We did it! Volunteer attorneys across the state worked together throughout October – Pro Bono Month – to answer every single question in the NC Free Legal Answers queue. This was the first time since the program’s launch in January 2018 that the queue of questions was completely clear.
In total, 38 North Carolina attorneys pitched in to answer 188 NC Free Legal Answers questions during Pro Bono Month 2019!
Thank you to everyone who joined us in pro bono service through the NC Free Legal Answers program this October. We would like to give a special thank you to attorney Brandon Robinson of Durham, who single-handedly answered 81 NC Free Legal Answers questions in October, and to attorney Niya Fonville of Raleigh who engaged in pro bono service every day during Pro Bono Month, including answering 10 NC Free Legal Answers questions.
The NC Bar Foundation hosted a Virtual Pop-Up Pro Bono Clinic for NC Free Legal Answers on Thursday, October 24th. A handful of attorneys gathered at the Bar Center in Cary, NC to enjoy Pro Bono (Pop) Rocks and Soda Pop. Many other volunteer attorneys participated in the NC Free Legal Answers Pop-Up Pro Bono Clinic virtually, on laptops and mobile phones from Charlotte to Wilmington. With the help of in-person “Empower Hour” NC Free Legal Answers clinics held at Elon Law School (Greensboro) on Friday, October 25th and at Jordan Price law firm (Raleigh) on Saturday, October 26th, the NC Free Legal Answers queue was cleared by the end of ABA Pro Bono Week, designed October 20th-26th this year. #celebrateprobono
NC Free Legal Answers is an online portal for income-qualified NC residents to post civil legal questions for volunteer attorneys to answer, free of charge. Since it’s launch almost two years ago, the NC Free Legal Answers program has registered 345 attorney volunteers who have collectively answered 1,312 questions posted by residents from every county of the state – a 100 county service area. To register as a volunteer or submit a legal question, please visit nc.freelegalanswers.org.