Pro Bono Program Alumni Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Newsletter: Tuesday, September 1, 2015

August Pro Bono Update

A new class of students has officially arrived to UNC Law, and we could not be more excited to welcome them. The Pro Bono Program has spent much of this month introducing these new faces to the Pro Bono Program and the many opportunities we offer for building skills and doing good work. August also is a time for us to look ahead at the upcoming semester and plan for what work we can accomplish together. If you have projects that our students can support you in, please let us know!

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

Call for Fall Break Projects!

The Pro Bono Board is currently looking for Pro Bono opportunities for Fall Break. Specifically, we are looking for a few group Pro Bono opportunities in the Triangle for students to participate on October 16, 2015. Ideally, we would love to have a few opportunities that can accommodate groups of 10-15 students. These projects can involve any legal issue, but must have at least one supervising attorney. If you know of an organization that may need Pro Bono assistance, or are involved in an organization that is willing to partner with us, please contact Madison Waller, New Project Development Coordinator. Madison can be reached at or 919.426.4175.

Featuring Our Alumni

Will Corbett Name and Year of Graduation from UNC Law:

Will Corbett, UNC Law Class of 2003

Place of employment:

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Area of practice: Regulatory/Policy

Favorite class/professor in law school:

If I have to pick just one, I'd say Professor Charles Daye - his Housing Law class continues to shape my approach to policy.

Pro Bono experience in law school:

I served on the Pro Bono Program Board all three years in law school, so I spent a lot of my time coordinating projects for other students. But I also did research for Legal Aid, and I worked with a group of law students to start the Street Law Project, which taught middle school students about the law and the constitution.

What inspired or prompted you to start doing Pro Bono work?

My first experience with pro bono work was before law school, working as a paralegal in San Francisco, through the Homeless Advocacy Project. I got a chance to help associates at my firm on their pro bono cases and work directly with clients. I saw how the plight of individuals could change dramatically once a lawyer was on their side. Later on, I served as a legal services attorney and then joined the Office of the Commissioner Of Banks, helping North Carolina respond to the foreclosure crisis. As a public servant, I've tried to facilitate greater access to legal resources through developing projects and training aspiring pro bono attorneys.


Highlights from the Month!

Pro Bono Orientation 2015
Pro Bono Board Members and Guest Alumnus Introduce First Year Students to the Pro Bono Program.

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

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