Access to Justice Pro Bono Partners

Welcome

The Mecklenburg Access to Justice Pro Bono Partners Program is a joint program of Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy and Legal Aid of North Carolina-Charlotte and is the largest pro bono program in North Carolina.

The attorneys and advocates who work with our organizations enable us to serve more people in need, to narrow Mecklenburg County’s justice gap, and to build a stronger, more just community for us all.

Last year, more than 500 local attorneys contributed almost 6,500 hours on behalf of clients in need of legal assistance.

“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

Thank you for your interest in volunteering your time and expertise. We are always in need of pro bono attorneys who are dedicated to helping us serve more clients in need of legal help they otherwise could not afford.

Interested in volunteering?
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Pro Bono Partners News

NCBA to Recognize Charlotte Triage Pro Bono Partners

2021 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 2020.

 

Pro Bono Spotlight: Jane Ratteree

Jane Ratteree of Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson represented The Advocacy Center in a real estate transaction in which we acquired the building that will be our new home beginning later this year. Ratteree’s service and expertise were invaluable to The Advocacy Center as we navigated this search and transaction process. Because of Ratteree, our future modern office space will represent the respect and esteem that The Advocacy Center’s staff and clients deserve. 

 

Pro Bono Opportunities

Click on highlighted opportunities for more information.

Consumer Issues

Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy

  • Auto sale and financing fraud
  • Unfair and deceptive practices
  • Foreclosure rescue equity scams
  • Breach of contract / home repair
  • Unfair debt collection
  • Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcies
  • Student loans and credit issues

Legal Aid of North Carolina

  • Exemptions from Collection of Judgments
  • Bankruptcy (to save homes)
  • Foreclosures

Community Redevelopment

Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy

Legal Services for the Elderly

Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy

  • Wills, Advance Directives
  • Healthcare Powers of Attorney

Family Support & Healthcare Access

Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy

Housing Issues

Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy

  • Foreclosure Defense

Legal Aid of North Carolina

  • Evictions and Habitability
  • Subsidized Housing
  • Tenant’s Rights
  • Utilities

Immigration Assistance

Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy

  • Immigration Law – Humanitarian Relief for Adults and Children (U-Visa, SIJS, Asylum)
  • Safe Child Immigrant Project • Immigration Court Assistance Program
  • Legal Assistance to Immigrants in Domestic Violence, Housing and Consumer Law

Legal Aid of North Carolina

  • Applications for Battered Immigrants

Legal Services for Veterans

Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy

  • Disability Compensation
  • VA Pensions
  • Discharge Upgrades
  • Overpayments
  • Assistance in Other Civil Legal Matters

Tax Matters

Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy

  • Tax Controversies
  • Tax Court Litigation

Click here to navigate to the Pro Bono Resources Portal