Legal Department employees honored for their service to others
Earlier this year, the Mecklenburg County Bar Association (NC) honored members of our Legal Department and their community partners with its Outstanding Collaborative Pro Bono Project award for participation in the Supporting Housing Communities Day of Legal Advocacy project, which provided free legal services for more than 50 members of the Charlotte community who are transitioning out of homelessness.
“We are committed to doing our part to assist all members of our community, but especially those who are most vulnerable and have the greatest need,” said Global General Counsel David Leitch.
“Our team gives their time and expertise to assist on a wide-range of legal issues, including anti-discrimination in housing, estate planning, helping veterans access their benefits, tax preparation, and child custody issues.”
During this project, more than 40 employees of the Legal Department joined other members of the Charlotte legal community to volunteer their time and expertise to assist clients with legal issues that may prevent them from finding permanent housing, such as criminal record expungements, health care powers of attorney, and driver’s license reinstatements. This was the third year Bank of America volunteers gave their time to the effort.
Dawn Sewell, a process design consultant in the Legal Department and a team leader for the project, underscored the longstanding commitment of her colleagues to pro bono work. “The expectation of pro bono service is set at our department’s highest levels of management,” explains Dawn. “We should be very proud of those who answer the call to give of their time and energy. We have the power to improve the lives of our least-represented neighbors in real and practical ways.”