Pro Bono Program Alumni Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Newsletter: Thursday, October 1, 2015

September Pro Bono Update

September is usually a busy time at Carolina Law, and this year has been no different. Students have held the annual 1L Pro Bono Kick-Off Game show, where new students can learn about the many opportunities to get involved in Pro Bono at UNC, have eaten well at our semi-annual Food Truck rodeo in support of student Pro Bono trips, and have selected their newest board member, Miles Wobbleton 1L.

The Pro Bono Alumni Board has been busy as well -- the board welcomed its newest alumni members at its fall meeting: Vernetta Alston '09, Sarah Colwell '14, and LeeAnne Quattrucci '06. The board also hosted a CLE entitled Pathways to Pro Bono, offering area attorneys a chance to learn about ethical obligations in working with students and one of three current projects: Veteran's Child Support Modification Project, Safe Child Immigrant Project, and the UNC Schoool of Law Cancer Project. Thanks to Legal Aid and Legal Services of Southern Piedmont for partnering with Carolina Law on this great event!

If you want more information about how to get involved in Pro Bono work, be sure to check out the Attorney Pro Bono Opportunities site, where you can find a Pro Bono Project, sign up for e-mail alerts to be notified when a new project is posted, or, if you are a legal service provider, post your project in need of attorney volunteers.

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


Jared Smith
Pro Bono Alumni Outreach Coordinator

Featuring Our Alumni

Jon Sasser Name and Year of Graduation from UNC Law:

Jonathan Sasser, UNC Law Class of 1981

Place of employment:

Ellis & Winters

Area of practice: Business Litigation

Favorite class/professor in law school:

William Aycock

What inspired or prompted you to start doing Pro Bono work?

It was an honored tradition at my first law firm, Paul Weiss.

What does your current Pro Bono practice look like?

Representing NC families in the same-sex marriage case; many representations for the ACLU.


Spotlight On...

North Carolina State bar, N.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Womble Carlyle to Hold Domestic Violence Protective Order CLE

On October 23rd, Womble Carlyle's Winston-Salem office will host an N.C. State Bar CLE event (CLE approval pending) on "Representing a Domestic Violence Victim in a 50B/Domestice Violence Protective Order Hearing." These protective orders often are the first line of defense in shielding a domestic violence victim.

The CLE event is free, with the agreement that participants provide pro bono assistance to at least one domestic violence victim in the next calendar year. It will take place from 1-4:30 p.m., and will be broadcast from the firm's offices in Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh, and Research Triangle Park.

To attend this event, or for more information, contact Julie Blair at 336.747.2659 or at, or see this flyer.

Highlights from the Month!

Food Truck Fall 2015
Students and Professors enjoy the Fall 2015 Pro Bono Food Truck Rodeo in support of student Pro Bono trips.
LSSP CLE Presentation at Pathways to Pro Bono, Fall 2015
Legal Services of Southern Piedmont present on Pro Bono opportunities for "Pathways to Pro Bono" CLE attendees.

To learn more about the Pro Bono Program, including how you can be involved, email

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