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
Juvenile Appellate Procedure at a Glance
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.