Pro Bono Program Update
While exams and the end of the semester are looming at UNC Law, the Pro Bono Program is still in full swing.
The Program kept particularly busy on Election Day, helping run the only law school run Election Protection hotline in the country! More than 90 volunteers fielded over 2,200 calls over the course of the day from voters seeking information about their registration or polling locations and reporting issues they faced at polling places.
Later in the month, students began lining up at midnight on November 17 to sign up for Winter Break Projects. More than 100 students signed up for over 50 projects with law firms, government organizations, and non-profits.
Outside the school itself, we'd like to send congratulations to founding Pro Bono Board Member Stephanie Lewis for being profiled in Greenville Online, in part for her continuing pro bono work and civic engagement.
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!
Pro Bono Alumni Outreach Coordinator
Featuring Our Alumni
Name and year of graduation from UNC Law:
Marty Rosenbluth, Class of 2008
Area of practice:
Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Favorite class/professor in law school:
Toss up between RRWA I with Ruth McKinney and RRWA II with Jim Sheridan. I’m a law nerd. I can’t help it.
Pro Bono experience in law school:
My pro bono experience was pretty varied, including working on several immigrant rights related projects and being part of Amnesty International’s observer mission in Northern Israel during the war between Hezbollah and Israel.
What inspired or prompted you to start doing Pro Bono work?
I had been involved in various social justice issues for over two decades before attending law school. I went to law school to add more tools to my tool kit. It was super exciting to be able to put some of these tools to work through doing pro bono work while I was still in law school.
What does your current Pro Bono practice look like?
I recently spent one month volunteering in a family detention center in Texas, working with refugees from Central America, and five weeks in Greece working with refugees from Syria and other countries who were stranded in refugee camps on the island of Lesvos. In both places I was helping refugees, who were fleeing from extreme danger in their own countries, to seek safety and asylum for themselves and their families.
Highlights from the Month!
Students started lining up at midnight for Winter Break Project signups!
Students and staff coordinate volunteers and oversee the phone lines during Election Protection.