Family law attorney Manisha P. Patel was appointed to the Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC) Board of Directors on September 18, 2020. Manisha will serve a three-year term on the Board of Directors on behalf of the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys. Patel says, “I am so thrilled to serve Legal Aid of North Carolina in this role. The work done by each of the Legal Aid offices throughout the state of North Carolina is so important and I am lucky to support Legal Aid in this manner.”
In June 2020 Patel was appointed to the North Carolina Advocates of Justice (NCAJ) Board of Governors for a three-year term. Patel also will serve as the Chair of the Family Law section for NCAJ for the 2020-2021 bar year. Patel has been a member of NCAJ first as a law student and later as a practicing attorney. Patel remained active within the Family Law section in recent years and chaired the annual Winter 2020 CLE this past February. Patel shared, “I am deeply passionate about the work that NCAJ does for individuals who are injured or who have had their legal rights compromised. I’m looking forward to taking on a greater leadership role in the organization.”
Manisha P. Patel was also honored as an inductee into the North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society for pro bono work completed in the 2019 calendar year. Patel provided over 620 hours of pro bono services in 2019. Since January 2017, the North Carolina Pro Bono Resource Center has collected responses from attorneys about pro bono involvement through the state’s first voluntary reporting process. Rule 6.1 of the N.C. Rules of Professional Conduct encourages licensed attorneys to provide at least fifty (50) hours of pro bono legal services to clients unable to pay without expectation of a fee.