For the Warrior CommunityActive duty service members may wish to go first to Armed Forces Legal Assistance's online database to "locate active duty legal activities offering general legal services within the continental United States". A query for the state of North Carolina is here
General-Purpose ResourcesServicemembers, veterans and their families are of course eligible to use the same resources as anyone else.
- The North Carolina Bar Association's Public Service page includes many resources, such as a Pro Bono Project through which volunteer legal services are made accessible, a Lawyer Referral Service through which attorney referrals based on practice area and geographic location are provided in English and Spanish, and a multitude of services for the poor and persons of modest means through Access to Justice, and much more.
- LawHelpNC at http://www.lawhelp.org/nc/ helps low-and moderate-income North Carolinians find legal help and information
- NC Free Legal Help, a service of North Carolina Advocates for Justice, is a database of 500+ attorneys who have agreed to provide a free 10-minute initial consultation by phone or e-mail.
- Legal Aid of North Carolina provides legal assistance with civil matters to eligible clients
- North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services assists inmates in North Carolina correctional institutions with their civil legal needs.
- North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence identifies, investigates and advances credible claims of innocence made by inmates convicted of felonies in North Carolina.
Private Practice AttorneysTypically, a lawyer in private practice will listen to your situation for 15 or 20 minutes, then give you an idea about how to proceed, in general terms, without charging you anything. If the matter is something the lawyer can help you with, but must charge for, sometimes you can work out a military-family discount, especially if you are organized, polite and easy to work with.
The Findlaw website has a city-by-city list of lawyers interested in representing active-duty military personnel, military reservists, and veterans here.
For LawyersThe North Carolina State Bar Association has a Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel whose website at http://www.nclamp.gov/ is laden with resources for the practitioner. As evidence of its quality, please note that the ABA used NCLamp materials as the basis of a SSCRA model handout, and googlebooks has uploaded its Military Divorce Handbook. Rather than enumerating NCLamp's resources here, it's more efficient to direct attorneys there.
NCBA has sponsored a number of direct-service efforts, such as the December 2008 Operation Legal Eagle. For other opportunities for service, see the NC Bar's county-by-county listing of pro bono opportunities.
Despite the comprehensiveness of that program, it is very likely that there are other North Carolina programs, sponsored by local bar associations, law schools, and others, that may be convenient ways for attorneys to provide legal aid to our warrior community. Anyone with more information on these or other programs are invited to contact me; the most convenient way is to add in a comment below. The purpose is service!