Pro Bono Program Alumni Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Newsletter: Monday, November 3, 2014

October Pro Bono Update

Calling all UNC Law Alumni! If you would like to learn how you can get involved Pro Bono, please visit the Alumni Pro Bono Opportunity Portal, created by the UNC Pro Bono Program to connect alumni with different ways to meet unmet legal needs. Practicing attorneys are able to search for existing Pro Bono Projects in need of attorney volunteers. Legal service providers are also encouraged to submit Pro Bono projects in need of attorney volunteers.

As always, if you would like any additional information 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!


Amanda Colley
Pro Bono Program Alumni Coordinator

Featuring Our Alumni

Adam Tarleton Name and Year of Graduation from UNC Law:

Adam Tarleton, 2007

Place of Employment:

Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, L.L.P. (Greensboro)

Area of Practice:

Tax / Trusts & Estates

Favorite class/professor in law school:

Bill Marshall’s Civ Pro and Rich Rosen’s Crim Pro

What inspired or prompted you to start doing pro bono work?

I had always been involved in some kind of volunteer work before law school, and expected that pro bono work would be part of my life after law school, even though I did a poor job finding time for it during law school. As a new lawyer at a large (by North Carolina standards) business firm, I also wanted to have some cases that were “mine,” to get some direct client contact and experiences that would be hard to create as an associate working on a large litigation matter.

What does your current pro bono practice look like?

I do some general client counseling once a month through an attorney hotline sponsored by a local nonprofit, usually on estate administration issues. I have prepared estate planning documents, helped with estate administration and guardianship issues, and helped form nonprofit organizations for clients referred by Legal Aid and through other channels.

Favorite or Most Significant Pro Bono Experience:

When I was a first-year associate, I represented an immigrant man who had invested his savings and a huge amount of time in renovating a house he had contracted to purchase, only to have the seller transfer title to the house to a third party. We sued the seller (who turned out to be insolvent) and the third party, and were able to recover a substantial amount of the client’s investment. It was a really compelling case, and I really got to know the client (with assistance from a fellow associate who helped bridge the language gap).

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Fall Break Expunction Trip

Over UNC Law’s Fall Break, 29 law students spent their Fall Break in Wilmington, North Carolina, by providing expunction counseling to the community. The group met with about 121 clients, and over half of the clients were eligible for some kind of relief. Most of the students are in their first year and the trip gave them the opportunity to have client interaction and practice interviewing--many for the first time. Supervising attorneys included Legal Aid's Kari Hamel, Daniel Bowes, and recent UNC Law alumna Sarah Hill Colwell ('14), who is currently an Employment Opportunity Legal Corps Fellow at Legal Aid of North Carolina. The group attended a reception with Wilmington-area alumni, District Attorney Benjamin R. David, and other community leaders on Thursday evening.

Fall Break 2014
Fall Break 2014 student participants and Dean Sylvia Novinsky (Pro Bono Program Advisor)
Fall Break 2014.1
Kathleen Lockwood (3L, Pro Bono Program Director) and Dean Sylvia Novinsky (Pro Bono Program Advisor) at the Wilmington Alumni Event
Fall Break 2014.2
Students working at the Wilmington Expunction Clinic. L-R: Brian Kettmer (2L); Kasi Wahlers (1L); Joshua Bennett (1L)
Fall Break 2014.3
Students drafting court documents for expunction clients. L-R: Alexandra Elbeery (1L), Troy Homesley (1L)
Fall Break Trip 2014.4
Students at the Wilmington Alumni Event. L-R: Chelsea Weiermiller (2L); Hillary Dawe (2L; Winter & Spring Break Projects Coordinator)

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