Pro Bono Program Alumni Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Newsletter: Tuesday, September 2, 2014

August Pro Bono Update

The UNC Law Pro Bono Program welcomed the new UNC Law Class of 2017 with events and meetings meant to get incoming 1Ls excited about pro bono! Additionally, with an impressive array of projects offered by attorneys available from the first day of school, there are pro bono opportunities available for all class levels. The Pro Bono Board is excited about the overwhelming turnout and enthusiasm shown by all the new and returning students.

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

Neil Bagchi Name and Year of Graduation from UNC Law:

Neil Bagchi, 2004

Place of Employment:

Bagchi Law, PLLC

Area of Practice:

Corporate, International

Favorite class/professor in law school:

Securities, Tom Hazen

Pro Bono Experience in Law School:

Co-founder of the Entrepreneurial Law Association

1L, 2L and 3L class rep on pro bono board

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

As attorneys, I believe we have a moral and professional obligation to give back to society. Our profession provides us with a unique view of society and its underpinnings. As a profession, we use our knowledge of that view to earn a good living. I believe it is only fair to use that knowledge for the betterment of society as well. While this response may seem preachy or idealistic, society would never advance if those that could, did not.

What does your current pro bono practice look like?

Attorneys at my firm are required to perform pro bono services throughout the year. While there are no specific parameters around that service, we expect all attorneys to work on at least one year-long project. For the last year, I have been involved with the UNC Hospital’s cancer project. Once a month, at least one of my colleagues and I supervise UNC law students as they work with cancer patients on end of life documents. In addition, I provide pro bono legal services to several 501c3 organizations including Nourish International, a Carrboro-based nonprofit organization that supports nearly 50 student chapters around the country to develop and operate social ventures, the proceeds of which are invested in sustainable growth community projects in second and third world countries.

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Pro Bono Program Welcomes Students

Orientation for UNC Law's incoming first year students was on August 20-22, 2014. The Pro Bono Board was impressed by the incoming 1Ls' interest in pro bono during the student organization fair on Wednesday when many signed up to be sent pro bono e-mail updates. Thursday, the 1Ls enjoyed frozen treats, sponsored by the Pro Bono Alumni Board, while they met the members of the Pro Bono Board and a Pro Bono Alumni Board Member, Bethan Eynon ('12). The highlight of the Pro Bono Orientation Presentation was the video, available to view on the program website. The first week of classes featured the Pro Bono Kickoff, the Pro Bono Board table in the Rotunda, and a full bulletin board with available pro bono projects.

Pro Bono Board at 1L Orientation 2014
Pro Bono Board at 1L Orientation 2014. Back Row L-R: Dean Sylvia Novinsky (Program Advisor); Amanda Colley (3L, Alumni Outreach Coordinator); Madison Waller (2L, Special Trips Coordinator); Samuel Williams (3L, Attorney Projects Coordinator); Jamie Rudd (2L, Special Trips Coordinator); Kathleen Lockwood (3L, Program Director); Jared Smith (2L, Public Relations Coordinator); Bethan Eynon ('12, Pro Bono Alumni Board Member). Front Row L-R: Molly Simpson (2L, 2L Class Coordinator); Gabriel Kussin (3L, New Projects Development Coordinator); Caitlin Bernstein (3L, 3L Class Coordinator).
Bulletin Board and Sam Willliams
Samuel Williams (3L, Attorney Projects Coordinator) shows off the Attorney Projects Bulletin Board just waiting for student volunteers!
Hillary and Caitlin Tabling
Hillary Dawe (2L, Winter & Spring Break Projects Coordinator) and Caitlin Bernstein (3L, 3L Class Coordinator) at the Pro Bono Table during the first week of classes.

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