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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Alcohol-Facilitated Sexual Assault: Introducing a Toxicology Expert
AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women
Time: 20 Hours
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
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 email@example.com.
Student Groups are looking for Pro Bono Coordinators!
Please contact Nicole Daniels at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in finding out which student groups are currently recruiting a 2015-2016 Pro Bono coordinator!
Patent Search and Analysis for UNC Office of Technology Development
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 email@example.com.
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 http://goo.gl/forms/9aK6vtygcq. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.