Pro bono work plays an important role in the firm’s culture, and Ellis & Winters encourages its attorneys to find pro bono clients and matters meaningful to them. The firm, moreover, treats its pro bono clients with the same dignity, respect, and effort as any other client.
Because its attorneys have significant latitude in selecting pro bono engagements, the firm’s pro bono matters are diverse. Representative pro bono work includes:
- serving as cooperating attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina;
- serving as outside general counsel for the Special Olympics of North Carolina;
- representing the interests of children through North Carolina’s guardian ad litem program at the appellate level;
- representing Greensboro Urban Ministry;
- participating in the North Carolina Bar Association’s Lawyer on the Line program;
- representing the Humane Society of the United States in litigation related to the Humane Society’s First Amendment right to post billboards on public spaces; and
- representing individuals referred by Legal Aid of North Carolina in a variety of civil actions.
In 2017 alone, our lawyers, paralegals, and staff devoted over 1,000 hours to pro bono work.
This year, the firm started a pro bono lunch speakers program. Through this program, the firm invites both outside speakers and its own attorneys to educate Ellis & Winters attorneys about pro bono opportunities. In addition, the firm’s pro bono committee, currently chaired by partner Jamie Weiss, helps to identify and evaluate prospective pro bono initiatives.