Join us at the 2016 Justice for All Luncheon


Justice for All Luncheon 2016 Save the DatePlease join us at Legal Services of Southern Piedmont and Legal Aid of North Carolina-Charlotte’s annual Justice for All Luncheon as we share our story of ensuring fairness and providing justice for those in need in our community.

Date: April 19, 2016, from 12-1 p.m.

Location: The Westin Charlotte
601 S. College Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

Register for the event here.

For more information about attending, hosting a table or sponsoring the event, please contact Kylie Akins at by email or at 704-749-7486.

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Advance directives class offered by CHS


offered for free to the public by Carolinas HealthCare System

With this one-hour class, you will learn:

  • How advance directives, like a health care power of attorney or living will can help you stay in control of your medical care
  • How to make an advance directive
  • What to do with your completed advance directives

You will also have the opportunity to complete your health care power of attorney and/or living will during the class.

WHEN: First Tuesday of each month. 9:30-10:30 AM
WHERE: Levine Cancer Institute, Morehead-2317
COST: No cost      MORE INFO: 980-442-1006

WHEN: Every other Wednesday, 4–5 PM
WHERE: Carolinas HealthCare System Pineville,
Union Conference Room
COST: No cost      MORE INFO: 704-667-7042

WHEN: First Wednesday of each month, 12–1 PM
WHERE: Carolinas HealthCare System Northeast
COST: No cost      MORE INFO: 704-403-1443

Learn more about these free advance directives classes.


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NC’s new voter ID law for voting in 2016


Dear Voter,

The 2016 presidential election is just around the corner – November will be here before you know it. Are you registered? Do you have an acceptable form of photo identification?

If you answered “No” to one or both of these questions, and plan to vote for a presidential and vice presidential candidate this November, please take a minute to read this post and look over the informational materials provided.

On August 12, 2013, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed House Bill 589, the Voter Information Verification Act, into law. One of the primary purposes of this law is “to protect the right of each registered voter to cast a secure vote with reasonable security measures that confirm voter identity as accurately as possible without restriction . . . .”1  The law achieves this purpose by requiring voters to present photo identification prior to casting their vote. While the law imposes other restrictions on the voting process, such as reducing the number of early voting days, this post will focus solely on the photo identification requirement. The Bill can be found in its entirety at House Bill 589.

In order to vote, the voter must present (1) photo identification (2) with any reasonable resemblance to the voter (3) to a local election official at the voting place before voting. There are eight forms of acceptable identification that the voter may present to the election official. If you do not present a valid form of photo identification prior to casting your vote, you may cast a provisional ballot but will be required to subsequently appear in person at the county board of elections and either (1) present a valid form of photo identification or (2) present one of the following documents: a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document, and declare you have a sincerely held religious objection to being photographed.1

All of this may sound very complicated and confusing, but in a nutshell – you, the voter, need a valid and acceptable form of identification to vote for the 2016 Presidential and Vice Presidential Elections as a North Carolina resident. Although the law is currently being challenged in Federal Court in North Carolina, it is in your best interest to be informed of the voter identification requirements if you wish to vote in November. Below you will find additional helpful links, information, and some Frequently Asked Questions regarding North Carolina’s photo identification requirements and how to register to vote in NC.

Voter Identification Information

Register to Vote NC

Register to Vote at NC DMV



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Support access to justice at Dancing with the Stars of Charlotte


What does dancing have to do with justice? This spring, you can support access to justice in our community and enjoy an evening of dance when you purchase tickets and vote for Kobi Kennedy Brinson, a partner at Winston & Strawn LLP, dancing to benefit Legal Services of Southern Piedmont and Legal Aid of North Carolina-Charlotte in Charlotte Ballet‘s Dancing with the Stars of Charlotte gala on March 5th.

A former public defender and a current LSSP pro bono attorney, Kobi will partner with LSSP, LANC and Charlotte Ballet to benefit our community through the gala, combining her passion for ballet and helping people who need legal assistance to meet their basic needs.

Watch this behind-the-scenes video to learn more about why Kobi is dancing for justice.

Support access to justice by voting for Kobi and her Charlotte Ballet dancing partner Addul, and half of the funds raised from the team’s tickets and contributions will benefit LSSP and LANC-Charlotte!

Learn more and vote here.


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Free income tax preparation 2016


Dear Taxpayer,

It’s once again time to file your annual income tax return. However, don’t pay to have your
taxes prepared – go to a VITA site instead! The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) programs provide FREE income tax preparation for individuals and families who make less than $54,000 per year ($72,000 at AARP sites for those 60+). These sites operate between February and mid-April at sites all over North Carolina. Below is a list of sites that may be near you. If you do not live near any of these sites, call 1-800-906-9887 for a site closer to you.

Most sites also offer FREE electronic filing allowing you to get your refund within a few days to a few weeks. Don’t spend hundreds of dollars in fees for filing your tax return or getting an “instant refund” through a refund anticipation loan offered by many private tax preparation sites. Visit a VITA site and take advantage of their free services.

Even if you are not required to file a tax return, you should consider doing so. You may qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit* or the Child Tax Credit, each of which could be worth thousands of dollars this year!
*You do NOT have to have children to qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit.

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Mecklenburg flyers courtesy of Community Link

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Know your rights: private debt collectors and unpaid IRS taxes

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A five-year infrastructure spending bill recently passed by Congress and signed by President Obama included a provision allowing private debt collectors to collect unpaid IRS taxes.

Know your rights; this article discusses what these private debt collectors can and cannot do, and what your rights are.

Learn more about our tax work through LSSP’s Western NC Low Income Taxpayer Clinic.


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Apply to be a Fund Development and Communications ZSR Intern at LSSP by 2.2.16!

Fund Development and Communications Intern 2016

Through the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Non-Profit Internship Program, LSSP is seeking a Fund Development and Communications Intern for the summer of 2016.

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation believes summer internships offer a crucial pathway to future employment and experience for the next generation of nonprofit leaders. However, the universality of unpaid internships in the nonprofit sector often creates financial hurdles for students to participate in such experiential learning.

In an effort to diversify the pool of young nonprofit professionals in North Carolina, ZSR established the Non-Profit Internship Program (NPIP) in 2011. (Note: This is distinctly different from ZSR’s Summer Internship Program.) Each summer, the program awards up to 20 college and university students, enrolled in four-year institutions across the state, with paid internships at ZSR-grantee organizations that are working to advance the Foundation’s values in the areas of Community Economic Development, Public Education, Social Justice & Equity, Environment, and/or Strengthening Democracy. Participating organizations receive student applications from ZSR and interview applicants directly. Organizations that match with an intern are confirmed through ZSR and interns begin work with the organization in June.

Learn more about the ZSR Non-Profit Internship Program.

About the internship at LSSP: The intern will work on projects related to LSSP’s fund development efforts. These projects include the following: 1) assisting with our 2016-2017 annual campaign by updating data, preparing reports and documents and participating in campaign planning, messaging and strategy, 2) assisting with logistics, sponsorship solicitation, publicity and materials for the 2016 Pro Bono Awards, a volunteer recognition event for 300 guests in the fall, 3) preparation for events and activities to mark LSSP’s 50th anniversary in 2017, 4) assisting with grants, including prospect research and preparation of reports, and 5) assisting with outward-facing communication strategy, including newsletters and social media.

The intern will work closely and collaboratively with experienced development staff who understand and value experiential learning opportunities and are committed to serving as mentors. We will provide the intern with a thorough orientation to LSSP and the role of the fund development team within the organization, as well as the relevance of the projects to which he or she is assigned. We will ensure that the internship is structured such that the student gains valuable hands-on experience by working on well-defined and meaningful projects as a member of our development team, and receives the necessary training to successfully complete the projects.

Learn more and apply here by February 2, 2016!



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Meet our newest staff!


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Help us welcome our newest staff members to the LSSP team!


From left to right:
- Jenny Harding, graduate of Dartmouth, joins us as our new Grants and Annual Fund Manager.
- Bethany Palmer, graduate of The George Washington University Law School and The George Washington University, joins us as an Equal Justice Works justice AmeriCorps Attorney for our Safe Child Immigrant Project.
- Meghan Starnes, graduate of West Virginia University College of Law and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, also joins us as an Equal Justice Works justice AmeriCorps Attorney for our Safe Child Immigrant Project.


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HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell Visits Charlotte, LSSP enrollment event

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Protecting the health of individuals is important to LSSP as we work to end the cycle of poverty for our clients and in our community, which is why we are so proud of our Health Insurance Navigator Project. On December 11, we were honored to host U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell in Charlotte as she visited our office, observed LSSP Navigator and partner enrollment efforts, and spoke with our staff about their work. Thank you for visiting, Secretary Burwell!

View more photos from Secretary Burwell’s visit.

Learn more about our Health Insurance Navigator Project.


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Thank you for making #GivingTuesdayCLT a success!

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We’re grateful for your support during #GivingTuesdayCLT!

Together, we raised more than


for Access to Justice
during #GivingTuesdayCLT!

The entire Charlotte community responded with amazing generosity for #GivingTuesdayCLT, raising $4.2 million for LSSP and 107 other local nonprofits!

Of that total, more than $15,000 were gifts from you to LSSP to benefit those in need of justice. Thank you for giving and making #GivingTuesdayCLT a huge success for our community!


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