Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, January 19, 2015

About the Pro Bono Newsletter

The mission of the UNC School of Law Pro Bono Program is to increase the provision of high quality, low-cost legal services to North Carolina residents in need by empowering lawyers to accept more pro bono cases and creating a life-long commitment to pro bono work among UNC Law students. This newsletter supports our mission by providing current students with a comprehensive list of ways to get involved in Pro Bono work while still a student at UNC Law, as well as offering context for the good work our students do through news and information. Look for the Pro Bono Newsletter in your inbox every Monday at noon!

Attorney-Sponsored Projects

To secure a spot on an Attorney-Sponsored Project, you must sign up at the Pro Bono Bulletin Board near the student mailboxes. For other questions please contact Samuel Williams, Attorney Projects Coordinator, at

Attend NC General Assembly Appropriations Committee Meetings

NC Coalition Against Domestic Violence

NCCADV is a statewide non-profit agency which supports the approximately 90 domestic violence agencies across the 100 counties of North Carolina through technical assistance, training, and policy/legislative advocacy. Domestic Violence agencies are funded in large part through North Carolina government funds. During the North Carolina legislative session, NCCADV monitors appropriations discussions closely in order to ensure that this vital funding to DV programs is maintained without cuts that could greatly impact the ability to help survivors and their children escape abusive partners. NCCADV seeks law student Pro Bono volunteers interested in policy and the legislative process to attend one or more Appropriations Committee Meetings each week to monitor discussions for issues that would impact funding to domestic violence agencies and immediately notify NCCADV's lobbyist when issues of funding impacting DV.

Hours: 3 per week (Tuesday, Wednesday, and/or Thursday morning)

Student Group-Sponsored Projects

If you would like your project to appear below, please contact Nicole Daniels, Group Projects Coordinator, at

DVAP's Subpoena Defense Project

Date: Thursday, February 5 (Training)
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Location: Room 5048

The Subpoena Defense Project will provide legal information to non-profit domestic violence agencies that receive subpoenas for client records. Students who participate in the Subpoena Defense Project will provide information to agencies regarding what types of records must be disclosed and what information can remain confidential. Participation is open to all students. All students may assist in drafting documents for agencies who seek assistance responding to subpoenas. Certified second semester second-year students and third-year students may assist in representing the agencies in court, should the agencies need representation.

Contact: Lindsey Brown (; Caline Hou (

Pro Bono Program Initiatives

Cancer Project Upcoming Training

For students who were unable to attend the Cancer Project's Fall semester training, the Project is offering an upcoming opportunity to get trained this Spring! This training will require students to independently watch videos of Fall training materials, as well as to attend two lunchtime practice sessions. Please be on the lookout for an announcement regarding the sessions, which will occur in the first couple weeks of February. 2Ls and 3Ls who trained last year are also welcome to attend these sessions as a way to get refreshed on the material. If you are interested in this opportunity, please email Lauren Tonon at for more information.

For students who are already clinic-qualified for the Cancer Project, please sign up now for clinics happening January 23, February 13, February 27, March 27, and April 10! Have a question about clinics or finishing your clinic qualifications? Please email Alison Melvin at

News and Special Events

UNC Law's Pro Bono Week is almost here!

January 26-30 is our annual UNC Law Pro Bono week, and we could not be more excited. Pro Bono Week gives us a way to celebrate the good work that you do all year long, as well as get a little context for why we do the work we do. To that end, there are two open events to pay attention to:

Pro Bono Projects and Opportunities Fair

Monday, January 26; Noon; Upper Rotunda

Come learn about Pro Bono opportunities from UNC Law student groups and the Pro Bono Board. Make sure to check in at the welcome table for a snack!

Spring Break Trip and Projects Info Session

Tuesday, January 27; Noon; Room 5048

Come learn about Pro Bono options over spring break. From two trips to Western NC to attorney projects in the Triangle and beyond, there are plenty of opportunities for you!

To add items or provide feedback, please contact Sylvia Novinsky, Assistant Dean for Public Service Programs, or Jared Smith, Research Assistant for Public Service Programs.

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