This article originally appeared in the February 2022 issue of North Carolina Lawyer Magazine. Read the complete article written by Russell Rawlings and view all NC Lawyer issues at ncbar.org/nc-lawyer.
Welcome to Wills for Heroes 2.0.
The latest iteration of this longstanding North Carolina Bar Foundation pro bono program has been wired – literally – to provide simple wills, health care power of attorney and financial power of attorney documents for first responders and their families for years to come.
“Through the challenges of the pandemic, the NCBF developed a new app-based technology that allows volunteers to serve clients remotely and virtually, which I expect will be an invaluable tool as we ramp up our clinic offerings,” said Alex Rogers, who is serving as the Foundation’s new pro bono clinics attorney.
Rogers brings a familiar face to the N.C. Bar Center. She served in the CLE Department prior to and after attending Elon University School of Law, where she was a Presidential Scholar, Pro Bono Board director and Veteran’s Expunction Project coordinator.
She is also well-versed in the history and impact of Wills for Heroes.
“Wills for Heroes is a cornerstone program of the North Carolina Bar Foundation,” Rogers said. “I look forward to working with attorney and paralegal volunteers to extend Wills for Heroes clinics across the state in 2022, offering multiple clinics per month.”
“I am excited to lead this work and look forward to watching the program grow.”
Rogers hit the ground running last fall and shortly thereafter staged a successful Wills for Heroes clinic in partnership with the Raleigh Police Department. The event took place in December and every slot was filled as volunteer lawyers and notaries provided invaluable expertise and more.