S.M. Kernodle-Hodges served as Deputy Corporal in the Sheriff’s Office for over 10 years. She recalled, “Every morning when I left the house, my kids knew it could be the last time they ever saw me. They were conditioned to think that way.”

Kernodle-Hodges now works as Legal Project Manager at Tolliver, Richardson & Kernodle LLC in Raleigh and serves as the Pro Bono Co-Chair for the NC Bar Association Paralegal Division. She also volunteers as a notary at NC Bar Foundation Wills for Heroes clinics, because she knows firsthand the value of the pro bono service provided to first responders through the Wills for Heroes program.

The NCBF has hosted five Wills for Heroes clinics since the start of the bar year in July, engaging 164 volunteers – including attorneys, paralegals, and law students – to create wills, power of attorney and heath care power of attorney documents for North Carolina’s first responder community. Pro bono volunteers have produced more than 450 estate planning documents on behalf of 162 first responders and their families, helping to provide peace of mind to those families.


With Wills for Heroes, members of the legal profession can give back to North Carolina first responders who serve us all every day. These clinics provide a special opportunity to serve those who serve others

Rebecca Rushton, Wills for Heroes Lead Estate Planning Attorney Volunteer

The Wills for Heroes program furthers the NCBF’s mission to unite the talent and generosity of the legal profession to be a power of greater good for the people of North Carolina. All the NCBF pro bono and public service programs are made possible through generous gifts to the NCBF Annual Fund. Please consider making a gift today.