Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, October 13, 2014

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 uncprobonoprojects@gmail.com.

Spanish/English Translation for Domestic Violence Victims

Legal Aid of North Carolina

There is a current need for a bilingual translator to volunteer to conduct interviews and facilitate communications between the staff and attorneys and their clients. Hours are flexible and based on your schedule. Possible activities: translating client interviews, attending court to translate to client (not for official court purposes), translating documents and orders when issued.

Space: 2 Students
Restrictions: Spanish proficiency required

Student Group-Sponsored Projects

If you would like your project to appear below, please contact Nicole Daniels, Group Projects Coordinator, at n.daniels@unc.edu.

Domestic Violence Action Project

Research Projects for Domestic Violence Attorney at Legal Aid of NC

We are looking for 1 to 4 1Ls or 2Ls to research jurisdictional issues related to domestic violence proceedings. Each research topic should take about 4 to 6 hours. We are also looking for 1 to 6 3Ls who have taken evidence to research questions pertaining to objections in domestic violence proceedings. Each research topic for evidentiary questions should take between 2 and 3 hours.

Contact: Caline Hou, caline.hou@unc.edu, or Lindsey Brown, lindsbro@live.unc.edu

Community Legal Project

CLP pairs law students with clients at the Compass Center for Women & Families in Chapel Hill. Students conduct intake interviews, research legal questions, and prepare informational memos for clients in the areas of family law (domestic violence, custody, divorce, etc.) and landlord-tenant law. CLP gives student hands-on experience working with real clients and real legal issues. Contact us to learn more about the program and sign up to work with a client this semester!

Contact: Leah Arnold, larnold@live.unc.edu, or Caline Hou, caline.hou@unc.edu

Pro Bono Program Initiatives

The Pro Bono Program maintains a variety of initiatives throughout the school year in a variety of subject areas. For more information about any of these initiatives please contact Kathleen Lockwood, Program Director, at klockwoo@live.unc.edu, or Sylvia Novinsky, Assistant Dean of Public Service Programs, at snovinsk@email.unc.edu.

Winter Break Trip Applications

Deadline: October 16 at 8 p.m.
Applications can be accessed at http://goo.gl/forms/2IIwIm9Drm

Trip will be December 15-17 to Cherokee and Asheville, North Carolina, and will address Domestic Violence and Divorce areas of law in addition to a general legal clinic.

Contact: Jamie Rudd and Madison Waller, unclawtrips2014@gmail.com

Election Protection Signups and Trainings

Trainings: Oct. 29 and Oct. 30
5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Room 5048 (please note that you MUST attend only one of these sessions)

The UNC Center for Civil Rights and the UNC Pro Bono Program are proud to once again participate in the non-partisan Election Protection Hotline on Election Day on November 4. We’ll be shutting down the CDO offices and manning the phones talking to voters around the state and the country to help them through voting issues. To sign up for one or more 2-hour shifts for election day, visit http://bit.ly/electionprotection2014 to participate!

Contact: Gabriel Kussin, kussin@live.unc.edu

Healthcare Navigator Project

Info Session: Tuesday, October 14
12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Room 5046

Next Tuesday, October 14 at Noon in Room 5046, come hear the Pro Bono Program and Jennifer Simmons from Legal Aid of North Carolina discuss opportunities to be a Healthcare Navigator in North Carolina for the 2014-2015 Enrollment Period! Learn about this phenomenal opportunity to work with clients around the state to get access to healthcare and have an opportunity to sign up for our first, huge Navigator Clinic in Charlotte on December 15, during Winter Break! We also have ten confirmed clinics between January 10 and February 15, all in the Triangle, that you can sign up for at this meeting.

Contact: Gabriel Kussin, kussin@live.unc.edu

News and Special Events

Congratulations 2Ls and 3Ls!

The Pro Bono Program is pleased to announce that the classes of 2015 and 2016 have both surpassed 75% of participation in Pro Bono work. Well done!


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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