Brittany Brattain 3L Receives UNC Public Service Award for Pro Bono Cancer Project Work

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Brittany Brattain and Chancellor Folt
Chancellor Carol Folt presents Brittany Brattain 3L with the Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award for her work with the UNC Cancer Pro Bono Project. Photo by Rhesa Versola. 

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill recognized Brittany Brattain 3L during an April 5 Public Service Awards celebration hosted by the Carolina Center for Public Service. Nine individuals and groups received awards for projects including community-based services for the elderly, pro bono legal assistance and a refugee health program.

“Service to others is at the heart of how a great public university engages with and serves its communities,” said Chancellor Carol L. Folt. “The recipients of this year’s awards exemplify the best of blending public service and engaged scholarship to serve the public good. I am honored to recognize their meaningful and profoundly impactful work.”

Brattain was one of five winners of the Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award, which recognizes students, staff and faculty for exemplary public service efforts. Brattain, a law student and member of the UNC School of Law Pro Bono Program, received the graduate and professional student award for her work with the UNC Cancer Pro Bono Project. Students in this program, supervised by volunteer lawyers, talk at the cancer center with patients and their families about financial and health care powers of attorney and living wills. In her role as special projects coordinator, Brattain recruited student and attorney volunteers to serve at clinics; developed training protocol for student volunteers; created client files for clinics; and developed an institutionalized and automated system that will ensure the longevity of the project.

Learn more about the center and the awards at

-April 7, 2017

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