Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, March 30, 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

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.

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

Sign Up for the 3L Pledge!

ATTENTION GRADUATING 3Ls! Make a pledge to continue your commitment to Pro Bono work by signing at You'll also have the opportunity to sign up to get Pro Bono updates and opportunities and hear about upcoming CLEs. If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Colley at

Save the Date: Pro Bono Celebration, April 8

Each year, the UNC School of Law Pro Bono Program celebrates the outstanding Pro Bono service of its community by soliciting nominations for students, student groups, faculty, and alumni who have demonstrated outstanding Pro Bono work. Recipients of the Pro Bono Publico Awards are honored at our annual Public Interest Reception and their stories are published in our Annual Report. This year's reception will be held on Wednesday, April 8, at 12 p.m. in the Law School Rotunda.

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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