North Carolina Lawyers Weekly
quoted McGuireWoods partner
Scott Oostdyk and senior counsel
Angie Zimmern in a
Dec. 18, 2020, story on
Charlotte Triage, a pro bono initiative that supports legal aid organizations to make legal
services more accessible to low-income Charlotte residents.
Charlotte Triage is a partnership between McGuireWoods, Bank of America,
Moore & Van Allen, Wells Fargo, Duke Energy, and Husqvarna that brings
together law firms and corporate legal department to raise awareness of
unmet legal needs in the community. The North Carolina Lawyers Weekly story focused on Charlotte Triage’s
efforts to assist tenants in eviction cases, a need made greater by the
economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative is modeled on a
similar program Oostdyk helped launch in Richmond, Virginia.
“It confirmed the approach we were taking in Richmond — that clients have
to be defended vigorously against unwarranted eviction,” said Oostdyk,
McGuireWoods’ global pro bono partner.
Zimmern, the firm’s pro bono director, co-leads the management committee
that oversees Charlotte Triage’s day-to-day operations.
“There was an acute need before the pandemic, which has only worsened and
will be even worse when eviction proceedings return in full force,” Zimmern
The Pro Bono Institute recently honored Charlotte Triage with the
2020 Corporate Pro Bono Partner Award.