NC LEAF assists in the recruitment and retention of public interest attorneys by providing loan repayment assistance for law school debt.
Equal access to justice is a cornerstone of our legal system. NC LEAF encourages attorneys across the state to pursue careers in public service through an educational loan repayment assistance program, making it easier to remain in these careers while not being encumbered by debt.
The support I received from NC LEAF not only allowed me to continue defending the Constitution as an assistant public defender, it paved the way for me to become North Carolina’s first State Juvenile Defender.
I am able to continue working in a field that I love without worrying about how I will survive, enjoy life, and pay back my debt on my current salary. NC LEAF takes away the pressure.
NC LEAF is important to me because the organization’s generosity has allowed me to continue serving a community I love without worrying about paying student loans on a public servant’s salary.