Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, March 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.

Translation of Form Letters for Spanish Speaking Clients

N.C. Prisoner Legal Services

Time: 15-20 Hours
Location: Student Choice
Due Date: May 1, 2015
Other Requirements: Spanish Fluency/High Proficiency

N.C. Prisoner Legal Services is seeking a student to translate letters that N.C. Prisoner Legal Services frequently sends to people who are incarcerated about a variety of legal issues. The student will be provided with a copy of the letters in English and be expected to interpret the legal issues presented into a form that is accessible and meaningful in Spanish.

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

The Pro Bono Publico Awards -- Nominations Due Today!

The Pro Bono Board is now accepting nominations for the 2014-2015 Pro Bono Publico Awards! To learn about awards criteria, please visit http://www.law.unc.edu/probono/awards/. To nominate someone for Student of the Year, Student Group of the Year, Faculty Member of the Year, or the Sylvia K. Novinsky Award, please visit http://goo.gl/forms/eXGolqxs1R. Nominations are due Monday, March 23 at 5 p.m. Award winners will be announced during the Public Interest & Pro Bono Celebration in the Rotunda at 12 p.m. on April 8, 2015.

Pro Bono Evaluation Raffle

Tell the Pro Bono Program what you think! If you've completed a Pro Bono Project this year, please fill out an evaluation to give us feedback. The evaluation should only take a few minutes, and it is crucial to helping the Pro Bono Board better serve you and our community. Everyone who fills out an evaluation this week will be entered into a raffle for a Pro Bono Prize. Complete the evaluation today at http://bit.ly/EvalPB.


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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