Throughout one of the most difficult years any of us can remember, North Carolina attorneys went above and beyond in their service to those unable to pay for legal assistance.
I have heard many of your stories and they reaffirm the statement in the Preamble to our Rules of Professional Conduct that “personal involvement in the problems of the disadvantaged can be one of the most rewarding experiences in the life of a lawyer.”
I ask now that you report these pro bono services so that we can demonstrate and celebrate the impact of your service during a year of extraordinary needs, and that your example might serve as an inspiration to others.
Information about Rule 6.1 activities provided in 2020 will be collected through March 31, 2021, at ncprobono.org/report, and North Carolina licensed attorneys (or out-of-state attorneys granted Pro Bono Practice Status) who report at least 50 hours of pro bono legal service will be inducted into the 2020 cohort of the North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society and receive a certificate from the Supreme Court of North Carolina recognizing their achievement.
As president of the North Carolina State Bar, I thank you for all you have done and continue to do and ask that you share the data on your 2020 pro bono service. It reflects our commitment as a legal profession to improving access to justice.
Barbara R. Christy
President, North Carolina State Bar
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