February Pro Bono Update
The Pro Bono Program and Pro Bono Alumni Board (PBAB) have been very active this February. Students participated in Pro Bono Week, crafted valentines for attorneys doing pro bono, and signed up for Spring Break projects and trips. PBAB helped plan Pro Bono Week events and held its first board meeting of 2014.
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!
Pro Bono Program Alumni Coordinator
Featuring Our Alumni
Name and Year of Graduation from UNC Law: Richard M. Wiggins, Class of 1958
Place of Employment: McCoy, Wiggins, Cleveland, and O’Connor, PLLC
Area of Practice: Litigation
Favorite class/professor in law school: My favorite professor was Albert Coates, who taught criminal law. He was a funny guy.
Pro Bono Experience in Law School: We did not really have clinics or a pro bono program when I was in law school.
What inspired or prompted you to start doing pro bono work? When I left law school there was no real help for disadvantaged people in civil matters in Cumberland County, and probably not in the state. I got involved with a pro bono project of the county bar association and became its first chairman. We hired a legal secretary and formed a list of lawyers in Cumberland County who were willing to take on cases on a rotating basis. I chaired that project for four or five years. Later it was taken over by Legal Aid.
Pro Bono Week
During Pro Bono week, the student Pro Bono Board focused on showing UNC Law students how much we appreciate the time, effort, and enthusiasm they bring to pro bono year-round. The week's events included: (1) homemade cookies for pro bono participants; (2) a Food Truck Rodeo; (3) the Group Projects Fair; (4) an alumni panel; and (5) the "Ask An Alum" event, at which students were able to individually meet with PBAB members to discuss ways of highlighting pro bono work in job interviews and the importance of pro bono experience in future careers.
Pro Bono Bulletin Board
Students Rory Fleming (2L) and Will Dickey (3L) enjoy cookies baked by the Pro Bono Board.
Food Truck Rodeo
Group Projects Fair
Pro Bono Alumni Panel
Call for Nominations: 2014 Pro Bono Publico Award
Each year, the Pro Bono Program selects a distinguished alumnus to receive the Pro Bono Publico Award for their commitment to pro bono service. Last year, Ray Owens '78, received the award for his extensive pro bono service focusing on eastern North Carolina communities, particularly his work as co-counsel with the UNC Center for Civil Rights on an environmental justice case under the N.C. Fair Housing Act. Other past recipients include Martin Brinkley '92, Mandy Hitchcock '07, Tommy Holderness '90, Rachel V. Stevens '04, and Christopher Lam '02.
Award recipients are selected based on their:
Dedication to pro bono service
Contribution of innovative approaches to the delivery of pro bono services
Participation in pro bono activities helping underserved populations
Successful litigation of pro bono cases, or
Work on legislation that contributes substantially to legal services for the poor.
Nominate someone for the Pro Bono Publico Alumni of the Year Award today! Nominees will be recognized on April 9, 2014, at the UNC Law Pro Bono Celebration.
Nominations are being accepted through March 21, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. Please contact Assistant Dean for Public Service Programs Sylvia Novinsky (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Pro Bono Program Alumni Outreach Coordinator Kelly Anderson (email@example.com) if you have any questions.