Virginia Attorneys Sought to Provide Online Pro Bono to North Carolina Survivors of Hurricane Florence
Dear Virginia Young Lawyers,

As all of you are aware, the Mid-Atlantic has suffered tremendously from hurricanes and tropical storms in recent months.

In September, Florence caused widespread destruction in many areas of North Carolina, which had not fully recovered from Hurricane Matthew in 2016. There exists a significant need for young lawyer assistance in North Carolina in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

The information below will direct you to avenues to assist those in legal need in North Carolina. I thank you for your consideration and hope you are able to extend your pro-bono services.

Brian T. Wesley
President, Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference
A recent  order  of the North Carolina Supreme Court permits out-of-state lawyers to temporarily provide pro bono legal services to low- to moderate-income North Carolina residents affected by Hurricane Florence.
Interested lawyers can currently do this in two ways:

ABA Free Legal Answers, an online portal that remotely connects low-income individuals with pro bono lawyers, adapted its  North Carolina site  to accept out-of-state volunteer registrations. After following the instructions  at this link , volunteer attorneys can log in and provide answers 24/7/365 at their convenience.

The North Carolina Bar Association is soliciting attorney volunteers for its Disaster Legal Services Hotline. Lawyers can sign up for client referrals and phone intake here .
While the effects in Virginia were not as severe as in North Carolina, the Virginia State Bar opened its emergency legal services hotline in September, and Virginia Free Legal Answers is accepting eligible Virginians affected by natural disasters in the wake of Florence. Volunteer Virginia lawyers can also sign up to help natural disaster victims in the commonwealth.

V irginia attorneys are encouraged to register to help both Virginians and North Carolina residents – and to use resources provided by the Virginia State Bar and the North Carolina Bar Association .
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