Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, March 28, 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

Keep Logging those Hours!

  • Class of 2016: 17,036 hours logged and 90.9% class participation. 
  • Class of 2017: 8,411.5 hours logged and 83.1% class participation. 
  • Class of 2018: 4,599 hours logged and 63.4% class participation. 

3L Certificate of Achievement for Pro Bono Hours

Are you a 3L? Are you close to 75+ hours of Pro Bono? Remember, all 3L students who reach 75+ hours of Pro Bono by April 1st will receive a Certificate of their accomplishments at the Publico Awards Ceremony. April 1st is the deadline to log your Pro Bono hours and qualify for the Certificate. Contact the 3L Class Coordinator, Jamie Rudd (, if you need help logging your hours, or if you have any questions!

Now Accepting Nominations for the Pro Bono Publico Awards

The Pro Bono Board is now accepting nominations for the 2015-2016 Pro Bono Publico Awards! To learn about awards criteria, please visit 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 Nominations are due Saturday, April 2 at 5 p.m. Award winners will be announced during the Pro Bono Celebration in the Rotunda at 12 p.m. on April 13, 2016.

Welcome to Dean Kasprzak!

Please see the following message from Dean Novinsky, and join us in welcoming John Kasprzak as the Pro Bono Program’s interim advisor:

I am so happy to tell you that Dean Kasprzak will be taking over my responsibilities until a permanent replacement can be found. I want you all to know there is no better staff member at the law school who knows the Pro Bono Program as well as Dean Kasprzak. He has worked on numerous Pro Bono projects, worked closely with prior Board and PBAB members, and attended many of our academic break trips. He is a supporter of the Program’s goals and its mission. I am grateful he has agreed to take on these additional responsibilities. Please say hello as you will be working with him throughout the summer to get ready for the 2016-17 school year.

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

Project Connect – Orange County

Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 29, 9am-3pm

Hargraves Community Center, Chapel Hill

Project Connect is a one-day, one-stop center that connects people experiencing, or at risk of homelessness with a broad range of short and long-term services. These include housing, employment, health and dental care, mental health care, veterans’ and social service benefits, legal services, and more.

Through a unique community-wide partnership, Project Connect involves dozens of businesses, several hundred volunteers, local governments, faith-based communities, and service providers all in an effort to assist fellow community members end homelessness in Orange County.

Legal Aid of NC will offer a booth for guests to seek legal information and legal advice. Legal Aid is looking for law students to help interview guests. Spanish speakers are especially needed.

There was a training on Tuesday, March 22 at the law school. Students who were unable to attend the training can listen to a recording!

Interested students should sign up for 3 hours shifts beginning at 8:30-3:30. Legal Aid needs 6 students per shift. When signing up, please indicate if you speak other languages. Shifts include: 8:30-11:30, 11:30-1:30, 1:30-3:30. After signing up, please contact Molly Gross ( to get the recording of the training.

Please visit to sign up for this project.

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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