Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, October 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.

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 Molly Gross, Attorney Projects Coordinator, at

Immigrants' Rights Research

This is a project open to only 2Ls and 3Ls through the North Carolina Justice Center. The student volunteer will research the extent to which HB 318, recently passed by the NC General Assembly, will affect the rights of immigrants and others in NC. In particular, the student will be investigating what agencies and individuals will be required to comply with the law’s restrictions on the types of identifications that can be presented in order to access services. This project is remote, and requires only a ten hour total time commitment.

Florida Death Penalty Research Project

This is a project through the ACLU Capital Punishment Project. This project is to find every decision of the Florida Supreme Court where the Court has found a death sentence disproportionate under its proportionality review, to save the cases for the ACLU legal team, and to create a brief legal memo citing and summarizing each of the cases. This project is a great way to get a writing sample! The project is remote, and requires only a fifteen-hour total time commitment.

Student Group-Sponsored Projects

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

Subpoena Defense Project Training

October 29, 6:00 p.m. in Room 5048

The Subpoena Defense Project training was rescheduled to October 29 from 6:00-7:30 in Room 5048. Participants will be eligible to help draft documents to defend domestic violence service providers and you may choose to attend the hearing with Professor Posner, Sarah Colwell, or Amily McCool. If you are a 3L or a second-semester 2L, please email Jenica Hughes ( if you would like to be certified so that you can represent clients in Court in addition to drafting documents. Email Jenica to RSVP, or with any questions.

ACLU Know Your Rights Presentations

The ACLU of North Carolina needs volunteers to help give a Know Your Rights presentation on Tuesday, October 20 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. to high school students in Raleigh. Presentations will include a series of skits. The presentation will focus on interactions with police officers and will provide the students and their parents with information on youth rights and responsibilities. This will be fun and a great way to earn Pro Bono hours! Please contact Shana Moore ( for more information.

Pro Bono Program Initiatives

The Ultimate Pro Bono Bucket List

10 Things Every Law Student Should Experience Before Graduating from UNC School of Law

Contact Olivia Taylor ( with questions or comments! See below for these wonderful opportunities.

Awesome Events Check out each one!

1. The Food Truck Rodeo
2. Pro Bono Networking Events
3. Pro Bono Week

The PBB’s Fan Favorites Try out each one!

4. Pro Bono Special Trips
5. UNC Cancer Project
6. Healthcare Navigator Project
7. Lawyer on the Line NEW

Everyone has a favorite project. Refer a friend to sign up for your favorite, active project!

8. Refer a Friend

The Winter Break Sign-Ups Tradition

9. Winter Break Sign-Ups

Test Drive A New Area Of Law

10. Explore UNC Law’s Pro Bono Resources

News and Special Events

National Pro Bono Week

October 25 - 30

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.

Winter Break 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 ( or Vinita Tandon (

Application closes TODAY at 5:00 p.m.!!!

Apply online:

McAlister’s Fundraising Night!

October 26th 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

15% of proceeds will go to the UNC Law Pro Bono Program for our Cherokee Trip


Winter Break Projects Sign-ups

Mark your calendars! Sign-ups for projects will be on Thursday, November 12 starting at 7:00 a.m. in the Rotunda. You will get a project list by November 9, and we are trying to get a diverse spectrum of practice areas represented. Winter break is a great time to do Pro Bono if you haven’t already, and to continue to improve skills like legal research and writing. Projects will vary from remote to on-site so there really will be something for everyone! If you have any questions, email Hillary Li (

Keep Logging Those Hours!

  • Class of 2016 :14,279 hours logged and 85.65% class participation.
  • Class of 2017: 6,283.5 hours logged and 73.5% class participation.
  • Class of 2018: 230 hours logged and 11.6% 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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