Carlene McNulty joined the Justice Center’s predecessor organization, the N.C. Legal Services Resource Center, in February 1996, and has helped lead the Center’s ambitious impact litigation efforts ever since. Initially designed to provide legal assistance to low-income individuals that were statutorily barred from receiving assistance from federally-funded legal aid organizations, the Justice Center’s litigation unit has grown into a formidable independent force against poverty and injustice.
A specialist in consumer law, McNulty has helped co-counsel numerous important class actions against powerful, predatory lenders. In addition to managing a large caseload that includes class action and impact litigation, McNulty also provides back-up support for the work of legal aid advocates and pro bono attorneys. Prior to joining the Center, she worked at North State Legal Services in Hillsborough, North Carolina, where she won the prestigious Julian Pierce Award as North Carolina’s outstanding legal services advocate.