Pro Bono and Legal Recruitment Committee

Recruits legal volunteers and provides direct case placement for nonprofits and individual clients who cannot afford representation and are not served elsewhere; and recruits Mecklenburg County Bar (MCB) members for pro bono opportunities with legal service organizations as requested.




2019-20 Chair 2019-20 Vice Chair
Chelsea J. Corey
David B. Sherman Jr.



Class of 2020 Class of 2021 Class of 2022

Laura B. Burt
Elizabeth James
Emily Morris

Christine L. Camacho
Rachel Rogers Hamrick
Amanda P. Nitto
Ben Pleune
Nancy Roberts
Raeneice Taltoan


Staff Liaison
Shannon Reid, Associate Executive Director -


 Volunteer Need / Commitment

Members of the Pro Bono and Legal Recruitment Committee attend monthly committee meetings, screen individuals and nonprofits seeking legal services, and work to recruit volunteer attorneys for the MCB Pro Bono Program as well as other legal services organizations. This committee meets on the second Wednesday every month from 12 – 1 p.m. Committee members need to volunteer about 2 additional hours per month outside of committee meetings fielding client intakes and preparing status updates for the committee.


 2017-18 Pro Bono and Legal Recruitment Committee Report
Suzanne K. Canali, Chair and John W. Reis, Vice-Chair

The Pro Bono & Legal Recruitment Committee seeks to place those who cannot afford legal services and who are not served elsewhere with MCB volunteer attorneys. The Committee also recruits MCB members for pro bono projects as requested by outside organizations.

2017-18 Highlights:

  • The Committee screened 77 clients for pro bono services.  The primary area of need continues to be for family law services.
  • The Committee received 5 requests from outside organizations for assistance in recruiting MCB attorneys for pro bono projects.
  • The Committee collaborated with the North Carolina Bar Association in expanding the ABA Free Legal Answers program.  It now serves both Mecklenburg County residents and residents statewide.

To learn more about becoming a pro bono volunteer, please click here.