Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, October 12, 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.

Student Group-Sponsored Projects

If you would like your project to appear below, please contact Allie Weller, Group Projects Coordinator, at aweller3@live.unc.edu.

Healthcare Navigator Project

Health Care Navigators assist individuals in the registration process for health insurance in the market created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Participation in this project is a great opportunity to familiarize yourself with the ACA, and to gain experience working one-on-one with clients. Navigators complete a self-directed online certification generally taking 20 hours. Once certified, Navigators can meet with consumers to inform them of their rights and choices in the health insurance marketplace. Navigators are required to attend at least 3 enrollment events during the Open Enrollment period (Nov. 1, 2015 – Jan. 31, 2016).

Please contact Phillip Waters (waters.phillip@yahoo.com) for additional information.

Lawyer on the Line Project

NC Legal Aid is looking for motivated 2Ls and 3Ls to work on real cases with real clients. Each case provides the opportunity to work one-on-one with alumni attorneys on housing and employment law cases. Students who participate will improve their interviewing, research, and legal analysis skills by assisting clients with matters that only take a few hours a week.

Questions? Please contact Ward Collins (wmcollin@live.unc.edu) or Maiysa Mesbah (mesbah@live.unc.edu)

News and Special Events

National Pro Bono Week

October 25-30 at UNC School of Law

Each year, the American Bar Association celebrates Pro Bono work in a nationwide celebration. For our part, the Pro Bono Program will be recognizing the student body for its Pro Bono work through treats and other activities. Be on the look-out for the Pro Bono Board that week for more information and ways to get involved.

Apply for the Cherokee Trip!

The Pro Bono Winter Break Cherokee Trip is an excellent chance to gain experience working with real clients and legal documents, as well as a way to log Pro Bono hours! This is a great trip to build your skills, both interpersonally and professionally, as well as meet other law students. Be a part of a UNC Law tradition, happening this year from December 14-16! For questions, e-mail Will Norrell (norrell@live.unc.edu) or Vinita Tandon (vinita17@live.unc.edu).

The trip application closes October 19 at 5:00 p.m.

Apply at https://my.law.unc.edu/students/studentorgs/probonospecialtrips/.

Keep Logging Those Hours!

  • Class of 2016: 14,690.5 hours logged, and 86.9% class participation.
  • Class of 2017: 6,180.5 hours logged, and 73.5% class participation.
  • Class of 2018: 135 hours logged, and 8.4% class participation.

To add items or provide feedback, please contact Sylvia Novinsky, Assistant Dean for Public Service Programs, or Jamie Rudd, 3L Class Coordinator.

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