Grantee Spotlights

We are responding to the many attorneys who have told us that NC IOLTA is one of the bar programs that makes them most proud by focusing on the work of our grantees in Grantee Spotlights.

Grantee Spotlight: Mountain Area Volunteer Lawyer Program (MAVL), Pisgah Legal Services

IOLTA grantee Pisgah Legal Services “pursues justice by providing legal assistance and advocacy to help low-income people in grantee1Western North Carolina meet their basic needs and improve their lives.”  Particularly in times of decreased funding, volunteer attorneys are a crucial part of this mission, expanding the reach of staff attorneys to serve more clients in need of legal assistance.  In 2013, more than 300 volunteer attorneys gave 3,085 hours of pro bono legal services in closed cases through the Mountain Area Volunteer Lawyer Program administered by Pisgah Legal Services.  Their services valued $462,771.  Volunteer attorneys help clients stay in their homes, secure needed subsistence income, access health care, and maintain safety from violence.  Formed in 1983, the Mountain Area Volunteer Lawyer Program has served Bumcombe, Henderson, Madison, Polk, Rutherford, and Transylvania counties for more than 30 years.

Grantee Spotlight: Mecklenburg Access to Justice Campaign, Legal Services of Southern Piedmont and Legal Aid of North Carolina, Charlotte

grantee2Supporting the Mecklenburg Access to Justice Campaign, IOLTA grantees Legal Aid of North Carolina, Charlotte and Legal Services of Southern Piedmont hosted their annual Justice for All Luncheon on March 25 at the Westin Hotel.  Attended by more than 600 guests, the luncheon featured Sheri Lynch, nationally syndicated radio host and social justice advocate.  “When it comes to expanding justice for the poor and access to justice for all, it is our obligation and our privilege to make our system work for everyone,” Lynch said at the event. “Supporting the mission of LANC and LSSP offers us a means of doing just that, right here, in our own community.  And, as a community, as a system, we will only ever be as sound, as whole, as good as the most powerless, the most vulnerable among us.”

Attendees also heard about the impact of access to justice from clients in a video premiered during the lunch (watch the video).  The event raised nearly $90,000 to support the work of both nonprofits.


Articles highlighting the work of IOLTA grantees are published periodically in the State Bar Journal and are accessible below.

Volunteer Phone Hotlines (Winter 2013)

Access to Justice Community in NC (Summer 2013)

Medical Legal Partnerships (Spring 2013)

Pro Bono Celebration in Charlotte (Winter 2012)

Articles in the State Bar Journal

The Bottom Line—Legal Services is a Good Investment (Fall 2014)

Saving Students from Downing in Debt—NC LEAF (Summer 2014)

Expunction Projects: Second Chances Benefit Individuals and Our State (Spring 2014)

Combating Domestic Violence with Legal Services (Winter 2013)

Portraits of Professionalism (Fall 2013)

Other Articles About IOLTA

Grantee Spotlight: Legal Aid of North Carolina and Other Host Expunction Training
Over 90 lawyers attended a reduced-fee seminar that trained pro bono attorneys to provide expungements and certificates of relief to low-income clients on Wednesday, May 7 at the NC Bar Center in Cary. The Pro Bono Activities Committee of the NC Bar Association coordinated this program to increase pro bono participation in North Carolina and to partner with Legal Aid of North Carolina on one of its growing projects. See the full article about the event.