LAWYERS AS VOLUNTEERS
For information about volunteering with a committee of the Mecklenburg County Bar (MCB) or Mecklenburg Bar Foundation (MBF), please visit www.MeckBar.org/committees.
Pro Bono Opportunities
VOLUNTEER WITH A LOCAL AGENCY/ORGANIZATION
Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC)
LANC focuses on housing law, domestic violence protective orders and some family law for domestic violence victims, housing law and unemployment insurance. LANC requires that all its clients earn less than 125% of the Federal Poverty level. MCB assists LANC with volunteer recruitment and training, and will take on short term special projects when there is a specific case type or client group that needs special attention.
Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy (CCLA) (formerly LSSP)
CCLA is Mecklenburg County's oldest nonprofit law firm. They handle a wide variety of case types including representation of the elderly, tax matters, consumer law, health care and public benefits, and some immigration cases. Clients of CCLA must make less than 200% of federal poverty guidelines. MCB assists CCLA with volunteer recruitment and training, and will take on short term special projects when there is a specific case type or client group that needs special attention.
Council for Children's Rights (CFCR)
The CFCR represents children in high conflict custody cases through its Custody Advocate Program. Volunteer attorneys are needed to serve as Custody Advocates. There are also programs to assist children who are facing suspension and expulsion from CMS, ensuring that these children get due process at these disciplinary hearings. MCB assists the CFCR by managing a twice yearly recruitment drive among Bar members for the Custody Advocate Program.
Safe Alliance provides hope and healing to those impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault by providing a continuum of critical crisis services to those victimized by domestic violence or sexual assault. They offer 24-hour crisis lines, shelter, hospital accompaniment, case management, systems advocacy, support groups, court advocacy and accompaniment, and counseling for victims and survivors.
International House promotes international understanding by serving as a center for diversity, advocating for people of diverse national backgrounds and facilitating professional and cultural exchange programs.
26th Judicial District SelfServe Center (SSC)
The SSC has been open since 1999. They began by providing forms for simple divorce to litigants who are representing themselves (pro se). The SSC now offers scores of forms in English and Spanish, clinics, videos and research resources for pro se litigants. MCB worked with the center to establish the Attorney for the Day program, in which volunteer attorneys meet with pro se litigants to help them with custody, visitation and divorce cases.
Attorney for the Day Program with SelfServe Center
Volunteer attorneys take special CLE trainings and work shifts in the SelfServe Center. Pro se litigants are able to make appointments to see the attorney for the day and have their pleadings reviewed before they go to court. If you are interesting in participating in this program, please contact Shannon Reid at 704/375-8624 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in volunteering online, sign up with the North Carolina Free Legal Answers (FLA) website. The FLA is a legal advice website for low-income North Carolina residents, sponsored by the American Bar Association. All attorneys in good standing, who are licensed to practice law in North Carolina are eligible to participate. Malpractice insurance is provided through the website. Sign up today at https://nc.freelegalanswers.org.
VOLUNTEER With the MCB
The MCB's Pro Bono & Legal Recruitment Committee recruits legal volunteers and provides direct case placement for nonprofits and individual clients who cannot afford representation and who are not served elsewhere. The Committee also recruits MCB members for pro bono opportunities with legal service organizations as requested.
For information about volunteering with a committee of the MCB or MBF, please visit www.MeckBar.org/committees.