Pro Bono Program Alumni Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Newsletter: Friday, May 1, 2015

April Pro Bono Update

As the spring semester comes to an end, the UNC Law Pro Bono Program has looked back over the academic year and celebrated the good work that students, faculty, staff, and alumni have done and continue to do to meet unmet legal needs in North Carolina. The program recognized many outstanding members of our Pro Bono community at the Pro Bono and Public Interest Law Celebration, presenting awards to people who have made an exceptional impact through their Pro Bono work. The Pro Bono Alumni Board held its April meeting, examining the year's successes and strategizing for the future. Also, alumni and students publicized the portal to graduating students and practicing attorneys at the Cap and Gown Distribution Day at UNC Law and at the Pro Bono Fair at the N.C. Bar Association, respectively.

If you want more information about how to get involved in Pro Bono work, be sure to check out the Alumni Pro Bono Opportunities Portal, 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 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!

Sincerely,

Jared Smith
Incoming Pro Bono Alumni Outreach Coordinator

Featuring Our Alumni

Name and Year of Graduation from UNC Law:

Glenn A. Barfield, UNC Law Class of 1986

Place of employment:

Haithcock, Barfield, Hulse, & Kinsey, PLLC

Area of practice:

Civil Litigation, Business Transactions

Favorite class/professor in law school:

Prof. Marty Louis, Civil Procedure

What inspired or prompted you to start doing pro bono work?

Just the opportunity. I have always been what you would call a political and social progressive. I received what was then a “sign-up sheet” from Legal Services of Eastern Carolina sometime soon after I started practicing in Goldsboro. I signed up and have been active ever since. I love helping people solve problems, and the revenue side of my practice is mostly incidental to that work.

What does your current pro bono practice look like?

I get some individual cases through the Wilson office of LANC, often very simple matters and now and then litigation. I successfully defended a nursing home debt collection case recently and actually recovered on a counterclaim for unfair debt collection practices. I sometimes get a call from the LANC Central Office to co-counsel cases with their lawyers.

Read more.

Announcing Our Award Winners

On April 8, 2015, students, staff, faculty, and community members joined to recognize outstanding work from the past year at the Pro Bono and Public Interest Law Celebration. This recognition came in the form of Pro Bono Publico awards–a publicly nominated appreciation for substantial commitment to Pro Bono work.

2015 Pro Bono Publico Award Winners
2015 Pro Bono Publico Award Recipients at this year's Pro Bono and Public Interest Law Celebration.

This year's award recipients included:

  • Sylvia K. Novinsky Award – Anna Orr 3L
  • 3L Student of the Year –Sawyer Lucy 3L
  • 2L Student of the Year – Alison Melvin 2L
  • 1L Student of the Year – William Norrell 1L
  • Group Pro Bono Project of the Year – Hispanic/Latino Law Students' Association
  • Faculty/Professor of the Year – John Charles "Jack" Boger '74, Dean and Wade Edwards Distinguished Professor of Law
  • Alumni of the Year – Margaret Ann Anderson '81 and Landon S. Eustache '08

Learn more about the award winners.

Alumni Pro Bono Opportunity Portal Spotlight

The Pro Bono Alumni Volunteer Portal is alive and well on the UNC Law website after its launch this previous fall. Read more about it in the Spring/Summer edition of Carolina Law Magazine, and see the portal for yourself!

Alumni Volunteer Portal featured in Carolina Law Magazine
Seema Jain '10 and Jared Smith 2L; Alumni Volunteer Portal featured in Carolina Law Magazine.

To learn more about the Pro Bono Program, including how you can be involved, email uncprobonoalumni@gmail.com.


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