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


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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Daily News (Jacksonville, NC)
February 11, 2014
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Tags: Access to Justice Commissions, Benefits of Legal Aid: Economic

Organizations mentioned/involved: UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity, UNC School of Law, North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission (NCEAJC), Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC), Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy (formerly Legal Services of Southern Piedmont) (North Carolina), Pisgah Legal Services (PLS) (North Carolina)


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RALEIGH — A recently released report finds the work of legal services providers across the state generated $48,775,276 in economic impact in 2012.

Written by the UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity, the report, “A 108% Return on Investment: The Economic Impact to the State of North Carolina of Civil Legal Services in 2012,” details the direct economic benefit, indirect economic impact, and cost savings attributed to the work of three North Carolina legal services providers, Legal Aid of North Carolina, Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, and Pisgah Legal Services.

These three organizations provide civil legal assistance to low-income North Carolinians to ensure access to the civil justice system for all, regardless of ability to pay. “While resources to support legal services have decreased, the need for legal assistance is greater than ever,” said George Hausen, executive director of Legal Aid of North Carolina, “and our goal is to ensure the basic needs of people are met, including access to food, shelter, safety, and healthcare.”