Pro Bono Made Easy!

Nancy, a white woman with white hair, wears a pale grey blouse with cut out sleeves and pink and white embroidery.By Nancy Black Norelli 

Senior Lawyers have several options for pro bono work in North Carolina. Share your knowledge and experience while serving your community in one of the opportunities listed below.

Pro Bono Go

North Carolina’s civil justice community has launched Pro Bono Go, a statewide platform for legal professionals seeking pro bono service that makes a meaningful difference in the lives of North Carolinians in need.

Created by the North Carolina Pro Bono Resource Center (NCPBRC) in partnership with Charlotte Center for Legal AdvocacyLegal Aid of North Carolina, and Pisgah Legal Services, Pro Bono Go is a new online clearinghouse of pro bono opportunities provided by the state’s leading civil legal aid and public-interest legal organizations.

Pro Bono Go allows a Senior Lawyer to visit one website to find pro bono opportunities from the state’s leading civil justice organizations. You can search and filter opportunities by keyword, location, practice area, type, and sponsor organization. This is a great site to find a pro bono opportunity that will work for you!

Lawyers for Literacy

Are you interested in helping students and schools in your area? Lawyers for Literacy pairs legal professionals with elementary students who need assistance meeting their reading goals. Volunteers commit to once-a-week, 30-minute school visits for four consecutive weeks during which you will read with a small group of children. All materials are provided by the Foundation, from books to stickers and pencils! To get started, the North Carolina Bar Foundation will work with you to contact a school in your area and set up this program, as well as assist with recruiting other legal professionals to join in.

If you would like to be a part of this program or learn more, please visit this webpage or reach out to Sara Dowd at the NCBF.

Pro Se Settlement Assistance Program (PSAP)

The Pro Se Settlement Assistance Program (PSAP) assists with mediation for pro se parties in civil cases filed in the US District Court for the Western District of NC. The program is available for voluntary application to all civil cases in which any party appears pro se. The program does not apply to prisoner civil rights cases, cases filed under 28 U.S.C. Sect. 2254 or 2255, bankruptcy appeals, social security cases, appeals from rulings of administrative agencies, and cases involving forfeitures of seized property.

If you’re admitted in the WDNC and would like to volunteer, or for more information, please visit this page.

Nancy Black Norelli, a retired Mecklenburg County district court judge, now limits her practice to superior court mediation, arbitration and referee assistance in probate matters.