Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, September 14, 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

Biking While Black

The League of American Bicyclists is interested in whether demographic information on bicycling-related traffic enforcement is available in major cities and if patterns of disproportionate enforcement activity are common. This project would involve requesting available demographic information on bicycling-related traffic citations from major cities and reporting on findings about the demographics of persons cited. Depending upon the results it may also involve comparisons of city laws and/or policies that might explain different enforcement patterns and suggest solutions to the problem of “bicycling while black.”

Time Commitment: 30 hours/total

Remote Location

Divorce Project

UNC Law Public Service Programs and Legal Aid of North Carolina are partnering to hold a Pro Bono Divorce Project this spring. Students will have the opportunity to interview and represent low-income clients in simple divorces. Students will interview clients, draft pleadings, and 2L and 3L students will conduct divorce hearings under attorney supervision.  

Time Commitment: 1 training at a noon lunch hour; 1 night of clinic meeting with clients, and 1 afternoon conducting clinic hearings.

Student Group-Sponsored Projects

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

Healthcare Navigator Program Interest Meeting

Carolina Health Law Organization

September 15, 12:00 p.m. in the Rumpus Room

The Carolina Health Law Organization is hosting an interest meeting for the Health Care Navigator Pro Bono Project. Health Care Navigators assist individuals in the registration process for health insurance in the market created by the Affordable Care Act. Participation in this project is a great opportunity to familiarize yourself with the Affordable Care Act, and to gain experience working one-on-one with clients. If you’re interested, please come hear information on how to become certified Health Care Navigator, and the upcoming registration projects in which you can participate.

Legal Observer Training

National Lawyers Guild

September 28, 12:00 p.m. in Room 4082

Come join UNC’s National Lawyers Guild for a Legal Observer training. Legal observing is NLG’s long-standing Pro Bono service project. Wherever protesters are interacting with law enforcement, there is a heightened risk of constitutional violations occurring. Legal observers work to deter law enforcement from committing such violations by documenting police behavior at demonstrations. NLG attorneys also often provide Pro Bono legal defense to protesters who are arrested, and Legal Observer documentation can be used as evidence to tell the story of what really happened.

Community Legal Project

Compass Center for Women and Families

The Community Legal Project (CLP) partners with the Compass Center for Women and Families to provide free legal information to Compass Center clients. Students will interview clients, research legal questions related to family law and landlord/tenant law issues, and compose an informational memo that will be reviewed by a licensed attorney. This is a great project for students interested in gaining research and writing skills and students who enjoy interacting with clients! This project requires various hours throughout the semester.

For more information, please contact Caline Hou ( or Bethany Boring (

Student Know Your Rights Cards

ACLU of North Carolina

20-30 Hours this Semester

Help ACLU and Legal Aid create student-friendly documents that will help them understand their First Amendment, privacy, and disciplinary rights by compiling information cards.

For more information, please contact Lindsie Trego (

Student-Parent Self Advocacy Packets

ACLU of North Carolina

25-35 Hours this Semester

Help ACLU and Legal Aid create packets to help parents advocate for their children in the often complicated educational bureaucracy. These packets will include step-by-step instructions and necessary documents for a variety of situations students and parents face.

For more information, please contact Lindsie Trego (

Cancer Pro Bono Project Interest Meeting

September 17, 2015

Noon in Room 5042

This project is an amazing way to build client counseling and drafting skills, meet attorneys, and most importantly, to help cancer patients and their families in a time of great need. At the meeting, you'll get to meet their board, learn more details about the project, and find out how you can get involved. Plus, there will be dessert!

Contact with questions.

News and Special Events

Pro Bono Program Fall Food Truck Rodeo

September 16
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
CDO Parking Lot

Featuring: Chirba Chirba, Hibachi Express, Parlez-Vous Crepe, Captain Ponchos Tacos, and Local Yogurt. Percentage of proceeds will assist Winter/Spring Break Pro Bono Trips.

Contact Will Norrell ( or Vinita Tandon (

1L Class Coordinator Interest Meeting

September 14, 2015

Noon 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 find out more about the 1L Class Coordinator position and the application process. Applications go live Monday, September 14!

Contact Jamie Rudd ( or Olivia Taylor ( with questions.

Keep Logging Those Hours!

  • Class of 2016: 13,272.5 hours logged, and 82.5% class participation.
  • Class of 2017: 5,921.5 hours logged, and 72.8% class participation.
  • Class of 2018: we are excited to see your results!

Pro Bono Alumni Board Networking Social

September 25, 2015, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Yesteryears


Save the Date — The Pro Bono Alumni Board invites you to come out and network with attorneys committed to encouraging Pro Bono work at our school and in our state. We have the whole inside reserved and a $1 off pints special will be in effect, as well as free snacks! We look forward to seeing you there!

Pathways to Pro Bono CLE

September 18, 2015

1:00 - 4:30 p.m. in Room 5042

The Pro Bono Program invites you to a free CLE on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. Participants can attend an Ethical Issues Presentation and one of three Pro Bono project trainings: Cancer Project, Veterans Child Support Modification Project, or Safe Child Immigrant Project. Participants will receive three hours of CLE credit. One hour of those three will be categorized as professional responsibility. Feel free to send any questions about this event to Sylvia Novinsky ( Registration is required for this event is free. Register for this event at

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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