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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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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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