On April 1, 2016, the N.C. Equal Access to Justice Commission launched the N.C. Pro Bono Resource Center with the hiring of inaugural director Sylvia Novinsky. The newly-established N.C. Pro Bono Resource Center is one of only a handful of statewide pro bono resource centers in the country. The goal of the N.C. Pro Bono Resource Center is to increase pro bono participation statewide.
The North Carolina Pro Bono Resource Center was created with the intent that it would assist lawyers in fulfilling their professional obligations under Rule 6.1 adopted by North Carolina in 2010. Rule 6.1, Voluntary Pro Bono Publico Service, states in part: “Every lawyer has a professional responsibility to provide legal services to those unable to pay. A lawyer should aspire to render at least (50) hours of pro bono public legal services per year.”
Since its inception, the N.C. Pro Bono Resource Center has collaborated with legal aid organizations and community organizations throughout the state to develop pro bono projects. The center has focused on projects to address unmet legal needs as well as providing support for existing pro bono activities including recruitment, training, and communication. The N.C. Pro Bono Resource Center has also implemented voluntary pro bono reporting, where those who complete 50 hours or more of pro bono work a year are recognized by the Supreme Court of North Carolina.
For more information about the Pro Bono Resource Center, visit ncprobono.org.
Shelby works part-time in food service and has a hard time making ends meet so her subsidized housing is vitally important to their stability. When Shelby and Erin were almost wrongfully evicted from their apartment, they turned to Pisgah Legal Services. Pisgah Legal Services won