June Pro Bono Update
While the summer is in full swing at UNC Law, the Pro Bono Program is already looking ahead to the great work it will accomplish in the next year -- we can't wait for you to be a part of it! This process kicked off with the student Pro Bono Board meeting for their annual planning retreat, this year nestled away in the mountains of North Carolina in Bryson City. The program returned to the western part of the state for the NCBA Annual Meeting in Asheville, where it shared the many ways practicing attorneys can connect with the Pro Bono Program.
The Pro Bono Alumni Board has also been busy planning for the upcoming year, which starts this month! Beat the summer heat and raise a glass with UNC Law Pro Bono friends and alumni on Thursday, July 30 at FullSteam Brewery in Durham. The UNC Law Pro Bono Alumni Board will be there from 6 p.m. on, and trivia starts at 9 p.m.! See you there!
If you want more information about how to get involved in Pro Bono work, be sure to check out the Attorney Pro Bono Opportunities site, 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 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:
Ashley Huffstetler Campbell, UNC Law Class of 2003
Place of employment:
Ragsdale Liggett PLLC, Raleigh
Area of practice:
Business Litigation with a focus on real estate litigation and professional malpractice matters, particularly accounting malpractice.
Favorite class/professor in law school:
Professor Robert Byrd who taught 1L torts. He was very “old school” in the vein of the Paper Chase. He was an excellent and exciting teacher who always kept us on our toes.
Pro Bono experience in law school:
I started a project called the HIV/AIDS Legal Assistance project that provided estate planning services for people living with HIV/AIDS.
What inspired or prompted you to start doing Pro Bono work?
My parents taught me from an early age that we should serve those in need. I volunteered as a teenager in the first home for people living with AIDS in North Carolina, the House of Mercy in Belmont NC, and it inspired me to serve people living with the disease. In the 1990s and early 2000s, AIDS was still a death sentence for many people carrying the disease. Today, thankfully, many people live healthy, productive lives with AIDS.
The Community Legal Project (CLP) is a student Pro Bono group connected to the Compass Center for Women and Families in Chapel Hill, and helps provide legal information to community members based on their specific situation. For each client who signs up, CLP schedules a half hour appointment at the Compass Center, during which the client meets with a law student to discuss a legal problem they are having. The student then writes a memo exploring the client's legal options (not giving them legal advice on which action to take), which is then reviewed by an attorney. The student then meets again with the client two weeks later to give them the memo and discuss it.
Attorneys can review memos as frequently or infrequently as they wish; just let the student coordinator know your preference. The questions the student's normally take for CLP involve family law or landlord/tenant disputes; however, they have had other tangential questions come up in connection with these, so any area of specialization is appreciated.
The Compass Center also provides a Legal Information Services (LIS) program, where attorneys volunteer to take 15 minute phone calls from community members to discuss a legal problem they are having. These calls are taken in 2-hour time blocks (8 client slots). Attorneys choose when they wish to do this; typically, a staff member will email the attorneys at the beginning of the month, and the attorney will respond with one or two date and time blocks they wish to do that month.
The Compass Center schedules the appointments for the time slots. On the day of the session sends a copy of the scheduling sheet to the attorney with the client's name and the subject they wish to discuss, so they know who and what to expect that evening. The clients are directed to call the attorney themselves at their specified time.
Both of the above opportunities are remote. To get involved with CLP and the compass center, or for more information, attorneys can contact the student coordinator at Boring.Bethany@gmail.com, or fill out the volunteer form on the Compass Center's website (http://compassctr.org/volunteer-application/).
Highlights from the Month!
Pro Bono Board members gather for summer planning retreat.
Pro Bono Program at 2015 NCBA Annual Meeting