Access to Justice Pro Bono Partners

Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy relies on our pro bono volunteers to help us narrow Mecklenburg County’s justice gap

Individuals who cannot afford an attorney or access critical information are unlikely to prevail in complex court systems designed for those with legal representation.  Volunteer attorneys can be critical advocates in an otherwise inaccessible legal system. 

Pro Bono Opportunities

Attorneys who volunteer with us are provided with:  

  • Malpractice Insurance 
  • Trainings 
  • Toolkits and templates 
  • Mentorship and support throughout the life of the case 
  • Use of our offices and conference rooms for client meetings 

“The only way we can face the realities of what goes on day-to-day in our community is to do pro bono work.”

Heryka Knoespel, Access to Justice pro bono attorney, McGuireWoods LLP

May Pro Bono Spotlight: Christian Keichel

Christian Keichel, Associate Attorney at Pope McMillan, P.A., approached the Advocacy Center several years ago about getting involved: “I grew up in Charlotte and have generally engaged in volunteer work in some form or another since I was in high school. Now that I’m an attorney, it became important to me to [continue volunteering] by engaging in pro bono work.” Christian has proven a reliable attorney and a capable litigator, with a focus on serving clients through our Consumer Protection Program. We are grateful for his pro bono service to our clients. Thank you, Christian!

Christian Keichel, Pope McMillan, P.A.

April Pro Bono Spotlight: Garrity & Gossage

For years, the dedicated estate planning attorneys at Garrity & Gossage have supported our Legal Services for the Elderly Unit.  Last year, they trained volunteer attorneys from Duke Energy and Parker Poe, teaching them the basics of drafting wills, Powers of Attorney, and Healthcare Powers of Attorney.  They then provided critical day-of assistance at the Wills Clinic held at the Advocacy Center, supervising and assisting our pro bono partners. 

Garrity & Gossage Staff Attorneys

Pro Bono Honor Roll

The Access to Justice Pro Bono Partners Program of Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy and Legal Aid of North Carolina-Charlotte is pleased to recognize our committed pro bono attorneys who donated at least 20 hours of service or closed three or more cases for our clients in 2022.