About the NC Pro Bono Resource Center
On April 1, 2016, the NC Equal Access to Justice Commission launched the NC Pro Bono Resource Center with the hiring of inaugural director Sylvia Novinsky. The newly-established NC Pro Bono Resource Center is one of only a handful of statewide pro bono resource centers in the country. The goal of the NC Pro Bono Resource Center is to increase pro bono participation statewide.
The North Carolina Pro Bono Resource Center was created with the intent that it would assist lawyers in fulfilling their professional obligations under Rule 6.1 adopted by North Carolina in 2010. Rule 6.1, Voluntary Pro Bono Publico Service, states in part: “Every lawyer has a professional responsibility to provide legal services to those unable to pay. A lawyer should aspire to render at least (50) hours of pro bono public legal services per year.” To read the entire rule please follow this link: https://www.ncbar.gov/for-lawyers/ethics/rules-of-professional-conduct/rule-61-voluntary-pro-bono-publico-service/.
Since its inception, the NC Pro Bono Resource Center has collaborated with legal aid organizations and community organizations throughout the state to develop pro bono projects. The center has focused on projects to address unmet legal needs as well as providing support for existing pro bono activities including recruitment, training, and communication. The NC Pro Bono Resource Center has also implemented voluntary pro bono reporting, where those who complete 50 hours or more of pro bono work a year are recognized by the North Carolina Supreme Court.
Resources for Pro Bono Attorneys:
- Looking for Pro Bono Projects?
The NC Pro Bono Resource Center website provides information about pro bono opportunities and information for how to get involved. Follow this link to visit their website: https://ncprobono.org/.
For more information about getting involved in pro bono with a legal aid organization in North Carolina, please click here.
- Have Questions About What is Considered Pro Bono, How to Get Involved, Training, or Malpractice Insurance?
Click here to find out more information about the topics listed above.
- Questions About Pro Bono Practice Status or the Process for Obtaining Pro Bono Practice Status for Inactive or Out-of-State Lawyers?
Follow the link below to get information regarding pro bono practice status including eligibility, the process for obtaining pro bono practice status, emeritus practice status, and relevant forms and rules.
- Want to Represent Veterans Pro Bono?
Click here to access a flyer that contains information about how pro bono attorneys can assist in meeting the legal needs of veterans and how to apply to represent veterans before the VA in benefits matters.
Examples of Organizations with Pro Bono Programs Providing Civil Legal Services:
- Legal Aid of North Carolina
- Legal Services of Southern Piedmont
- Pisgah Legal Services
- Council for Children’s Rights– Custody Advocacy Program
- Disability Rights North Carolina– Guardianship and Medicaid Appeals Project
- North Carolina Bar Association– 4ALL Statewide Service Day
For More Information About the Pro Bono Resource Center Please Visit Their Website: ncprobono.org