After 35 years with Legal Aid of North Carolina, Hazel Mack joins Wake Forest Law as interim director of outreach

Photo of Hazel Mack outside of the Worrell Professional Center

Hazel Mack has spent the past 35 years helping others through her work with Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC). And despite her recent retirement, Mack finds herself continuing to help others as Wake Forest Law’s new interim director of outreach.

Mack began her position in October. Before she even started in her new role, however, she reached out to the leadership of the Pro Bono Project and Public Interest Law Organization (PILO) to begin acquainting herself with their programs, said Ann Gibbs, associate dean of Administration and Student Services.

Dean Gibbs said, “We warmly welcome Hazel Mack to the Wake Forest community and are extremely fortunate that she will be overseeing our outreach efforts on a part-time basis for the remainder of this academic year.”
Mack’s office is located in the Smith Anderson Center for Community Outreach on the second floor of the Worrell Professional Center. There she will work closely with Outreach Coordinator Denise Hartsfield (JD ’91), Pro Bono Project Executive Director Sarah Saint (JD ’17) and PILO Project Director Stephanie Jackson (JD ’17).
“We’re thrilled for Hazel Mack to join our team,” Saint says. “Her experience and community connections are sure to help further our Pro Bono Project and PILO  efforts.”

This is not the first time Mack has worked with Wake Forest Law students.

“Wake Forest Law is not new to me,” Mack explains. “I have had the pleasure of a long-term relationship with the law school. That relationship spans from the ’90s when I supervised Wake Forest Law students in the externship program at Legal Aid to recent years working with Professor Steve Virgil and the Community Law and Business Clinic. I look forward to working collaboratively to continue the success of the Pro Bono and Public Interest Law programs.”

Mack has shaped her life around helping the less fortunate, practicing 35 years with Legal Aid, where she focused on “helping poor clients deal with such issues as foreclosures, consumer scams and domestic violence” before retiring in March, the Winston-Salem Journal reported.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported that after attending Shaw University for about a year, Mack joined the Black Panther Party at the height of the civil rights movement. Along with Larry Little (JD ’88) and Nelson Malloy, Mack founded the Winston-Salem chapter of the Black Panther Party.

When describing her experience to Winston-Salem Monthly about her role with the Black Panthers, Mack stated, “we fed the hungry in the Free Breakfast Program, clothed those in need through the Free Clothing and Free Shoes programs, cared for the sick with the Free Ambulance Program and visited the imprisoned through the Free Transportation to Prison Program.”

Mack started at Legal Aid of North Carolina in Wilson before moving to the Winston-Salem office, where she was promoted from Senior Managing Attorney to Regional Managing Attorney.