Repossession Without the Repo Man

 

Repossession Without the Repo Man: Starter Interrupt Devices

More than $145 billion in subprime auto loans were issued in the first three months of 2014.  Subprime loans—which accounted for around 25% of all new auto loans in 2013—are those made to borrowers with credit scores of 640 or lower, typically at high interest rates, some exceeding 29%. Because involuntary repossession is costly to the lender who has a security interest in your vehicle and may leave lenders open to legal claims as a result of “breaching the peace” when they repossess, many subprime car lenders have started using a new device called a “starter interrupt device” to remotely “repossess” cars.

Starter interrupt devices, which are legal in North Carolina, are attached to a car usually at the time of purchase. When a lender believes a loan agreement default has occurred because the consumer missed a payment, failed to maintain insurance on the vehicle or had the car stolen, for example, the new technology allows the lender to remotely track and disable the vehicle by computer or smartphone. A car in which the device has been activated may fail to start, emit a loud alarm or both.

Although lenders claim that they use the devices only when borrowers default on a loan, a recent New York Times article described a repo man showing off an electronic map of nearly 900 borrowers’ cars and quoted a device manufacturer saying that he had lost business as a result of his company’s policy against activating the GPS tracking feature on its products before borrowers fall behind. The same article explained how another manufacturer provides its customers with analysis of borrowers’ movements prior to any missed payments by the borrower.

Privacy and consumer advocates have raised concerns about drivers stranded far from home, the safety of escapees from domestic violence, cars suddenly disabled in moving traffic, and conflicts with state laws and contractual provisions controlling repossession and when a default is deemed to have occurred. Many times, a lender may jump the gun and mistakenly repossess prior to default or after waiving its right to default by habitually accepting late and partial payments from the borrower.

The starter interrupt device is also subject to deliberate abuse. In 2010, for example, a vengeful ex-employee broke into an Austin, TX dealership’s web-based vehicle immobilization-system and activated the devices on more than 100 vehicles whose owners’ loans were not in default.

To determine when you are in default in North Carolina, you should always check your security agreement, which should describe the circumstances that constitute default. If the dealership or lender insists on attaching a starter interruption device before you can take out the car loan, shop around for another lender who won’t require it. Starter interruption devices almost always put a consumer at a disadvantage when it comes to car loans.

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Access to Justice Pro Bono Video

 

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During the 2014 National Pro Bono Celebration Week, the LSSP-LANC Access to Justice Pro Bono Partners Program is proud to highlight the great work that our pro bono attorneys are doing for our clients. Hear from a few of our pro bono attorneys on why they think pro bono legal services are so critical to those in need in our community.

 

Each year, pro bono attorneys in Mecklenburg County generously donate their time to serving hundreds of clients through Legal Services of Southern Piedmont and Legal Aid of North Carolina-Charlotte’s Access to Justice Pro Bono Partners Program. A pro bono attorney can make the difference to a family facing homelessness; a mother escaping abuse; or a veteran or senior in need of end-of-life planning. Thank you to our pro bono attorneys for providing people in our community with the civil legal services they need to access justice!

Learn how you can help people in our community access justice by becoming a pro bono attorney in the Access to Justice Pro Bono Partners Program: http://www.lssp.org/volunteer/.

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National Pro Bono Celebration 2014 at LSSP

In the past year, nearly 300 local private attorneys in Legal Services of Southern Piedmont and Legal Aid of North Carolina-Charlotte’s Access to Justice Pro Bono Partners Program donated more than 5,000 hours of pro bono legal services to those in need in our community. During National Pro Bono Celebration, we would like to honor our pro bono attorneys who generously give their time to make an impact in our client’s lives. For a client facing life-altering circumstances, a pro bono attorney can be the champion who allows him or her to access the justice needed to maintain dignity, health, stability and safety. LSSP, LANC and their clients are grateful for the work of pro bono attorneys!

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LSSP paralegal-advocate Ellen Hamilton honored by national coalition

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Photo: LSSP paralegal-advocate Ellen Hamilton is recognized as the 2014 Honoree for Excellence in Advocacy for Civic Engagement by Gloria Kelly, president of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women’s Queen City Metropolitan Chapter. Photo by NCBW.

LSSP paralegal-advocate Ellen Hamilton was recognized by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc.‘s Queen City Metropolitan Chapter at its My Sister’s Keeper Brunch on September 20, 2014. Ellen was selected as this year’s Honoree for Excellence in Advocacy for Civic Engagement. Congratulations, Ellen!

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LSSP Wins Top Nonprofit Award

 

LSSP wins 2014 Nonprofit Sector Stewardship Award from N.C. Center for Nonprofits

RALEIGH, N.C. – Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, based in Charlotte, received the state’s highest honor for nonprofits today from the N.C. Center for Nonprofits. The Nonprofit Sector Stewardship Awards recognize organizations that use exemplary nonprofit practices to be good stewards of the community’s trust and funds. The Center presented the award at its statewide conference in Research Triangle Park attended by 800 nonprofit, business, and government leaders.

“The legal system is not always fair to low-wage workers, minorities, children, the elderly, immigrants, and veterans,” says Ken Schorr, executive director of Legal Services of Southern Piedmont (LSSP).

“Our mission is to provide a ‘full measure of justice for those in need,’ not a fraction of justice, not part or half,” says Schorr. “We use our skills as lawyers, through the legal system, to protect basic human rights and meet basic human needs such as safety, shelter, and access to health care.”

“We selected LSSP for being a masterful ‘first responder’ when low-income North Carolinians face new problems in the legal system and for working creatively with other nonprofits to find solutions,” says Jane Kendall, president of the N.C. Center for Nonprofits. “It sees the problem and then springs into action to work with nonprofits, government agencies, and for-profit businesses to address it.”

“LSSP provides excellent services to individuals and families, but it also has found other ways to help millions more people across the state,” says Kendall. “It works for positive legislation and administrative actions that focus on the root causes of poverty. When necessary, it also initiates litigation to enforce the laws and to assist even more North Carolinians.”

“Figuring out how to get the most impact for the community from limited dollars is the hallmark of an effective nonprofit,” says Emily Zimmern, chair of the N.C. Center for Nonprofits’ Board of Directors and the president and CEO of the Levine Museum of the New South in Charlotte.

“LSSP is extremely adept at getting attorneys to provide top-quality legal assistance for its clients at no charge. These are attorneys in law firms and corporations that are usually paid hundreds of dollars per hour,” says Zimmern. LSSP supplements its staff of 13 attorneys and 7 paralegals with a pro bono program that taps the expertise of 100 attorneys that contributed 1,514 hours last year alone.

For 47 years, LSSP has provided advice and legal representation for eligible individuals and groups in the Charlotte area and west-central North Carolina. Its programs range from assistance with taxes and unemployment insurance to consumer protection for clients facing foreclosure, bankruptcy, or unfair trade practices. It also educates the community about legal barriers that low-income residents face, and it helps its clients to use self-help solutions and find economic opportunities whenever possible.

True to its mission, LSSP is always on the lookout for new problems facing its clients. In early 2012, for example, it noticed that more veterans were experiencing legal problems in seeking the medical benefits promised to them. This was exacerbated by backlogs at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Research that year through Charlotte Bridge Home identified the many challenges facing
veterans, including that 20% of veterans in Mecklenburg County were homeless. This included both young and elderly veterans.

Long before the public was aware of the administrative logjams at the VA, LSSP launched the Veterans Legal Services Project in July of 2012. The Project focuses attention and resources on those in Mecklenburg County who have returned from military service. It helps with disability claims and appeals for disabilities and pensions, as well as housing, employment law, other legal and consumer protections.

LSSP’s outreach to the veteran community has included legal clinics in partnerships with the W.G. Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury, comprehensive services to homeless veterans through Community Link, and the NC Veterans Pro Bono Network. It has trained more than 75 attorneys to represent veterans on a pro bono basis.

LSSP often uses this ripple effect to multiply the impact of its efforts. It collaborates with
dozens of other nonprofits, as well as government agencies and businesses, to take a
comprehensive approach to assisting people that cannot get full access to the legal system.
Last year, LSSP again sprung to action to help in the effort to enroll North Carolinians in health insurance plans. With a navigator grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, LSSP worked as part of a consortium of 10 nonprofits to help individuals and small employers shop for, select, and enroll in qualified health plans and access tax credits and subsidies. The consortium was led by Community Care of N.C.

As reported nationally, North Carolina was among the states in the federal exchange with the highest enrollment numbers, due in part to the swift action of LSSP and many other nonprofits across the state.

“Each year, LSSP serves 2,400 families facing a crisis of safety, shelter, health, or income,” says Schorr. “But, we are nowhere near having the resources to meet the needs of the more than 300,000 people eligible and in need of legal assistance but unable to afford private lawyers.”
Ted Fillette of Charlotte is assistant director of Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC) which
works closely with LSSP. Fillette says, “With 12,000 eligible clients for every staff attorney of LSSP and LANC, we have to prioritize our services. We focus on the essentials for sustaining life: income, shelter, and safety.”

Attorney Bill Farthing is president of LSSP’s Board of Directors and a partner at Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP in Charlotte. He says, “The keys to LSSP’s success are an absolute focus on the mission, mutual trust and respect among the board and the executive staff, and a board that holds itself accountable for fulfilling its responsibilities.”

LSSP’s board members regularly assess their collective performance, as well as the performance of individual board members and the executive director.

“These are the kinds of sound practices that effective nonprofits use,” says CPA Walter Davenport of Raleigh, who serves as Treasurer of the N.C. Center. “The N.C. Center for Nonprofits provides sample policies to make it easier for organizations to conduct these kinds of assessments and to adopt the policies and practices they need to follow.”

“Nonprofit leaders have to continue to earn the community’s trust every day. Sound practices in their governance and management help them maintain this public trust.” said Zimmern. “The Center lifts up these good practices and trains nonprofits to do things the right way.”

Presenting the Nonprofit Sector Stewardship Award to Schorr and Farthing were Davenport, Kendall, and Trisha Lester, senior vice president of the N.C. Center for Nonprofits. Other LSSP attendees were Teresa Falzone, chief financial officer; Katya Riasanovsky, director of pro bono services; and Brittney Coleman, director of development.

Special guests included Jennifer Lechner of High Point and Evelyn Pursley and Mary Irvine of Raleigh. Lechner nominated LSSP for the award. She is executive director of the N.C. Equal Access to Justice Commission of the N.C. Supreme Court, and Irvine is its Access to Justice coordinator. Pursley is executive director of the N.C. State Bar’s IOLTA program.

The N.C. Center for Nonprofits established the awards in 2005. Prudential Financial, Inc. has sponsored them since 2008. The Center gives each winner $500 for professional development for its board and staff, a commemorative work by Durham artist Galia Goodman, and extensive recognition with nonprofit leaders across the state and with the winners’ local, state, and federal elected officials.

The other 2014 Award winners are El Futuro in Durham and Financial Pathways of the Piedmont in Winston-Salem.

On Friday, the Center’s conference at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Research Triangle Park will feature an in-depth workshop on “Adaptive Leadership” by Jeffrey Lawrence and Sherry Hakimi of Cambridge Leadership Associates. They will use the model of adaptive leadership developed by Ron Heifetz and Marty Linsky at Harvard University’s Kennedy School. Friday’s in-depth workshops on “Nonprofit Sustainability” and “The 2014 Legal Update” are sold out.

Founded in 1990, the Center works to enrich North Carolina’s communities and economy through a strong nonprofit sector and nonprofit voice. It serves as an information center on effective practices in nonprofit organizations, a statewide learning network for nonprofit board and staff members, and an advocate for the nonprofit sector as a whole. It is the leading voice for nonprofit organizations across the state.

For more information on the N.C. Center for Nonprofits, its statewide conference, or this award, contact Trisha Lester, senior vice president, at tlester@ncnonprofits.org,  919-790-1555 ext. 104, or 919-971-5423 (cell). Also visit its website at www.ncnonprofits.org.

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ACA Latino Summit 9-23-14

Latino Summit Aims to Bridge Affordable Care Act Insurance Barriers

Local health organizations join forces to engage community leaders during Hispanic Heritage Month, encouraging them to spread the word about getting covered

CHARLOTTE - In an effort to bridge the barriers Latinos have faced in learning about new health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act, Camino Community Center, Get Covered America and Legal Services of Southern Piedmont will host a Latino Affordable Care Act Summit at Camino Community Center on Tuesday, September 23, at 5:30 p.m. The summit takes place during National Hispanic Heritage Month, which began on September 15.

With the second open enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplace approaching in November, the organizations will educate Mecklenburg County Latino community leaders about Affordable Care Act insurance and encourage them to have conversations about affordable healthcare options with members of their community.  They would like uninsured Latinos to be informed about how to find, use, and keep new health care options available under the Affordable Care Act.

Effectively engaging the Latino community is very important to the organizations, as research shows there is need for more education. After the first open enrollment period Enroll America and PerryUndem conducted a national survey, finding that the Latino community has faced significant obstacles to learning about the healthcare options available to them. Among Latinos who remain uninsured, 41% believed that they would not be able to afford health insurance—but 78% did not know about the opportunities for financial assistance through the Health Insurance Marketplace. A quarter of uninsured Latinos believed they wouldn’t be eligible for coverage, even though they can enroll if they have legal immigration status. And although Latinos who got covered benefitted from the availability of in-person assistance, 66% did not know they could receive free expert help with the enrollment process in their community.

About Get Covered America and Enroll America

Get Covered America is a national campaign of Enroll America that is focused on educating consumers about the benefits of health coverage and the new health insurance available under the Affordable Care Act. With operations in 11 states (AZ, FL, GA, IL, MI, NC, NJ, OH, PA, TN, and TX), our grassroots team is powered by passionate staff and volunteers with one motivating goal: to give Americans the information they need to choose an affordable health insurance plan that’s right for them and their families.

Enroll America is the nation’s leading health care enrollment coalition, bringing together community and health organizations, businesses and others to inform consumers about the new health coverage options and how to enroll in them. It is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

About Legal Services of Southern Piedmont

Legal Services of Southern Piedmont’s mission is to ensure a full measure of justice for those in need, providing a wide range of civil legal assistance to eligible low-income persons in the Charlotte metropolitan area and west-central N.C. LSSP accomplishes its mission through a variety of legal advocacy strategies including individual advice and representation, community education and outreach, representation of groups, self-help remedies, collaboration with other agencies, community economic development, legislative and administrative advocacy, and impact litigation. www.lssp.org

***** Please RSVP by emailing press@enrollamerica.org *****

What: Affordable Care Act Insurance Latino Summit

Where: Camino Community Center, 133 Stetson Dr., Charlotte 28262

When: Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Who:  Get Covered America staff and volunteers
Legal Services of Southern Piedmont
Camino Community Center
Charlotte Latino Community leaders

Local contact: Madison Hardee

How: To RSVP or for more details, please e-mail press@enrollamerica.org.

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Congratulations to our 2014 Pro Bono Awards winners!

Pro Bono Awards Winners 2014

From left to right: Steven D. Allred of McGuireWoods LLP; Donna P. Savage & Nancy Black Norelli accepting on behalf of Norelli Law, PLLC; Sheri A. Harrison; Harriet “Sis” Kaplan; Larry J. Dagenhart of McGuirewoods LLP; Christopher A. Hicks accepting on behalf of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP; Minette C. Trosch accepting on behalf of Conrad Trosch & Kemmy, P.A.; and Landon S. Eustache of Hunton & Williams LLP.

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Local pro bono attorneys, advocates recognized by nonprofits at Pro Bono Awards

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The area’s largest recipients of pro bono services, Council for Children’s Rights (CFCR), Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC) and Legal Services of Southern Piedmont (LSSP), hosted the third annual Pro Bono Awards Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the Foundation for the Carolinas to honor local attorneys and advocates who generously give their time and expertise to local underserved children, families and individuals in legal crisis. A special presentation by Charlotte Mayor Daniel Clodfelter was also made at the event to honor former Chief Justice Sarah Parker for her commitment to access to justice in N.C.

In the past year, approximately 550 attorneys and advocates gave more than 6,400 pro bono hours to CFCR, LANC and LSSP, serving upwards of 1,300 local children, families and individuals in need. The local firms, attorneys and advocates recognized and honored at the event made considerable pro bono contributions toward the community’s access to vital legal services and transformed the lives of hundreds of area residents in the past year.

Larry J. Dagenhart of McGuireWoods LLP was the recipient of the Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award, a lifetime achievement honor recognizing an individual whose longstanding and exceptional dedication to pro bono legal service has made a meaningful impact on access to justice in the community and state.

“It’s essential that our legal system be accessible and fair to everyone,” Dagenhart said. “People involved in the system need a lawyer, but often cannot afford one.  Every lawyer and every law firm has a responsibility to provide some professional pro bono service and see that justice is done.”

The Outstanding Firm Service Award, recognizing firms whose longtime partnerships and creative contributions have increased the capacities of CFCR, LANC and LSSP in serving local individuals, families and children in need, was awarded to:

  • Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP;
  • Conrad Trosch & Kemmy, P.A.; and
  • Norelli Law, PLLC.

The Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award, honoring attorneys who have contributed a considerable amount of pro bono hours and given local nonprofits the ability to serve more clients and initiate new projects, was awarded to:

  • Sheri A. Harrison;
  • Stephen D. Allred of McGuireWoods LLP; and
  • Landon S. Eustache of Hunton & Williams LLP.

The Outstanding Volunteer Service Award was awarded to Harriet Sis Kaplan to recognize her more than five years of service in Council for Children’s Rights’ Custody Advocacy Program.

Among this year’s Pro Bono Awards sponsors were Presenting Sponsor Lawyers Weekly and Zealous Champion McGuireWoods LLP. More than 200 attorneys, judges, advocates and community members were in attendance.

Council for Children’s Rights leads our community to stand up for every child’s right to be safe, healthy and educated. The Children’s Legal Services teams serve over 2,500 children per year and respond to more than 1,000 advice and guidance inquiries, while the Research and Planning and Policy Teams address local and state legislative changes that may impact all children in our community.  www.cfcrights.org

Legal Aid of North Carolina is a statewide, nonprofit law firm that provides free legal services in civil m­atters to low-income people in order to ensure equal access to justice and to remove legal barriers to economic opportunity. www.legalaidnc.org

Legal Services of Southern Piedmont’s mission is to assure a full measure of justice for those in need. LSSP provides a wide range of civil legal assistance to eligible low-income persons in the Charlotte metropolitan area and west-central NC.  www.lssp.org

 

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Civil Rights Advocates Urge North Carolina School Districts to Ensure Immigrant Students are not Denied Enrollment

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September 3, 2014

Civil Rights Advocates Urge North Carolina School Districts
to Ensure Immigrant Students are not Denied Enrollment

Groups Urge Department of Justice to Take Action to Protect Students

WASHINGTON – A coalition of civil rights groups that filed a federal discrimination complaint earlier this year on behalf of immigrant students denied enrollment in North Carolina schools advised school districts of their legal obligations under federal law to provide equal enrollment opportunities for all students.

The groups also urged in a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) today to take action after the state Department of Public Instruction (DPI) inexplicably retracted earlier guidance requiring inclusive enrollment policies.

In letters to the school districts, the coalition included copies of recent federal guidance addressing improper enrollment practices that deny, delay or discourage enrollment of students based on their or their parent or guardian’s actual or perceived immigration status, including that of an unaccompanied child – a child who arrives in the United States without a parent or legal guardian and is placed in the care of a sponsor, such as a family member.

In the letter to the DOJ, the civil rights groups cited State School Superintendent June St. Clair Atkinson’s June 4 memo to school districts that outlines various instances where schools may deny enrollment to schoolchildren. The superintendent’s memo retracted an earlier memo DPI had issued on May 12 after working with the civil rights groups that called for nondiscriminatory enrollment opportunities for all students, including immigrant children. The coalition includes the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), Legal Services of Southern Piedmont (LSSP), North Carolina Justice Center (NCJC) and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ).

“The actions taken by the Department of Public Instruction are troubling, especially given the vulnerability of many immigrant children, including unaccompanied children, in the state,” said Anjali Nair, SPLC staff attorney. “We are urging the Justice Department to take prompt action to ensure that no North Carolina school official unlawfully turns a child away at the schoolhouse door.”

The groups ask the DOJ to require North Carolina public schools to follow the law by adopting, promoting and enforcing a policy of nondiscrimination against students. A copy of the letter can be viewed at: http://sp.lc/1rnBNSs.

The letter to DOJ supplements the federal civil rights complaint the coalition filed in February describing discrimination at two North Carolina school districts. It outlines two incidents in which unaccompanied immigrant children were turned away from school because of their limited English proficiency, age or national origin. The complaint also notes that these incidents appear to be symptomatic of a larger problem in school districts across the state.

“Since originally filing our complaint on behalf of unaccompanied children in North Carolina, the urgency of ensuring access to public education for these children has only increased,” said Mark Bowers of LSSP. “We have seen hundreds of unaccompanied children placed in North Carolina since February. We are now getting a fuller picture of the crisis they are escaping: poverty, violence and exploitation. The stability of school and the support it offers is an opportunity for these children to begin to heal. The mixed messages coming from DPI only put this vulnerable population at more risk of mistreatment and exploitation by enabling school districts to continue to deny or place obstacles to the enrollment of unaccompanied children.”

After the original DOJ complaint was filed, Atkinson sent a memo to school administrators on May 12 that reminded districts that they may not deny enrollment on the basis of a child’s English language skills, age or lack of a certified birth certificate or Social Security number. It even noted that schools “may not ask questions regarding … immigration status.”

This guidance was essentially retracted less than a month later by the superintendent’s June 4 memo.

“The June guidance took away clear language DPI had provided to school districts back in May regarding compliance with federal and state law,” said George Eppsteiner, staff attorney for the Southern Coalition for Social Justice. “The new guidance is vague, confusing and raises questions as to the seriousness of this agency in assuring nondiscrimination in the enrollment process at North Carolina’s public schools.”

More than 30 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court declared in Plyler v. Doe that it is unconstitutional to deny a child a public education based on his or her immigration status. To ensure that enrollment in public school is not chilled, federal law requires that schools requesting a Social Security number indicate that disclosing the number is voluntary; provide the statutory or other basis upon which it is seeking the number; and explain how the number will be used.

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The Southern Poverty Law Center, based in Alabama with offices in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi, is a nonprofit civil rights organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society. For more information, see www.splcenter.org.

Legal Services of Southern Piedmont’s mission is to ensure a full measure of justice for those in need, providing a wide range of civil legal assistance to eligible low-income persons in the Charlotte metropolitan area and west-central N.C. LSSP accomplishes its mission through a variety of legal advocacy strategies including individual advice and representation, community education and outreach, representation of groups, self-help remedies, collaboration with other agencies, community economic development, legislative and administrative advocacy, and impact litigation. www.lssp.org   

The North Carolina Justice Center is a leading progressive research and advocacy group. The organization’s mission is to eliminate poverty in North Carolina by ensuring that every household in the state has access to the resources, services and fair treatment it needs to achieve economic security.

The Southern Coalition for Social Justice is a nonprofit organization founded by a multidisciplinary group, predominantly people of color, who believe that families and communities engaged in social justice struggles need a team of lawyers, social scientists, community organizers and media specialists to support them in their efforts to dismantle structural racism and oppression. For more information, see http://www.southerncoalition.org.

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New CLE provides training to aid immigrant children in Charlotte

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North Carolina has not escaped the repercussions of the growing humanitarian crisis at the southern border of the United States, and currently, hundreds of children are being sent to our state and will appear at the Charlotte Immigration Court. Most of these children will be unrepresented, and many of those are eligible for relief.

Local attorneys have the opportunity to address this crisis by ensuring access to justice for these unaccompanied immigrant children in our community through a new pro bono project coordinated by LSSP. Our newest CLE, to be held September 5, will be a training on how to aid eligible unaccompanied children with a discrete step in the most common form of relief.

Learn more and register for the CLE.

 

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Pro Bono Awards 2014

ProBonoAwards Invitation Web 2014

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