Pro Bono Program Alumni Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Newsletter: Monday, July 28, 2014

July Monthly Update

As the summer winds to an end, students are gearing up and getting ready for a great 2014-15 school year at UNC Law. Students continue to demonstrate their commitment to pro bono by participating in programs such as the UNC Cancer Pro Bono Project, which was recently recognized by the Daily Tar Heel.

Welcome to the almost FIVE HUNDRED new subscribers to the UNC Law Alumni Pro Bono Newsletter! You have been selected to receive updates about the UNC Law pro bono program because of your commitment to pro bono while at UNC Law. Thank you for making a difference!

Going forward, you will receive newsletter updates every month on pro bono events that UNC Law students and the UNC Law Pro Bono Alumni Board are involved in, as well as an alumni pro bono spotlight. Additionally, there will be a longer newsletter that will be published each semester. If you would like to be removed from the listserv, please e-mail "unsubscribe" to

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!


Amanda Colley
Pro Bono Program Alumni Coordinator

Featuring Our Alumni

Robert Shaw Name and Year of Graduation from UNC Law:

Robert Shaw, 2004

Place of Employment:

Williams Mullen (Raleigh)

Area of Practice:

Administrative law

Favorite class/professor in law school:

Federal Jurisdiction/Marshall

Pro Bono Experience in Law School:

Domestic violence representation, nonprofit transactional and corporate work

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

The responsibility of every member of the bar to devote time to public interest representation in some capacity.

What does your current pro bono practice look like?

I represent various nonprofit entities in their transactional and corporate law matters. Also, I serve as general counsel for the Wake County Republican Party.

I am also working on developing an externship program to allow law students to represent Medicaid-eligible persons in their appeals regarding Medicaid funding before the North Carolina Office of Administrative Hearings with oversight and assistance by our law firm.

Favorite or Most Significant Pro Bono Experience:

The many domestic violence clients I have represented over the years whose lives were improved by receiving Chapter 50B protective orders.

What have you taken away from your pro bono experiences? Alternatively, what have you learned about your community?

I have learned a great deal about corporate and transactional law through the hands-on process of representing nonprofit corporations. Given that I do relatively little transactional law on a billed basis, this work has been invaluable to learning how corporate entities work from a legal perspective.

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Welcome New PBAB Members!

Lauren Cranford
New PBAB Member
Lauren Cranford ('12)

Welcome to the new UNC Law Pro Bono Alumni Board members. Lauren Cranford ('12) and James Jolley ('14). Their new terms will begin on June 1, and we are looking forward to working with them throughout their time on the board.

Lauren graduated from UNC Law in 2012 after serving on the Pro Bono Board for two years--first as Winter Break & Spring Break Projects Coordinator and then as the first New Projects Development Coordinator. Lauren has spent her time since law school clerking in the Middle District of North Carolina and at the D.C. Circuit. This Fall, she will join Sidley Austin in Washington, D.C., focusing on Intellectual Property and Healthcare law.

James Jolley and his daughter
New PBAB Member James Jolley ('14)
and his beautiful daughter Madeline

James is a recent alum, graduating this past May. While at UNC Law, he served on the Pro Bono Board for two years--first as the Winter Break and Spring Break Projects Coordinator and then as the Director of the Pro Bono Program. Over the next year, James will be clerking for the Hon. William Osteen, Jr. in the Middle District of North Carolina. After clerking, James will return to Raleigh to work with Smith Anderson.

To learn more about the Pro Bono Program, including how you can be involved, email

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