Take a pro bono referral from a legal aid provider
Legal Aid of North Carolina, Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, and Pisgah Legal Services all represent veterans in a variety of civil legal matters including seeking veterans disability compensation. Other matters include consumer, housing, employment, and income maintenance issues.
If you need more information about how to connect with a legal aid organization to represent veterans in your area, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer at an upcoming event
Stand Downs are grassroots, community efforts to provide a range of support services and resources to homeless veterans in one location. Available resources at Stand Downs can include everything from a hot meal and haircut to job and benefits counseling, health and housing referrals as well as legal services. Volunteer attorneys, paralegals, and law students can assist at upcoming Stand Downs across the state where various members of the NC Pro Bono Veterans Network staff tables providing legal information and advice to veterans and their families.
To view a list of upcoming Stand Downs, visit our Calendar. If you need more information about volunteering at a Stand Down in your area, please refer to the contact information provided in each event posting.
Join the Veterans Pro Bono Network
The NC Veterans Pro Bono Network is a collaboration of stakeholders seeking to provide a structure and sharing of information among service providers, bar associations, law schools, legal aid organizations, private attorneys, public defenders, veterans service organizations, VJOs and others interested in expanding pro bono representation to veterans throughout the state of North Carolina through public-private partnerships and recruitment of private bar members.
The Network meets quarterly and convenes members through committees to pursue particular projects of interest. Currently, the Veterans Pro Bono Network supports two initiatives: Serving Those Who Served and the Veterans Pro Bono Referral Project.
Serving Those Who Served
The North Carolina Bar Association’s Family Law Section recently initiated a program, Serving Those Who Served, to assist veterans with family law matters. Veterans in need of legal services are screened for eligibility and other factors and cases are assigned to family law practitioners across the state who have volunteered to assist with representation. A self-paced training webinar created by Shelby Benton of Benton Family Law and Brentley Tanner of Sullivan & Tanner about the special legal needs of veterans is available to all who register.
Veterans Pro Bono Referral Project
The VPBN Referral Project is designed to respond to external requests for legal assistance through the NCServes Network. Intake volunteers will conduct phone screenings to gather important case facts, such as areas of legal concern and information about adverse parties and submit this information via the online intake instrument. The Coordinator will receive an email notification whenever one of these forms is submitted. After reviewing the case information, the Coordinator will attempt to make an appropriate referral based on volunteer capacity. The project seeks volunteers to assist with intake and pro bono representation, and provides orientation, training and additional support as needed for all volunteers.
To volunteer with either Serving Those Who Served or the Veterans Pro Bono Referral Project, please register here: Veterans Pro Bono Volunteer Registration. Prospective volunteers can indicate their areas of expertise and the scope of assistance they are interested in providing. The Referral Project is appropriate for four categories of volunteers: attorneys, paralegals, law students and VA Claims Representatives. All others are encouraged to volunteer with local organizations, such as the Stand Down planning committee in their home communities.
If you have any questions contact Charlotte R. Stewart at email@example.com.
If you need more information about the above projects and how to get involved, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.