June 7, 2021
The North Carolina Pro Bono Resource Center (PBRC) recognizes four Ward and Smith attorneys for their efforts in helping others in need.
Mary Cavanagh, Chris Edwards, Paul Fanning, and Lance Martin were inducted into the 2020 North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society. You are among 589 North Carolina attorneys recognized for providing 50 hours or more of volunteer legal advice in 2020. According to the PBRC press release, the new entrants together provided nearly 55,000 hours of free legal assistance to poverty-stricken North Carolinians in 2020.
“Many lawyers in North Carolina recognized the needs created by COVID-19 and provided volunteer legal services to ensure that ‘justice is done without privilege, denial or delay,’ as our state’s constitution requires,” the chief judge said Paul Newby in his message to the prosecutors.
Despite the challenges posed by the 2020 pandemic, Ward and Smith’s attorneys participated in a variety of pro bono projects across the state. Notably, Ward and Smith’s attorneys: drafted briefs and represented a case in the North Carolina Supreme Court for the Guardian Ad Litem Appellate Pro Bono program; provided significant legal assistance to the East Carolina Council of Boy Scouts of America; supported pro se litigants through the Eastern District Pro Bono Program; and provided legal services and management of the board of directors to Pisgah Legal Services.
Ward and Smith congratulates the new members of the Pro Bono Honor Society and commends the company’s volunteer efforts.