MCB Volunteer Spotlight

Katya Riasanovsk

Katya Riasanovsk


May 2010's MCB Volunteer Spotlight features Katya Riasanovsk.  In March of 2010, Riasanovsky began work as the Pro Bono Coordinator with Legal Services of the Southern Piedment (LSSP)  and Legal Aid of North Carolina's (LANC) joint Pro Bono Project.  She will help connect Mecklenburg County attorneys with pro bono opportunities at LSSP and LANC.


The joint Pro Bono Project is funded through the NC State Bar IOLTA and expands and coordinates LSSP and LANC's pro bono efforts. Riasanovsky works with volunteer attorneys, matching the volunteers to clients and then coordinating support for the volunteer attorneys on specific cases.  She is also focused on pro bono projects with law firms. 


Volunteers are matched to cases based on immediate need and the volunteer's preference for type of legal work. Cases range from IRS tax disputes, to securing domestic violence protective orders, to housing and consumer fraud cases. 


Riasanovsky herself is a volunteer, previously working with Habitat for Humanity, Urban Ministries, Friendship Trays, Fort Mill School District, and The Haven Mens Shelter all in a volunteer capacity.  She has a BA in Political Science from Wellesley College and an MBA from The Pennsylvania State University.  She is a 20-year veteran of Springs Global, working in various management positions. 


After growing up in Pennsylvania, Riasanovsky has lived in Mecklenburg and York Counties for 14 years. She now lives in Fort Mill, SC with her two teenage sons.  Most recently she served as the interim Executive Director for The Haven's Men Shelter in York County.  During her time at the Shelter she oversaw an expansion of shelter programs and client services.


The Pro Bono Project is one of the reasons that LSSP and LANC together are able to provide Access to Justice for more than 5,000 low-income clients each year.  We have more than 300 attorneys prepared to work with clients in need on their individual cases and several law firms in Charlotte are also coordinating internal pro bono projects providing assistance with wills and advanced directives, Medicaid, unemployment insurance and landlord tenant issues.


In just the short time that I have been working with LSSP, LANC and our volunteers from the Bar, it is clear how much of an impact the legal work our volunteers do have on the lives of our clients, says Riasanovsky.  It is also clear how much of an impact working with our clients has on our volunteers.


As partners with the Mecklenburg County Bar's Volunteer Lawyer Program, please contact MCB staff liaison to the Project, Heather Blackley at if you or your firm are interested in a volunteer case or coordinating a firm-wide pro bono project with either LSSP or LANC.