Lawyers for Literacy volunteer Lori Feezor, legal counsel with New Hanover Regional Medical Center, reads to children at Gregory Elementary in Wilmington.

Through the Lawyers for Literacy civic education program, volunteer lawyers, paralegals and law students spend time reading to and with at-risk elementary school students. Over the course of four weeks, meeting together for a few hours a week, volunteers share their love of books, civics and U.S. history while helping children become better readers.

“We have had numerous lawyers and judges who bonded with the teachers and kept returning to work with the students. Many worked beyond their initial commitment because of their connections with the students and the outcomes they were seeing with the Lawyers for Literacy program.”
Cindy Talbert, Retired Principal of Snipes Academy,  Wilmington

NC Bar Association volunteers find satisfaction in the opportunity to read with children, as well as the chance to represent the legal profession in a positive way and promote confidence in the rule of law and our justice system. Says Jennifer Harjo, a public defender in Wilmington, “I love waking up on Wednesday mornings to read with the children. Their enthusiasm is more invigorating than an espresso!”

At the end of the program, the NC Bar Foundation supplies each student with a book to keep along with a program certificate. Among the titles distributed are “Abe Lincoln at Last!,” “White House Dog,” “This Is the Rope,” and “Celebrating North Carolina.”

Launched in 2013 under the volunteer leadership of Ann David, an attorney with David & Associates PLLC in Wilmington, Lawyers for Literacy began with just 25 volunteers who read with 250 elementary school students in the Wilmington area. Since then, the program has more than doubled in size. Last year, Lawyers for Literacy engaged 83 volunteers who read with 627 students in counties across the state, including Brunswick, Durham, Forsyth, Mecklenburg, New Hanover, Wake and Wayne County.

The Lawyers for Literacy program depends entirely on donations to the North Carolina Bar Foundation. Please make your gift to the Annual Fund today.