Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC)

Statewide, nonprofit law firm that provides free civil legal services to low-income people. HQ in Raleigh, with branch offices throughout the state.
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Primary geographic focus: North Carolina
Organization type(s): Provider
Acronym or short name: LANC
Lists: LSC

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 barriers to economic opportunity. We help individuals, families and communities with legal problems affecting basic human needs, such as family, housing, employment and income.

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Going backwards on housing bias

Editorial Board of Charlotte Observer
June 27, 2015
Editorial calling out the North Carolina legislature for wanting to eliminate the local housing rules.


How to save families from losing everything

Martha Bergmark, Thomas E. Perez
July 27, 2015
There is a resource for our communities that does not receive enough attention, yet is critical to ensuring that families not only stay afloat but move up the economic ladder: civil legal aid.


Cuts to legal aid an injustice to North Carolina’s poor

Gene Nichol
News & Observer (Raleigh, NC)
October 24, 2015
In order to help pay for a regime of tax cuts benefiting the wealthiest North Carolinians, the General Assembly zeroed out the state’s appropriation for legal services.


N.C. must shine a light on domestic violence

John Wester
Charlotte Observer
December 25, 2015
As 2015 draws to a close, adequate protection is more theoretical than it has ever been, even though all statistics show a surge in the need for such protection in cases of domestic violence.


How to reduce domestic violence with legal assistance

Martha Bergmark
Fox News
January 4, 2016
The causes of domestic violence are complex, and there is no single policy or program that can prevent it from happening. But there is one critical step we can take that we know makes a great deal of difference: ensuring survivors have access to legal help, regardless of their ability to pay.

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Legal Aid helps the helpless; understanding a 50B

Larry Penkava
Courier-Tribune (Asheboro, NC)
May 21, 2016
Profile of Legal Aid of North Carolina.

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Seasonal farmworkers face uphill battle for health insurance

Alejandra Cancino
Associated Press (AP)
June 20, 2016
In the United States legally through the H-2A visa program, these farmworkers, like most American citizens and legal residents, must be insured. But reaching them is an uphill battle.


Set to Stun

Rebecca Klein
Huffington Post
August 11, 2016
Children are being Tasered by school-based police officers. No one knows how often it’s happening or what impact it’s having on students.

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Hundreds of Wake County residents to have their criminal records erased

Thomasi McDonald
News & Observer (Raleigh, NC)
January 23, 2017
After meeting with volunteers with N.C. Legal Aid, those seeking expungement got help from more than 30 private attorneys and trial lawyers with the Wake County Bar Association who helped them complete the expungement forms.

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Legal Aid of North Carolina faces deep cuts under Trump’s budget proposal

Michael Hewlett
Winston-Salem Journal (NC)
April 1, 2017
Legal Aid of North Carolina could lose nearly half of its funding under President Donald Trump’s budget proposal.

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North Carolina AG opposes President Trump’s budget proposal that could lead to deep cuts for Legal Aid of North Carolina

Michael Hewett
Winston-Salem Journal (NC)
May 25, 2017
The Trump administration’s budget proposal, released this week, has called for eliminating Legal Services Corp., which has a current appropriation of $385 million.


Legislators could whack legal aid for the needy

Charlotte Observer
June 20, 2017
Out of sight of most of us, tens of thousands of low-income North Carolinians receive desperately needed free legal help every year.

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Budget cuts legal aid for poor, but no explanation given

Travis Fain
WRAL (Raleigh)
July 23, 2017
The heads of the three agencies that used this money to handle thousands of child custody cases, landlord/tenant disputes and other civil matters said they received no notice for the cut and that they've gotten no explanation in the ensuing month.

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North Carolina legal aid gets cut again, it’s unclear why

Associated Press (AP)
August 2, 2017
Poor people who need help fighting a landlord or keeping government benefits can get an attorney for free through North Carolina legal aid programs, but new state budget cuts mean fewer may have that option.

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Moore Blames Overzealous Lawyers for Legal Aid Money Cuts

Associated Press (AP)
August 11, 2017
North Carolina's legal aid groups were puzzled when lawmakers this summer cut state funding designed to help poor clients with legal troubles, but now a top legislator has explained why it happened.

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Pisgah Legal Services CEO on State Cuts to Legal Aid

Jeremy Loeb
WCQS (Asheville), Associated Press (AP)
August 14, 2017
Not only did North Carolina’s nonprofit legal aid groups see the General Assembly cut much of their state funding used to help poor clients with civil legal troubles, they were at a loss as to why it happened.

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Small Budget Cut Deals Big Blow To Low-Income People In Need Of Legal Assistance

Rusty Jacobs
WUNC (Chapel Hill)
August 22, 2017
In the $23 billion budget approved with a veto override, GOP lawmakers repealed a statute that funneled state money to non-profits providing low-income clients with legal assistance.

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NCSU reaches legal settlement with disabled student over her support animal, a cat

Jacob Rosenberg
News & Observer (Raleigh, NC)
October 11, 2017
NCSU had denied Auman’s request to keep her emotional support animal, a cat named Kifree, in her dormitory room as a reasonable accommodation for her disability.

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Disabled woman gets eviction extension

Wesley Young
Winston-Salem Journal (NC)
November 16, 2017
On Monday, the Forsyth County District Court gave Deborah Roberts until Dec. 4 to get out of the Winston Summit Apartments. Originally, Roberts had to be out before Wednesday.


A woman’s choice – sexual favours or lose her home

Jessica Lussenhop
BBC News
January 11, 2018
Across the US, sexual harassment at the hands of landlords, property managers and others in the housing industry can drive poor women and their children into homelessness. It is a problem badly understood and virtually unstudied.

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Durham evictions: ‘We need to declare a housing crisis’

Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan
Herald-Sun (Durham, NC)
January 19, 2018
A pilot program is trying to prevent so many Durham residents from evictions by helping them even before they have to go to court.

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Greensboro law firm helps people who may fall into ‘the justice gap’

Richard M. Barron
News & Record (Greensboro, NC)
February 17, 2018
Only a handful of firms across the nation operate as nonprofit corporations to do work for fees but not for the higher prices and profits of conventional firms.

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Eviction ‘crisis’ in Durham: What will it take to fix it?

Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan
Herald-Sun (Durham, NC)
April 19, 2018
A pilot program, the Durham Eviction Diversion Program, has started to make a dent.


‘It Does Something to Your Soul When Everyone Losing Their Homes Looks Like You’

Max Blau
May 24, 2018
In Durham, a young lawyer raised in public housing teaches elite law students to save poor people from eviction.

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Durham eviction crisis: What the city’s going to spend on it

Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan
Herald-Sun (Durham, NC)
May 31, 2018
The City Council voted to provide $200,000 for two lawyers and a paralegal. The money will help the program serve twice as many clients.


Ensuring Equal Access to Justice

Editorial Board of Charlotte Observer
Charlotte Observer
March 15, 2015
Legal Services of the Southern Piedmont and Legal Aid of North Carolina-Charlotte are lauded for their services in this editorial.

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Forgiving vs. Forgetting

Eli Hager
Marshall Project
March 17, 2015
Eli Hager details civil legal aid's involvement in overcoming barriers for people with a criminal record.

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Better strategies sought to curb domestic violence

David Crary
Associated Press (AP)
November 16, 2014
Two promising initiatives in Pittsburgh and High Point, NC seek to prevent domestic violence.

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For More Teens, Arrests by Police Replace School Discipline

Gary Fields, John R. Emshwiller
Wall Street Journal (WSJ)
October 21, 2014
A generation ago, schoolchildren caught fighting in the corridors, sassing a teacher or skipping class might have ended up in detention. Today, there’s a good chance they will end up in police custody.

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Data shows more arrests made without school resource officers in Wake schools

Mechelle Hankerson
Eastern Wake News (North Carolina)
February 21, 2014
Attorney Jennifer Story ... works with the Legal Aid of North Carolina’s Advocates for Children Services. Her organization is one of several who authored the complaint against Wake County schools.

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N.C. Legal Services providers generate $48 million economic impact

Daily News (Jacksonville, NC)
February 11, 2014
A recently released report finds the work of legal services providers across the state generated $48,775,276 in economic impact in 2012.

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