Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, September 29, 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 uncprobonoprojects@gmail.com.

Project Connect 2014

Legal Aid of North Carolina (Pittsboro)

Description: Project Connect is a one-day, one-stop center that connects people experiencing, or at risk of homelessness with a broad range of short and long-term services. These include housing, employment, health and dental care. One component of the program is the provision of legal services. Students will work with a supervising attorney to help with this provision. Since 2007, the event has served over 1,100 people in Orange County.

Time: 1 training on Oct. 7 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Slots are available on Oct. 9 from 9:00-11:00 a.m.; 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.; and 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Spanish/English Translation for Domestic Violence Victims

Legal Aid of North Carolina

Description: There is a current need for a bilingual translator to volunteer to conduct interviews and facilitate communications between the staff and attorneys and their clients. Hours are flexible and based on your schedule. Possible activities: translating client interviews, attending court to translate to client (not for official court purposes), translating documents and orders when issued.

Time: 2 hours of commitment per week.

Student Group-Sponsored Projects

If you would like your project to appear below, please contact Nicole Daniels, Group Projects Coordinator, at n.daniels@unc.edu.

Community Legal Project

Interest Meeting/Training, Sept. 10
12:00 p.m., Room 4085

CLP pairs law students with clients at the Compass Center for Women & Families in Chapel Hill. Students conduct intake interviews, research legal questions, and prepare informational memos for clients in the areas of family law (domestic violence, custody, divorce, etc.) and landlord-tenant law. CLP gives student hands-on experience working with real clients and real legal issues. Come to the meeting to learn more about the program and sign up to work with a client this semester!

Contact: Leah Arnold, larnold@live.unc.edu, or Caline Hou, caline.hou@unc.edu

HLLSA - NALEO Naturalization Clinic

Training, Sept. 30
5:00 - 6:30 p.m., Room 5046

Clinic, Oct. 4
8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Sign up for a shift at the upcoming Naturalization clinic. Spend a shift or the whole day at the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (312 Annapolis Drive, Raleigh, NC 27608). Please register and let Andrea Smith at andreasl@live.unc.edu know you are coming to the training before Sept. 30. Register online and see more information at our Facebook event.

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 klockwoo@live.unc.edu, or Sylvia Novinsky, Assistant Dean of Public Service Programs, at snovinsk@email.unc.edu.

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 http://bit.ly/electionprotection2014 to participate!

Contact: Gabriel Kussin, kussin@live.unc.edu

Winter Break Opportunities

Information Session, Oct. 9
12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Room 5046

Come hear about the variety of Pro Bono opportunities available over winter break - namely, the Winter Break Special Trip and Winter Break Projects! Come hear from Pro Bono Board members and past participants about sign-ups, applications, deadlines, experiences, skills, fun, and more!

Contact: Jamie Rudd and Madison Waller, unclawtrips2014@gmail.com; Hillary Dawe, uncprobono@gmail.com

News and Special Events

Congratulations to the 2014 Pro Bono Award Winners!

Legal Aid of North Carolina, Legal Services of the Southern Peidmont, and the Council for Children's Rights hosted the third annual Pro Bono Awards this month, honoring attorneys, firms, and volunteers for their outstanding service. Read more about the awards and their winners!


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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