Pro Bono Program Update
Hello from the Pro Bono Program! February brought us to Pro Bono Week, which held events ranging from a faculty panel on Pro Bono and Activism, to a food truck rodeo raising money for spring break trips, to Pop Up Pro Bono. Pop Up, in particular, brought in twenty-five students of all classes to work on projects ranging from statutory research to responding to letters from inmates. Pro Bono Week also held Practically Transitioned, a celebration for 3Ls who have logged more than 75 hours of Pro Bono service in their time in law school. More than 50 students, faculty, and attorneys gathered to celebrate the class's achievements and discuss ways they could be involved going forward.
On another note, the Pro Bono Program is currently accepting nominations for the 2017 Pro Bono Publico Alumni Award. Please send us your nominations of UNC Law alumni who have demonstrated a commitment to pro bono service by March 20th.
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: Emily E. Erixson, Class of 2010
Place of employment: Ellis & Winters LLP, Raleigh, NC
Area of practice: Complex commercial litigation, contract disputes, products liability, and pharmaceutical/medical device defense.
Favorite class/professor in law school: Criminal Law with Richard Rosen
Pro Bono experience in law school: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program; projects with the Death Penalty Program
What inspired or prompted you to start doing Pro Bono work?
I have always tried to incorporate service of some kind into my life. The ability to use my Carolina degree to do pro bono work has been a very welcome addition to that practice.
What does your current Pro Bono practice look like?
I regularly work as a Guardian ad Litem appellate attorney in matters before the North Carolina Court of Appeals. In that role, I represent the interests of minor children following the termination of parental rights based on abuse, neglect, or abandonment. The work done by attorneys across North Carolina through the Guardian ad Litem program is exceptional. I am honored to be able contribute to that effort in any way that I can.
How has your Pro Bono work benefited you? (ie. your career, business development if in private practice, professional development, networking, etc.)?
Through my pro bono practice, I have had the opportunity to take ownership over cases from start to finish. Learning how to manage a case at every level has been an invaluable experience as a young lawyer.
What challenges do you face in completing Pro Bono work? What strategies do you employ to overcome those obstacles?
Making time to balance pro bono work with other day-to-day work obligations is always a challenge. Fortunately, I know that I am supported and encouraged by my firm to continue pro bono whenever possible, which makes the balance a bit easier.
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Highlights from the Month!
UNC Law Faculty spoke on Pro Bono and Activism in a panel discussion moderated by incoming Pro Bono Board Director Seth Morris, kicking off Pro Bono Week.
Students from all class years worked diligently on a wide range of projects at Pop Up Pro Bono.