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Parker Poe has a long history of service to our community; we are committed to reinvesting our time and talent in the communities that are the source of our success and growth.
Pro Bono legal service represents an important part of life at Parker Poe. The Firm is a past recipient of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year Award, individual partners have been awarded the Bar Association’s Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney Service Award, and three attorneys recently received the Power of Justice Award for their pro bono efforts. Parker Poe regularly works with the Volunteer Lawyers Programs in both Wake and Mecklenburg Counties and has been recognized by those programs for its efforts to provide legal services to the poor. In South Carolina, we fulfill the pro bono requirements established by the South Carolina Supreme Court, and many Parker Poe attorneys are active in the South Carolina Bar’s voluntary pro bono program.
Pro bono services provided by Parker Poe attorneys range from representation of Legal Aid clients referred by the Volunteer Lawyers Program to providing appellate and trial representation through the Guardian Ad Litem program to children who are involved in challenging home placement decisions. Firm lawyers are also on call to represent indigent appellants before the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and to provide emergency pro bono representation in domestic violence cases.
Outside of court, our attorneys assist on a pro bono basis with setting up and providing ongoing legal services to small nonprofit charitable organizations that cannot afford to hire a lawyer. In this pro bono capacity, we have represented the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Catawba Lands Conservancy, Habitat for Humanity, Alliance of Aids Services, Tammy Lynn Center, Uptown Men’s Shelter, Lupus Foundation, Wake Interact, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure among many other non-profit entities. Through the NC Bar Association’s NC LEAP program, we also help low income entrepreneurs who are trying to set up a business.
Parker Poe strongly encourages pro bono legal service by its lawyers and we established a Pro Bono Committee with lawyers across the firm to help drive our efforts. We also encourage pro bono service by actively seeking new opportunities to provide service.