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2014 - 15 Nonprofits and Client Pro Bono Committee


Provides direct case placement for nonprofits and individual clients who cannot afford representation and who are not served elsewhere. 






2014-15 Chair

2014-15 Vice-Chair

Adam L. Horner

Amanda W. Anders




Class of 2015

Class of 2016

Class of 2017

Michael C. Harman

Brett Dressler

Brian E. Koontz

Sarah F. Hutchins

Luciona Johnson

Lauren V. Lewis

Lindsay P. Thompson

Jeffrey L. Poulsen

Mariana Toledo-Hermina


Corey G. Rosensteel




Staff Liaison

Shannon Reid, Lawyer Volunteer and Community Services Coordinator,



Volunteer Need / Commitment

Members of the Nonprofits and Client Pro Bono Committee attend quarterly committee meetings, review applications of nonprofits seeking legal services, process direct case placement client intake forms, and assist in assigning cases to appropriate pro bono attorneys.  Interested in joining this committee? Complete the committee interest form.


2013-14 Nonprofit and Client Pro Bono Committee Report

Brandon M. Williams, Chair & Adam L. Horner, Vice-Chair


The Nonprofit and Client Pro Bono Committee implemented the Bar’s enhanced direct case placement pro bono program this year. Committee members were assigned an average of one case per week to review. The review process included completing an intake form with specific questions regarding the client’s case and information on income eligibility. Almost all cases were approved for pro bono legal services. Those cases that were not approved either did not have merit or the client never contacted the committee member for the follow-up call. Once the client was approved for pro bono services, MCB staff matched the client with a pro bono attorney. This process took three to four weeks, depending on the complexity of the case.


MCB staff and the Committee  will work together next year on tweaing the process and developing a more efficient process of vetting and placing clients with pro bono attorneys. The Committee will work closely with the Legal Volunteer Recruitment Committee on identifying the areas of law for which more volunteer attorneys are needed.


2013-14 Highlights

·         Put into action the direct case placement process for pro bono clients including veterans.

·         Committee members vetted close to 50 pro bono clients and placed over 30 with pro bono attorneys.

·         Continued to provide the Pro Bono for Nonprofits program assisting nonprofits with filing for 501(c)(3) designation.



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1-8-15 Lawyers' Luncheon Series - Cyber Security for Attorneys: Preventing Cyber Theft
Join your colleagues at a regular monthly luncheon to eat, socialize and learn from an FBI representative about ways to protect against cyber theft. NEW LOCATION: Bar & Foundation Center, 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

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Free networking event and lunch to connect informally with peers and discuss the history of women practicing law in Mecklenburg County and look at current state of affairs for women in the legal field. Register by 1/19/15.

1-29-15 Bar Leadership Dinner featuring Keynote Speaker Anne M. Tompkins
The Bar Leadership Dinner is a celebration of leadership and service provided by Mecklenburg County Bar members & Mecklenburg Bar Foundation supporters.


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