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Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy Marks Passing of First Executive Director

Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy is saddened to learn that the Honorable Marvin Gray, the first executive director of the organization, died Tuesday, Nov. 7. Admitted to the N.C. State Bar in 1960, Gray was a trial lawyer who specialized in insurance cases. He was appointed executive director of the Legal Aid Society of Mecklenburg …

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Decision to End DACA disrupts family safety, security, stability

Yesterday’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program over the next six months disrupted the lives of nearly 800,000 young people and their families across the country. DACA has provided temporary relief from deportation and work authorization to qualifying immigrants since the program began in 2012. Those who qualify came here …

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My Summer with Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy

This post was written by Abby Mitchell, a summer intern for Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy’s development team. Abby is a rising senior at American University. I sat in an old-fashioned leather office chair as an intern at Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy, formerly Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, and asked a routine question: “How …

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We are Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy

Friends, On September 1, Legal Services of Southern Piedmont will mark 50 years of pursuing justice for those in need in the Charlotte area. We plan to celebrate in a variety of ways in the coming months, and we hope you will join us. In addition to celebrating this milestone in September, Legal Services of …

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N.C. Budget Cuts Hurt Our Ability to Serve

Last week, we and the entire civil legal aid community were shocked and appalled as the North Carolina General Assembly approved a budget that eliminated all $1.7 million in state funding to provide legal assistance to people who can’t afford representation in civil legal matters. The Access to Civil Justice Act is one of the …

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Pro Bono Spotlight: Joe Trunzo

Joe Trunzo is an associate attorney at Dechert, LLP specializing in securitization transactions. He moved to Charlotte from New York to join the firm in 2014. Soon after, he began volunteering his pro bono services with Legal Services of Southern Piedmont’s Legal Services for the Elderly program, helping seniors draft and execute estate planning documents, …

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NCGA Budget Cuts Jeopardize Community Stability

This week the North Carolina General Assembly is set to approve its budget that eliminates $1.7 million in funding for the Access to Civil Justice Act. With this funding, Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, Legal Aid of North Carolina and Pisgah Legal Services in Asheville help people with few options navigate their way out of …

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NC House Budget Eliminates Legal Aid Funding

Today, the N.C. House of Representatives will vote on its 2017 budget that includes cutting $1.7 million in funding for legal services for low-income families in our state. With this funding, Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, Legal Aid of North Carolina and Pisgah Legal Services help people with little to no options navigate their way …

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Community Partners Help Local Seniors at Wills on Wheels Event

Nearly 10,000 people age 65 and older live in poverty in Mecklenburg County. For this group, the cost of obtaining even simple estate planning documents can be prohibitive, putting them at risk of losing control of end-of-life decisions, such as care and the ability to easily pass their belongings on to family members. During Legal …

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Providing Justice For All: LSSP and Legal Aid raise $480,000 for Community

Legal Services of Southern Piedmont (LSSP) and Legal Aid of North Carolina-Charlotte (LANC) hosted their 11th annual Justice for All event April 26, at The Westin Charlotte to celebrate those who support justice for all people in our community as part of the organizations’ Access to Justice fundraising campaign. As Charlotte recognizes the need for …

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