Civil legal aid helps our most vulnerable citizens gain access to justice. See this fact sheet created by the Commission in coordination with Legal Aid of North Carolina, Pisgah Legal Services, and Legal Services of Southern Piedmont for more information.
NCVetsLegal.org is a clearinghouse for legal information and resources for veterans and active military in North Carolina. NCVetsLegal.org was created as part of the Commission’s participation in the NC Veterans Pro Bono Network, a group of interested stakeholders including legal services providers, law schools, private attorneys, VSOs, VJOs, and other organizations seeking to improve legal services for veterans. The site will continue to evolve as new legal information resources for veterans and volunteer opportunities for attorneys are added.
A report from of the NC Equal Access to Justice Commission, A 108% Return on Investment: The Economic Impact to the State of North Carolina of Civil Legal Services in 2012, finds the work of legal services providers across the state generated $48,775,276 in economic impact in 2012. Impact includes (1) direct economic benefits received on behalf of clients for example, food stamps, supplemental security and social security disability, welfare assistance, and tax-related awards, (2) indirect economic impact felt by the state and local economies on account of direct benefits received, and (3) cost savings to the state and local economies due to the advocacy of providers in domestic violence, foreclosure, and eviction prevention. For more information, read the full report and executive summary. Access to Justice Coordinator Mary Irvine authored this article, published in the NC State Bar Journal, The Bottom Line – Legal Services is a Good Investment, beginning on page 18.
The use of the Cy Pres Doctrine in class action settlements allows the court to distribute unclaimed and residual funds to charitable organizations that have a positive connection to either the case itself or the class. The distribution of funds to legal aid providers can also occur through mediation, arbitration, and settlement agreements. These strategies, along with Cy Pres awards, can be valuable sources of funding for legal aid providers. The Cy Pres and Other Court Awards Manual outlines strategies and analyzes court awards to educate judges and attorneys of the importance of such awards to legal aid organizations. The manual includes information on different types of court awards, tips for structuring award agreements, examples of awards, and a primer on how to structure a Cy Pres settlement.
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