On April 1, 2016, the NC Equal Access to Justice Commission launched the NC Pro Bono Resource Center with the hiring of inaugural director Sylvia Novinsky. The newly-established NC Pro Bono Resource Center is one of only a handful of statewide pro bono resource centers in the country. The goal of the NC Pro Bono Resource Center is to increase pro bono participation statewide. You can read an article about the new center on page 35 of themost recent State Bar Journal.
Rule 6.1 calls on all lawyers to provide legal services to those who are unable to pay. To assist lawyers in fulfilling their professional responsibility to provide pro bono, the center will serve as a clearinghouse of pro bono projects and will partner with legal aid organizations, local bars, law schools, community groups, and others to develop new projects to help address unmet legal needs. To that end, the center welcomes attorneys to learn more by visiting ncprobono.org or emailing Sylvia Novinsky at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Attorneys in Buncombe County can find information about volunteering to help low-income Buncombe County residents through the local Mountain Area Volunteer Lawyers (MAVL) Program at www.pisgahlegal.org/volunteer/volunteer-lawyers/ or call MAVL Director Katie Russell Miller at 828-210-3420. MAVL is administered for the 28th Judicial District Bar by Pisgah Legal Services. To view additional pro bono projects, visit ncprobono.org and click on “Find a Pro Bono Opportunity.”