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Pamarah Gerace

Director and Staff Attorney

Pamarah Gerace has been a member of the Student Legal Services team since its beginning in August 1987. An NC State CAMPUS Community Coalition member since 2000, Gerace is an active advocate and resource for students at NC State University. She has been a member of the NC State Alliance for Sexual Assault and Prevention and its previous committees since 1990; helped to establish the NCSU-Relationship and Sexual Violence Phone Line; and has been a member of the Wake County Domestic Violence Task Force since 1997.

Gerace was appointed to the Board of Directors (Chairperson) for Hannah’s Hands, International (2013-present). She was a Wake County District Court-Mediator and was the recipient of the 2007 NLADA Student Legal Services Elizabeth Berg Streeter Community Service Award for service to the legal community, social justice and equality.

A member of the Wake County Bar Association, NC Bar Association, Tenth Judicial District Bar, National Legal Aid and Defender Association Student Legal Services Section; Gerace is admitted to practice in North Carolina, the Middle District of North Carolina of the United States District Court. She is also a Notary Public.

Gerace’s past experience includes serving as Director of the Legal Assistants Program at Meredith College; Board of Directors-Halifax Court Child Care and Family Services Center; Attorney for NC Nursing Board; Junior League Grant-LAW project-Women’s Center; Legal Aid of North Carolina.

She holds a J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law ’83, a B.S.in Mathematics with a major in history from Meredith College ’80.

Michael Avery

Staff Attorney

Michael Avery has been a member of the Student Legal Services team since June 2009. He is admitted and qualified to practice in all three North Carolina U.S. District Courts.

Avery is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, the Tenth Judicial District Bar, and the Wake County Bar Association, and the NLADA Student Legal Services Section. His previous experience includes serving as Intake Director and Staff Attorney, NC Prisoner Legal Services.

He holds a J.D. from Widener University School of Law ’06, and a B.A. in Economics from NC State University, ’98. He is also a Notary Public.

Michael Ferrante

Staff Attorney

Michael Ferrante has been a member of the Student Legal Services team since January 2015. He is admitted to Practice in North Carolina, The Eastern District of North Carolina of the United States District Court, and the Eastern District of North Carolina United States Bankruptcy Court.

Mr. Ferrante’s previous experience includes work with Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. from 2006 to 2014. He holds a J.D. from Campbell University, ’06, and a B.A. in Political Science from NC State University, ’03.

A member of The North Carolina Bar Association and the NLADA Student Legal Services Section. Mr. Ferrante is also a Notary Public.

Hoang Lam

Staff Attorney

Hoang Lam has been a member of the Student Legal Services team since February of 2015. He is admitted to practice in all North Carolina Federal District Courts and is a member of the 10th Judicial District Bar and the Wake County Bar Association.

He is also a member of the NLADA Student Legal Services Section and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Lam’s previous experience includes working as a supervising attorney at the Immigration Clinic at Elon University School of Law and working for nine years at nonprofit organization, defending immigrants against deportation. He was born in Vietnam and his family is ethnic Chinese.

Lam holds a J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an undergraduate degree from Duke University. He is also a Notary Public.

June Howard

Administrative Assistant

June joined the Student Legal Services team in December 2014. She is a mother of four: two who are college graduates and two who are attending college. She has been in Administrative and Staff Support positions for her entire work career, most recently with Wake County Schools. She is an active volunteer and was Program Facilitator (8 years) for Divorce Care for Kids. She has a B.A. in Secondary Education, Speech from Cedarville University. She is also a Notary Public.