RALEIGH, N.C. – Campbell Law School and the Wake County Bar Association hosted Wake County’s Inaugural Access to Justice Convocation at the law school on Friday, Feb. 1. The program, which was attended by a wide assortment of legal professionals and service providers, consisted of two separate panel discussions on understanding the unmet legal needs in Wake County.
Chuck Caldwell, Judge Christine Walczyk, Jennifer Simmons, and Judge Craig Croom (left-to-right)
“Access to legal services presents a challenge for many citizens throughout Wake County, especially those facing other social or medical issues.” said Campbell Law Director of Student Life & Pro Bono Opportunities Mary Charles Branch. “It is important for members of our profession to address the needs of our neighbors when possible, and service is a vital component of the education and experience at Campbell Law.”
The first panel discussion, focusing on the legal perspective, was moderated by Superior Court Judge Craig Croom. Panelists included Interim Wake County Public Defender Chuck Caldwell, Legal Aid of North Carolina Staff Attorney Jennifer Simmons, and Wake County District Court Judge Christine Walczyk.
StepUp Ministry Associate Executive Director Linda Nunnallee moderated the second panel discussion, which focused on the service provider perspective. Panel participants included The Healing Place of Wake County Vice President of Programs Chris Budnick, Raleigh Police Department Senior Officer Wendy Clark, Adonicca McAllister of InterAct of Wake County, and Sally Scherer, founder of The Child’s Advocate.
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