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!
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 email@example.com.
Legal Aid Eligibility Screening
Legal Aid of NC Expunction Project
Time: Responsible for making 5 phone calls (approximately 2.5 hours)
Due Date: February 20, 2015
Students will be interviewing applicants for financial eligibility for the UNC Spring Break Expunction Trip. There will be a training where students learn how to screen for legal aid eligibility on Wednesday, January 28 at 12:00 p.m. Students will then sign-up for a one week shift where they will be asked to make no more than 5 calls. The one week shifts are Feb. 2, Feb. 9, and Feb. 16. Students who have already gone through training will be exempt from training and the training will be recorded for those who are unavailable to attend.
Revitalizing the Smith Island Land Trust
Bald Head Island Conservancy
Time: 5 hours per week
Due Date: May 8, 2015
The project will involve researching best practices for land donations and land stewardship on behalf of the Smith Island Land Trust. Other related projects may be assigned as time permits.
Migrant Seafood Worker Research
NC Justice Center
Time: 15 hours
Due Date: April 15, 2015
We are looking for a student to research whether crab processing workers could be covered by the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (AWPA). There is a pending case in the 11th Circuit on AWPA coverage for oyster workers.
Research for Motion for Appropriate Relief in Criminal Trial
Law Office of Bruce Cunningham
Time: 15 hours
Due Date: February 23, 2015
Mr. Cunningham is looking for three students to assist in researching a brief for a criminal post-conviction case. Specifically, students will analyze the due process implications of the State switching its factual theory as to who a shooter was in a murder case.
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; between 8:30 and 10:00 a.m.)
Student Group-Sponsored Projects
If you would like your project to appear below, please contact Nicole Daniels, Group Projects Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Legal Project (CLP)
Date, Time: Wednesday, January 28, 12:00 p.m.
Location: Room 5046
The Community Legal Project (CLP) partners with the Compass Center for Women and Families to provide free legal information to Compass Center clients. Students will interview clients, research legal questions related to family law and landlord/tenant law issues, and compose an informational memo that will be reviewed by a licensed attorney. This is a great project for students interested in gaining research and writing skills and students who enjoy interacting with clients!
Contact: Leah Arnold (email@example.com) and Caline Hou (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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. If you are interested in attending the training, please sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4da8aa2aa2fb6-subpoena.
Contact: Lindsey Brown (email@example.com); Caline Hou (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
News and Special Events
HAPPY PRO BONO WEEK!
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!