LEGAL AID NEWS
The Newsletter of Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. Premier Edition Vol. 1 No. 1 , November 2002
LEGA L AID NC
We’ve formed a new, statewide
Pender R. McElroy, Esq.
James McElroy & Diehl, PA, Charlotte
law firm in North Carolina...
Vice-Chair On Monday, July 1, 2002, low-income and established poverty levels in cases where a public
Leo L. Allison elderly North Carolinians were able to access a benefit is at issue.
Client Representative, Efland
new law firm: Legal Aid of North Carolina. Field offices are supervised by senior managing
Treasurer The new, nonprofit organization is the result of attorneys. Advisory boards will help set
James B. Maxwell, Esq.
Maxwell Freeman & Bowman, PA, Durham a multi-year planning effort by 15 substantive law priorities on a local
Secretary federally funded, legal services and regional basis. The Legal Aid
Reid C. Adams, Esq. programs and multiple supporting of NC administrative office is
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC,
and/or affiliate groups in North centrally located in downtown
Carolina. Legal Aid of NC Raleigh.
Glenn A. Barfield, Esq. operates from 25 offices and serves The formation of Legal Aid of
Barnes Braswell & Haithcock, PA, Goldsboro
all 100 counties in the state. North Carolina represents the
Client Representative, Greensboro “Basically, legal services programs fulfillment of recommendations
Leto Copeley, Esq. across the state, with their rich provided in a 1998 report from the
Patterson Harkavy & Lawrence, LLP, Raleigh
histories and traditions of service, NC Commission on the Delivery of
Burton Craige, Esq. have consolidated as one, statewide C i v i l Le g a l S e r v i c e s , a n
Patterson Harkavy & Lawrence, LLP, Raleigh
David D. Daggett, Esq.
program,” announced George R. Hausen, Jr., i n d e p e n d e n t c o m m i s s i o n
Lewis & Daggett, Winston-Salem Legal Aid of NC’s executive director. “We have appointed by the NC State Bar and NC Bar
Sarah Davis been charged to be available to serve low-income Association. That commission suggested that
Client Representative, Apex clients in all 100 counties of North Carolina. legal services in North Carolina be reorganized as
Willie Dawson, Esq. With pro bono help from the private bar and the a single corporation governed by a central, state-
Attorney at Law, New Bern
dedicated commitment of our staff, we feel that wide board of directors and take advantage of
Allyson K. Duncan, Esq.
Kilpatrick Stockton, LLP, Raleigh we can make strides toward equal justice in our reduced costs through centralized administrative
Richard E. Fay, Esq. state.” services and state-of-the-art technology.
Hamilton Gaskins Fay & Moon, PLLC, Charlotte Legal Aid of NC offers free legal representation Over the previous 15 months, a transition board
Mary Flowers in civil matters to low-income North Carolinians had negotiated the consolidation of the legal
Client Representative, High Point
whose income falls at or below 125% of federally service programs’ resources, bylaws and
L. Lynnette Fuller-Andrews, Esq.
Sara Lee Corporation, Winston-Salem established poverty levels. LANC may also serve corporation status for the new, statewide
Hada V. Haulsee, Esq. others whose income is below 185% of federally See New law firm(Continued on page 6)
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC,
Client Representative, Oxford
Scott B. Lewis, Esq.
NC Bar Association welcomes
Legal Aid of North Carolina
Attorney at Law, Lexington
Client Representative, Spindale
Frank G. Queen, Esq.
Brown Queen Patten & Jenkins, Waynesville Noting the strong ties between the NC Bar “Chef” Allan Head (r) of
Robert E. Riddle, Esq. Association (NCBA) and legal services programs the NC Bar Association
(NCBA) cuts the
Attorney at Law, Asheville, NC
over the decades, Allan B. Head, NCBA’s welcome cake along
Rhonda Shepherd executive director, and his staff welcomed Legal
Client Representative, North Wilkesboro
with George Hausen
Aid of North Carolina employees on their first (middle) of the new
Laura Shofner Legal Aid of NC, as
Client Representative, Goldsboro day of operation, July 1, 2002.
Michael Hamden (l) of
Bonnie Tatum “This day is a historical day,” declared Head at NC Prisoner Legal
Client Representative, Lumberton the Legal Aid of NC’s Administrative Office in Services looks on. The
John H. Vernon, III, Esq. Raleigh, “and will serve as a major step forward NCBA sent welcome
Vernon Vernon Wooten Brown Andrews &
for low-income people and the legal community packages to all new
Legal Aid employees on
Charles R. Ward in North Carolina. Certainly the NC Bar Associa- the July 1, 2002, the
Client Representative, Lake Waccamaw tion is proud to be a part of the consolidation of first day of operation for
Willis E. Williams See NCBA welcomes (Continued on page 7) Legal Aid of NC.
Client Representative, Jamesville
LEGAL AID NEWS, November, 2002
Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc.
LEGAL AID NEWS is published quarterly by Legal Aid From the Executive Director…
of North Carolina. Please send comments to:
Legal Aid of NC, 224 South Dawson Street, Raleigh, NC 27601 Welcome to Legal Aid of North Carolina
Editor: Dock Kornegay, 919/856-2564
Executive Director: George R. Hausen, Jr., Esq. On Monday, July 1, 2002, we began
Legal Aid of North Carolina is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization that the operation of Legal Aid of North
provides legal services to low-income persons in North Carolina and Carolina. We all need to know the
operates through 25 field offices and four statewide projects:
expectations of what will occur during
Ahoskie Office, 610 East Church Street; 252-332-5124
Senior Managing Attorney: Reynauld M. Williams, Esq.
the coming months.
Asheville Office, 184 East Chesnut; 828-236-1080
Beyond what is needed to ensure that
Senior Managing Attorney: Angeleigh Dorsey, Esq. clients, the bar, and the general public
Boone Office, 171 Grand Boulevard; 828-264-5640 know our new name, most of you will
Senior Managing Attorney: Charlotte Gail Blake, Esq. not notice any immediate change in the
Charlotte Office, 1431 Elizabeth Avenue; 704-971-2621 operation of your office.
Senior Managing Attorney: Theodore Fillette, Esq.
Concord Office, 133 Union Street; 704-786-4145
Our colleagues in Charlotte, Winston-
Managing Attorney: Judy Newbold, Esq. Salem, and, to some extent, Durham will
Durham Office, 212 North Mangum Street; 919-688-6396 face somewhat more challenges in the
Senior Managing Attorney: Gina Reyman, Esq. handling of intake and referral, but I
Fayetteville Office, 157 Gillespie Street; 910-483-0400 think we are prepared to deal with every
Senior Managing Attorney: Dale G. Deese, Esq. George R. Hausen, Jr.
contingency. Executive Director, Legal Aid of North Carolina
Gastonia Office, 111 East Third Ave, Ste 200; 704-865-2357
Managing Attorney: Lory Bittner, Esq.
Why we’ve changed...
Goldsboro Office, 102-A South William Street; 919-731-2800 organization, there will be much more
A few years ago, our principal funder,
Senior Managing Attorney: Hazel Mack-Hilliard, Esq. opportunity for collaboration between
the Legal Services Corporation (LSC),
Greensboro Office, 122 N. Elm St, Ste 700; 336-272-0148 offices. Being “out of our service area”
Senior Managing Director: Ronald B. Halpern, Esq. issued notice that the independent legal
will no longer automatically disqualify a
Greenville Office, 427 W. Evans Street; 252-758-0113 services programs located in North
client from our services.
Senior Managing Attorney: Evan Lewis, Esq. Carolina and funded by LSC should con-
Fluid boundaries should mean also that
Hillsborough Office, 114 West Corbin Street; 919-732-8137 solidate. Those programs, through the
Senior Managing Attorney: Gina Reyman, Esq. younger attorneys will be able to get
Transition Board, had been engaged in
Lexington Office, 6-B Fourth Street more experience in other substantive law
Senior Managing Attorney: Ron B. Halpern, Esq. serious negotiations for nearly two years.
areas through co-counseling
Morganton Office, 211 East Union Street; 828-437-8280 Out of that process, Legal Aid of NC
arrangements with experienced advocates
Senior Managing Attorneys: Barbara Degen & Andrew Cogdell has emerged along with unrestricted
in other offices. Clients will benefit from
Monroe Office, 100 West Jefferson Street programs in Charlotte and Winston-
Managing Attorney: Judy Newbold, Esq. our increased capacity.
Salem and a commitment to provide a
New Bern Office, 213 Pollock Street; 252-637-9502 Perhaps the most exciting development
full range of services to clients in every
Senior Managing Attorney: Evan Lewis, Esq. of the consolidation process has been the
county across the state.
Pembroke Office, East Main & 2nd Street; 910-521-2831 realization of a process wherein clients
Senior Managing Attorney: Dale G. Deese, Esq. Legal Aid of North Carolina now
can be provided a full range of services
Raleigh Office, 219 Fayetteville St. Mall, 1 Exchange Plaza, Ste 810 comprise some 220 employees serving
in a way that has not been possible until
Senior Managing Attorney: Victor J. Boone, Esq.; 919-828-4647 all 100 counties through its 25 offices.
now. In the spirit of the 1999 state
Rocky Mount Office, 148 S. Washington St, Ste 105 We have grouped our offices by re-
Senior Managing Attorney: Hazel Mack-Hilliard, Esq.; 252-442-0635 planning report, “Working Together for
gions, as follows: 1.) Northeast Region:
Sanford Office, 133 South Horner Boulevard; 919-774-6241 the Future,” and LSC’s Program Letter
Senior Managing Attorney: Victor J. Boone, Esq. Ahoskie, Greenville, Goldsboro, New
2000-7, yet within the confines of the
Smithfield Office, 312 South Third Street; 919-934-5027 Bern, Rocky Mount and Wilson;
restrictions, Legal Aid of NC intends to
Senior Managing Attorney: Victor J. Boone, Esq. 2.) Southeast Region: Fayetteville, Pem-
work with Legal Aid of Southern
Sylva Office, 1286 West Main Street; 828-586-8931 broke and Wilmington; 3.) Triangle
Senior Managing Attorneys: James Holloway & Larry Nestler Piedmont (Charlotte), Legal Aid Society
Region: Durham, Henderson,
Wilmington Office, 201 N. Front St, Ste 1002; 910-763-6207 of Northwest NC (Winston-Salem), the
Hillsborough, Raleigh, Sanford and
Senior Managing Attorneys: Richard M. Klein & James J. Wall NC Justice & Community Development
Smithfield; 4.) Triad Region: Greens-
Wilson Office, 409 North Goldsboro Street; 252-291-6851 Center (Raleigh), as well as Pisgah Legal
Senior Managing Attorney: Hazel Mack-Hilliard, Esq. boro, Lexington and Winston-Salem; and
Services (Asheville) to develop an intake
Winston-Salem Office, 216 West Fourth St; 336-725-9166 5.) West Region: Asheville, Boone,
Managing Attorney: Liza A. Baron, Esq. and referral protocol that will ensure that
Charlotte, Concord, Gastonia, Morganton
Statewide Projects (4): 1.) no client is turned away without
Advocates for Children’s Services, Raleigh, 919-865-7200 referral to some sort of service; and
Senior Managing Attorney: Lewis Pitts, Esq. As Legal Aid of NC, our size and
2.) all of our clients receive the service
Domestic Violence Initiative, Raleigh, 919-865-7200 structure should make us more accessible
Project Director: TeAndra Miller, Esq. most appropriate to their needs, including
to clients. The regional structure will
Environmental Poverty Law Project, Hillsborough, 1-800-398-5437 referral to unrestricted services in an
Project Director: Melany Earnhardt, Esq. permit us to share and deploy resources
effortless-for the clients-manner.
Farmworker Unit, Raleigh, 919-856-2180
to a degree that will make the current ser-
Senior Managing Attorney: Mary Lee Hall, Esq. Every legal service organization
vice boundaries more fluid.
represented on the Planning Council has
LEG AL AID NC
B ec a u s e we c o n s t i t u t e o n e See Welcome (Continued on page 3)
LEGAL AID NEWS, November, 2002 Page 2
Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc.
Welcome (Continued from page 2) of Directors began wrestling with those
agreed in principal on organizing our policies in July with a goal of having final
Upcoming Events Calendar
work in a way that will maximize policies in place, including a workable November 20-21, 2002
effectively our clients’ access to the best salary scale for all positions, by the end 2002 Pro Bono Coordinators Institute
possible service. of the year. NC Bar Center, Cary, NC
As the largest intake portal for clients in November 22, 2002
the state, Legal Aid of NC is an essential Legal Aid of NC Clients Council Meeting
Simply put, Legal Aid of NC, as one
part of effective access a reality. Holiday Inn, Fayetteville, NC
organization, will be funded as one
Making the change… organization. No longer will some pro- December 3-6, 2002
No immediate changes are anticipated grams feast while others famine. We are Legal Services Task Force Meetings
in staff or management. Other than those shedding the old identities for very good NC Bar Center, Cary, NC
changes required in Charlotte and reasons. Offices, although still vested December 13, 2002
Winston-Salem to effect the with much autonomy, will no longer run Legal Aid of NC Board of Directors Meeting
consolidation, no changes in staff came as in isolation of each other. Raises and Durham Wyndham Garden Hotel, Durham, NC
a result of the consolidation. Some other compensation will be calculated and January 31, 2003
offices, including the Administrative budgeted on a statewide basis. NC Planning Council Meeting
Office (Raleigh), will lose staff and delay During this transition period, we will, (Site TBA)
hiring for those positions. These changes however, all need to be resourceful, February 14, 2003
came about for reasons other than creative and flexible in our approach to Legal Aid of NC Board of Directors Meeting
consolidation. our work on behalf of clients. We are in Goldsboro, NC
Our ability to establish name a period in which we are purposely March 7, 2003
recognition with the public and the bar is delaying hiring for positions and delaying NC Planning Council Meeting
very much contingent upon the consistent capital expenses. In this uncertain (Site TBA)
use of our “brand” name. Every effort economy, our major funding sources also March 10-13, 2003 (tentative dates)
will be made to inform the bar, the have concerns about revenue. Even if we Legal Services Task Force Meetings
judiciary, our legislators and funders receive additional LSC funds because of NC Bar Center, Cary, NC
about our new name and configuration. population shifts, we can expect a year of June 14-18, 2003
Your support also is critical to belt-tightening throughout 2003. NC Academy of Trial Lawyers Annual Meeting
establishing name recognition. I am quite confident that we can meet Sunset Beach, NC
Information has been sent to each office the challenges of potential reduced June 18-22, 2003
regarding the standards for letterhead, funding. It must be our objective to in- NC Bar Association Annual Meeting
business cards, signs and other crease access and advocacy in spite of Asheville, NC
identifying tools that are to be used on all declining revenue.
June 20, 2003 (tentative date)
Legal Aid communications to the public The new consolidation and our funding Legal Aid of NC Board of Directors Meeting
and bar. To assist in the establishment of crisis present us with an opportunity to Asheville, NC
our new name and avoid creating forsake “the way we’ve always done it”
June 20, 2003
confusion in the public, we have asked all and to implement reasonable innovations
NC Planning Council Meeting
personnel to adhere to all of the logo in our service delivery model. Asheville, NC
criteria whenever they answer the tele-
Let’s move forward… September 8-11, 2003 (tentative date)
phone, print business cards and
We—all of us—now share a piece of Legal Services Task Force Meetings
correspond with clients and adversaries.
each field office’s history and have the NC Bar Center, Cary, NC
The staff of the Administrative Office
opportunity to expand our work to help September 12, 2003 (tentative date)
worked very hard over the months prior
our clients and be united for equal justice Legal Aid of NC Board of Directors Meeting
to the consolidation to ensure that the
across North Carolina. Lumberton, NC
transitions to our new payroll and benefits
We have a great challenge before us, September 19, 2003
systems went smoothly. I suppose that
and I am privileged to share that journey NC Planning Council Meeting
only other support staff would fully
with each of you. As we move ahead, I Site TBA)
appreciate the work that has gone on
hope that each of you will feel free to
behind the scenes, but I can assure you Job Opportunities - Legal Aid of NC
contact me with your suggestion, con-
that there has been much detailed
cerns and/or questions. I can be con- Job opportunities at Legal Aid of NC are listed
tweaking to ensure that everyone has on the “Jobs and Internships” webpage on
tacted at email@example.com, or
received appropriate information and the Legal Aid of NC website:
reached by telephone at 919-856-2130.
guidelines for the transition...including
I am very proud to be a part of an http://www.legalaidnc.org/
payroll and vendor information.
organization with such a storied tradition.
The staff committees producing person- Legal Aid of NC is an equal opportunity
Thanks for helping to make this happen.
nel policies largely have completed their employer. Minorities, women, the elderly and
Welcome to Legal Aid of North the disabled are encouraged to apply.
work. The new Legal Aid of NC Board
LEGAL AID NEWS, November, 2002 Page 3
Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc.
Kilpatrick Stockton associate serving with Legal Aid of NC
Law Firm provides unique fellowship in Charlotte office
Lisa Flowers, an associate with “We are honored to be the host office children, I want to instill in my children
Kilpatrick Stockton in Charlotte, will for this extraordinary contribution by the importance of helping those less
serve a six-month fellowship with Legal Kilpatrick Stockton,” said Ted Fillette, fortunate I am honored that Kilpatrick
Aid of North Carolina beginning in Assistant Executive Director for Legal Stockton has asked me to represent the
October 2002. Aid of NC, “At the present time, no firm in such a significant and meaningful
"We selected Legal Aid of North other law firm in manner.”
Carolina as the partnering organiza- North Carolina has Flowers received her B.A. from the
tion for this fellowship," noted Deb- established a fellow- University of Alabama in 1985, and her
bie Segal, Pro Bono Counsel for ship such as this.” J.D. from North Carolina Central School
Kilpatrick Stockton, "because of our Fillette also noted of Law, magna cum laude, in 2000.
excellent working relationship with that Flowers has a While in law school, Ms. Flowers served
the Charlotte Office in pro bono remarkable history as Editor-in-Chief of the North Carolina
work." of pro bono Central Law Journal, Secretary of the
Flowers will provide legal (volunteer) work Trial Advocacy Board, and also was an
representation to low-income people during her two years active member of the Moot Court Board.
in the Mecklenburg County area as an attorney in the In 2001, Kilpatrick Stockton’s Char-
through the Charlotte office of Legal Charlotte area. lotte attorneys donated nearly 2,900
Aid of North Carolina. She will In 2001, Flowers hours of pro bono work to organizations
focus on housing litigation Lisa Flowers
contributed 177 pro such as Legal Services of Southern Pied-
“Obviously this is a tremendous bono hours and was mont. That averages about 60 hours per
opportunity for me to gain substantial named the recipient of the 2002 YLD attorney, a number Fillette calls
litigation experience,” says Flowers, who (Young Lawyers Division) Pro Bono unprecedented and outpaces the
is in her third year with Kilpatrick Award by the North Carolina Bar Asso- American Bar Association’s
Stockton. “When I was approached ciation. She also received the Mecklen- recommendation of 50 hours per
about the fellowship, I just said ‘Why burg County Bar 2002 VLP (Volunteer attorney.
not?’, because it will definitely be a Lawyer Program) Award for her out- Kilpatrick Stockton LLP is a full ser-
win-win-win situation...for me, for Legal standing volunteer work, some of which vice international law firm with more
Aid and for my law firm.” was in partnership with Legal Services of than 500 attorneys in offices in Atlanta
Flowers is the first recipient of the Southern Piedmont in Charlotte. and Augusta, GA; Charlotte, Raleigh and
Ralph Stockton Fellowship in North “I feel that my legal skills have been Winston-Salem, NC; Washington, DC;
Carolina. The fellowship is named in improved immeasurably through my pro Miami, Florida; London, England; and
honor of Ralph Stockton, who was a bono experiences at Legal Aid,” noted Stockholm, Sweden.
founding partner of the law firm. Flowers. “Also, as a parent of three
Annual “Access to Justice” campaign runs December-February
Legal Aid programs seek support from private firms, attorneys
Legal Aid offices and programs across law firms, businesses and individuals for during the 2002-03 “Access to Justice”
North Carolina will be reaching out to support. The requests are made through campaign.
their communities for support during the mailings, telephone calls and “IOLTA’s support for this campaign is
annual “Access to Justices” campaign presentations. greatly appreciated,” remarked Hausen,
this winter. “All donations made during the annual “and is another example of how strongly
“We run the campaign to enhance our campaign can be designated,” added the legal community in North Carolina
capacity to provide free representation in Hausen. “This means that local supports our work for equal justice.”
civil matters to low-income families,” donations and pledges can go toward The seven Legal Aid of NC offices that
said George Hausen, Legal Aid of NC’s support of legal aid within the local are eligible for the IOLTA Rural
executive director. “The Access to community.” Incentive Grants include: Ahoskie,
Justice donations and pledges help us fill In efforts to encourage donations in the Boone, New Bern/Greenville, Morgan-
the gaps in our struggle for equal justice rural, less populated areas of North ton, Pembroke, Sylva and Wilson.
and demonstrate the strong support of Carolina, IOLTA is again providing The annual “Access to Justice”
our legal aid programs by the bar.” “Rural Incentive Grants.” These grants campaigns have raised nearly $1.8 mil-
During the campaign, legal aid staff provide additional funds to those offices lion statewide over the past 11 years.
and advisory board members approach that achieve specified fundraising goals See Access to Justice (Continued on page 11)
LEGAL AID NEWS, November, 2002 Page 4
Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc.
Clifton Everett Community Lawyer Fellowships Legal Services Corporation
An opportunity to make a difference… 2002 Poverty Guidelines
Clifton W. Everett, Sr. Community Mr. Everett played a principal role in the
As the Legal Services Corporation (LSC)
Lawyer Fellowships have been offered creation of North Carolina IOLTA as
funded program in North Carolina, Legal Aid
annually since 1992 as one-year staff President of the NC State Bar.
of NC provides free, community-based, civil
attorney positions that serve low-income He dedicated his life to the extension of
legal services in all 100 counties of North
people who live in rural areas. justice in rural parts of eastern North
Carolina to those whose income falls below
Everett Fellows are selected based on Carolina.
125% of the federal poverty guidelines:
their legal abilities and their demonstrated
commitment to social justice. Size of Maximum
Everett Fellows must be dedicated to Family Unit Income Level*
making the legal system responsive to 1 $ 11,075
those who have been marginalized by
both poverty and geography. 2 $ 14,925
Each Everett Fellow must be ready to 3 $ 18,775
accept the challenging and rewarding
tasks of a full-fledged attorney who serves 4 $ 22,625
rural communities. 5 $ 26,475
Each Everett Fellow is responsible for Iris Peoples Green (NCCU Law School, ‘01)
handling a general caseload in the served as an Everett Fellow in the Advocates for 6 $ 30,325
Children’s Services project unit in 2001-02.
traditional areas of poverty law practice 7 $ 34,175
and focusing on
clients who live 8 $ 38,025
in rural areas. 2003-2004 Clifton Everett * [The figures in this table represent 125% of the
Types of cases Community Fellowships poverty guidelines by family size as determined
usually involve by the US Department of Health & Human Services.]
Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. is
h o u s i n g , seeking applications to fill two (2)
employment, Legal Aid of North Carolina provides legal
positions for the Clifton W. Everett, Sr.
consumer, representation and counseling in civil
Community Lawyer Fellowship for
domestic and/or (non-criminal) cases only.
public benefit The fellowships will be placed in
issues. For additional information on Legal Services
Legal Aid of NC’s field offices
The Everett Corporation’s policies and regulations, visit
Jennifer Lee (Columbia located in Morganton and New Bern.
Fellowship the LSC website: http://www.lsc.gov
Law School, ‘98) served as a Everett Fellows must be licensed to
Clifton Everett Fellow in the provides an practice law in North Carolina when the
Farmworkers Unit in 2001-02.
excellent Because of limited resources, Legal Aid of
fellowship begins in September 2003.
opportunity for post-graduates to gain NC’s cases are generally limited to those that
Applicants will be expected to have a
litigation experience and provide valuable impact clients’ basic needs, including hous-
demonstrated co mmitment to
service to low-income, rural communities. ing, access to medical care, protection from
community service and to be able to
The Everett Fellowship typically begins domestic violence and abuse, consumer pro-
relate well to low-income people in a
in September, after the law student tection and subsistence income.
graduate has sat for the NC Bar exam and Previous experience as a Martin
received his/her results. North Carolina's Legal Services offices and
Luther King, Jr. Intern (summer intern)
Interviews are performed at the office projects work together to recruit, train,
or as an IOLTA-funded summer intern
for which the position is available; mentor and coordinate over 3,700 private
is a plus.
however, preliminary interviews may take attorney (pro bono) volunteers through local
Applicants are encouraged to apply by
place at remote locations (such as during volunteer lawyers programs (VLP’s).
November 20, 2002; however, the
on-campus interviews). positions are open until filled. Send a
The Everett Fellowships are funded by Legal Aid of NC receives funding from LSC
cover letter (expressing your interest)
the North Carolina IOLTA Board of (50%), the NC General Assembly (12%), and
and your resume, three references and
Trustees in memory of Clifton W. Everett, IOLTA (Interest On Lawyers’ Trust Accounts;
writing samples to:
Sr., a lifetime resident of eastern North 12%). The remaining funds come from Title
Clifton Everett Fellowship II funds for Older Americans, United Way,
Carolina who served as President of the
Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. local governments, individual attorneys, foun-
NC State Bar and as Vice-Chairman and
P.O. Box 26087 dations and other grants.
member of the Board of Trustees of the
Raleigh, NC 27611
LEGAL AID NEWS, November, 2002 Page 5
Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc.
New law firm (Continued from page 1)
nonprofit organization. The transition
Board of Directors elects 2002-03 officers;
board also hired Hausen as the first McElroy named chair, Allison is vice-chair
executive director of Legal Aid of NC.
Hausen was formerly the interim During a preliminary meeting of the Reid C. “Cal” Adams of Womble
executive director of Legal Services of board of directors of the newly formed Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, Winston-
NC (LSNC). Legal Aid of North Carolina, Pender R. Salem, was appointed chair of the
New offices have also been opened in McElroy was elected chair of the board personnel committee.
Charlotte, Concord, Gastonia, Monroe of directors. Additional committees are scheduled to
and Winston-Salem to provide one-on- McElroy, a partner in the law firm of be appointed at the October 11, 2002
one legal services as allowed under James McElroy & Diehl of board of directors meeting in
federal funding. Legal Services of Charlotte, NC, had previously Charlotte.
Southern Piedmont (Charlotte) and Legal served as chair of the Transi- The Legal Aid of North Caro-
Aid Society of Northwest NC (Winston- tion Board for Legal Aid, lina board of directors will meet
Salem), will no longer receive federal which had developed the cor- a minimum of four times a year.
funding through the Legal Services porate structure for the new, Meeting locations (cities/towns)
Corporation and will focus their efforts statewide legal aid program. are set annually by the Board of
on advocacy using tools or remedies that "Today is a historic day for Directors. Meeting sites (usually
are unavailable to federally-funded legal aid in our state," de- at hotels or other public meeting
programs. clared McElroy following his sites) are determined at least
The Legal Aid of NC board of directors election on July 26. "We be- Leo L. Allison one month prior to the meeting.
includes geographically elected client lieve that the decisions that Vice-Chair
representatives and appointed attorneys we are making today and this The current schedule of meet-
serving as representatives of legal asso- year will provide the firm foundation for ings for the next 12 months is as follows:
ciations across North Carolina, including: an efficient and effective legal services December 12, 2002, Durham
NC Bar Association, NC State Bar, NC that will serve North Carolina for the February 14, 2003, Goldsboro
Academy of Trial Lawyers, NCBA next 100 years. Much work has been June 20, 2003, Asheville
Hispanic & Latino Lawyers Committee, done by many dedicated people to September 12, 2003, Lumberton
NC Association of Defense Attorneys, consolidate legal services programs in
NC Association of Black Lawyers, NC North Carolina, and much work will be Election of officers is scheduled for
Gay and Lesbian Attorneys and NC done this next year." June of each year. Directors are
Association of Women Attorneys. Other officers that were elected in- appointed for three-year terms, with
“The broad representation on the Board cluded: Leo L. Allison (of United Voices one-third of the board of directors being
will be an asset to our efforts to provide of Efland, Efland, NC) as Vice Chair; reappointed each year.
equal justice across the state and will set James B. Maxwell (of Maxwell Free-
appropriate policy for Legal Aid on a man & Bowman, P.A. in Durham, NC)
statewide basis,” notes Hausen. as Treasurer; and Reid C. "Cal" Adams
Each of the Legal Aid of NC offices (of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice,
already been connected to a web-enabled PLLC, of Winston-Salem, NC) as Secre-
case management system, which will tary.
provide for uniform reporting and Other directors elected to the Legal Aid
information sharing. Additionally, the of NC’s executive committee were: L.
L e g a l A i d o f N C we b s i t e , Lynnette Fuller-Andrews of Sara Lee
http://www.legalaidnc.org, provides a Corporation, Winston-Salem, NC and
webpage for each of the offices. Charles R. Ward of Lake
“Technology will be a key element Waccamaw, NC.
toward helping our advocates deliver The board of directors also approved
information to our clients,” remarks the establishment of an “Unrestricted
Hausen, “and should help free our Program Committee,” which will pro-
attorneys to practice law.” mote the cooperation with unrestricted
legal service deliver programs in North Sylvia Lamm Locco (above, middle) provided
Carolina. Glenn A. Barfield of Barnes the winning design for the logo (below). Mrs.
Visit the Legal Aid of NC Braswell & Haithcock, Goldsboro, NC, Locco is the spouse of staff attorney Marco
website: was appointed as chair of that Locco (left) of the Wilmington office of Legal
Aid of NC. Executive Director George Hausen
committee and will also serve as Legal (right) thanked Mrs. Lamm at the NCBA meet-
http://www.legalaidnc.org/ Aid of NC’s representative to the Legal ing in Wilmington. More than 60 entries were
Services Planning Council. submitted for consideration.
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McElroy receives William L. Thorp Pro Bono NCBA welcomes (Continued from page 1)
legal aid across our state.”
Award from NC Bar Association In addition to a cake-cutting, media
event in Raleigh at the new
The NC Bar Association (NCBA) presented its 2002 Administrative Office of Legal Aid of
William A. Thorp Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award to NC, NCBA staff sent personal
Pender R. McElroy at its annual meeting in Wilmington on congratulations notes to all 25 Legal Aid
June 20. of NC offices. Included were gifts, such
McElroy, an attorney with James McElroy & Diehl in Char- as boxes of “Atomic Fireball” candies
lotte, was recognized for service as chairman of the Transition with the message “The North Carolina
Board for Legal Aid of North Carolina from April 2001-June Bar Association thinks you are RED
2002, as well as an exemplary career of volunteer service to HOT!!!”
multiple community organizations in North Carolina over the “The NC Bar Association has a long
years. Pender R. McElroy tradition of support of legal services
The award was established in 1984 to recognize lawyers programs in our state,” remarked George
who provide exceptional pro bono legal assistance to Hausen, Legal Aid of NC’s executive
low-income citizens in North Carolina. This year, the award was renamed in memory director, “and serves a vital role in
of “Bill Thorp, a founder of Legal Services of North Carolina. helping us secure volunteer pro bono
In presenting the award to McElroy, the NCBA cited the success of the restructuring work from the private bar. Our special
of North Carolina’s delivery system this past year, due in part to the leadership of thanks also goes to Michelle Cofield,
McElroy as chairman of the Transition Board, which created the structure for the new, who provided administrative support for
statewide program, Legal Aid of North Carolina. the Transition Board this past year.”
The awards program article reported that McElroy “kept this diverse group on time, Hausen noted that the NCBA
on track and by the sheer force of his character, helped them find a consensus....He contributed to the founding of many of
rolled up his sleeves and performed hundreds of rough hours plowing through myriad, the legal aid programs in North Carolina
complex and mundane administrative issues with the Transition Board. His efforts will (such as Legal Services of North
benefit 1.2 million people in North Carolina who are eligible for legal services.” Carolina in 1976). He added that the NC
On July 1, 2002, Legal Aid of North Carolina became fully operational and the Tran- Commission on the Delivery of Civil
sition Board was dissolved. McElroy was then elected as the first chair of the board of Legal Services was formed as a joint ef-
directors for the new Legal Aid of North Carolina program. fort of the NCBA and the NC State Bar
Congratulations, Mr. McElroy! during the 1996-98 period. That
Ted Fillette selected for NCBA’s “Outstanding commission provided recommendations
that lead to the formation of Legal Aid of
Legal Services Attorney” Award for 2002 North Carolina.
The NC Bar Association presented its 2002 Outstanding Legal Services Attorney The NCBA is a voluntary organization
Award to Theodore “Ted” Fillette at its annual meeting in Wilmington on June 20. with more than 12,500 members, and is
Fillette was cited for his work as an advocate for the rights of low-income persons in the largest organization in the state
North Carolina for nearly 30 years. At the time that the award was serving the diverse professional needs of
presented, Fillette was deputy director of Legal Services of Southern lawyers. Founded in 1899, the NCBA
Piedmont (LSSP) in Charlotte. provides programs for attorneys and the
The award was established in 1991 to recognize outstanding work general public, including professional
of a legal services attorney in North Carolina. support, lobbying on issues of interest to
The awards program article reported that Fillette “who has been a the Bar, continuing legal education
strong and effective attorney for the rights of low-income persons in programs, legal information materials,
our state on a consistent basis for nearly 30 years. the Lawyer Referral Service and support
“In 1977, the Residential Rental Agreements Act, largely written for pro bono legal services.
by Ted Fillette, was enacted by the General Assembly. In 1979, Ted The NCBA also formed the North
worked on the Retaliatory Eviction Defense Act, which was also enacted by the General Carolina Bar Foundation in 1987 to fund
Assembly. worthy projects or activities as well as
“In addition, Ted has been an effective advocate in several areas of public housing, respond to other legally related needs in
preventing displacement of low-income housing residents through urban renewal with- the community. Since that foundation
out adequate alternative housing. He has also developed community education concepts has awarded more than $1.65 million in
to increase the number of clients that can be served…. grants to numerous internal groups and
“Ted has also handled consumer, unemployment and several other types of cases in nonprofit organizations (including legal
his years at LSSP….” services programs) in North Carolina.
Fillette is currently an assistant executive director for Legal Aid of North Carolina For additional information about the
and serves as the senior managing attorney in the Charlotte office. NCBA, visit the NCBA website at:
Congratulations, Mr. Fillette! http://www.barlinc.org .
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Letter to newspaper Public exposure by the article and by chance to reform the current mental health
L.T.’s advocates made the state give up its system.
An Update on ‘L.T.’ “four-corners” slowdown. The state Nevertheless, what do we do with
[Editor’s note: The following letter appeared in official in charge, Dr. Richard J. Visin- children in need of services right now?
the ‘People’s Forum’ section of The News & gardi, finally agreed to authorize payment. The majority of these children are not
Observer on October 6, 2002.] He agreed to create a community-based equipped with the entourage (two lawyers,
Assertive advocacy works. At least for program for L.T. And Dorothea Dix court counselors, judges, guardian, county
“L.T.” it did. Hospital, a state-owned facility that previ- mental health staff) that L.T. had. Does
On Aug. 4 you ran a front-page article ously denied admittance “This was exciting news for the state really have
headlined “Violent youth’s therapy to L.T., agreed to accept everyone involved, even though it the funds to create the
stalled.” Among other things, it gave a him in their acute care took extreme levels of advocacy needed community
brief overview of our (Advocates for unit. L.T. is scheduled to to get L.T. this treatment….” services, or is that a
Children’s Services—ACS) client known step down to a newly ruse to deny
as L.T., who waited over five months in a created community-based group home in appropriate services until forced to give up
detention center for an appropriate Raleigh by Nov. 1. the ball? In fact, there is already a funding
placement. The lack of concern by the This was exciting news for everyone dispute between the state and the group
state appalled those fighting for treatment involved, even though it took extreme home that might further delay L.T.’s
for L.T. levels of advocacy to get L.T. this placement there.
State mental health officials knew the treatment. The state seems to be
sense of urgency of L.T.’s situation and constrained by the absence of funding. Its Iris Green
had ample opportunities to work with one and only witness in our Medicaid ap- Staff Attorney
local agencies but did nothing until after peal for L.T. testified under oath that in Advocates for Children’s Services
your reporter caught wind of the systemic her current position it was her job to slow Legal Aid of North Carolina
problem of children being routinely down if not stop out-of state placement for Raleigh
denied entitled services. children like L.T. to give the state a
More on... CONTACT INFORMATION
Advocates for Children’s Services Advocates for Children's Services
224 South Dawson Street
A leader in the fight for children’s rights and periodic screening, diagnosis, and Raleigh, NC 27601
in North Carolina, Advocates for treatment for children under age 21. 919-865-7200; Fax: 919-856-2120
Children’s Services (ACS) provides a Though Medicaid was enacted by Con- E-mail: ACSinfo@legalaidnc.org
critical service for children, the most gress more than 35 years ago, it still
vulnerable segment of our society. receives insufficient funding and is far
Recognizing that children are citizens from providing comprehensive services to Lewis Pitts, Senior Managing Attorney
with rights, ACS provides free legal all qualified individuals. Susan Epstein, Attorney
advice and representation to children The Individuals with Disabilities Edu- David Amsbary, Attorney
across North Carolina who need medical, cation Act (IDEA) promises a free, Iris Green, Attorney
psychiatric, special education, or foster appropriate, public education to all stu- Chaya Rao, Paralegal/Legal Assistant
care/adoption services. ACS represents dents, regardless of ability. Such educa-
children and their expressed interests – not tional services must be individualized and placement decisions for them. Enormous
the interest of adults. provided in the least restrictive environ- caseloads resulting from inadequate
ACS represents children who have been ment. IDEA was originally enacted in funding make it very difficult for social
denied services under “Three Big Federal 1990 and was reauthorized in 1997. service agencies to act in accordance with
Promises”: (1) Medicaid; (2) Individuals Special education law, however, goes back these provisions.
with Disabilities Education Act; and (3) to the 19th century. While public schools ACS is committed to continuing to bring
the Adoption and Safe Families Act. are mandated to comply with this before the courts and the public examples
Medicaid is the primary source of Congressional act, they are not adequately of the sad reality of system failure and
health care for low income families with funded to do so. broken promises to children. Because the
children and children in foster care. In The Adoption and Safe Families Act promises of health care, special education,
North Carolina, this program is called was enacted in 1997, amending the 1980 and safe and permanent homes has never
“Health Check.” Medicaid is financed Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare been fully funded at the state or national
jointly by the federal government and the Act. In addition to promising speedy, level, and because children are denied
states. Federal guidelines require that permanent placement to children in foster lawyers to assert their rights to such ser-
Medicaid cover a broad range of medical care, ASFA also puts children’s health and vices, there are many sad stories...even
and mental health services, including early safety first when it comes to making despite ACS’s efforts.
LEGAL AID NEWS, November, 2002 Page 8
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Landlords must provide safe, healthy housing
By Nicole Gooding-Ray, Esq.
If you rent an apartment, mobile you to call your landlord and let him be able to get free legal assistance
home or house, North Carolina law or her know about the problems – by calling Legal Aid of North
requires your landlord to provide referred to as “oral notice” or Carolina. You can find your local
you with a “fit and habitable” home. “verbal notice” in most circum- Legal Aid of North Carolina office
This means that you do not have stances. by looking in your phone book or on
to put up with water that is the Legal Aid website
contaminated, toilets that do not (www.legalaidnc.org), or by calling
work, rats, faulty electrical wiring, 919-856-2564.
window and door locks that do not If you don’t qualify for free legal
work or other problems that would aid, you may need to get a private
make the premises an unsuitable attorney to help. The North
place to live. Carolina Bar Association operates a
North Carolina law also requires lawyer referral service that can help
your landlord to comply with you find an attorney. The toll-free
building codes that exist in your city
or county. These building codes
The Law telephone number for the lawyer
referral service is 800-662-7660.
may put additional requirements on
your landlord to keep your home fit
And You If your landlord does not repair
your problem in an emergency
and habitable. Local inspection situation, you may be able to hire
offices enforce building codes, and However, if you end up taking someone to make the necessary
you should give them a call if you legal action to get the repairs done, repairs and then ask your landlord to
think your landlord is violating the it is difficult to prove that you made pay you back. Do this only after
code. The telephone number for a call, which is why it is always you have notified your landlord of
your inspection office can typically better to give written notice. If the the emergency situation and waited
be found in your local telephone needed repair is an emergency, for him or her to respond. Be sure
book; sometimes it is listed under however, call your landlord and do to carefully document every repair
the planning department. not wait to write the notice. that you have made and obtain
If you feel that your dwelling is If your landlord does not respond receipts. If your landlord refuses to
not “fit and habitable,” let your to your request, seek help. One pos- pay you back, seek legal help.
landlord know, and give him or her sible way to get help is by calling Remember that by North Carolina
the opportunity to make repairs. your local housing inspection office law, renters have the right to a
This is called giving “notice.” It is inspect your home. If the inspector decent, “fit and habitable” place to
always better to give the landlord finds any problems, the housing in- live. First, demand that your land-
written notice. Write down all of spection office will send a letter to lord make any needed repairs. If he
the problems with your home, sign your landlord and require him or her or she refuses, don’t be afraid to ask
and date the notice, make a copy for to make repairs to the premises. for help. The law is on your side!
yourself and mail it to your landlord. Another way to get help is by [Nicole Gooding-Ray is an attorney with
Mail the notice certified mail, return hiring an attorney. An attorney can Legal Aid of North Carolina and serves
receipt requested and keep a copy of advise you regarding the legal steps on the Legal Aid
the certified mail receipt and the you might take in order to ensure Housing Task
green return postcard for yourself. that your home in “fit and habitable” Force. “The Law
This is important in case you have to condition. An attorney may also be and You” is a syn-
take legal action to get the repairs able to help you get back some of dicated column that
is published by Le-
done. The court needs proof (the the rent you paid while your home
gal Aid of NC and is
green return postcard signed by the was in a bad condition. distributed at no
landlord) that your landlord received If you meet income and asset charge to newspa-
notice. guidelines (similar to qualifying for pers in North
North Carolina law also allows food stamps or Medicaid), you may Nicole Gooding-Ray Carolina.]
LEGAL AID NEWS, November, 2002 Page 9
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Donations requested for operation costs for Allen Johnson!!!
Friends of Allen Johnson across the made through NFT are tax-deductible. Foundation for Transplants,” with the
Triangle Area of North Carolina have “All donations, large or small, will be added notation that it is for the Allen John-
joined in a effort to raise funds to help greatly appreciated, and will help to son Fund. Donations may also be made by
Allen Johnson obtain a liver transplant. provide the support that is needed now,” credit card (see details on donor slip be-
“Much of the transplant costs, including noted Reyman. “Every dollar will be used low) or directly on line through the NFT
the surgery, will be covered by Medicare,” to pay for Allen’s transplant and related website, www.transplants.org by looking
notes Gina Reyman, senior managing expenses.” for Allen’s picture on the website featuring
attorney of Legal of NC’s Durham office. Checks should be payable to “National North Carolina transplant patients.
“However, the drugs necessary to keep the
body from rejecting the new liver are not
covered by insurance. Allen, like most of Friends of Allen Johnson Campaign
Yes, I will help Allen with a donation of $25 or more. Please send my tax receipt to:
us, does not have the financial resources to
pay the roughly $50,000+ that will be Name
needed.” Street Address
Johnson will receive his liver transplant
at Duke University Medical Center as City State Zip
soon as the required funds are available. I have enclosed a check for $_____________ (Payable to: “National Transplant Foundation”)
He must raise $18,000 by December 31,
Please charge my credit card. for a donation of $_____________ to help Allen Johnson
2002 in order to stay on schedule for the
transplant. (Circle One): VISA MasterCard American Express
Donations are being accepted through Card # __________________________ Signature
the National Foundation for Transplants
Mail to: Friends of Allen Johnson, P.O. Box 1032, Oxford NC 27565
(NFT), a nonprofit organization that helps
[Or you may make a donation with your credit card on the National Transplant Foundation secure website,
transplant candidates who do not have the www.transplants.org, Be sure to indicate that your donation is for Allen Johnson.]
insurance coverage or personal savings to
pay for their transplant. All donations Thank you for your generous donation.!
Central Legal Assistance Program rep-
Meet Allen Johnson resenting low-income residents of Gran-
Allen Johnson was born fifty years ago ville County as a client representative.
in Nash County, North Carolina. He In 2001-02 Allen served as a statewide
earned a degree in Economics from NC client representative on the Transition
Wesleyan College in 1978 and a Masters Board, which developed the structure for
Degree in Public Administration in 1982. the new, statewide Legal Aid of North
The on December 26, 1982, he married Carolina. He presently serves on the board
Cheryl Bridges of Granville County, NC of directors for Legal Aid of NC and as
Allen's personal commitment to Chair of the Legal Aid of NC Clients
Gabrielle, Cheryl, Allen and Seth Johnson
changing the lives of his neighbors for the Council. He has worked tirelessly to
better dictated the direction of his career. Allen has been disabled since October ensure that legal services for the poor of
He has worked with municipalities, public 1999, and the only income in the house- North Carolina will continue to be
and private agencies to provide services hold has been Allen's small disability in- provided at a level that mirrors the need
for all citizens in the communities in come. Cheryl recently returned to work to for such services.
which he and Cheryl have lived. help the family address financial concerns. Allen has also worked closely with the
On November 13, 1996, Allen and Though his health has continued to de- Oxford Housing Authority in an effort to
Cheryl had their first child, Gabrielle cline in recent years, Allen has endeavored provide safe and decent housing free from
Denise Johnson. Their son, Allen Seth to remain as active as his condition will crime and drugs where families can raise
Johnson, III, was born on August 9, 1998. allow. While living in the tidewater area their children. Among other projects, he
Allen’s life changed when he was of Portsmouth, Virginia, he was involved has worked with the housing authority to
diagnosed with chronic liver disease in in a variety of efforts designed to establish a Boy Scout troop and he worked
1997. He endured 18 months of treatment strengthen literacy and voter education, as with the public schools to establish a men-
designed to slow or possibly reverse his well as conducting population assessments tor program at Wilton Elementary School.
condition. Those efforts failed, and Allen to determine how local governments could Now Allen needs your help to raise the
was placed on the National Transplant List best address the needs of that population. dollars necessary to pay for medical costs
in September of 2000. Since that time, he After moving to Oxford, North Carolina not covered by Medicare. The liver trans-
has been receiving regular outpatient treat- in December 2000, he was appointed to plant is the last resort treatment for the
ment at the Duke University Liver Clinic. the Board of Directors of the North liver disease that threatens Allen’s life.
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Access to Justice (Continued from page 4) “Many law firms here in North Carolina
“When you work to develop pro “The success of our Access to Justice respond well,” said Hausen. “Some firms
bono programs—in law schools and campaign will be critical to our capacity ask their attorneys to donate the
in the bar; to provide legal services this year,” says equivalent of one billable hour per month
When you work to push your Chris Marks, Legal to help o ur
respective institutions toward an “The success of our Access to Justice
Aid of NC’s assistant campaign will be critical to our programs fill the
ideal of equal justice; director of finance & capacity to provide legal services this gap for equal
When you implement technological a d m i n i s t r a t i o n . year…” justice in our
advances to make the delivery of “Inflationary costs Chris Marks, communities.
Assistant Director, Legal Aid of NC.
legal services more efficient and continue to impact us, Some firms are
accessible; even at a time when we are making also willing to provide financial as well
When you raise money to support technological advances to increase our as pro bono support.”
legal services offices; capacity.” Hausen also noted that for the poor and
When you create and expand loan Although contributions are requested all disadvantaged, access to the legal system
forgiveness programs; across the state, the Access to Justice can often be the single most important
When you step out and lead the way campaign primarily targets attorneys and factor in determining the course of their
in the private bar; and most of all, private law firms, both for financial lives.
When you keep your faith in the donations and commitments for pro bono To make a contribution and/or pledge to
work of representing the excluded work during the coming year. the Access to Justice campaign, call the
when all around you are losing Expectations are high for support from local Legal Aid of NC office [Note: A list
theirs; the legal community. of the Legal Aid of NC offices is on page
You move at the forefront of this In the Preamble to the Revised Rules of two of this edition.]. Or simply complete
profession—acting to make real Professional Conduct that guide attorneys the form below and return it with a check
the promises we so often ignore.” in North Carolina, there is the provision (made payable to “Legal Aid of North
-Gene Nichols, [Rule 0.1(9)] that states: “Basic Carolina”) to:
Dean & Burton Craige Professor, responsibility for providing legal services
UNC School of Law to those unable to pay ultimately rests Access to Justice Campaign
[From Dean Nichols keynote address upon individual lawyers….Every lawyer Legal Aid of North Carolina
to the NLADA/ABA Equal Justice should support all proper efforts to meet P.O. Box 26087
Conference, April 18, 2002.]
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