April Pro Bono Update
As the semester winds down, the Pro Bono Program has had an opportunity to look forward with the selection of the 2016-2017 Pro Bono Board and to look backwards and reflect on 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 2016 has surpassed Pro Bono participation records, with 18,120.5 hours logged and 91.7% participation in the program!
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!
(Incoming) Pro Bono Alumni Outreach Coordinator
Featuring Our Alumni
Name and year of graduation from UNC Law:
Nicole Quallen, 2010
Place of employment:
Two Families Law
Area of practice:
Family law and domestic violence
Favorite class/professor in law school:
So tough! Probably Con Law with Michael Gerhardt.
Pro Bono experience in law school:
I didn’t do nearly enough pro bono in law school. I did my one project per year – some landlord tenant work and a trademark project. I don’t think I felt competent enough, or understood what I could do until I was practicing.
What inspired or prompted you to start doing Pro Bono work?
I remember a very inspiring “speech” that Chris Brook, my RRWA professor and now Legal Director of the NC ACLU chapter, gave on the last day of our class. He passionately talked about his view of the importance of using a law degree to help folks who need legal help, and implored us all to do whatever we could as pro bono work. He talked about the privilege of having a J.D. and the responsibility of pro bono that comes with the licensure. He believed it and practiced it and it spoke to me.
What does your current Pro Bono practice look like?
I provide family law or DV counsel to folks who can’t afford it. I try to work with 1-3 pro bono clients at any given time and help them with all sorts of issues – getting domestic violence protection orders, sorting out child custody, seeking child support, and terminating the parental rights of absent or abusive parents. Lots of it is advising, and then drafting documents or going to court when necessary.
Highlights from the Month!
Mary Irvine (left), incoming Pro Bono Alumni Board Chair, and Erika Jones (right), the Pro Bono Program's Alumna of the Year, after the Pro Bono Publico Awards.
The 2016-2017 Pro Bono Board.