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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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Pro Bono Spotlight: Jordan Forsythe

Jordan Forsythe opened Forsythe Immigration Law in 2009. Seven years later, her desire to do pro bono work remains strong as she’s seen a lot of changes for immigrant communities in Charlotte and abroad. How did you get into immigration law? “I found myself as a single mom with two kids. My roommate was from …

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LSSP Heads Back to School with Single Stop at CPCC

Of the 12 million students who enroll in community college each year, half drop out because of financial barriers. Legal Services of Southern Piedmont wants to be the change that provides more positive outcomes for community college students. LSSP is heading back to school this fall with students at Central Piedmont Community College to be …

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Navigating the Medicaid Gap: Penelope

When Penelope Wingard was laid off from her job at a nonprofit after-school center in 2012, it was a major setback. Although her employer did not provide health benefits, her earnings had allowed her to sustain herself financially. As she began the daunting task of searching for a new job, she had no idea that …

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