Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, February 1, 2016

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.

News and Special Events

Practically Transitioned: Less than 10 spots available!

The Class of 2016 is invited to Practically Transitioned: A Pro Bono Networking Social. This event will be held on Tuesday, February 9th from 7pm-9pm at the Ackland Art Museum. Hosted by Dean Brinkley, it will offer 3Ls the chance to network with practicing alumni from firms and legal service providers and hear about how Pro Bono work plays a part in their careers. We are also excited to hear remarks from Justice Beasley of the NC Supreme Court. Wine, beer, and light hors d’oeuvres will be served; business attire is requested. This event is sponsored by the UNC School of Law and the UNC Law Pro Bono Program.

RSVP as soon as possible at http://goo.gl/forms/w96TNl1pWn to let us know if you are able to attend.

Spring Break Pro Bono Opportunities Meeting

The Spring Break Pro Bono Opportunities Interest Meeting will be held Thursday, February 4, 2016, at 12pm in Room 4085. Spring break is a great time to volunteer, get great legal experience, help people in need, and get Pro Bono hours! Come learn about the Spring Break Trip as well as other Spring Break Projects at this meeting. If you have questions please contact Hillary Li (hillaryl@live.unc.edu), Spring Break Projects Coordinator, or Vinita Tandon (vinita17@live.unc.edu) and Will Norrell (norrell@live.unc.edu), Special Trips Coordinators.

Spring Break Project Sign-Ups!

Mark your calendars! Spring Break Project Sign-Ups will go live at 8am on Thursday, March 3. It will be an online sign-up this time, still first come first serve. For more information, come to the interest meeting this week or contact Hillary Li (hillaryl@live.unc.edu).

Pro Bono Spring Food Truck Rodeo

February 10th 11:00am-1:30pm in the CDO Parking Lot

Featuring Captain Ponchos, Will and Pops, Chirba Chirba, and Dusty Donuts.

A percentage of the proceeds will assist in Spring Break Trip fundraising.

Keep Logging Those Hours!

  • Class of 2016: 16,384 hours logged and 90.6% participation. 
  • Class of 2017: 7,156.5 hours logged and 75.7% participation. 
  • Class of 2018 : 2,212.5 hours logged and 41.8% participation.  

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.

Bronx Intimate Partner Violence Survivor Needs Assessment

The Bronx Domestic Violence Roundtable is a collaboration of non-profit providers and local elected officials that seeks to address the needs of survivors of Intimate Partner Violence in the Bronx. In May 2015, Legal Services NYC – Bronx, in collaboration with the Bronx DV Roundtable, launched the Bronx Intimate Partner Violence Needs Assessment, a comprehensive online survey of the legal and social services needs of survivors in the Bronx community. Legal Services NYC – Bronx translated the survey into Spanish and French and posted the surveys on Survey Monkey, with the assistance of New York City Council Member Ritchie Torres. As of October 2015, the survey yielded 140 responses. Students will analyze the survey responses received, conduct further interviews with local community members, and generate a report, in collaboration with the Bronx Domestic Violence Roundtable, on what political, economic, and social resources would be required to address the needs expressed in the survey. More information about the Bronx Domestic Roundtable can be found here: http://www.bxtimes.com/stories/2014/43/43-domestic-2014-10-24-bx_2014_43.html

Legal Resources Development

Students will be building on work of previous Pro Bono volunteers in compiling and organizing resources for the NC Lawyers for Entrepreneurs Assistance Program (NC LEAP) and/or the NC Veterans Pro Bono Network. The resource information should be organized by category and formatted for future incorporation on a resources website. Students may be asked to assist with coordinating attorney review and revisions of all content.

Southeast Asian Citizenship Fair

The Southeast Asian Coalition will be holding a citizenship fair on Sunday, February 21, 2016, from 9AM to 1PM. The fair will take place at Asian Corner Mall in Charlotte, NC. Members of the Southeast Asian community will come to apply for their citizenship. Volunteers will be needed to assist clients in completing citizenship applications (N-400) and fee waivers (I-912). All volunteers must attend a training prior to the fair. An online training will be offered to UNC students who will not be able to attend a training in Charlotte prior to the fair.

Legal Research for Whistleblower

Legal research on regulations and case law with regard to Sabanes-Oxley whistleblower case.

Document Review for Public School Education Case

This case involves actions and decisions by a school board in Rockland County, NY, resulting in the diversion of public funds to support private, religious-based schools. The project requires the review of documents to determine if they are relevant to the case and/or helpful to the Plaintiffs’ position.


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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