North Carolina lawyers and paralegals are invited to share their skills and talents to help those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Register today as a volunteer for one of the NC Bar Foundation’s pro bono or public service COVID-19 response initiatives. For questions about any of these programs, please email [email protected].
The NC Bar Foundation, with help from Legal Aid of North Carolina, has assembled resources to support pro bono work in response to COVID-19. You may access the COVID-19 Legal Resources here.
The web-based NC Free Legal Answers pro bono program is an essential legal services tool when the ability of clients and attorneys to meet together in person is limited by the COVID-19 pandemic. Through this remote-access program, low-income residents from every part of the state can ask legal questions to be answered anonymously by volunteer attorneys 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, 365 days a year. An increasing number of questions are being posted by clients who need advice and information as a result of the pandemic, including housing, benefits, employment, consumer protection and family law.
Attorney volunteers are needed to serve in 2-hour shifts to take calls from the public and answer questions related to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, including housing, employment and benefits. Volunteers will take calls remotely, through a downloaded app on computer or mobile device. Incoming COVID-19 Legal Hotline calls will be screened by intake staff and directed through the app to volunteer attorneys for legal information and counsel within their areas of practice (please specify your practice area(s) in your registration). Informational materials and a legal resource directory will be provided.
If you are willing to volunteer for multiple shifts, please complete the registration process for each shift for which you would like to volunteer.
Paralegal volunteers are needed to help with call screening (register using link above).
The NC Bar Foundation is partnering with Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC) on an Eviction Assistance pro bono project to serve those facing eviction in the wake of COVID-19. Attorney volunteers are needed to accept pro bono case referrals to counsel clients who have been served with eviction notices. Client cases will be pre-screened by LANC and volunteer training and materials will be provided. Thank you to the NCBA Litigation Section and Minorities in the Profession Committee for leading the volunteer recruitment effort for this pro bono service project.
Lawyers for Literacy program volunteers help elementary school students improve their reading skills and expand their understanding of U.S. history and civics. Although in-school reading opportunities have been cancelled in light of COVID-19, elementary students and their families can stream online educational stories video-recorded by Lawyers for Literacy volunteers. View video gallery here.
Using an app that facilitates remote service, attorney volunteers will complete Health Care Power of Attorney and Advance Directive (“Living Will”) statutory forms for clients serving on the COVID-19 frontline, including essential workers who otherwise might not be able to secure these important documents. This project is offered by the NC Bar Foundation in partnership with the NC Pro Bono Resource Center.