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Join Legal Services of Southern Piedmont's Board of Directors

George Hanna, Moore & Van Allen

 

This July, Legal Services of Southern Piedmont (LSSP) will begin its 43rd year of providing civil legal services to low-income people in the greater Charlotte area.

 

I have had the privilege of serving two six year stints on the LSSP Board of Directors. My first six year stint was over 25 years ago. My second tenure of board service started in 2004.  The LSSP board is proud to be a working board. As a board member I have been able to participate in the strategic planning, governance and fundraising for LSSP.  In my years on the board I feel I have been able to impact the organization and also  the low-income clients that LSSP serves each year.

 

The Board of Directors is a diverse group of attorneys and non-attorneys.  Some of its members are appointed by the NC State Bar, the NC Bar Association and the Mecklenburg County Bar.  We have members who are from large law firms, small law firms and solo practices, and all of us are dedicated to strengthening and broadening the services that  LSSP provides for those in need.

 

As I conclude my final three-year term on the LSSP board, I was asked to chair the Nominations Committee of the board.  To fulfill my duties, I need to find some committed members of our Bar who are interested in being considered for the LSSP board.

 

LSSP's mission is to assure a full measure of justice for those in need. The organization fulfills this mission by providing a wide range of civil legal assistance to eligible low-income persons in the Charlotte area and west-central NC. LSSP uses a variety of legal advocacy strategies including individual advice and representation, community education and outreach, representation of groups, self-help remedies, collaboration with other agencies, community economic development, legislative and administrative advocacy, and impact litigation to assist its low-income clients meet their basic human needs.

 

With a budget of only $1.4 million and 20 staff, LSSP provides assistance with domestic violence, public benefits, immigration, health care access, tax disputes, consumer fraud, foreclosure, unemployment benefits and transitional planning for the elderly to more than 2800 clients each year.

 

Please consider adding the LSSP board of directors to your public service record in 2010.  Contact me at georgehanna@mvalaw.com or LSSP's Executive Director, Ken Schorr at kens@lssp.org, if you think you may be a prospective LSSP Board member or are interested in learning more.  More information about Legal Services of Southern Piedmont can also be found at www.lssp.org.


 

 

 
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