After 45 years of service, Theodore O. Fillette, assistant director and senior managing attorney at Legal Aid of North Carolina-Charlotte, has announced he will retire at the end of March.
Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy thanks Fillette for his tireless service as a champion for those in need and his accomplishments at the state and federal level that have established housing rights for all North Carolinians.
Fillette joined Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy, formerly Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, in 1973. He has served with the Center and partner agencies for his entire career, as a leading expert and advocate for the housing rights of low-income people across the state.
Over the course of his career, Fillette has represented countless individual clients, served as counsel or co-counsel on precedent-setting cases in the state’s highest courts and federal court, and successfully advocated to establish fair and equitable housing laws.
In 2002, Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy split into two organizations. Fillette joined the branch that became Legal Aid of North Carolina-Charlotte, closely coordinating services and resources with Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy. Since then, Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy and Legal Aid of North Carolina have been partners in justice, running a joint annual fundraising campaign, the Access to Justice Campaign, and the Access to Justice Pro Bono Partners Program.
After March 31, Cindy Patton, who has been with Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy and Legal Aid since 1992, will remain managing attorney of the Charlotte office serving in her administrative capacity.
Thomas P. Holderness, of Robinson Bradshaw, will join the staff and continue Fillette’s work supporting and training Legal Aid staff in Charlotte and across the state in their litigation efforts at the trial and appellate court levels. Holderness, a longtime volunteer, will also offer support and co-counseling to pro bono attorneys volunteering with Legal Aid.
Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy will recognize Fillette’s career and significant contributions to the state on March 8, at 5:30 p.m. during 50 Years of Justice, a program with the Mecklenburg County Bar celebrating Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy’s 50-year history.
You can help us carry on Ted’s legacy by making a gift to the Access to Justice Campaign. If you’ve already made a gift to this year’s campaign, consider making an additional contribution in Ted’s honor to help us reach our $550,000 goal. Give today to change tomorrow. Your gift ensures that another generation of advocates will continue the work Ted started, defending the rights of those in need to build a stronger community for us all.