Pro Bono Program Alumni Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Newsletter: Tuesday, October 4, 2016

September Pro Bono Update

We’re in the thick of the semester at Carolina Law! The Pro Bono Board has been working hard. More than twenty-five attorney projects have been posted for students, over forty students were trained to participate in Lawyer on the Line, twenty-six students were trained to participate in the Cancer Project, and students have already signed up for more than a cumulative two hundred hours worth of work on the election protection hotline! The Board is also delighted to welcome its newest member, Sierra Lyda, 1L class coordinator.

The Pro Bono Alumni Board has been busy as well. The Alumni Board held its first meeting of the school year, setting goals for the coming year and providing feedback to the student Board. The Alumni Board also hosted a well-attended open social at YesterYears, allowing students to get to know alumni in a range of fields.

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!


James Wudel
Pro Bono Alumni Outreach Coordinator

Featuring Our Alumni

Rachel M. Blunk
Name and year of graduation from UNC Law: Rachel M. Blunk, 2011

Place of employment: Sharpless & Stavola, P.A., Greensboro, NC

Area of practice: Business Law - Commercial Litigation and Commercial Transactions

Favorite class/professor in law school: Favorite is a challenging word. There were several classes I really enjoyed for a variety of reasons. 1. I had a ton of fun in Copyright Law with Professor Deborah Gerhardt. 2. I was challenged by Antitrust with Professor Andrew Chin. 3. I found Bankruptcy with Professor Elizabeth Gibson and Insurance Law with Professor Donald Hornstein incredibly useful post-graduation.

Pro Bono experience in law school: My Pro Bono experience in law school was heavily focused on clinics with Lambda and other LGBTQ related work. I also had the opportunity to participate in the law school’s first divorce clinic, which was led by Professor Beth Posner.

What inspired or prompted you to start doing Pro Bono work? I have always tried to be involved in my community in one way or another. After entering the profession it was a natural fit for me to use my new skills to assist members of the statewide and local community.

What does your current Pro Bono practice look like? Much of my Pro-Bono work is accomplished through partnering with a variety of organizations which provide clinics to different communities. I have worked with the American Bar Association, the North Carolina Bar Association, various law schools, the Campaign for Southern Equality, my local bar, and Legal Aid to provide a wide variety of services to communities across the state. At these clinics we have provided a wide range of services ranging from will drafting and health care power of attorney drafting to providing advice on expunctions. I also work with a variety of charitable boards and provide them with Pro Bono advice in my capacity as a board member.

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Highlights from the Month!

Student Groups Coordinators
Pro Bono Coordinators of various student groups pose for a picture at the Fall Food Truck Rodeo.
Cancer Project Training
Students working on the Cancer Project received training on the statutory forms and issues of professional responsibility that students may encounter in the project.

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