NALP Directory of Legal Employers

Directory Year: 2020

Moore & Van Allen PLLC - Moore & Van Allen (All Offices)

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Pro Bono Contact

Pro Bono Contact Name Stephanie M. Gryder
Pro Bono Contact Title Manager of Diversity & Community Initiatives
Pro Bono Contact Phone 704-331-2380
Pro Bono Contact Email stephaniegryder@mvalaw.com
Is the pro bono information indicated here firm-wide or specific to one office? Firm-wide
% Firm Billable Hours last year
Average Hours per Attorney last year 13

Pro Bono Participation

Percent of associates participating last year 47
Percent of partners participating last year 33
Percent of other lawyers participating last year 31

Average hours

Average hours per associate last year 21
Average hours per partner last year 11
Average hours per other lawyer last year 5
What percentage of attorneys performed more than 20 hours? 14
What was the number of actual pro bono hours contributed by the organization in the prior calendar year? 4126.5
Does the organization maintain a written pro bono policy that sets forth the organization's commitment to pro bono? Yes
How does the organization define what constitutes pro bono legal work?

Moore & Van Allen’s pro bono efforts provide legal representation to indigent persons pursuant to Rule 6.1 of the North Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct in which pro bono is defined as “the delivery of legal services at a substantially reduced fee; or participation in activities for improving the law, the legal system or the legal profession.”

Does the organization set annual goals regarding the minimum number of pro bono hours to be contributed by the organization? No
Does the organization set individual attorney goals regarding the minimum number of pro bono hours to be contributed? No

Advancement/compensation

Is an attorney's commitment to pro bono activity considered a favorable factor in advancement and compensation decisions? Yes
If yes, to what extent?

Pro bono support services

Are full-time support services (word processing, online research Lexis/Westlaw, out of pocket costs) available for pro bono representation? Yes
If so, are there any limitations?

Moore & Van Allen does not limit support services utilized for pro bono efforts.

Are associates provided written evaluations of their work on pro bono matters? No
Does the organization employ one or more of the following structures to manage its pro bono program and to provide training and guidance to participating attorneys? (Check all that apply): Full-time attorney in a dedicated pro bono coordination/oversight role
An attorney who coordinates pro bono projects as an ancillary duty to other work
Pro Bono Committee
Non-attorney administrator
How is pro bono work assigned/distributed?

Moore & Van Allen currently works with several local non-profit legal entities and service providers that refer pro bono cases. These cases are funneled through our project areas (domestic violence, landlord/tenant, human trafficking, guardianship, and wills) and the supervising attorney solicits volunteers for the case. Attorneys may self-select pro bono opportunities at their own will outside of the firm’s designated project areas. These cases must clear the appropriate conflicts check.

If an attorney is permitted to bring a pro bono case for possible consideration by the firm, who makes decisions about whether the firm will handle the matter? (check all that apply) Other

Enabling pro bono or public interest work

Does the organization provide any of the following to enable its attorneys to participate in pro bono activities or work in a public interest setting? (Check all that apply): Other
If so please describe

Moore & Van Allen continues to host a secondment program in partnership with the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office. Launched in 2012, the partnership offers MVA litigation attorneys the opportunity to work within the ranks of the DA’s office for six months, gaining valuable courtroom exposure and case management experience.

Summer associate pro bono opportunities

Are pro bono opportunities available for summer associates? Yes
Additional comments (Please use this space to provide any additional information about your organization's pro bono program including any special recognition or awards the organization has received for its pro bono work.)

MVA continues to participate and lead efforts through the Pro Bono Charlotte Triage -  a consortium of corporations and law firms dedicated to meeting the unmet legal needs of the low income in Charlotte by training legal department and law firm lawyers in specific pro-bono services including evictions, health-care access and criminal record expunctions. It is starting its second year with more participants and expanding the targeted areas to include efforts that address human trafficking. MVA Senior Counsel Sarah Byrne has been named co-champion of the new human trafficking focus and MVA Litigation Member Nader Raja continues to serve as the co-champion of the Triage Eviction Project.

What are some of the areas in which your organization has performed pro bono work in the past year?

Wills, Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking, Guardianship, International Refugee Assistance and Access to Housing

Fellowship sponsorship

Does your organization sponsor split public interest summer and/or post-graduate fellowships? No
Public Interest Fellowship Comments