Pro Bono Program Alumni Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Newsletter: Tuesday, December 1, 2015

November Pro Bono Update

While November at Carolina Law sees the semester winding down as student exams approach, the Pro Bono Program still has plenty of opportunities to offer. This November in particular saw another successful Winter Break Projects Sign Up event, in which 118 students signed up to do Pro Bono work over Winter Break. Additionally, for the first time in the program's history, the Carolina Law Class of 2016 hit 90% participation in Pro Bono work this month, an incredible achievement that represents more than 15,000 hours of Pro Bono legal service over the class's tenure at UNC. Finally, the program looks ahead to December, in which a a group of twenty Tar Heels will travel to Cherokee, NC to participate in legal clinics.

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!

Sincerely,

Jared Smith
Pro Bono Alumni Outreach Coordinator

Featuring Our Alumni

Meriwether Evans

Name and Year of Graduation from UNC Law:

Meriwether Evans, UNC Law Class of 2013

Place of employment:

Vinson & Elkins, LLP, Dallas, TX

Area of practice:

Complex Commercial Litigation

Favorite class/professor in law school:

Professor Coyle’s Business Associations. Prof. Coyle teaches the class in a way that really helped me realize how fascinating the world of corporate law can be. (That sounds super nerdy, I know.) Good thing for me, because my practice is mainly securities litigation!

Pro Bono experience in law school:

You name it, I did it. As I 1L, I drafted wills and other end-of-life documents on my first fall break trip. As a 3L, went on the winter break trip to assist the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian with legal issues they face. I was also heavily involved with the Pro Bono Program itself, which served as my anchor in the stormy seas of law school. I was 1L Class Coordinator, 2L Class Coordinator, and then Director my 3L year. Being a part of that group of students, either as a member of the board or by doing pro bono work, was truly one of my favorite aspects of law school.

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

I entered law school a little later in life and knew in my second try at a career that I wanted to have the skills and knowledge to make a difference. I saw my first chance to do that with the Pro Bono Program.

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Highlights from the Month!

Winter Break Sign-Ups 2015
Students begin lining up at 4pm the evening before Winter Break Sign Ups 2015!
Winter Break Sign-Ups 2015
Students lined up to sign up for winter break Pro Bono projects.

To learn more about the Pro Bono Program, including how you can be involved, email uncprobonoalumni@gmail.com.


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