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Pro Bono Matters - Especially Now

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 14, 2020

Sylvia Novinsky, Director, NC Pro Bono Resource Center


This is a time of uncertainty. As lawyers, we are accustomed to, and dare I say it enjoy, rules and process. For many of us, this pandemic has caused our work lives to be turned upside down—most likely our personal lives as well.  

I am watching friends who are medical professionals use their skills and training to serve on the front lines. As legal professionals, we may not view ourselves as front line workers in the same way—but we are. Legal problems are continuing to surface for our neighbors who might not have experience with the legal system. We are their front line access to the legal system!

These are uncertain times for our neighbors that we, as attorneys and paralegals, can help address. Your skills, training, and expertise can make a difference for the public. We can provide legal information and advice that will allow someone to keep their homes, to communicate end of life wishes, to stop abuse in the home, to explain legal options for a small business owner.

Here are some examples of how lawyers and paralegals can help:

  • Draft Advance Directives for Medical Personnel

  • Provide legal advice for small business owners

  • Provide legal advice for nonprofits

  • Provide legal advice through Legal Aid of NC’s Lawyer on the Line

  • Answer a question through the NC Bar Foundation’s Free Legal Answers

  • Provide notary services

The NC Pro Bono Resource Center encourages attorneys and paralegals to provide pro bono legal services—unmet legal needs will continue to arise as this pandemic unfolds.  Please consider sharing your time, training and experience with those dealing with the legal effects of COVID-19.  

Visit to find out how you can help. Pro Bono Matters!

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