Pro Bono Program Alumni Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Newsletter: Tuesday, May 6, 2014

April Pro Bono Update

The month of April was a busy time for UNC Law students and alumni. At the annual Pro Bono and Public Interest Celebration, many students were recognized for their pro bono accomplishments and upcoming public interest summer jobs. Additionally, the Pro Bono Alumni Board (PBAB) held its third meeting of the academic year and organized a spring social event for PBAB members and student Pro Bono Board members. At 3L Cap & Gown Pickup Day, the Pro Bono Board and PBAB reached out to graduating students about different ways to do pro bono work after law school.

As always, 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!


Kelly Anderson
Pro Bono Program Alumni Coordinator

Featuring Our Alumni: Tom Berkau

Tom Berkau
Tom Berkau, UNC Law class of 1974
This month, our Alumnus Feature highlights our 2014 Pro Bono Publico Alumni Award winner, Tom Berkau. Tom is a valued and respected member of the North Carolina pro bono legal community. Since the beginning of his 40-year career, Tom has served his community as a small town lawyer and consistently represented Johnston and Harnett county residents on a pro bono basis in partnership with Legal Aid of North Carolina and the local bar association. Tom has donated thousands of hours of his time to pro bono clients since he was admitted to the North Carolina State Bar in 1974 and began practicing in Smithfield, North Carolina. Tom has successfully litigated individual pro bono cases on countless occasions and frequently serves as co-counsel, mentoring Legal Aid and volunteer attorneys in his community. He frequently works to recruit new volunteer attorneys and has been instrumental in the Johnston County Bar's annual "Ask A Lawyer" event. Tom also performs all title work and closings pro bono for habitat for Humanity of Johnston County. Additionally, Tom currently serves as Treasurer of Legal Aid of North Carolina's Board of Directors. His dedication and access to justice is evident in his personal commitment to pro bono and desire to lead efforts in his community and state to ensure the effective delivery of legal services to those in need.

Pro Bono Alumni Board Events

In April, the Pro Bono Alumni Board (PBAB) held its third meeting of the academic year during which it began its planning for student/alumni events for the 2014-2015 school year. After the meeting, PBAB members and the student Pro Bono Board attended a social event to reflect on the 2013-2014 academic year and the events held by PBAB over the course of year.

April Pro Bono Alumni Board Meeting
April Pro Bono Alumni Board Meeting
Pro Bono Alumni Board Members with Pro Bono Board Members
Munashe Magarira (3L); Jennifer Simmons ('02); Alexis Chappell ('10); Adam Parker ('13); and Jared Smith (1L) attend the social event for members of the Pro Bono Alumni Board and student Pro Bono Board.
Pro Bono Alumni Board and Pro Bono Board Social
Bethan Eynon ('12); Gabriel Kussin (2L); Ramona Baker (3L); Amily McCool ('08); Kathleen Lockwood (2L); Sylvia Novinsky (Pro Bono Program Advisor); Kelly Anderson (3L); Jennifer Hall ('09) attend the social event for members of the Pro Bono Alumni Board and the student Pro Bono Board.

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