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.
Sierra Lyda, 2L
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.