Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, September 21, 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 uncprobonoprojects@gmail.com.

Case Briefs for U.S. Court of Appeals, Advocate for Justice New York

This is a Federal Court case involving the alleged diversion of funding from public schools in the East Ramapo Central School District (NY State) by the school board to private, religious schools. There is an appeal by the defendants pending on questions of: (1) whether the plaintiffs have standing under the Establishment Clause to assert their claims; and (2) whether the defendant school board members have legislative or qualified immunity. The project involves preparing 1-2 page case briefs for each of 54 cases in the plaintiff-appellees’ brief. 

This project can be completed remotely, is open to 2Ls and 3Ls only, and requires a 12-hour total time commitment.

Student Group-Sponsored Projects

If you would like your project to appear below, please contact Allie Weller, Group Projects Coordinator, at aweller3@live.unc.edu.

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 (ckhou@live.unc.edu) or Bethany Boring (Bboring01@unc.edu).

News and Special Events

Ultimate Pro Bono Bucket List!

10 Things Every Law School Student Should Experience Before Graduating

Be the first five students in our class to complete all 10 Items on the Ultimate Pro Bono Bucket List and be recognized for the feat you’ve accomplished AND receive a PRIZE!

Contact Olivia Taylor (oetaylor@live.unc.edu) or Jamie Rudd (jerudd@live.unc.edu) with questions.

Winter Break Trip Interest Meeting

October 8 at noon in Room 5046

Tentative Trip Dates: December 14-16

Contact Will Norrell (norrell@live.unc.edu) or Vinita Tandon (vinita17@live.unc.edu) with questions.

Keep Logging Those Hours!

  • Class of 2016: 13,295.5 hours logged, and 82.5% class participation.
  • Class of 2017: 6,072 hours logged, and 73.9% class participation.
  • Class of 2018: 29.5 hours logged, and 7.1% class participation.

Fall Break Pro Bono Opportunities Interest Meeting

September 28, 2015

12:00 p.m. in Room 4085

Come learn about ways you can get involved with Pro Bono during Fall Break.

Contact Madison Waller (madisonwaller@unc.edu) if you are unable to attend the meeting or have any questions.

Pro Bono Alumni Board Networking Social

September 25, 2015

6:30-8:30 p.m. at Yesteryears (http://www.yesteryearsbrewery.com/)

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! Suggested attire is business casual. We look forward to seeing you there!

Second Chance and Expunction Pro Bono Opportunities Interest Meeting

September 24, 2015

4:00 p.m. in Room 5042

Come learn about ways you can get involved with second chance and expunction Pro Bono opportunities at UNC. This interest meeting will highlight the ways in which you can get involved immediately as well as the ways in which these initiatives will evolve as the year goes on. Students may get involved contacting clients directly about their eligibility for Legal Aid’s Second Chance Project, drafting petitions for relief, and following up with client’s about the the ways in which an expunction or Certificate for Relief is working to combat collateral consequences arising out of criminal justice involvement. This is a fabulous opportunity for all class years to engage at different points in the second chance process! To learn more about collateral consequences and the importance of expunctions, visit http://www.ncjustice.org/?q=second-chance-alliance/collateral-consequences-explained. If you are interested in Legal Aid's Second Chance Employment and Housing Project, visit http://equaljusticeworks.org/node/83188.

Contact Hillary Dawe, dawe@live.unc.edu, if you cannot attend the meeting or have any questions.


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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