UNC CANCER PRO BONO LEGAL PROJECT
The UNC Cancer Pro Bono Legal Project serves cancer survivors, cancer patients, and their caregivers through a community partnership with UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, Legal Aid of North Carolina, and the Pro Bono Program. One Friday per month, students and supervising attorneys interview clients to understand their needs and wishes, and they provide them with critical end-of-life documents. Students gain skills in critical listening, client counseling, and effective collaboration as they work with a student partner and supervising attorney to provide patients with living wills, power of attorney documents, and healthcare power of attorney documents.
For more information, contact Special Projects Coordinator Will Walker.
Lawyer on the line
Created through a partnership between Legal Aid of North Carolina and the North Carolina Bar Association, Lawyer on the Line is a Program that allows students to take on cases for clients in need that Legal Aid of North Carolina will not otherwise be able to represent. Students work with supervising attorneys to counsel clients via telephone about issues in housing, employment, and expungement law. The project offers students the opportunity to develop practical skills in client counseling, project management, and effective communication.
For more information, contact Special Projects Coordinator Elizabeth Palliere.
Non-PARTISAN Election Protection
In conjunction with the UNC Center for Civil Rights and the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the Pro Bono Program has hosted its Election Protection program since 2008. Students and attorneys answer calls from voters across North Carolina, directing them to their polling locations and informing them of their voting rights under the law. In addition to fielding questions from voters, students help to report problems at the polls, including technical issues, long lines, and instances of voters being improperly turned away from voting. In the fall of 2016, 90 students participated in the project on Election Day, answering over 2200 calls from concerned North Carolina voters.