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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
D.C. Residential Foreclosure Case
Students will research the legal standard required to establish that one is a holder in due course of a residential mortgage in DC and in general (with reference to treatises and other materials).
Rape Kit Preservation and Anonymous Kit Testing
Students will work with AEquitas to compile statutes, guidelines, protocols, and directives relating to victims who undergo a sexual assault forensic examination (SAFE) are often asked whether they want to report to law enforcement, sometimes within a prescribed period of time. If the victim elects to take time to consider whether s/he wants to engage law enforcement, or if the victim chooses not to contact law enforcement, the SAFE Kit is stored.
Coercion in Cases of Violence Against Women
Students will work with AEquitas to compile statutes and case law relating to the several statutes prohibiting an offender’s utilization of coercion in the commission of criminal activity. Although the word coercion is frequently encountered in laws and criminal cases, its application in prosecutions of gender-based violence has historically been tenuous, only more recently gaining traction in crimes including sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and human trafficking.
Research the Evolution of the Rule of Professional Responsibility in Response to Evolving Technology
Evolving technology has made the practice of law simpler and quicker in a host of ways. However, it has also led to complications as our established Rules of Professional Responsibility must struggle to keep up with each advancement. Help us research some of these emerging issues and related ethics rulings from North Carolina. The student will have the opportunity to work with attorneys at the Second Chance Project to craft a best practices guide after completing their research.
Student Group-Sponsored Projects
If you would like your project to appear below, please contact Allie Weller, Group Projects Coordinator, at email@example.com.
News and Special Events
Pro Bono Program Fall Food Truck Rodeo
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the CDO Parking Lot.
Featuring: Chirba Chirba,
Hibachi Express, Parlez-Vous Crepe, Captain Ponchos Tacos, and Local Yogurt. A
percentage of proceeds will support Pro Bono Trips.
Contact Will Norrell
(firstname.lastname@example.org) or Vinita Tandon (email@example.com).
1L Pro Bono Kickoff
September 2, 2016 at 12 p.m. in
Come celebrate the Kickoff
of the Pro Bono Program with the Pro Bono Board and some very special guests.
At the Kickoff, learn about the Pro Bono Program, meet other 1Ls, and get cool
Contact Laura Kessler at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
1L Class Coordinator Interest Meeting
September 14, 2016 at 12 p.m.
in Room 4004.
The Pro Bono Board will
select a member of the Class of 2018 to serve on the UNC Pro Bono Board as 1L
Class Coordinator. Come to this interest meeting to find out more about the
position and the application process.
Keep Logging Those Hours!
Class of 2016: 12,408 hours logged,
and 80% class Pro Bono participation.
Class of 2017: 5,205.5 hours
logged, and 72% class Pro Bono participation.
Class of 2018: we are
excited to get your results!