Friday is 4ALL Statewide Service Day

By Jesse Campbell (jesse.campbell@mountaintimes.com)



Article Published: Mar. 6 | Modified: Mar. 8
Friday is 4ALL Statewide Service Day


North Carolinians who cannot afford legal service will be allowed free access to a wealth of information and knowledgeable attorneys during Friday’s 4ALL Statewide Service Day.

The North Carolina Bar Association sponsors the statewide call-in.

The NCBA provides three phone numbers in advance of the event: (888) 442-3428 for the eastern part of the state; (800) 638-2869 for the western part of the state; and (855) 455-4255 for a Spanish-language call center. All three numbers are accessible from anywhere in North Carolina.

The other call center numbers hosted by TV partners will be provided on the day of the event and promoted extensively by the respective television stations. Since these numbers are used for other purposes, they are not provided in advance.

Russell Rawlings, director of communications for the NCBA, said the event was first held in 2008 under the direction of former NCBA president Janet Ward Black.

“Our president at that time took (the call-in) as her signature issue of the year under the provision of civil legal aid to the poor,” Rawlings said. “4ALL grew from that to draw attention to the needs of North Carolina citizens by providing a day of free legal service.”

Now in its seventh year, the call-in format uses a combined network of television hosts and websites.
“It has become something that has been a popular annual event,” Rawlings said. “We expect to have over 10,000 calls (Friday).”

Unlike in an attorney-client relationship, no legal advice will be provided, and only legal information will be directed to the caller.

“There will be no names provided, just free legal information,” Rawlings said. “This is just (them) finding out if someone needs a lawyer and, if so, how do they go through that.”

In previous call-in events, Western North Carolina has provided a particularly strong response.

“Western North Carolina and Asheville have been real solid bites for us,” Rawlings said. “The affiliate there has been involved every year, so that (part of the state) has been well represented, and that plays into our overarching theme that the NCBA is present in all 100 counties and that we like to provide public service, as well.”

The Williams Mullen firm in Wilmington and Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice in Winston-Salem are also hosting call centers.

Stations hosting call centers are WLOS News 13 in Asheville; WBTV News in Charlotte; WFMY News 2 in Greensboro with The Volunteer Center and United Way of Greater Greensboro; WNCT 9 On Your Side in Greenville; and WRAL-TV5 in Raleigh, according to a NCBA news release.

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