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2017-2018 Pro Bono Board
2017-2018 Pro Bono Board

The Pro Bono Program is administered by a 13-student board and one faculty supervisor who work throughout the year with community partners, legal aid offices, law school student groups, professors, alumni, private attorneys, and fellow students to facilitate individual pro bono projects, special clinics, and group trips in which students can participate. Each February, the director for the following academic year is chosen by interview process by the current board from those currently serving board members who apply for the position. Applications for open board positions are then solicited from the student body each March, and open positions are filled by interview process by the current board.

BOARD MEMBERs

Student Director

Seth Morris

Seth Morris, 3L
sethmorris91@gmail.com

Seth is a 3L with an interest in environmental law, government relations, planning and land use, and real estate. At the law school, he is a Dean's Fellow, a member of the North Carolina Journal of International Law, and serves on the board of the Environmental Law Project. He also served as an intern with the NC Department of Justice.

Seth graduated from the University of the South in 2013 with a B.A. in Political Science and Environmental Policy. Prior to law school, he worked in state politics, first as a campaign manager and then as a legislative assistant.

Outside of law school, Seth's primary interests are land conservation, politics, and North Carolina barbecue. He serves on committees for both the Conservation Trust of North Carolina and the Triangle Land Conservancy. On weekends you'll find him hiking, going to UNC sporting events, or smoking whole hogs over hardwood coals.

Attorney Projects Coordinator

 Graham Whittington

Graham Whittington, 2L
gwhitt@live.unc.edu

 

3L Class Coordinator

Brian Gamsey
Brian Gamsey, 3L  brgamsey@live.unc.edu

2L Class Coordinator

Sierra Lyda

Sierra Lyda, 2L
slyda@live.unc.edu

Sierra grew up in Hendersonville, NC. She graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in December, 2015, with a B.A. in Psychology and Interpersonal and Organizational Communications. She also completed the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business Essentials Program, receiving certification in 2014. During her undergraduate career, Sierra participated in an honors study abroad program in Rome, Italy, and interned in San Francisco, California, for the web-based company Airbnb. After graduation, she returned home to Hendersonville for a few months and coached the girls’ soccer team at Apple Valley Middle School. A former player herself, she loved getting to shape the soccer program that once shaped her.

Sierra was attracted to the Pro Bono Program because it gives students a chance to gain invaluable legal experience while giving back to the communities around them. As the 1L Class Coordinator, Sierra is looking forward to helping her peers get connected, both with classmates outside of their respective colleges and with local attorneys, in a way that will leave a lasting positive impact. When she is not attending class or reading in preparation for class, she spends her time playing soccer and tennis, attending Zumba classes, painting, and drawing.


Alumni Outreach Coordinator

Megan Bishop       

Megan Bishop, 3L 
mbishop2@live.unc.edu

Megan grew up in Stuart, Florida, and she graduated from Florida Atlantic University Wilkes Honors College in 2012 with a B.A. in Liberal Arts and History. After graduation, Megan moved to Miami to serve as an AmeriCorps member in City Year Miami, an education reform non-profit. She continued for two years at City Year as the site Evaluation Manager.

Megan's life-long commitment to public service and social justice stems from her relationship with her brother Ian, who was born with special needs. She has participated in the Cancer Project, a transgender name change clinic, as well as taking on projects with community organizations. In fact, the very first pro bono project Megan took on her 1L year resulted in a summer internship. This year, Megan looks forward to connecting students to meaningful projects that create powerful change in the lives of clients and the broader community.

When she's not studying or organizing for myriad student organizations, Megan likes to garden with her husband, cook delicious vegan foods, and peruse local bookshops.

Special Projects Coordinators


Elizabeth Paillere
Elizabeth Paillere, 3L
emariep@live.unc.edu

Elizabeth grew up in Anchorage, AK. She graduated with her Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting in 2012. For the five years prior to law school, Elizabeth spent her time volunteering for her husband’s unit on Fort Bragg, NC. Elizabeth’s desire to serve led her to apply to UNC Law for the sole purpose of applying to the JAG Corps with the Army in an effort to continue a life of service. Elizabeth is drawn to projects that enable her to be a part of something bigger than herself, which is precisely the reason she wanted to be involved with the Pro Bono Program.

When Elizabeth is not in class or studying, Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her husband and her two children.
Will Walker
Will Walker, 2L

Student Group Projects Coordinator

Veronica Barkley 
Veronica Barkley, 2L

va2987a@live.unc.edu

Public Relations Coordinator

Jeff Miles

Jeff Miles, 2L milesjd@live.unc.edu

Special Trips Coordinators

Kelly Hebrank
       
Kelly Hebrank, 2L krh23@live.unc.edu

Rana Odeh 
Rana Odeh, 2L  rjodeh2@live.unc.edu

Winter & Spring Break Projects Coordinator

James Wudel
       

James Wudel, 3L

jwudel@live.unc.edu

James is a 2L who is working on making a home in Durham with his wife Molly. He graduated from Davidson College with a BA in English, and he spent several years working abroad for an environmental non-profit. He was drawn to UNC by the institution's deep commitment to public service, and is looking forward to becoming more engaged in the law school and the legal community. Outside of law school, James can often be found playing various stringed instruments, riding a bike, or reading science fiction.

    

Director of Pro Bono Initiatives

Allison Standard

Allison Standard, J.D. '09
standard@email.unc.edu

Allison is a double Tar Heel, graduating with a BA in Political Science from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2006 and graduating from UNC School of Law with honors in 2009. Following graduation, Allison practiced law at North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services, most recently serving as the Assistant Director of Post-Conviction Litigation.

Allison joined the law school staff in 2016, and she serves as advisor to the Pro Bono Program. As a student, she was a member of the Pro Bono Board, was President of the Carolina Public Interest Law Organization, and worked as a Research Assistant with the Office of Public Service Programs. Allison has also been a member of UNC School of Law's Pro Bono Alumni Board, joining the board at its inception in 2012 and serving as chairperson from 2014-2015.

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