Commission Materials and Reports
Members and staff of the NC Equal Access to Justice Commission as well as other leaders in the legal aid and access to justice community are available to speak to your professional, civic, community, church, school or other group. NCEATJC frequently coordinates speaking engagements on the following topics: the work of the NC Equal Access to Justice Commission, access to justice programs in North Carolina, Rule 6.1 and pro bono, civil legal aid in North Carolina, the legal needs of low and moderate income North Carolinians, funding issues, and more. If you are interested in hosting a speaker at an upcoming event, please contact Mary Irvine, Director of External Affairs.
Civil legal aid helps our most vulnerable citizens gain access to justice. See this fact sheet about the impact of civil legal aid created by the Commission in coordination with Legal Aid of North Carolina, Pisgah Legal Services, and Legal Services of Southern Piedmont. Other fact sheets more specifically detail the work of legal aid in a number of areas:
- Domestic violence fact sheet
- Pro bono
- Loan repayment asssitance for public service attorneys
Civil legal aid organizations across the state provide services in a range of geographic and substantive areas. For individuals seeking civil legal assistance or making referrals for their social services clients or constituents, this resource chart details available services, area of law, and geographic limitations of each provider organization that is a member of the Equal Justice Alliance, a coalition of legal aid providers across the state.
A report from of the NC Equal Access to Justice Commission, A 108% Return on Investment: The Economic Impact to the State of North Carolina of Civil Legal Services in 2012, finds the work of legal services providers across the state generated $48,775,276 in economic impact in 2012. Impact includes (1) direct economic benefits received on behalf of clients for example, food stamps, supplemental security and social security disability, welfare assistance, and tax-related awards, (2) indirect economic impact felt by the state and local economies on account of direct benefits received, and (3) cost savings to the state and local economies due to the advocacy of providers in domestic violence, foreclosure, and eviction prevention. For more information, read the full report and executive summary. Access to Justice Coordinator Mary Irvine authored this article, published in the NC State Bar Journal, The Bottom Line – Legal Services is a Good Investment, beginning on page 18.
The use of the Cy Pres Doctrine in class action settlements allows the court to distribute unclaimed and residual funds to charitable organizations that have a positive connection to either the case itself or the class. The distribution of funds to legal aid providers can also occur through mediation, arbitration, and settlement agreements. These strategies, along with Cy Pres awards, can be valuable sources of funding for legal aid providers. The Cy Pres and Other Court Awards Manual outlines strategies and analyzes court awards to educate judges and attorneys of the importance of such awards to legal aid organizations. The manual includes information on different types of court awards, tips for structuring award agreements, examples of awards, and a primer on how to structure a Cy Pres settlement.
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