Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, August 31, 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. 

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

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

News and Special Events

Pro Bono Program Fall Food Truck Rodeo

September 16, 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 ( or Vinita Tandon (

1L Pro Bono Kickoff

September 2, 2016 at 12 p.m. in Room 5042.

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 swag!

Contact Laura Kessler at 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!

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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