Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, November 17, 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

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.

Hours: 2 per week

UNC Pro Bono Divorce Clinic

Legal Aid of North Carolina

Once again, UNC Law Public Service Programs and Legal Aid of North Carolina are partnering to hold a Pro Bono Divorce Project this Spring. Students will have the opportunity to interview and represent low-income clients in simple divorces. Students will interview clients, draft pleadings, and 2L and 3L students will conduct divorce hearings under attorney supervision.

For due dates and hours requirements, please see the posting on the Pro Bono bulletin board.

Student Group-Sponsored Projects

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

ELP's Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation Project

The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) and Earth Justice recently filed a complaint against the NC Department of Natural Resources (DENR). DENR re-permitted the state’s industrial hog farms without adequately addressing hog waste disposal. The majority of hog CAFOs in North Carolina are located in poor communities of color and the complaint alleges that the state’s re-permitting of the hog CAFOs discriminates against and disproportionately affects these communities in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. The complaint was supported by declarations from people in the community describing what life is like living next to a hog CAFO. Additional declarations will be needed. Professor Savasta-Kennedy has volunteered to find a date to take students out to one of the communities to interview the residents.

Contact: Professor Savasta-Kennedy (

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 ( and Lindsey Brown (

News and Special Events

Hackcess to Justice

Interested in law and technology? Albany Law Professor Ray Brescia wrote an article published in the Huffington Post this week about how apps can facilitate legal access to those in need.

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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