Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, April 13, 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. For those of you not graduating, look for the Pro Bono Newsletter upon your return in the fall!

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

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.

Student Group-Sponsored Projects

If you would like your project to appear below, please contact Nicole Daniels, Group Projects Coordinator, at

Patent Search and Analysis for UNC Office of Technology Development


Time: variable
Location: UNC Office of Technology Development for training and then Remote

The UNC Office of technology development is looking for people with engineering, electrical, and especially electrical engineering backgrounds to assist in patent searching and analysis. Come learn the basics of what you would be doing as a patent attorney. All class years are welcome, training will be provided!

For more information, email Daniel Cole at

Pro Bono Program Initiatives

Summer Cancer Pro Bono Project Clinics

The Cancer Project is holding 3 clinics this summer! If you are working or studying in the local area this summer, please consider volunteering with us. Summer is a great time to get involved with Cancer Project clinics if you’ve had class conflicts this year! Clinics will be held on May 29, June 26, and July 24. Morning, afternoon, or full-day shifts are available to students who are already trained to volunteer with the Cancer Pro Bono Project.

Please contact Alison Melvin at if you are interested in volunteering.

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

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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