Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, February 23, 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. 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.

Prosecuting Image Exploitation

AEquitas: The Prosecutors’ Resource on Violence Against Women

Time: 20 Hours
Location: Remote
Due Date: 4/17/2015

AEquitas is looking for 1-3 students to assist in compiling a resource on laws related to image exploitation. We would like the student(s) to create 1) A compilation of statutes that includes the below crimes; 2) a comprehensive chart that allows for the reader to quickly see whether the a state includes the below statutes in their criminal code and identifies whether they are felonies or misdemeanors, and 3) a summary research memo that describes the findings on any trends, categories, etc. that the student(s) find. The following laws should be compiled, as they related to image exploitation: Stalking, Cyberstalking, and Cyber Harassment Video Voyeurism Invasion of Privacy Theft by Extortion or Blackmail Hacking or Computer Trespass Child Pornography Specific Sexting Statutes Revenge Porn Any state statutes that either enhance other crimes or are stand alone crimes addressing the use of cell phones or computers to facilitate a crime (e.g., Fla. Stat. Ann. § 934.215) This statutory compilation will be a complimentary resource for a forthcoming AEquitas publication that addresses and emerging issue in the prosecution of violence against women crimes. UNC students will work with AEquitas staff to develop and finalize the product.

For Alcohol-Facilitated Sexual Assault: Introducing a Toxicology Expert

AEquitas: The Prosecutors’ Resource on Violence Against Women

Time: 20 Hours
Location: Remote
Due Date: 4/17/15

AEquitas is looking for student(s) to help us to compile a resource on the use of toxicology experts in sexual assault cases that involve alcohol. We would like the students to develop: (1) A compilation of statutes that addresses the below questions; (2) a digest of case law that addresses the below questions; and (3) a summary research memo that describes the students’ findings on how the jurisdictions across the United States handle the below questions. The 2 research questions are: In an alcohol-facilitated sexual assault trial, can the prosecution call a toxicologist to testify regarding the victim’s level of intoxication? In an alcohol-facilitated sexual assault trial, can the prosecution call a toxicologist to testify regarding the defendant’s level of intoxication (can the prosecution do this as part of its case in chief, or are there certain things that must occur prior to the introduction of such testimony, e.g., the defendant must have officially asserted intoxication as a defense). Students will be working with AEquitas staff to identify trends, common challenges to introducing toxicology experts, and strategies to proceed in sexual assault cases.

Veterans Affairs Legal Clinic

Veterans Pro Bono Network

Time: 5 hours
Location: On Site
Due Date: February 23 (training); March 10 (clinic)

The Veterans Pro Bono Network is looking for law students who might be interested in working with VAMC Clinics to provide wills and advanced directives for low-income veterans. The first clinic is scheduled for Tuesday, March 10th at the Salisbury VAMC. There will be a training for the event on Monday, February 23 at 4:30 p.m. at the NCBA Center in Cary.

Criminal Defense Trial and Motion Preparation (Durham Superior Court)

Charns & Donovan Law Firm

Time: 10 hours
Location: Onsite
Due Date: March 16, 2015

I would like the help of some law students on the defense of an accused who was stopped by Durham police for an alleged traffic offense there is a Motion to Suppress for an unconstitutional stop). The defense evidence is that the officer assaulted the accused, threatened to shoot the accused and the officer’s gun discharged leading to the officer’s injury. Our evidence is that the officer shot himself. We’ve given notice of self-defense. I was appointed by the Public Defender as the accused is indigent.

Attend NC General Assembly Appropriations Committee Meetings

NC Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Time: 3 Hours Per Week
Location: Onsite
Start Date: Variable (will need to speak with attorney)
Due Date: April 17, 2015

NC Coalition Against Domestic Violence is seeking law student pro bono volunteers interested in policy and the legislative process to attend one or more Appropriations Committee Meetings each week to monitor discussions for issues that would impact funding to domestic violence agencies and immediately notify NCCADV’s lobbyist when issues of funding impacting DV. Students are expected to work Tuesday, Wednesday, and/or Thursday morning between 8:30 and 10:00.

News and Special Events

Spring Break Pro Bono Project List Distributed to Students

February 25, 2015

Check out the Spring Break Pro Bono projects available on-site and remotely to all classes. Look for an email from your Class Coordinator or email Hillary Dawe at dawe@live.unc.edu, and sign up starting Thursday, February 26.

Contact Hillary Dawe at dawe@live.unc.edu with any questions.

Spring Break Pro Bono Project Sign-Ups

February 26, 2015 - March 2, 2015

Sign-up for a Spring Break Pro Bono project online beginning at 8am.

Contact Hillary Dawe at dawe@live.unc.edu with any questions.

Apply to be a part of the 2015-2016 Pro Bono Board!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at noon, Info Session

Current board members will be available to talk about the details of their positions, including the necessary time commitment and tasks they completed throughout the year. Applicants are encouraged to attend the interest meeting and/or contact the appropriate Pro Bono Board members to further discuss positions of interest.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 27. To apply, submit your resume (no GPA) and cover letter via email to dawe@live.unc.edu. You will be contacted to schedule an interview with the Pro Bono Board shortly thereafter. Interviews will take place on Wednesday, March 4 and Thursday, March 5 from approximately 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. each night. Please indicate in your email if there are times during those windows when you are unavailable.

Positions Available on the Pro Bono Board include:

  • Winter/Spring Break Projects Coordinator (1)
  • Special Trips Coordinators (2)
  • Student Group Projects Coordinator (1)
  • 2L Class Coordinator (1)
  • Public Relations Coordinator (1)

Contact Hillary Dawe at dawe@live.unc.edu or this year’s director, Kathleen Lockwood, at klockwoo@live.unc.edu.


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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