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Defunding LSC Hurts Our Community

Friends: The White House Office of Management and Budget released its proposed budget for FY18, which includes defunding the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), departing from the bi-partisan support LSC has received since its founding in 1974. Legal Services of Southern Piedmont does not receive any LSC funding, but strongly opposes any reduction in funding for …

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This is Personal: We Are ALL Immigrants

This piece written by executive director Ken Schorr was originally featured in LSSP’s monthly newsletter. Immigrants are in the news, many escaping unspeakable dangers in their home countries – horrific gang violence in Central America, civil war in Syria, sectarian and authoritarian violence across the world. The United States has been, in some times, a …

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LSSP Statement on Recently Issued Executive Orders on Immigration

Last week the White House issued three Executive Orders that gravely concern us at Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, which serves immigrants in Charlotte and throughout North and South Carolina every day. These orders expand priority deportations of people seeking legal status to include productive and peaceful immigrants, expedite deportation proceedings to deprive people of …

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2016 Pro Bono Honor Roll

2016 Pro Bono Honor Roll The Mecklenburg Access to Justice Pro Bono Partners Program of Legal Services of Southern Piedmont and Legal Aid of North Carolina-Charlotte is pleased to recognize our committed pro bono attorneys who donated at least 20 hours of service or closed three or more cases for our clients in 2016. Congratulations …

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There’s No Place Like Home

When Debra Pickett’s husband, Gregory, passed away in 2011, she was devastated. She says she “didn’t know [her] head from [her] feet,” of that period. Through her grief, Pickett sought to move forward, getting used to life without her husband. Six months later, Pickett learned that the bank where her husband had previously set up …

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After the 2016 elections, LSSP Reaffirms Its Commitment

Friends, The 2016 Election results were surprising to many of us. In this time of transition, LSSP will continue the work we have done in Charlotte since 1967 – being a voice for the voiceless in the legal system, securing basic human needs, and advocating for policies that provide positive outcomes for all. We hope …

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Pro Bono Spotlight: Bambi Lohr

Bambi Lohr is a senior paralegal at Duke Energy Corporation, working in the litigation department. Since joining Duke Energy in 2010, Lohr has made pro bono work an integral part of her job. Lohr has worked on immigration cases, expunctions, and preparation of simple estate planning documents. Most recently, Lohr worked on a “children crossing …

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Navigating the Gap: Tim Messenger

 ***UPDATED Nov. 30, 2016*** When we first met Tim last spring, he was struggling in the Medicaid gap like 300,000 other N.C. residents. He had no income, and he couldn’t qualify for health care through Medicaid because he had no children or qualifying disabilities. Because he spent years without access to preventative care that could …

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LSSP Wants You to Know Your Rights: VOTE 11.08.2016!

There’s been a few changes regarding how to vote in this year’s general election being held Nov. 8. Find out what you need (and don’t need, like a photo ID) before heading to the polls on Election Day. Key Dates: Oct. 14: Deadline for registering to vote in 2016 election. Voter registration must by postmarked …

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Sharika Shropshire Featured in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Report

Immigrant Justice Project director and attorney Sharika Shropshire is featured in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Housing Partnership’s (CMHP) 2016 annual report, “The M Factor,” focusing on access to affordable housing in Charlotte. In the report, Shropshire, who is also a member of the CMHP board, discusses why upward mobility is essential for a community’s viability, pointing …

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