Volunteer (Current Employee) – Salem, NC – February 4, 2016
Staff is dedicated to social justice and advocating for clients.The community really relies on Legal aid for help with legal issues which they typically can't afford. I just wish that there was more funding for Legal Aid to expand it's reach.
Great work life balance; unpredictable and no security
Staff Attorney (Former Employee) – North Carolina – July 1, 2015
This is a great company for new lawyers. You will get a lot of first hand experience. You still have time for your family, friends and important life events. However, you may not always be able to participate because the salary is abysmal. Moreover, at in recent years, funding cuts have made job security nearly non-existent.
A typical day would include answering phones, creating client files, and creating documents for clients. I have learned so much working with legal aid, everything from how to prepare a document to how to interview a client for a will or expunction. They have given me the tools I need to become a great paralegal.
Understanding the projects that Legal Aid is involved in that assist pro-se clients, client that wish to represent themselves and other rights that clients may want to be informed about such as employment, foreclosure, veterans benefits and areas such as Medicaid Disability claims, Social Security Disability denials, and Fiar Housing Rights.
Provided litgation support including research and investigation.
Educated clients on their legal rights. Interviewed clients and drafted numerous legal documents including wills, motions, leases and demand letters. Researched and prepared legal memoranda. Participated in a brief in Bass v. U.S. Bank where we successfully argued that U.S. Bank was not the legal holder of a promissory note, thus lacked authorization to foreclose on Bass’s property. Participated in a community outreach program for low income individuals, in Oxford, North Carolina. Assisted clients by helping them maintain their status as a benefits recipient for federal benefits such as Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, Medicare, Medicaid, and others.