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 Western 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
Supporting 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.
Articles in the State Bar Journal