Pro Bono Spotlight: Molly Gross, NCBA Disaster Legal Services Volunteer

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By Caroline Trautman

Few things make people feel helpless like a natural disaster can. If you’re like most attorneys, your daily work doesn’t involve feeding people, clearing giant trees, or repairing homes. As we settle into our day-to-day work, it’s easy to feel like we don’t have anything to offer people who have lost basic needs like clothing and shelter.

But what we forget is that many of our jobs, at their core, DO involve helping people clean up messes – and the knowledge and skills we’ve picked up along the way are probably more useful than we think.

 

Molly Gross, a young lawyer in Hickory who’s been bitten by the pro bono bug, has figured this out. Her story is proof that attorneys like you can impact people with big needs, even with just a little time. We at the NCBA Pro Bono Committee were so inspired, we thought we’d give her a shout out.

 

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Pro Bono Committee Aims To Recognize, Award, Train and Engage

April Giancola

Emily Moseley

April Giancola and Emily Moseley are both honored and excited to co-chair the NCBA Pro Bono Committee this year.  

April Giancola is the Director of Public Interest Advising at UNC School of Law. Since joining the career development office in April 2016 she counsels students and alumni on all aspects of job searching and career development, with a particular interest in issues relating to public interest, government and pro bono. Since earning her J.D. from New England School of Law in Boston in 2000, Giancola has worked as a trial attorney at the Public Defender’s Office in Phoenix, as the Director of Legal Services at Our Place DC in Washington, DC, and as the Volunteer and Training Coordinator at the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center. After moving to North Carolina in 2007, she was the Post-Conviction Managing Attorney for North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services and served as the Chief Legal Program Officer for Disability Rights NC. She has been active in the Pro Bono Activities Committees of both the NC Bar Association and the NC Equal Access to Justice Commission. She is admitted to the bars of Arizona, Massachusetts, the District of Columbia and North Carolina.

Emily Moseley is a member at Strategic Health Law, where her work includes counseling health plans that sponsor Medicare Advantage, Medicare Prescription Drug, and Medicaid Managed Plans. After completing a two-year clerkship for the Honorable Jennifer Coffman of the United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky, Moseley entered private practice with Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, LLP (then Kilpatrick Stockton), in Raleigh, North Carolina where she worked on complex business disputes, as well as healthcare and regulatory matters from 2000 to 2010, when she joined Strategic Health Law. Moseley received a B.A. from Pomona College, graduating cum laude in 1995. She graduated from Vanderbilt Law School in 1998, where she was Executive Research Editor of the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law. Moseley has an AVR peer rating through Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating given by that organization. She has also been named a “Woman of Justice” by Lawyers’ Weekly, in recognition for her extensive and dedicated pro bono practice.

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