4ALL: Making Quality Legal Services Accessible to All North Carolinians
Sound legal advice can impact and change lives for the better. But most people in need of services hesitate to call a law firm, afraid that it will cost a small fortune to talk with an attorney. Each March, the North Carolina Bar Association provides a solution, giving people a place to turn for trusted answers and guidance. Through the 2015 4ALL Statewide Service Day, North Carolina residents saw firsthand that there are hundreds of lawyers committed to helping those who cannot afford legal services.
What is the 4ALL Statewide Service Day?
On March 6, 2015, four attorneys from Ward Black Law, along with almost 500 other lawyers from firms across the state, volunteered their time from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., taking calls from the public to answer a wide variety of legal questions. As a result, over 9,800 North Carolinians spoke to a lawyer at no charge. This year marked the eighth annual 4ALL Statewide Service Day sponsored by the North Carolina Bar Association.
Our own managing attorney, Janet Ward Black, originally initiated 4ALL when she served as President of the North Carolina Bar Association. What began as a program focused on providing quality, free legal services to those in need is now used as a model across the U.S. and Canada. Thousands of people at or below the poverty line have been positively impacted through 4ALL.
Meeting Tangible Needs for Individuals and Communities
Ward Black Law’s Afi Johnson-Parris, a family law attorney, participated in the recent 4ALL Statewide Service Day. In her own words, “This is a unique opportunity for lawyers to give back to the public – a day to take calls and answer a wide variety of questions, providing answers and guidance right then and there.”
2015 was Afi’s seventh year participating in this service event. In addition to the opportunity to give back to her community, she saw it as a way to connect with people on a personal level.
“When I first entered the field of law, I worked on behalf of large businesses, not individuals,” she explained. “This event helped spark my passion for family law, and gave me an outlet to help real people with questions about personal matters.”
It is not only the individuals who benefit from events like these, but the courts as well. The 4ALL Statewide Service Day meets a growing need in communities across the state, eliminating responsibility for courts that may be underfunded. According to Afi, “By doing some triage at the beginning and pointing people to correct resources, our judicial system can more effectively move forward and help them find their solutions.”
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