In addition to our Statewide Service Day on
March 2, the North Carolina Bar Association 4All Task Force is
inaugurating a new program, Call 4ALL, that will
provide attorneys the chance to help a pre-screened client in one
of the following areas of law-private landlord/tenant, public and
subsidized housing, Medicaid, disability and non-disability issues
in Social Security matters, consumer collections, employee rights,
custody, guardianship and simple estates. In most instances,
Call 4ALL attorneys will volunteer to talk with
clients through one-hour telephone interviews, from the attorney's
office and at the frequency he or she designates, to provide advice
or discrete services to pre-screened Legal Aid clients. Even if you
don't practice in one of these areas, Legal Aid of North Carolina
will offer training opportunities.
As stated in Rule 6.1, "A lawyer should aspire to render at
least 50 hours of pro bono publico legal services per year."
Call 4ALL will provide a structured way for
lawyers to meet this goal, within a limited scope of engagement
(unless the attorney wants an expanded role), and provide essential
assistance to people in need in these difficult times.
Sign me up!
CALL 4ALL-FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
|Q. What is Call 4ALL?|
A. The 4All Task Force of the NC Bar Association Foundation and Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC) partnered to provide another way for private attorneys to provide pro bono service to low income persons in North Carolina. This new program allows attorneys to conduct one-hour telephone consultations with eligible LANC clients and provide advice, similar to the service provided by attorneys on the 4ALL call in day.
|Q. How do I volunteer?|
A. You will need to complete the application and pledge attached. Sign me up!
|Q. When can I start?|
A. After receiving your application and paperwork,
LANC staff will be able to assign a client to you within a month or less.
|Q. What areas of law can I help with?|
A. LANC staff members select cases with the following legal issues: private landlord/tenant, public and subsidized housing, Medicaid, disability and non-disability issues in Social Security matters, consumer collections, employee rights, custody, guardianship and simple estates. There is a particular need in cases involving custody, guardianship and estates. The volunteer attorney will select a preference(s) for specific legal areas and the attorney will only be assigned those cases for which a preference was designated.
|Q. What training and/or assistance will I get from Legal Aid?|
At the request of the volunteer, LANC will provide substantive law training and may offer group trainings that would allow participants to receive free CLE hours.
Once the attorney interviews the client and provides a written summary by fax or email to LANC, then LANC staff will send the clients a closing letter including the advice provided and any other additional written materials. For example, the attorney interviewed a client who has been sued for failing to pay a debt and has no defenses; LANC staff will send a closing letter advising about exemptions and collection of a judgment.
|Q. How do clients contact me – or me them?|
A. LANC staff will provide you with the client's
contact information and you will call the client with a one week time limit.
|Q. Will I have any information about the client's case or problem before we talk?|
A. Yes, LANC staff will send you the client's name
and contact information, adverse party, if any, and a concise statement of the
subject of the case. Also, you will have a script to explain the limited
service that you will provide the client at the beginning of the interview and
another script explaining that you will not provide any additional legal
services other than the telephone interview and advice.
|Q. What happens to the case once I provide the written summary to LANC?|
A. Once you return the summary, LANC will send the client a closing letter detailing the advice provided. If LANC determines that additional services should be offered to the client, the client will be informed that the case is being referred to a LANC local office. The local office may assign the case to a staff attorney, may attempt to refer the case to a local volunteer attorney, or may determine that no attorney is available to provide further assistance. In any event, the client will be promptly notified.
|Q. What happens if a client keeps calling me after I have completed the interview and provided the written summary to LANC?|
A. During the client's first contact with LANC, a LANC staff member tells the client that the referral is for a specific issue/case. If the client calls the volunteer attorney for a new, different issue, the attorney should tell the client to contact LANC at the following number 866-219-5262. If a client calls the volunteer attorney with other issues, the client should be told to call Legal Aid.
|Q. What should I do if I want to help this client beyond Call 4ALL?|
A. LANC will be happy to hear that you want to
provide additional pro bono service. Email or call the pro bono coordinator.
LANC will contact the client and periodically contact you to learn about the
status of the case
|Q. What happens if I am not able to take a case during the week for which I have volunteered?|
A. No worries. Email or call LANC about any
schedule change that may arise and select another week to volunteer.
|Q. Will I be covered by malpractice insurance?|
A. Yes, LANC provides malpractice coverage to all
volunteers who accept client cases.