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Article Date: Thursday, March 03, 2011
LEADERSHIP ISSUES 4ALL CALL: PARTICIPATE IF YOU CAN, DONATE IF YOU CAN’T
President Gene Pridgen and President-Elect Martin Brinkley, in conjunction with the Statewide Service Day, join 4ALL Task Force Co-Chairs Debra Foster and Gray Styers in urging members to contribute to legal services providers in North Carolina. Their plea is directed toward those members who are unable to participate in Friday’s event, but the unmet legal needs of North Carolina’s poorest citizens are such that any and all contributions will be greatly appreciated. Access the link below to view their letter, which includes links to Legal Aid of North Carolina, Legal Services of Southern Piedmont and Pisgah Legal Services.
EDITORIAL URGES INVESTMENT IN N.C. THROUGH INVESTMENT IN OUR COURTS
As Gov. Perdue and the General Assembly grapple with difficult budget decisions in the face of a $2.4 billion shortfall, the importance of our courts to citizens and businesses should not be overlooked. NCBA President-Elect Martin Brinkley, in an editorial appearing in Wednesday’s edition of The News & Observer, makes a strong case for sufficient funding of North Carolina’s court system and the Administrative Office of the Courts. Just as jobs are the key to economic recovery, and investment in N.C. is the key to jobs, the key to investment – “the rule of law, fostered by a stable, reliable court system” – is no less important. Access the link below to view the editorial, “Deep Cuts Imperil the Courts,” in its entirety.
NCBA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR APPEARS ON “NORTH CAROLINA PEOPLE”
NCBA Executive Director Allan Head was interviewed recently by Bill Friday for an edition of “North Carolina People.” The program first aired on Feb. 18 and is now available online through the UNC-TV website. Access the link below to view the program.
WILMINGTON MARKS ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL WILLS FOR HEROES PROGRAM
The NCBA Young Lawyers Division delivered another successful Wills for Heroes program Saturday in Wilmington, where free estate planning documents were provided for 70 first responders and their spouses. To date, 17 Wills for Heroes programs have been conducted by the YLD and more than 8,000 estate planning documents have been prepared by approximately 1,000 volunteers for more than 2,800 first responders and their spouses! Next up for the YLD Wills for Heroes Committee, co-chaired by Jillian Brevorka and Jake Epstein, is an event at the North Carolina Central University School of Law in Durham on Saturday, April 16. Access the link below for more on the Wilmington event.
THREATS TO LEGAL SERVICES CORP. FUNDING ARE THREATS TO LANC
Threats to federal funding for Legal Services Corp. also threaten the ability of Legal Aid of North Carolina to provide assistance to needy N.C. citizens dealing with a wide range of legal problems, including foreclosure, eviction, domestic violence and veterans’ issues. That’s because LANC receives over $10 million in LSC funding, $2 million of which would be lost immediately if proposed cuts are enacted. President Gene Pridgen urges NCBA members to heed the call of the N.C. Equal Access to Justice Commission, which is asking concerned citizens to contact federal and state lawmakers to urge them to hold the line on legal services funding at the national level and in N.C. Access the link below for more including contact information for Sens. Richard Burr and Kay Hagan.
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