Public Service Loan Forgiveness


As a legal aid nonprofit, Legal Services of Southern Piedmont employs many public service attorneys who rely on programs like the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program to support them in the work that they are passionate about, like representing children in immigration court, helping people access vital health care and protecting people from scams and wage theft. Several LSSP attorneys shared why preserving the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program is critical to public service attorneys, like themselves, who rely on it to serve people in need of vital legal help. Listen to their stories below:


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Meet our new staff!


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We’ve had several new staff join us at LSSP recently, and we’re excited to introduce them to you!

Elizabeth Garcia joins us a Health Insurance Marketplace Navigator and is a graduate of St. George’s University and the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.

Gelila Selassie is our new Family Support and Health Care staff member and is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law and University of South Carolina.

Desheane Newman is LSSP’s Western NC Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic and Legal Services for the Elderly Paralegal-Advocate and is a graduate of Swarthmore College.

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The Service Member Civil Relief Act


The Service Member Civil Relief Act (SCRA) and a variety of other laws offer special protections to current service members. In recognition of some of these protections, the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts recently prepared form AOC-G-250 to allow for the submission of evidence on military status when required by law. Specifically, an inquiry into military service should be made when a default judgment becomes a potential issue in a civil case because additional protections apply to current service members. There may be reasons to submit this information earlier. Some of the protections that can be provided to current service members include:

  • postponing a civil case to prevent interference with military duties,
  • reduced interest rates and
  • postponement of foreclosures.

To read more about the SCRA, you can visit: To get information about how the rules apply in a specific case, please contact an attorney.

Learn more about LSSP’s services for veterans.


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Number of uninsured in U.S. declines by 15 million


Great news from a recent report: the number of uninsured people in the U.S. has declined by a third—15.8 million people!—since major provisions of the ACA took effect in 2013, with significant impact reported among those who live near the poverty line. We’re honored to partner with so many organizations in our community to protect the health of those in need: Care Ring, NC Get Covered, Get Covered Meck, Latin American Coalition, International House, Crisis Assistance Ministry, Charlotte Community Health Clinic and Enroll America!

Learn more about our Health Insurance Marketplace Navigators.

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What can civil legal aid attorneys do for the health of a community?


What can civil legal aid attorneys do for the health of a community? A lot, through innovative medical-legal partnerships with local healthcare providers. Read this great article on how legal aid attorneys can support cancer patients when they face serious legal challenges, like coverage issues, foreclosure and end-of-life planning, that can be devastating to patients and their families if not addressed.

Learn more about LSSP and Legal Aid of North Carolina‘s Carolinas Medical-Legal Partnership with Carolinas HealthCare System.

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Americans with Disabilities Act Anniversary


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Yesterday, the Americans with Disabilities Act saw a big anniversary, signed into law 25 years ago with the vision of ensuring people with disabilities “the opportunity to blend fully and equally into the rich mosaic of the American mainstream.” We at LSSP work to ensure that people living with disabilities in our community are empowered to live full lives on their own terms and receive the vital care they need to do so.

Hear from our client Margot who was able to continue living with her family and volunteering in the community after a LSSP attorney represented her.

Learn more about our work for those living with disabilities in our community.


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#summershareCLT 2015

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Need doesn’t get a vacation.

Join LSSP in a Charlotte-wide initiative July 13-26 to help local nonprofits meet the needs of our community.

This summer, Legal Services of Southern Piedmont has partnered with #summershareCLT to inspire neighbors to help address the needs of our community during a tough time of the year for many nonprofits. While the needs of their clients and programs may rise in the summer, giving is often down. You can participate by visiting and making an in-kind or monetary donation to support LSSP’s mission of ensuring a full measure of justice for those in need.

Running today until July 26, #summershareCLT only lasts two weeks, so visit now to make a donation or purchase an item from LSSP’s Amazon Wish List. Then spread the word and encourage friends, family, neighbors and coworkers to join you in supporting us and the entire nonprofit community.

Give to support Access to Justice in our community.

We’re asking Charlotte and beyond to consider supporting Access to Justice for #summershareCLT. By giving an in-kind or monetary donation, you’re helping us serve domestic violence survivors in search of safety, disabled children in need of medical care and families in danger of homelessness.

Watch our videos to learn more about our needs this summer:

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– Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to help us spread the word about #summershareCLT.

Shop our Give Shop or donate to Legal Services of Southern Piedmont July 13-26.

Thank you for your support of access to justice!


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SCOTUS Affordable Care Act Ruling Benefits Thousands in Mecklenburg County

ACA updateThe recent King v. Burwell decision in the Supreme Court of the U.S. has affirmed to more than 458,000 North Carolinians, many of whom reside in Mecklenburg County and signed up with the help of a Legal Services of Southern Piedmont Navigator, that they will continue receiving financial help to afford their coverage through the ACA Health Insurance Marketplace. This is critical because 93% of N.C.’s marketplace enrollees get financial help to purchase health coverage with an average tax credit of $300 a month.

“The decision is a victory for thousands in our community who finally have access to quality health coverage because of the ACA and can now be assured that they will continue to have the opportunity to access affordable coverage with ongoing financial help,” LSSP staff attorney and Navigator Madison Hardee says. “Now we can focus on helping even more North Carolinians understand their options and access health care. At LSSP, we recognize that many of the most vulnerable in our community are still without health insurance, and we will continue to push for the expansion of Medicaid.”


LSSP Navigators provide free, unbiased advice to the residents of Mecklenburg County, helping families and individuals choose plans that are best for them within the health insurance marketplace implemented under the Affordable Care Act.
To schedule an appointment with a local Navigator, please contact the statewide appointment hotline at 1-855-733-3711.


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Summer Clerks & Interns 2015


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We recently welcomed a great group of summer clerks and interns into the LSSP office. We’re so glad to have them!

From left to right:
– Itané Coleman of UNC Greensboro
– Melodie Pellot-Hernández of UNC School of Law
– Correll Kennedy of Wake Forest University School of Law
– Kristin Smith of Wake Forest University School of Law
– Ivana Hughes of The University of Alabama School of Law
– Abigail Henderson of UNC School of Law

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Memorial Day 2015


This Memorial Day, we celebrate the victory of a LSSP client, the widow of a WWII veteran, who was recently awarded the recognition that her husband’s sacrifice had honorably earned.

Mr. Adams* was a WWII Army veteran when he married Mrs. Adams. Though he spoke very little about his time in the war, Mrs. Adams knew he had once served in Japan. At the age of 66, Mr. Adams died after a yearlong struggle against stomach cancer. Years later, Mrs. Adams learned about LSSP’s Veterans Legal Services Project and asked for help in finding out more about her husband’s service. Her attorney at LSSP wondered if Mr. Adams had been among the more than 150,000 “atomic veterans” who had experienced high levels of radiogenic exposure while serving in Japan. However, his records had been destroyed in a fire at the National Personnel Records Center, so his service location was not apparent. After much investigation, research and correspondence with the VA, the LSSP attorney discovered that Mr. Adams had in fact served in a high radiation area in Japan soon after the atomic bomb was dropped, and his cancer was among the types recognized as service-related. Because of this discovery, Mr. Adams’ sacrifice to his country was finally recognized and Mrs. Adams is now receiving the widow’s benefits for which she had been eligible for more than two decades.

Our gratitude and respect goes out to our country’s service members and veterans for the sacrifices they have made.

Learn more about LSSP’s Veterans Legal Services Project.

*Name has been changed to protect identity


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