Pro Bono Program Alumni Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Newsletter: Friday, January 31, 2014

January Pro Bono Update

The Pro Bono Program and Pro Bono Alumni Board are excited to give you an update on what we have been up to during the month of January. Students have participated in the Winter Break Pro Bono Trip and alumni have set up the nomination process for the year's Pro Bono Publico Alumni Award. Additionally, we are publishing our first Alumnus Feature, detailing Kyle Fiet '07 and the exemplary pro bono service he provides to the community.

If you would like any additional information about our program or the photographs you see here, please feel free to visit our website. Thank you for your continued support and interest in the Pro Bono Program!


Kelly Anderson
Pro Bono Program Alumni Coordinator

Winter Break Trip to Cherokee & Asheville, NC

Over Winter Break, 22 UNC Law students and faculty members traveled to Cherokee to host a free civil legal clinic for members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and Asheville to host a Health Care Navigator Clinic. At the civil level clinic, students, partnering with Legal Aid of NC's Sylva office, served approximately 15 clients on issues ranging from emergency custody orders, to wills, to divorces. In Asheville, the group, partnering with Pisgah Legal Services, worked with approximately 20 individuals and couples in the process of signing up for healthcare. In total, students participating on the trip contributed 912 total hours of pro bono service to these communities.

Winter Break Trip Participants at the Cherokee Courthouse
Winter Break Trip Participants at the Cherokee Courthouse

Call for Nominations: 2014 Pro Bono Publico Award

Each year, the Pro Bono Program selects a distinguished alumnus to receive the Pro Bono Publico Award for their commitment to pro bono service. Last year, Ray Owens '78, received the award for his extensive pro bono service focusing on eastern North Carolina communities, particularly his work as co-counsel with the UNC Center for Civil Rights on an environmental justice case under the N.C. Fair Housing Act. Other past recipients include Martin Brinkley '92, Mandy Hitchcock '07, Tommy Holderness '90, Rachel V. Stevens '04, and Christopher Lam '02.

Award recipients are selected based on their:

  • Dedication to pro bono service
  • Contribution of innovative approaches to the delivery of pro bono services
  • Participation in pro bono activities helping underserved populations
  • Successful litigation of pro bono cases, or
  • Work on legislation that contributes substantially to legal services for the poor.

Nominate someone for the Pro Bono Publico Alumni of the Year Award today! Nominees will be recognized on April 9, 2014, at the UNC Law Pro Bono Celebration.

Nominations are being accepted through March 21, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. Please contact Assistant Dean for Public Service Programs Sylvia Novinsky ( or Pro Bono Program Alumni Outreach Coordinator Kelly Anderson ( if you have any questions.

Featuring Our Alumni

The Pro Bono Alumni Board is beginning a new monthly feature spotlighting our alumni. You will be able to find each alumni profile on our blog. Our first spotlighted alumnus is Kyle Fiet '07.

Kyle Fiet Name and Year of Graduation from UNC Law:

Kyle Fiet, Class of 2007

Place of Employment:

Sidley Austin LLP in Washington, DC

Area of Practice:

Government Contracts and Litigation

Favorite class/professor in law school:

Tough question. Probably Civil Procedure with Professor Broun or Contracts with Professor Jacoby.

Pro Bono Experience in Law School:

Unfortunately, not much.

Favorite or Most Significant Pro Bono Experience:

About two years ago, Sidley started a “loaned associate” partnership with the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia. As part of this partnership, Sidley sends one 4th- or 5th-year associate to work for four months, on a full-time basis, with Legal Aid’s Appellate Advocacy Project. The goal of the Appellate Advocacy Project is to argue potentially precedent-setting cases that can improve the lives of individuals in the District who are living in poverty...

Read more.

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