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Speaker Tim Moore cites lawyers’ zeal in advocating for their clients as the reason for severe legal aid cuts. Read more here: https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/north-carolina/articles/2017-08-11/moore-blames-overzealous-lawyers-for-legal-aid-money-cuts

Legal aid in North Carolina facing more budget cuts, it’s unclear why. Read more here: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/08/02/north-carolina-legal-aid-gets-cut-again-s-unclear-why/104216788/

North Carolina Bar Association opposes legal aid cuts. Read more here: https://www.ncbar.org/news/ncba-opposes-legal-aid-funding-cuts/

The Supreme Court of North Carolina is recognizing attorneys who donated 50 or more hours to pro bono cases and reported their time through the voluntary reporting effort commenced by the Pro Bono Resource Center. Read more here: http://nccourts.org/News/NewsDetail.asp?id=1687&type=1&archive=False

 

News from the North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission

June 28, 2017 – The North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission Publishes a Resolution Supporting Civil Legal Aid Funding. This resolution is a reaffirmation of support for civil legal aid funding and it requests that the North Carolina General Assembly reconsider its repeal of the Access to Civil Justice Act and its elimination of funding for legal aid providers through that act. Read the resolution by clicking here.
April 27, 2017 – Commission Releases 2016 Impact Report. The North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission released the 2016 Impact Report this month highlighting the accomplishments and activities of the commission during the past year. Read the impact report by clicking here.
April 1, 2017 – Commission Celebrated the First Anniversary of the North Carolina Pro Bono Resource Center. April 4th, 2016 saw the launch of the North Carolina Pro Bono Resource Center with the hiring of Sylvia Novinsky at its helm. Exactly one year later, pro bono work in North Carolina is stronger for it. In the first year of the Resource Center’s existence they have made impressive strides in increasing pro bono opportunities by making projects more accessible through an online clearinghouse, whereby legal service providers have a resource to implement new pro bono projects and recruit attorneys, such as the Wake County Expunction Project or the Power of Attorney Pro Bono Project. The Resource Center has implemented a voluntary pro bono reporting system, which allows those who engage in 50 or more hours of pro bono work a year to be recognized by the Supreme Court of North Carolina (see article above). Further, through partnerships with local bars and Lawyers Mutual, attorneys across the state now know where to go if they have questions regarding pro bono legal service.

Upcoming Events with the North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission

October 20, 2017 North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission Meeting
For more information please contact Executive Director Jennifer Lechner.

Equal Access to Justice Commission Members Spotlight

August 2017 – The six living black justices of the North Carolina Supreme Court have been honored with a special ceremony. The Honorable Cheri Beasley and the Honorable Michael R. Morgan, members of the North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission, were both honored in this ceremony. Read more here: https://www.wschronicle.com/2017/08/past-present-black-n-c-black-justices-honored/

July 2017 – Former North Carolina Court of Appeals Judge Linda Stephens has joined Hedrick Gardner, where she’ll serve as of counsel in the firm’s appellate practice. Read more here: http://www.hedrickgardner.com/blog/hedrick-gardner-welcomes-former-nc-court-appeals-judge-linda-stephens

January 2017 – Barbara Degen, a long-time legal aid attorney, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Disability Advocacy Section of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice at its annual meeting for “[Degen’s] incredible contributions to her profession.” Read more here:  http://www.legalaidnc.org/Pages/about-us/news/barbara-degen-honored.aspx

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