January Pro Bono Update
The start of the new semester has been swift and significant for the Pro Bono Program! As students returned from Winter Break, opportunities to connect with the program have been varied. January saw UNC Law's annual Pro Bono Week, a time of celebrating student accomplishments in their Pro Bono work as well as highlighting the great need for their service.
One event of particular note during this Pro Bono week was the partnership between the Pro Bono Program and the Office of Advancement in hosting this year's Witt Professionalism Roundtable -- a dinner exploring issues of professional responsibility that arise for a lawyer, particularly in managing his or her Pro Bono practice. Students, Alumni, Faculty, and honored guests discussed opportunities to get involved with the UNC Law Pro Bono Program and the UNC Law Pro Bono Alumni Board alongside an ethical problem prepared by Jon McClanahan, Assistant Dean for Academic Excellence and Clinical Associate Professor of Law.
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!
Pro Bono Alumni Outreach Coordinator
Featuring Our Alumni
Name and Year of Graduation from UNC Law:
Lindsey W. Spain, UNC Law Class of 2012
Place of employment:
Thomas, Ferguson & Mullins, LLP
Area of practice:
Favorite class/professor in law school:
Juvenile Justice Clinic with the accompanying Criminal Lawyering Process class taught by Professors Tamar Birckhead and Barb Fedders. I also enjoyed Trusts and Estates with Al Brophy and Business Associations with John Coyle.
Pro Bono experience in law school:
In law school, my first Pro Bono experience was over winter break of my 1L year when I volunteered to work at a local firm in Durham and created a trial digest notebook of a deposition. It was my first taste of doing actual legal work, and I was hooked. From there, I was fortunate enough to go on 2 Pro Bono trips: a trip to draft wills for low-income individuals in western North Carolina during my 1L year and a trip to assist in the Mecklenburg County Public Defender’s Office during my 3L year. I also regularly volunteered my time at the Orange County Public Defender’s Office during my third year of law school to gain more legal experience and help the local community.
What inspired or prompted you to start doing Pro Bono work?
I was first inspired to do Pro Bono work because I knew it would be a great way to get actual legal experience outside of the classroom. I continued to do Pro Bono work throughout law school and in my practice because it is extremely rewarding to be able to give back to the citizens of my home state. I enjoy meeting the people that I help and knowing that I’ve made even a small difference in their lives.
Highlights from the Month!
Pro Bono Students and Alumni at the Witt Professionalism Roundtable 2016
Students share what Pro Bono means to them during UNC Law's Pro Bono week 2016.