Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, September 15, 2014

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!

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

Prosecuting Elder Abuse


AREAS OF LAW: Criminal Law; Domestic Violence; Elder Issues

EXPLANATION: AEquitas is looking for a student to assist with compiling statutes related the perpetration of abuse against vulnerable and elder adults. The prosecution of crimes of elder abuse is unique and requires an understanding of the available and specific charges to hold offenders accountable. This compilation will include an introduction to the issue, full text of specific criminal charges related to elder abuse, related charges, and any necessary analysis for the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Territories, federal, and military law.

COMMITMENT: 15 Hours; Due Date: 10/31/2014


Lawyer on the Line

Legal Aid of North Carolina

EXPLANATION: Students will work one-on-one with alumni attorneys on housing and employment law cases. Students will interview clients, research the clients’ legal issues, and provide the client with concrete steps that the client can take to resolve his or her legal problem.

COMMITMENT: Training will be September 19th from 9:00 – 12:00. Lunch with supervising attorneys will be provided! There is an additional 2-3 hours of commitment for each case accepted (each case takes approximately 2-3 weeks to complete).


Expunction Eligibility Telephone Screening for Fall Break Trip

Legal Aid of North Carolina

EXPLANATION: Help screen applicants for the Pro Bono Program’s Fall Break Expunction Trip in October. These crucial screenings will help determine the financial eligibility of applicants and will help Legal Aid serve as many inpiduals as possible during our Fall Break Trip.

COMMITMENT: A training on how to perform screenings will be held on Monday, September 15th from 4:15 PM – 5:00 PM. After that there is a 5.0 hour commitment.


Student Group-Sponsored Projects

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

Consumer and Commercial Law Society – Fraud Fighters Pro Bono Project

Training Session, Sept. 15
12:00 p.m., Room 4051

Come join the CCLS for a Fraud Fighters training session led by Caroline Farmer, the Deputy Director of the North Carolina Attorney General's office! Learn about fraud and identity theft avoidance so you can make presentations at local retirement homes and community centers to help seniors protect themselves. A great way to serve our community, and to practice your public speaking skills.

Contact: Claire O'Brien,

Domestic Violence Action Project – Ex Parte Pro Bono Project

Project Training, Sept. 16 and 17
6:00-8:00 p.m., Room 5046

Volunteers will help local victim services coordinators file ex parte orders for domestic violence survivors. Participants can volunteer at either the Orange County Sheriff’s Office or at the Durham Crisis Response Center.

Contact: Lindsey Brown,, or Caline Hou,

Women In Law – Girls Scout Mock Trial Project

Info Session, TBD
Event, October 11

The Girl Scout Mock Trial is an annual event that WIL hosts. The event consists of three activities, including a mock trial that the Girl Scouts will take part in, geared at teaching young girls about the law and law school in general. An informational session will be soon to come to get volunteers to be a part of the planning committee and for the day of the event.

Contact: Felicia Hyde,

Labor & Employment Law Association - Unemployment Insurance Benefits (UIB) Pro Bono Project

Project Training, Sept. 26
1:00 - 4:00 p.m., Room 5042

1Ls, 2Ls and 3Ls are invited to participate in a pro bono project with Legal Aid of North Carolina’s Pittsboro office, where students will be representing clients on unemployment insurance matters before an administrative hearing officer, under the supervision of a licensed attorney. This is an excellent opportunity for students to get practical legal experience by preparing for and conducting benefits hearings. To participate in the pro bono project, it is necessary to attend this training.

Contact: Lauren Tonon,

Pro Bono Program Initiatives

The Pro Bono Program maintains a variety of initiatives throughout the school year in a variety of subject areas. For more information about any of these initiatives please contact Kathleen Lockwood, Program Director, at, or Sylvia Novinsky, Assistant Dean of Public Service Programs, at

Fall Break Trip Applications are Now Open!
Open Until Sept. 24.

Applications are now open for the Pro Bono Program’s Fall Break Trip to Wilmington, NC on October 16 and 17! This two day Expunction Clinic will allow you to have real-world client interaction and help meet one of the greatest unmet legal needs facing our state.

Contact: Gabriel Kussin,

Fall Break Expunction Clinic Screening

Screening Training, Sept. 15
4:15 - 5:00 p.m., Room 5048

Want to help screen clients for our Fall Break Clinic from the comfort of your own home? Then come to our training TODAY at 4:15 in Room 5048. This short training will train you help you learn how to do eligibility screenings for Legal Aid in preparation for our Fall Break Trip and Expunction Clinic in Wilmington, North Carolina. All screenings are done over the phone and take less than an hour! It’s a great way to interact with clients and get involved! If you would like to sign up…

Contact: Gabriel Kussin,

Election Protection Signups and Trainings

Trainings: Oct. 29 and Oct. 30
5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Room 5048 (please note that you MUST attend only one of these sessions)

The UNC Center for Civil Rights and the UNC Pro Bono Program are proud to once again participate in the non-partisan Election Protection Hotline on Election Day on November 4. We’ll be shutting down the CDO offices and manning the phones talking to voters around the state and the country to help them through voting issues. To sign up for one or more 2-hour shifts for election day, visit to participate!

Contact: Gabriel Kussin,

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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