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
“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.”