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A Call to Action to Assist Hurricane Victims

Posted By Administration, Monday, September 24, 2018

David Sherlin, Holt Sherlin | President-elect, Wake County Bar Association

Since Hurricane Florence unleashed her wrath on North Carolina I have experienced extreme sadness for our neighbors to the east. Tragically, at least 26 people in North Carolina have died as a result of the hurricane. In addition, countless homes and businesses have been severely damaged or completely destroyed. 

In the coming months, North Carolinians hardest hit by the hurricane will be putting their lives back together. During this process they will undoubtedly face myriad legal issues. Finding attorneys to help them navigate these uncertain times should not be one of their challenges.

The preamble to the North Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct addresses a lawyer’s responsibilities to the public. Specifically, it holds “[t]he legal profession is a group of people united in a learned calling for the public good. At their best, lawyers assure the availability of legal services to all, regardless of ability to pay, and as leaders of their communities, state and nation, lawyers use their education and experience to improve society.”

There is no better time than now for us, as lawyers, to fulfill the charge set forth to us in the RPC by offering free legal services to those impacted by the hurricane.  The North Carolina Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Division and Legal Aid of North Carolina have teamed up to help facilitate legal assistance efforts through the North Carolina Disaster Legal Services Program.  The online sign-up takes no more than two minutes to complete.  And although many of our practice areas will not be listed on the online sign-up, the NCBA has provided a wealth of resources to assist us when speaking with hurricane victims.  

In short, there is no better time than now to sign-up to provide pro bono legal advice to victims of Hurricane Florence.  The Rules of Professional call us to do so.  But most importantly, it’s just the right thing to do. 

To volunteer, please visit:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfZIBaV8gSixxm_xdvDWqxKKCbVVC85p939XMZOc0O3aqvQsQ/viewform

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