The Forrest Firm’s Monica Webb-Shackleford has joined the newly-formed advisory board of the North Carolina Pro Bono Resource Center (PBRC).
Founded in April 2016, the PBRC launched as an initiative of the North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission to assist lawyers in fulfilling their professional responsibility to provide pro bono legal services. The PBRC has cultivated a statewide presence through leveraging continuing legal education and other presentations to spread advocacy for Rule of Professional Conduct 6.1, which encourages all North Carolina attorneys to dedicate up to 50 hours of service, free of charge, to those who cannot afford normal billing rates.
The organization works continuously to match NC attorneys with pro bono opportunities around the state. In addition, the PBRC has partnered with the Supreme Court of North Carolina to recognize attorneys who lead the way in pro bono service hours. The Forrest Firm’s Lyle Gravatt earned recognition in this area, as he was one of 435 North Carolina lawyers named to the PBRC’s Pro Bono Honor Society for 2017.
Monica Webb-Shackleford joined the Forrest Firm in May 2018. At the firm, she advises clients in the areas of employment law, business litigation, and appellate matters.
Active in the North Carolina legal community, Ms. Webb-Shackleford is currently serving as the immediate Past President of the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys. She is also on the statewide board of directors for Legal Aid of North Carolina, and she also serves as treasurer for the North Carolina Supreme Court Historical Society.
In her new role on the advisory board, Ms. Webb-Shackleford will help the PBRC’s leadership devise a mission and strategy for its upcoming work; inform the PBRC’ perspective on substantive issues, such as pro bono recognition guidance or current gaps in available opportunities; and increase pro bono volunteerism among attorneys across the state of North Carolina.
“I am honored to be selected for this key advisory role with the Pro Bono Resource Center, which is fast-becoming a key resource for North Carolina attorneys looking to give back to the communities where they work and live,” said Webb-Shackleford. “Our firm is very supportive of our attorneys pursuing work with entrepreneurs, non-profits, and community groups who need legal services but may not yet have the means to pay. The PBRC stands with us, ensuring that we and other firms will have ample opportunities to serve as an honor to our profession.”
To learn more about the North Carolina Pro Bono Resource Center, visit www.ncprobono.org.