Pro Bono Program Alumni Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Newsletter: Tuesday, August 2, 2016

July Monthly Update

While the summer heat is heavy at UNC Law, the Pro Bono Program is already looking ahead to the great work it will accomplish in the next year! The incoming Pro Bono Board dove into the hard work of shaping the year at the annual planning retreat, held in the heart of Charlotte this year. The first fruits of that planning will come at the end of the month, with a series of events for incoming students at orientation.

We would also like to recognize the new members of the Pro Bono Alumni Board: Hilary Cooper, Hillary Dawe, Sherry Everett, Erika Jones, and Joey Polonsky. We are deeply excited about the range of gifts, perspectives, and connections they will bring to 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!


James Wudel
Pro Bono Alumni Outreach Coordinator

Featuring Our Alumni

Tod M. Leaven

Place of employment: Grimes Teich Anderson, LLP

Area of practice: Veterans Law

Favorite class/professor in law school: Congress and the Presidency/ Michael Gerhardt

Pro Bono experience in law school: NC Department of Agriculture, Wills and estate work for elderly, Assisted veterans with claims

What inspired or prompted you to start doing Pro Bono work? I wanted to do pro-bono work long before I ever went to law school. Just a little free assistance can go a long way to those who need it the most, regardless if it is legal, medical, social, or occupational.

What does your current Pro Bono practice look like? I just completed the initial phase of a pro-bono clinic for homeless veterans. Assisted by two other attorneys and UNC Law’s VALOR student organization, I am working to upgrade less-than-honorable military discharges so homeless veterans can better access housing and employment. I also assist the local Veterans Treatment Court with any discharge upgrades needed and routinely assist veterans of low means better navigate the VA healthcare system and find employment.

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Highlights from the Month!

Pro Bono Board Members unwind with a game during the annual retreat.
Pro Bono Board Members unwind with a game during the annual retreat.

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

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