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With Abundant Population Comes Abundant Need: Metropolitan-Area Attorneys Are Answering The Call

This article originally appeared in the August 2021 issue of North Carolina Lawyer Magazine. Read the complete article written by Russell Rawlings and view all NC Lawyer issues at

More than half of North Carolina’s citizens reside in the state’s three largest metropolitan statistical areas, commonly known as the Triad (Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point), the Triangle (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill) and the Charlotte area (Charlotte, Concord, Gastonia).

Numbering well over six million residents, these areas are home to the state’s largest universities and many of its most successful businesses and industries. As these areas continue to grow and prosper, the unmet legal needs of their poorest citizens also continue to grow.

The fifth edition of the North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society, announced earlier this year by the N.C. Pro Bono Resource Center, was filled with the names of North Carolina lawyers who stepped forward last year to provide pro bono legal assistance in the state’s largest cities and surrounding towns.