Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, November 9, 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

Article Research Project

This is a research project involving gathering pro and con arguments for legislation. Topics include: prevailing wage, right to work, raising the minimum wage (either at the state or local level), restoration of felon voting rights, charter schools, and common core. Students can choose one or more of the above topics. The articles provided need to be nationally recognized or written specifically for Kentucky. The timeline is flexible. A small narrative should be provided for the article. The total time spent depends upon how deep the student wants to research.

Brief Writing for County Attorney

Assisting an attorney with researching and brief writing. This assignment involves child welfare and termination of parental rights. This is a 3L only project! Take advantage of this 3L perk this week.

Student Group-Sponsored Projects

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

Landlord Tenant Know Your Rights

CRELA, BLSA, and DVAP Sponsored Project

CRELA will be facilitating research for two presentations. The first, “So You Want to be a Landlord,” entails informing citizens of the steps, responsibilities, and requirements that are important in becoming a landlord in North Carolina. The second presentation involves explanations of common law lease terms, compiled in plain language. Presentations will occur in the spring semester, while research is ongoing.

To get involved in researching these issues, please contact Rachael Hammond at by November 20, 2015. To sign up to present, please contact Rachael by January 15, 2016.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

All students interested in participating in VITA this year are asked to attend one of the following trainings.

Wednesday, November 11 at 12 p.m. in Room 4004, or Thursday, November 19 at 12 p.m. in Room 4085. Food will be provided at training!

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

Winter Break Projects Sign-ups!

Remember that Winter Break Sign-ups are next Thursday, November 12 at 7:00 a.m. in the Rotunda! Projects will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis, so get there early. You will get more information about the specific projects offered this year today. If you have any questions about the process, email Hillary Li (

Keep Logging those Hours!

  • Class of 2016: 14,670 hours completed, and 87.34% class participation.
  • Class of 2017: 6,548 hours completed, and 74.5% class participation.
  • Class of 2018: 703 hours completed, and 20.9% 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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