News from 2010-2009

North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission 2010-2009

  • January 28, 2010 – NC Supreme Court approves Rule 6.1 on Voluntary Pro Bono Publico Service.  
  • October 30, 2009 – Equal Access to Justice Commission Members Participate in UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity Conference on October 30.  On October 30, 2009, the Poverty Center hosted a powerful conference on access to justice in civil cases.  Several Commission members, including Chief Justice Parker, were speakers at the event that explored the civil right to counsel.  More information about the event, can be found here.
  • October 14, 2009 – NC Equal Access to Justice Commission hosts Large Law Firm Pro Bono Summit on October 14.  The NC Equal Access to Justice Commission organized a large law firm Pro Bono Summit on October 14th.  More than 25 managing partners of large law firms and corporate legal counsel from around the state attended the event, held at the Charlotte School of Law.  They were joined pro bono coordinators, judges, bar leaders, legal aid providers and Commission members. Participants were invited by Chief Justice Sarah Parker and James Strother, General Counsel for Wells Fargo, both of whom spoke to the growing need of low-income people to secure legal representation on their cases in the civil justice system.  Esther Lardent, Founder and President of the Pro Bono Institutewas the keynote speaker. The goal of the Summit was to re-energize and expand pro bono participation and leadership among large law firms and corporate legal departments in North Carolina.
  • October, 2009.  The North Carolina State Bar Council adopted a rule change to add $.50 per CLE credit hour to support the work of the NC Equal Access to Justice Commission.
  • September 30, 2009 – Legal Services Corporation Releases Updated Report on the Justice Gap in America.  The Legal Services Corporation released “Documenting the Justice Gap in America,” projecting that nearly 1 million people who seek assistance in civil legal matters will be turned away.  Of particular note, the report finds that for every client served by LSC programs, another person who seeks help is turned away.
  • August 5, 2009 – Equal Access to Justice Commission member Jerry Parnell appointed to the American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary.  The ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary consists of 15 members – two members from the Ninth Circuit, one member from each of the other 12 federal judicial circuits and the chair.  The committee has been evaluating the professional qualifications of all persons nominated for appointment to the federal bench, including the Supreme Court of the United States, the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals, the U.S. District Courts and the four territorial courts, for more than 50 years.
  • May 1, 2009 – Equal Access to Justice Commission member Representative Martha Alexander receives 2009 Liberty Bell Award from Mecklenburg County Bar.  C. Rep. Martha Alexander received the 2009 Liberty Bell Award on May 1, 2009 from the Mecklenburg County Bar Association.  The award is given annually to a non-lawyer for community service that has strengthened the American system of freedom under the law. The award was given at the bar’s Law Day celebration at the Hilton Hotel.
  • March 1, 2009 – North Carolina Bar Association Presents $100,000 Gift to Legal Aid of North Carolina.The North Carolina Bar Association, in response to the ongoing economic downturn and its impact on Legal Aid of North Carolina, voted today to award a one-time unrestricted gift in the amount of $100,000 to LANC.
  • January 22, 2009 – Equal Access to Justice Commission Member Senator Dan Clodfelter Honored by North Carolina Bar Association.  The North Carolina Bar Association honored Sen. Clodfelter during a special recognition luncheon on January 22.