We continue to value our many community partners who prove there is strength in numbers and that together we can do more.

Charlotte Legal Initiative to Mobilize Businesses (CLIMB)

Moore & Van Allen is proud to co-lead the Charlotte Legal Initiative to Mobilize Businesses (CLIMB) to provide pro bono legal services to low-income entrepreneurs and small businesses in the Charlotte area. CLIMB focuses on supporting business entities whose ownership consists primarily of people of color, women, members of the LGBTQ+ community, veterans or people with disabilities.

For more information on CLIMB visit: https://www.climbnc.org/.

Domestic Violence Pro Bono Project - Contact: Rachael Coe

The Domestic Violence project works in conjunction with Safe Alliance’s Legal Representation Project to provide pro bono services to families affected by domestic violence. Volunteer attorneys work with clients to secure a domestic violence protective order while empowering the client to advocate for his/her rights and safety.

Habitat for Humanity Pro Bono Partnership - Contact: Luis Lluberas

MVA continues to partner with Habitat for Humanity by providing pro bono legal advice in connection with the resolution of delinquent loans. The project has significantly reduced the amount of non-performing mortgages in Habitat’s loan portfolio and, in turn, has provided affordable homes for families seeking permanent housing.

Housing Rights Pro Bono Project - Contact: Nader Raja

The Housing Rights Pro Bono Project, in partnership with Legal Aid of North Carolina, provides in-need tenants in the Charlotte community with pro bono legal services to avoid homelessness and secure safe and stable housing. Through the assistance of MVA volunteer attorneys, families who are suffering from unsafe, unhealthy, and deplorable living conditions often receive required repairs and financial compensation from their landlords.

Human Trafficking Pro Bono Project Contact - Sarah ByrneChris Thompson & Sally Hentz

Through partnerships with service-providers and law enforcement, MVA offers victims of human trafficking comprehensive legal services. Areas of service for the Project include victim-witness advocacy, expunction analysis, and other civil law matters including immigration and name change petitions. In addition to providing direct legal representation, Project leaders are often invited to educate governmental, academic and community organizations about the work and ways to engage.

International Refugee Pro Bono Project - Contact: Anastasia Fanning

Through a partnership with the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) MVA volunteer attorneys help to develop and enforce a set of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons. Mobilizing direct legal aid and systemic policy advocacy, IRAP serves the world’s most persecuted individuals and empowers the next generation of human rights leaders.

Pro Bono Wills Project - Contact: Lauren Biek

The MVA Pro Bono Wills Project is a partnership with Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy (CCLA) that assists elderly residents of Mecklenburg County with estate planning services. CCLA’s outreach to the in-need senior citizen population enables MVA attorneys to forge meaningful relationships with well-deserving clients seeking comfort with respect to their personal affairs.

Pro Se Guardianship Program - Contact: Tracie Solarte

The MVA Pro Se Guardianship Program helps families secure uncontested guardianship arrangements for children unable to make sound decisions for themselves upon turning 18 years of age. The program helps guide families through the guardianship process so that they can prepare and file documents necessary to petition the court.

Pro Se Litigant Project - Contact: Kimberly Zirkle

MVA attorneys partner with Mecklenburg County’s Judicial Pro Se Project’s Self-Serve Center to provide legal help to members of the low income community representing themselves in divorce and custody matters. Clients served cannot afford to retain counsel for family law affairs and receive guidance on how to navigate the court system as a pro se litigant.

Prisoner Rights Project - Contact: Josh Lanning & Jennifer Braccia

The MVA Prisoner Rights Project provides pro bono attorneys to represent plaintiffs at trial in Federal civil lawsuits. Clients served through this Project are currently incarcerated and have filed a civil suit under 42 United States Code 1983 challenging the conditions of their confinement. MVA volunteer attorneys represent the client in Federal court during the trial. 

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MVA attorneys donated 4,859 hours of legal services to 163 pro bono clients in 2020.
MVA employees (attorneys and non-legal professionals) donated 5,455 hours of volunteer service to community efforts in 2020.

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