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Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Yesterday, October 2, 2018, the North Carolina Supreme Court approved the North Carolina State Bar’s temporary rule amendment allowing lawyers not licensed in North Carolina to immediately begin providing pro bono legal services to indigent victims of Hurricane Florence.

The State Bar petitioned the Supreme Court for this emergency rule to streamline the process by which out of state lawyers can provide pro bono services in North Carolina. In its petition for the emergency rule, the State Bar noted that, “there is not sufficient time to follow the proscribed procedural steps to amend the State Bar’s administrative rules and still provide the indigent legal services now, when they are desperately needed.”  The temporary rule, expiring in January 2019, permits lawyers licensed in other states but not in North Carolina to register with the North Carolina State Bar (using the form provided below) and begin immediately providing pro bono legal services through a legal services organization to indigent residents of North Carolina who are victims of Hurricane Florence without first obtaining approval from the State Bar Council.

Chief Justice Mark Martin: “I am pleased that victims of Hurricane Florence will now have an easier time obtaining the legal assistance that they may need to help recover from the effects of the storm.”

State Bar President John Silverstein said, “We appreciate the expedited approval of this emergency rule by the Supreme Court so that victims of Hurricane Florence will have more immediate access to the legal services they need to begin their recovery.”

Documents

North Carolina State Bar Petition

Hurricane Florence Pro Bono Order

Registration Form

Amendment to Rule .0905

State Bar Contacts

Katherine Jean, Counsel
North Carolina State Bar
kjean@ncbar.gov

John Silverstein, President
North Carolina State Bar
jms@satiskysilverstein.com

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