February Pro Bono Update
The Pro Bono Program has been proud to continue to see great volunteering from our eager students. This month the Healthcare Navigator wrapped up and the Food Truck Rodeo, a semester highlight, raised funds for the upcoming Pro Bono Special Trips. Preparation has continued for the trips, which will visit Canton, North Carolina to do expunctions and Boone, North Carolina to write wills.
Also, the Alumni Pro Bono Opportunities Portal has undergone some changes to make it easier to navigate, and we have recently spotlighted some new and featured projects in a recent mid-month update. Take a look and consider volunteering for a project that needs attorney volunteers!
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:
Place of employment:
Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc.
Area of practice:
Family Law/General Civil practice for
in law school:
Pro bono experience in
Working with the criminal
clinic on criminal and juvenile cases and handling parole hearings
What inspired or prompted
you to start doing pro bono work?
Helping others brings you closer to everyone in the community and
returns a great deal of personal satisfaction
What does your current
pro bono practice look like?
with the Durham Bar Public Services Committee on
the Habitat for Humanity wills project in Durham.
Which pro bono experience
gave you the most professional pride?
Volunteering on the
nonprofit board of a group home for the disabled. I was able to use my legal knowledge to help
restructure the program and keep the home open.
Which project (if
different from above) was most personally satisfying?:
Volunteering on the
nonprofit board of Habitat for Humanity felt like we were really helping people
Name one new thing you
learned from pro bono work that you would not have known otherwise?
Volunteering with the 4ALL campaign of the
NCBA helped me learn about different ways to organize to help the public who
need free legal services.
Food truck rodeo rounds up local vendors to raise money for special trips
On Thursday, February 12, the Food Truck Rodeo came to UNC Law's Career Development Office parking lot. Boasting selections from local food trucks Chirba Chirba, Gussy's, and Parlez Vous Crepes, a portion of the proceeds benefited the Pro Bono Program Spring Break Trips. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni alike enjoy this special treat every semester and take the opportunity to give back through the Pro Bono Program.
Past and present Pro Bono Board members and adviser enjoy the Food Truck Rodeo! L-R: Hillary Dawe (2L, Winter & Spring Break Projects Coordinator); Dean Sylvia Novinsky (Pro Bono Program Adviser); Sarah Colwell ('14, former Pro Bono Board member); Gabriel Kussin (3L, New Projects Coordinator); Kathleen Lockwood (3L, Pro Bono Program Director); Jamie Rudd (2L, Special Trips Coordinator); Molly Gross (2L, 2L Class Coordinator)
Everyone loves the Food Truck Rodeo, and the weather was beautiful.
Sam Williams (3L, Attorney Projects Coordinator) enjoys Chirba Chirba.
Special Trips Coordinators, Jamie Rudd (2L) and Madison Waller (2L) enjoy Gussy's.