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Kyle Coffino of Sherrills Ford, NC, has recently been admitted to the North Carolina Bar and will practice law in the Foothills region as a staff attorney for Legal Aid of North Carolina. Legal Aid provides free legal services in civil matters to low-income people to ensure equal access to justice.

Since joining Legal Aid, Kyle has negotiated a settlement to save the housing for a client, helped several domestic-violence clients receive consent restraining orders and represented a domestic-violence survivor in Alexander County in a lengthy hearing that resulted in the granting of a protective order.

“It felt amazing to be successful in that hearing and to see my client’s look of relief,” said Coffino. “It was an affirmation of my decision several years ago to study law and represent people in court.”

Although Coffino attended law school at George Washington University in Washington, DC, he said he feels more comfortable in western North Carolina.

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“There is a strong sense of community, people are naturally friendly, and I really love living here,” Coffino said. “A smaller town is more peaceful, and more about getting to know people, which is important to me now.”

While Coffino studied for his law degree, he also earned a Master of Arts degree. He earned his Bachelor of Arts at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Coffino will serve as an Ervin Fellow in the Foothills office of Legal Aid. The Ervin Fellowship was named for Judge Samuel J. Ervin III of Morganton, who served as a state court judge and judge of the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals for nearly 20 years. Legal Aid’s Foothills office, located in Morganton, serves Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba and McDowell counties.

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