Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, October 5, 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 uncprobonoprojects@gmail.com.

Special Education Funding

This is a Federal Court case involving the alleged diversion of funding from public schools in the East Ramapo Central School District (NY State) by the school board to private, religious schools. There is an appeal by the defendants pending on the issues of: (1) whether the plaintiffs have standing under the Establishment Clause to assert their claims; (2) whether the defendant school board members have legislative or qualified immunity. The project involves preparing 1-2 page case briefs for each of 54 cases in the plaintiff-appellees’ Brief.

This project can be completed remotely, is open to only 3Ls, and requires a 20-hour total time commitment.

Southeast Asian Coalition Citizenship Fair

The Southeast Asian Coalition will be hosting a citizenship fair on October 25, from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., at Asian Corner Mall in Charlotte. The fair will help to naturalize members of the Southeast Asian community. Volunteers will help clients fill out the citizenship application (N-400), as well as fee waivers, if needed. Volunteers will need to attend a training beforehand on how to complete these forms. Volunteers would be greatly helping the Southeast Asian immigrant and refugee community through this opportunity. Send an email to Monica at mbvong14@gmail.com if you are interested or have any other questions.

This project is open to all classes, can be completed on site in Charlotte, and requires a total time commitment of 6 hours.

Translate Meeting with Arabic Speaking Inmate

Seeking a student fluent in Arabic to meet with attorney and Arabic-speaking inmate. Meeting will take place in a prison 1.5 hours from Chapel Hill, and the attorney and student would meet beforehand and travel together. Ideally, student would also work with the attorney to research and brainstorm solutions to criminal conviction and pending deportation.

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 Interest Meeting

Thursday, Oct. 8 at Noon, Room 4080

Dessert provided!

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

Winter Break Opportunities

Interest Meeting: October 6 at 12 p.m. in Room 5046

Winter Break Trip: December 14-16

Winter Break Projects Sign-Up: November 12 starting at 7 a.m. in the Rotunda

Winter Break Projects to be completed December 14 – January 8

Ultimate Pro Bono Bucket List

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

Be the first five students in our class to complete all 10 Items on the Ultimate Pro Bono Bucket List and be recognized for the feat you’ve accomplished AND receive a PRIZE!

Contact Olivia Taylor (oetaylor@live.unc.edu) or Jamie Rudd (jerudd@live.unc.edu).

Keep Logging Those Hours!

  • Class of 2016: 13,992.5 hours logged, and 85.23% class participation.
  • Class of 2017: 6,142 hours logged, and 74.5% class participation.
  • Class of 2018: 101 hours logged, and 6.7% 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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