Pro Bono Program Update
With this academic year wrapping up, the Pro Bono Program is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 Pro Bono Board and to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year. This year’s Pro Bono Publico Awards celebrated the outstanding pro bono service of students, student groups, faculty, and alumni. The class of 2017 has set a record for Pro Bono participation over the course of three years at Carolina, with 92.8% participation in the program.
As your new Alumni Outreach Coordinator, I look forward to sharing updates from the Pro Bono Program with you each month and finding new ways for alumni to get involved with the Program and pro bono in general. Please feel free to reach out to me!
If you would like to know more about the program or the photographs you see here, please 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: Bridget Warren, 2014
Place of employment: Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP
Area of practice: Litigation, specifically commercial litigation
Favorite class/professor in law school: Employment law and employment discrimination, both with Associate Dean Hirsch
What inspired or prompted you to start doing Pro Bono work?
My parents raised my three siblings and me to always help others who did not have the means and resources to get the assistance they needed. This way of thinking was instilled in us at a very early age, and it has continued to be an important pillar in my life. Throughout high school and college, I volunteered in different organizations that helped children learn to read and immigrants learn English. I chose UNC Law in large part because of its robust Pro Bono program, and when I got to UNC I took advantage of the opportunities the program offered. Now that I am a practicing attorney, it is extremely important to me that I help others who cannot pay to hire a lawyer but who, nonetheless, have been wronged. Through various organizations, mainly Legal Aid of North Carolina and the Council for Children’s Rights, I am able to continue serving others, helping them by removing some legal barriers, however small.
What does your current Pro Bono practice look like?
I volunteer with Legal Aid of North Carolina’s Lawyer on the Line and Council for Children’s Rights (CFCR). I also participate in 4ALL every year.
Highlights from the Month!
2017 Publico Award Winners.
Front row: Sarah Colwell '14 (Alumna of the Year), Lauren Kulp (2L of the Year), Josephine Kim (3L of the Year). Back row: Kirsten Gardner (Sylvia K. Novinsky Award), Professor Al Brophy (Faculty Member of the Year), Florence Bryan (1L of the Year). Not pictures: Ebonei Simpkins, President of the Black Law Students Association (Student Organization of the Year).
Introducing the 2017-2018 Pro Bono Board! Front row: Allison Standard (Director of Pro Bono Initiatives), Elizabeth Paillere (Special Projects Coordinator), Megan Bishop (Alumni Outreach Coordinator), Seth Morris (Student Director), Veronica Barkley (Student Groups Coordinator), Sierra Lyda (2L Class Coordinator), Brian Gamsey (3L Class Coordinator). Back row: Kelly Hebrank (Special Trips Coordinator), William Walker (Special Projects Coordinator), Jeff Miles (Public Relations Coordinator), Rana Odeh (Special Trips Coordinator), Graham Whittington (Attorney Projects Coordinator), James Wudel (Winter and Spring Break Projects Coordinator), John Kasprzak (Assistant Dean for Student Development).