Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, October 6, 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.

Project Connect 2014

Legal Aid of North Carolina (Pittsboro)

Description: Project Connect is a one-day, one-stop center that connects people experiencing, or at risk of homelessness with a broad range of short and long-term services. These include housing, employment, health and dental care. One component of the program is the provision of legal services. Students will work with a supervising attorney to help with this provision. Since 2007, the event has served over 1,100 people in Orange County.

Time: 1 training on Oct. 7 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Slots are available on Oct. 9 from 9:00-11:00 a.m.; 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.; and 1:00-3:00 p.m.

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.

Community Legal Project

Interest Meeting/Training, Sept. 10
12:00 p.m., Room 4085

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. Come to the meeting 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.

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

Winter Break Opportunities

Information Session, Oct. 9
12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Room 5046

Come learn about pro bono options over winter break. From a trip to Western North Carolina to attorney projects in the Triangle and beyond, there are plenty of opportunities for you!

Contact: Jamie Rudd and Madison Waller, unclawtrips2014@gmail.com; Hillary Dawe, uncprobono@gmail.com

News and Special Events

Global 100 Firm Pro Bono Survey Release

The American Lawyer has surveyed Global 100 firms, and have compared their results with firm Pro Bono work in the U.S. Read more about their findings.


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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