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The Newsletter of Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc.                                            Premier Edition                   Vol. 1 No. 1 , November 2002



BOARD OF
DIRECTORS
                                    LEGA L AID NC

                                                    We’ve formed a new, statewide
Chair
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,
Winston-Salem
                                                    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

Susan Cole
                                                    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,
Winston-Salem

Allen Johnson
Client Representative, Oxford

Scott B. Lewis, Esq.
                                                    NC Bar Association welcomes
                                                    Legal Aid of North Carolina
Attorney at Law, Lexington

Pearl Nealey
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
Garrett, Burlington
                                                                                                                                               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
                                                                         and Sylva.
 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
                                                 Funding….
 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 georgeh@legalaidnc.org, 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
                                                 Carolina!


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.
                                                   2003-04.
                               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.
                                                   rural setting.
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
IOLTA Program.


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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                                              Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc.




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
    Ted Fillette
                         “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 .

LEGAL AID NEWS, November, 2002                                                                                                Page 7
                                                   Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc.



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
                                                                                                     STAFF
  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
                                           Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc.




      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
                                                Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc.

Urgent request:
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.


LEGAL AID NEWS, November, 2002                                                                                                               Page 10
                                                             Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc.



                                                            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.]
                                                            this need for legal services.”                             Raleigh, NC 27611


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                 Yes, I want to volunteer time to support Legal Aid of NC’s efforts. Please contact me regarding:
                             Service as a pro bono attorney (free services)
                             Service as a client representative (committees, boards)
                             Other service (please specify): __________________________________________________________
       Name:
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       Mailing Address:
       Telephone Number:                                                       E-mail Address:

                                    Please mail to: Friends of Legal Aid, Legal Aid of NC, P.O. Box 26087, Raleigh, NC 27611
                                                            *(make checks payable to “Legal Aid of North Carolina”)
                Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Section at 1-888-830-4989.
                        The license is not an endorsement by the State of North Carolina. Legal Aid of North Carolina is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization.
                                                                  Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.




LEGAL AID NEWS, November, 2002                                                                                                                                           Page 11
                                     Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc.




    Legal Aid of North Carolina serves all 100
            counties in North Carolina

                                                                                                           Ahoskie
                                                    Winston-Salem
                             Boone                         Greensboro
                                                                            Durham          Rocky Mount
                                                            Lexington     Hillsborough
                             Morganton                                             Raleigh     Wilson
                                                                                       Smithfield        Greenville
                 Asheville                                                                                     New Bern
       Sylva                             Gastonia     Concord           Sanford                Goldsboro
                                                Charlotte
                                                                              Fayetteville
                                                    Monroe

                                                                            Pembroke


                                                                                             Wilmington




Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc.                                                                                    Nonprofit Org.
         224 S. Dawson Street –27601                                                                                  U.S. Postage
         P.O. 26087                                                                                                      PAID
         Raleigh, NC 27611                                                                                           Permit #00573
                                                                                                                      Raleigh, NC

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