Congratulations to our North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society inductees

Buncombe County takes great pride in its many members of the North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society, each of whom reported 50 or more hours of pro bono service in 2019. These attorneys volunteered through Pisgah Legal Services and other organizations to help their community in ways only lawyers can. They are among 520 attorneys the North Carolina Pro Bono Resource Center (PBRC) inducted into the 2019 North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society. Buncombe County attorneys who are a member of this year’s honor society are listed here.

“Through our annual pro bono reporting process, our legal profession reaffirms our commitment to ensuring equal access to justice for all North Carolinians,” said North Carolina Chief Justice Cheri Beasley. “In these times of crisis and extraordinary need, it is especially heartening to learn about and celebrate our Pro Bono Honor Society members – these attorneys are truly making a difference for people in our state.

Each member of this year’s cohort of the Honor Society receives a certificate from the Supreme Court of North Carolina in recognition of their valuable contributions. This group of attorneys provided nearly 40,000 hours of pro bono legal services in 2019 to North Carolinians living in poverty.

A program of the North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission chaired by Chief Justice Beasley, the PBRC works to increase North Carolina attorneys’ pro bono legal service as a way to meet the legal needs of people of low-income and modest means in our state.

“Pro bono lawyers are a crucial resource for those North Carolinians who cannot afford legal services,” said PBRC Director Sylvia Novinsky. “I am inspired by the volunteer spirit of the North Carolina bar highlighted by pro bono reporting. The growing list of attorneys recognized by the North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society serves as a symbol to other attorneys that finding time to volunteer is doable.”

Annual 4All Statewide Service Day Registration Opens

Each year the North Carolina Bar Association sponsors a pro bono service day where attorneys from across the state volunteer to field legal questions from neighbors in their communities who cannot afford legal services.   The Buncombe County Bar’s Pro Bono Committee hosts the WNC regional call in center at WLOS in south Asheville and needs approximate 50 volunteer attorneys to sign up for one or more three-hour shifts on Friday, March 6th.  This is a great annual event where judges and attorneys come together to help those who need legal advise the most in our region.  Participants are covered by malpractice insurance provided by the Bar Association and registration for the event can found at https://www.ncbarfoundation.org/our-programs/4all/volunteer/.

Call 4 All Volunteers!

Calling all lawyers! The NC Bar Association is looking for volunteers to help with their annual Call 4 All pro bono service day in Asheville on March 1st.  Volunteers will share their expertise by taking calls from neighbors across WNC who are in need of legal advice. Participants identities are confidential and Legal Aid and Pisgah Legal Services staff will be on site to help answer questions.  Interested attorneys can register through the following link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/4all-statewide-service-day-2019-asheville-tickets-39019401079