Guardian ad Litem - District 1 Satellite Office
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Company: Guardian ad Litem - District 1 Satellite Office
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Location: Currituck Area, Currituck, NC, 27929
Project Details

The North Carolina General Assembly established the Guardian ad Litem Program (GAL) in 1983 to advocate for the best interests of children in abuse and neglect cases. At the trial level, GAL volunteers and attorney advocates, along with program staff, provide team representation for the child. When orders entered in juvenile cases are appealed, the GAL program continues to provide advocacy for the child’s best interests through staff, contract, and pro bono attorneys. Contract and pro bono attorneys are supported and trained by GAL Appellate Counsel and Associate Counsel.

GAL Pro Bono Attorneys

  • Help abused and neglected children achieve permanence and safety by representing their best interests in North Carolina’s appellate courts.
  • Write and file appellee briefs, and other documents, on behalf of the child, and appear for oral argument when appropriate.
  • Review transcripts and court files to settle the record on appeal, and conduct legal research.
  • Juvenile Appellate Procedure at a Glance

  • Appeals in juvenile cases are expedited by Rule 3.1 of the Rules of Appellate Procedure and heard by both the North Carolina Court of Appeals and Supreme Court of North Carolina. Rule 3.1 mandates shorter deadlines for transcripts and records and disfavors extensions of time.
  • GAL appellate briefs are typically due about 165 days from the filing of the notice of appeal. The due date is predictable because of the expedited timeline.
  • Expedited appeals are typically resolved within 12 months. Most are resolved without an oral argument, based on the record and the written briefs.
  • To represent all of North Carolina’s abuse and neglected children on appeal, the GAL Program relies on the contributions of pro bono attorneys. Our pro bono program provides attorneys with a unique opportunity to develop and sharpen appellate advocacy skills in a flexible program that accommodates their daily responsibilities. Take a case with our pro bono program today, and use your legal skills to help a child in need achieve permanence and stability.

    To learn more about Guardian ad Litem pro bono attorney opportunities, contact our Appellate Counsel, Matthew D. Wunsche, at (919)890-1255 or Matthew.D.Wunsche@NCcourts.org.

    General requirements

    REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Flexible.
  • Must be a licensed North Carolina attorney.
  • Skills Area
    Legal (General)
    Advocacy