Pro Bono Program Alumni Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Newsletter: Monday, November 2, 2015

October Pro Bono Update

Fall is in full swing at Carolina Law, and with it comes a variety of opportunities for UNC Law students. This October saw another successful Fall Breakthrough program, in which students stuck around over Fall Break to participate in the successes of the Second Chance Project, Child Support Modification Project, and Family Law Friday. The program also celebrated National Pro Bono Week, created by the ABA's Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service. Alongside this campaign, the program encouraged students, faculty, and staff to participate in JUST stories, connecting people through stories of Pro Bono service, and a "Why I do Pro Bono" Twitter series. Check out UNC's entries, and other good work nationwide, by searching #CelebrateProBono on Twitter.

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

Joe Vossen Name and Year of Graduation from UNC Law:

Joe Vossen, UNC Law Class of 2011

Place of employment:

United Educators Risk Retention Group in the Washington DC area.

Area of practice:

Higher Education, Risk Management, Insurance

Favorite class/professor in law school:

It’s a tie. The two classes I enjoyed most were Evidence with Professor Broun and Insurance with Professor Hornstein.

Pro Bono experience in law school:

Pro Bono Board Winter and Spring Break Co-Coordinator, 100 hours of pro bono service at graduation

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

In law school I sought pro bono opportunities to provide a more practical component to my legal education. I also believe that public institutions like Carolina Law have a responsibility to give back to the state and its citizens. Serving as the Winter and Spring Break Co-Coordinator with Emily Wallwork was an incredible opportunity to pair interested law students with deserving North Carolina communities. After graduation I continued to search for pro bono opportunities in Western North Carolina, where I practiced for two years, and then Washington, DC after I moved.


Highlights from the Month!

Why I Do Pro Bono: Robert Sparks
Why I Do Pro Bono: Robert Sparks '16, Brian Kettmer '16, Troy Heisman '16
Why I Do Pro Bono: Megan Bishop
Why I Do Pro Bono: Megan Bishop '18

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

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