Pro Bono Program Alumni Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Newsletter: Monday, August 3, 2015

July Monthly Update

As the summer swiftly approaches its end, the UNC Law Pro Bono Program is excited to help welcome a new class of students to the Carolina family -- we hope you are as well! While we prepare for their arrival, we also celebrate the major accomplishment that the majority of our most recent graduates have recently obtained; congratulations to all of our bar takers, and best of luck for positive results!

July has been a quiet month in Chapel Hill, but not one without moments to celebrate. We are thrilled to now have Dean Martin Brinkley in the building, and we look forward to working closely with him in the months to come. The Pro Bono Alumni Board (PBAB) also came together this month for a social at Fullsteam Brewery in Durham -- thanks to all the attorneys, recent graduates, and current students who were able to come out and chat!

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!


Jared Smith
Pro Bono Alumni Outreach Coordinator

Featuring Our Alumni

Dean Martin Brinkley Name and Year of Graduation from UNC Law:

Martin Brinkley, UNC Law Class of 1992

The UNC Law Pro Bono Program is excited to welcome Dean Martin Brinkley home to Carolina Law and to recognize him as this month’s Pro Bono Featured Alumnus. Dean Brinkley comes to us from Smith Anderson in Raleigh where he worked as partner for twelve years, practicing in areas including corporate law, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, antitrust and trade regulation, public finance, charitable foundations and nonprofit organizations, and appellate litigation. He also served as the 2011-2012 president of the 17,000-member North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA); in his inaugural address he shared: “[Pro Bono] work is one of the title deeds to which each of us took delivery when we applied for a license to practice law.”

Dean Brinkley has lived out this commitment to Pro Bono work throughout his career. He has served on the boards of, or acted as Pro Bono counsel to, more than thirty nonprofit organizations with educational, charitable, religious, and artistic missions in the Research Triangle area. As Bar Association President, he highlighted the issue of how best to coordinate and deliver Pro Bono legal services, including naming a task force which issued recommendations on Pro Bono coordination for the NC Bar Association. Further, he established Lawyer on the Line (LOTL), a statewide Pro Bono program with which the UNC Law Pro Bono Program partners. LOTL allows private practitioners to provide one-hour consultations to indigent clients on referral from Legal Aid of North Carolina, and since the program’s inception in 2011 has served more than 12,000 clients.

While Martin Brinkley has been a great friend to the UNC Pro Bono Program during his practicing career, we are happy to work with him even more closely as the 14th Dean of the UNC School of Law.

Highlights from the Month!

PBAB members host summer social
PBAB members host summer social for alumni and students at Fullsteam Brewery in Durham.
PBAB summer social at Fullsteam
PBAB members host summer social for alumni and students at Fullsteam Brewery in Durham.

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

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