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

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.

News Story (North Carolina)

Richard M. Barron
News & Record (Greensboro, NC)
February 17, 2018

Tags: Access to Justice, Low Bono

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC), Gate City Legal Services


The people who qualify for Gate City’s services make too much money to qualify for the free services of Legal Aid of North Carolina but are far from wealthy enough to afford all but the most basic legal services.

Gate City Legal Services isn’t free, but it offers rates that are priced on a sliding scale linked to a family’s income from 125 percent to 400 percent of the poverty rate. Even a family with two public school teachers and two children would qualify because complex legal issues would be too expensive if they took them to a conventional law firm.

Hourly rates are $200 and below, far lower than many conventional law firms.