The North Carolina Bar Foundation’s pro bono programs mobilize over 1,000 attorneys every year to provide pro bono legal services to North Carolina residents who otherwise would lack access to legal advice, counsel and representation. Through NCBF programs including the 4ALL Statewide Service Day, Entrepreneurs Assistance Program, Patent Pro Bono Program, NC Free Legal Answers and Wills for Heroes, lawyers from across the state come together every year to serve over 10,000 NC residents.
Every lawyer has a professional responsibility to provide legal services to those unable to pay. A lawyer should aspire to render at least (50) hours of pro bono public legal services per year. Rule 6.1 Voluntary Pro Bono Publico Service North Carolina attorneys who report at least 50 hours of pro bono legal service in a given year are inducted into the North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society. Through the Pro Bono Honor Society, the legal profession promotes involvement in pro bono as well as recognizes and celebrates the importance of attorney volunteerism.
If you volunteered your time through an NCBF pro bono program, a North Carolina Bar Association Section or Division pro bono project, a legal services organization pro bono program, a pro bono clinic such as the NC Pro Bono Resource Center’s Drivers’ License Restoration Clinic or another pro bono service, please be sure to report your hours for 2020.
The deadline for reporting 2020 pro bono hours is March 31. Attorneys should report their pro bono hours through the NC Pro Bono Resource Center.
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