, the legal services community and various non profit agencies to develop programs and projects to assist low income and modest means people in North Carolina.

Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC) is a statewide, nonprofit 501(c)3 law firm that provides free legal services in civil matters to low-income people in order to ensure equal access to justice and to remove legal barriers to economic opportunity.

Legal Aid of North Carolina also operates six, statewide project units that focus on special areas of the law:

North Carolina Pro Bono Contacts:

Michelle Cofield
Director of Public Service & Pro Bono Activities
NC Bar Association
8000 Weston Parkway
Cary, NC 27513
(919) 677-0561

George R. Hausen, Jr., Esq.
Executive Director
Legal Aid of North Carolina,
224 S Dawson St,
Raleigh, NC 27601

Pro Bono Awards:

The North Carolina Bar Association presents the following awards to honor attorneys who have provided significant legal assistance to low income people in North Carolina.

William L. Thorp Pro Bono Attorney Award - Pro Bono Attorney Award established in 1984 to recognize lawyers who provide exceptional pro bono legal assistance to low-income citizens in North Carolina. In 2002, the award was renamed in the memory of Bill Thorp, a founder of Legal Services of North Carolina, Inc.

Deborah Greenblatt Outstanding Legal Services Attorney Award - Established in 1991, this award is awarded to an outstanding legal services attorney.

Chief Justice Award -This award, established in 1989, recognizes an outstanding bar association that has made extraordinary contribution in support of pro bono legal services.

Large Law Firm Award - Established in 1997, this award is given to one of the 25 largest law firms in North Carolina for their commitment to providing pro bono legal assistance.

Law Student Group Project Award - Established in 2002, this award is presented to a law student group for an excellent pro bono project.

Other Awards - YLD Younger Lawyer Pro Bono Award and Intellectual Property Section Pro Bono Award.

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