Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, September 8, 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.

Legal Intern with Chatham County Public Defender’s Office

Project Dates: Throughout the semester with an end date of November 21.
Approximate Hour Commitment: 10 Hours Per Week

Chatham County Public Defender’s Office is a small PD’s office located in Pittsboro. The office is looking for a law student interested in indigent criminal defense to assist in all areas of their practice, including client and witness interviews, legal research and writing, and trial preparation and assistance. There will be ample opportunity for courtroom observation. We are very flexible in terms of days and hours.

Country Conditions Research Project with Immigration Equality

Project Due Date: 12/1/2014
Hours Expected: 20
Number of Positions: 5

Immigration Equality works with LGBT and HIV-positive asylum-seekers. A key component of any successful asylum claim is to provide “country conditions information” about the country of origin that justify the asylum-seeker’s fear of returning. Immigration Equality is looking for five students to seek out this information from a number of African countries. Students will be provided with samples from prior work.

Tracking Intimate Partner Violence Homicides in NC with the NC Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Project Due Date: 12/1/2014
Hours Expected: 5
Number of Positions: 1

The NC Coalition Against DV, a statewide non-profit, tracks intimate partner violence homicides in NC each year in an effort to honor victims and raise awareness about the prevalence and severity of intimate partner violence. The student would search public information sources for news of intimate partner violence homicides and submit a brief report weekly.

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

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, crobrien@live.unc.edu

Innocence Project – Criminal Case Review Pro Bono Projects

Info Session/Mandatory Project Training, Sept. 18
12:00 p.m., Room 5046

The Innocence Project is having its information session and mandatory training session in Room 5046 on Thursday, September 18 during lunch. A representative from the North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence will present to and train the group. If you would like to be put on a case this semester, you must attend.

Contact: Caitlin Bernstein, cbernstein@unc.edu

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, lindsbro@live.unc.edu, or Caline Hou, caline.hou@unc.edu

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, fhyde@live.unc.edu

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.

Lawyer on the Line Pro Bono Project

Interest Meeting, Mon. Sept. 15
Noon, Room 5042
Training, Fri. Sept. 19
9:00 a.m. – noon, Room 4004 (recorded for those who cannot attend)

Lawyer on the Line is a new pro bono program in partnership with Legal Aid of North Carolina that is easily fits into the busy schedule of 2L and 3L students and provides the opportunity to work one-on-one with alumni attorneys on housing and employment law cases. Students who participate will improve their interviewing, research, and legal analysis skills by assisting clients with matters that only take a few hours a week. Lunch will be provided for training attendees.

Contact: lotlprojectmanager@gmail.com; Patrick Redmon, patrickredmon@gmail.com; Kinnari Bhojani, kbhojani@live.unc.edu

News and Special Events

Food Truck Rodeo

September 9, 2014
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
CDO (Clinic) Parking Lot

The Pro Bono Board is bringing you a Food Truck Rodeo!! We have five trucks coming: Captain Pancho’s Tacos, American Meltdown, Baguette-About-It, Wills and Pops, and Local Yogurt. 10% of the prohibits will benefit Pro Bono Special Trips, so come out to eat delicious food and talk to Pro Bono Board members!


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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