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New Pro Bono Projects

28 June 2010
Mayer Brown Article

Domestic Violence Plaintiff Representation Project – Charlotte Office
SelfServe Center/Attorney for the Day Project – Charlotte Office
Haitian Temporary Protected Status Project – New York Office

Domestic Violence Plaintiff Representation Project – Charlotte Office

Mayer Brown’s Charlotte Office has launched a new project with Legal Aid of North Carolina to represent survivors of domestic violence in obtaining civil protection orders.  The project is part of Legal Aid’s statewide Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative (DVPI), which provides legal assistance to battered women and domestic violence victims.  In June 2010, Charlotte Associate Ajanaclair Lynch and Charlotte Partner Greg Ruback successfully negotiated an order of protection for our first client through the Project, a woman who had been strangled by her abuser until the point where she passed out in front of her two small children.  The Domestic Violence Project is being overseen by Greg and Charlotte Partner David Wiles

SelfServe Center/Attorney for the Day Project – Charlotte Office

The Charlotte Office has launched a project to help staff the SelfServe Center of the Mecklenburg County Courthouse, which was created as part of the Judicial Pro Se Project and is run by the Mecklenburg County Bar and its Volunteer Lawyers Program to provide indigent or low-income, pro se litigants in family law, divorce and child custody matters with basic guidance and consultations on the process of completing their own pleadings and forms in such cases.  The self-represented litigants attend an educational clinic in advance, and are then able to schedule an appointment to review their completed pleadings and paperwork with the volunteer Attorney for the Day and ask related questions.  The Project also provides an opportunity for attorneys in the Charlotte Office to serve as a supervising attorney for the educational clinics, which are sponsored and staffed by students participating in the Divorce Clinic and Child Custody Clinic of the Charlotte School of Law.  The SelfServe Center/Attorney for the Day Project is being overseen by Charlotte Partner David Wiles.

Haitian Temporary Protected Status Project – New York Office

The New York Office has launched a project with the New York Legal Assistance Group to help eligible Haitian nationals with preparing and filing applications for Temporary Protected Status (TPS).  Following the devastating earthquake in Haiti, the Obama Administration granted Temporary Protected Status to Haitian nationals who were living in or visitng the United States as of January 12, 2010, and who otherwise be deportable or become deportable.  TPS is granted to eligible nationals of designated countries who cannot  safely return to their homelands because of natural disasters, armed conflicts, or other emergencies.  Those granted TPS are able to remain in the United States legally for a specified period of time and obtain work permits, but cannot become permanent U.S. citizens.  In a project has been spearheaded by Associate Melissa Francis, and Associates Zoe Badger, Marcela Barganz, Susan Butler-Farkas, Eileen Candia, Hannah Chanoine, Daniel Durschlag, Kelly Glynn, Antonia Golianopoulos, Christine Hernandez, Josh Kamen, Jason Kirschner, Allison Levine, Rosa Morales, Jeremy Schildcrout, Beth Ann Schultz, Michael Simes, Megan Sramek, Christina Tsesmelis, Christine Walsh, Maurice Worsley, Allison Zolot, Christina Walsh and Paralegal Chris Thomas, supervised by Partners Joe De Simone and Matt Ingber, have recently worked on the project.

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