INFORMATION FOR PETITIONERS
FOR EMERITUS PRO BONO STATUS FOR INACTIVE MEMBERS
The petition must be reviewed by the Administrative Committee and approved by the State Bar Council.
The committee and the council meet quarterly in January, April, July, and October of each year. The
dates of the meetings are posted on the home page of the NC State Bar website.
Instructions for Completing and Filing Petition
1. Complete the appropriate petition and have the petition notarized.
2. Identify an active North Carolina lawyer in good standing at a supporting nonprofit legal services
corporation to serve as a supervisor. The North Carolina responsible lawyer must attach a
statement in which the lawyer agrees to supervise the petitioner in the provision of pro bono legal
services for indigent persons. See the Pro Bono Supervision Statement.
3. Mail the petition and any supporting documents to:
NC State Bar
P.O. Box 26088
Raleigh, NC 27611
Materials should be submitted at least thirty days prior to the State Bar Council meeting at which
you want your petition to be considered. Keep a copy of your petition for your records. If your
petition is received 30 days prior to the meeting you will receive confirmation that your petition
was received by the NC State Bar. If you list an e-mail address on your petition you may receive
correspondence via e-mail. Please contact the Membership Department at (919) 828-4620 if you
do not receive confirmation.
4. After the quarterly meeting of the State Bar Council, if your petition is granted by the council, an
order will be mailed to the address you provided on the petition.
Additional information about pro bono practice status can be found at
including Frequently Asked Questions about the program and
opportunities to volunteer.
Guidelines for In-Court Practice
A lawyer who has been granted Pro Bono Practice Status pursuant to either 27 N.C.A.C. 1D, Rule
.0905(b)(3), Pro Bono Practice by Out of State Lawyers, or 27 N.C.A.C. 1D, Rule .0901(b)(3), Emeritus
Pro Bono Status, may engage in the following activities under the supervision of an active member of the
North Carolina State Bar:
(a) A lawyer with Pro Bono Practice Status may give advice to a client on matters of North Carolina law
provided (1) the lawyer gives a clear prior explanation to the client that the lawyer’s practice in North
Carolina is limited to pro bono matters and (2) the supervising lawyer has determined that the pro bono
lawyer is qualified to render legal advice in the subject area involved.