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Retired North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Burley Mitchell was recently quoted in a Lawyers Weekly article as saying that he was providing free legal representation to a pair of women “for the good of the profession.”

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At Moore & Van Allen, pro bono is good business (access required)

While the debate continues in many states over whether pro bono work should be mandated or voluntary, the North Carolina Bar Association encourages licensed attorneys to participate in a minimum of 50 hours of pro bono work each year, pursuant to Rule 6.1 in the North Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct.

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Carolina family law case focuses attention on right to pro bono help in civil cases (access required)

You have the right to remain silent, but in civil court, you don’t have the right to an attorney – yet. While indigent defendants in criminal cases have a constitutional right to pro bono legal representation, parties in civil contempt cases enjoy no such guarantee. In divorces, foreclosures and all other civil matters, if you can’t afford a lawyer, you’re on your own. A constitutional amendment appears decades away at best, but a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision originating from a South Carolina case leans toward establishing a right to counsel in civil contempt matters. If nothing else, Turner v. Rogers has refueled a longstanding debate.

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