The N.C. Judicial Branch will host the Access to Justice Summit to bring together the access to justice community to consider and discuss bridging the justice gap in North Carolina. Sponsored by the N.C. Equal Access to Justice Commission, the keynote address will be given by Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht of the Supreme Court of Texas, followed by a panel exploring strategies for increasing legal services for low-income North Carolinians.|
Moderated by Rich Leonard, dean of Campbell University School of Law, the panelists will explore ways to bridge the justice gap in North Carolina using lessons learned in Texas. Panelists will discuss how the lack of access to justice, particularly in civil cases, influences of the practice of law, professionalism, professional responsibility and ethical obligations of attorneys.
Next steps will be identified and may include greater implementation around Rule 6.1 of the North Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct developing special projects, including targeting populations of need such as veterans and expanding language access; developing additional resources and other ideas from Texas and beyond.
North Carolina attorneys, judges, justices and court officials will convene for the Access to Justice summit to share information regarding what is currently in place to make our courts more accessible to self-represented litigants and others who seek justice and to learn about ways to enhance existing initiatives.
Tuesday, May 8, 8:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Press is invited to attend and should arrive 15 minutes prior to the start time.
North Carolina State Bar, 217 East Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
The event will feature Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht of the Supreme Court of Texas, a committed supporter of legal aid programs in his home state. Chief Justice Hecht is traveling to North Carolina for this event to share the story of success that Texas has had in coming together to ensure adequate funding for equal access to justice for all Texans living in poverty.