Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, September 28, 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.

Special Education Funding

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 the issues of: (1) whether the plaintiffs have standing under the Establishment Clause to assert their claims; (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 only 3Ls, and requires a 20-hour total time commitment.

Southeast Asian Coalition Citizenship Fair

The Southeast Asian Coalition will be hosting a citizenship fair on October 25, from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., at Asian Corner Mall in Charlotte. The fair will help to naturalize members of the Southeast Asian community. Volunteers will help clients fill out the citizenship application (N-400), as well as fee waivers, if needed. Volunteers will need to attend a training beforehand on how to complete these forms. Volunteers would be greatly helping the Southeast Asian immigrant and refugee community through this opportunity. Send an email to Monica at mbvong14@gmail.com if you are interested or have any other questions.

This project is open to all classes, can be completed on site in Charlotte, and requires a total time commitment of 6 hours.

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.

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.

Get trained to help the NC Center on Actual Innocence!

The Center on Actual Innocence works to exonerate victims of wrongful convictions by investigating claims of actual innocence. Student Pro Bono volunteers will complete a careful review of files according to set criteria and guidelines, and present their conclusions to supervising attorneys. For more information on the Center on Actual Innocence visit http://www.nccai.org/.

Training for students will take place from 12-12:50 on September 29 and September 30 at the School of Law in room 5042. Students can attend either of the trainings.

Winter Break Opportunities

Interest Meeting: October 6 at 12 p.m. in Room 5046

Winter Break Trip: December 14-16

Winter Break Projects Sign-Up: November 12 starting at 7 a.m. in the Rotunda

Winter Break Projects to be completed December 14-January 8

Keep Logging Those Hours!

  • Class of 2016: 13,643.5 hours logged, and 83.1% class participation.
  • Class of 2017: 6,046 hours logged, and 73.4% class participation.
  • Class of 2018: 65.4 hours logged, and 5.7% 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.

New 1L Class Coordinator!

The Pro Bono Board is proud to announce the 2015-2016 1L Class Coordinator, Miles Wobbleton! Miles has exciting new ideas for engaging the Class of 2018 in Pro Bono at UNC. Congratulations, Miles!


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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