Join us at NOON in room 5042 for training for Lawyer on the Line. Training is mandatory for participation in the project. If you are unable to attend training, but still would like to volunteer for the project, contact Elizabeth Paillere, Special Projects Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Info about LOTL:
Lawyer on the Line was a program created through a
partnership between Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC) and the NC Bar
Association where volunteer lawyers take cases from LANC. Several years ago, LANC added a law school
model in which their Intake Unit identifies cases in housing, employment, and
expunction law where LANC attorneys are not likely to be able to provide
representation. Since the beginning of LANC’s Lawyer On The Line, over 15,000
clients have been served with over $4,000,000 in pro bono services.
Lawyer On The Line at UNC Law is divided into two
week cycles occurring over the Fall and Spring semesters. During the project
cycles, students consult with clients over the phone, students discuss issues
with attorney, and then students share information with clients. It is simple,
flexible, with low time commitment. Most importantly though, it empowers
clients and offers valuable experience to law students. Students have the
opportunity to work with real clients, in real situations, that have real and
important consequences. Students gain practical experience: interviewing, researching,
and applying the law. When students volunteer with Lawyer On The Line, there is
a greater access to legal services for the impoverished and students have the opportunity
to experience the limitations of poverty on people. This experience will
hopefully shape this next generation of lawyers to continue along the path of
pro bono and public service.