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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. Each February, the director for the following academic year is chosen by interview process by the current board. Applications for open board positions are then solicited from the student body each March.

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

Graham is a 2L who originally hails from Memphis, Tennessee. He attended Davidson College and earned his B.A. in History and German Studies in 2014. After graduating, he worked as a paralegal at Womble Carlyle in Charlotte, an experience that helped guide him to UNC Law. His summer associate position was at Brooks Pierce in Raleigh.

At the law school, Graham is a staff member of the North Carolina Law Review, serves on the Lambda Law Students Association Board, and has learned the ways of an intramural champion under the tutelage of Professor Myers. Of course, he also participates actively in pro bono. His favorite projects have included Election Protection, the Lambda Name Change Clinic, and a matter with a firm to start a non-profit. Graham looks forward to working with attorneys and students to facilitate experiential learning while also assisting those in need of legal services.

Away from school, Graham often can be found either playing ultimate frisbee or trying to convince people that it is a sport. Otherwise, he enjoys running, watching his cats do cat things, and exploring Carrboro with his partner, Katie.

 

3L Class Coordinator

Brian Gamsey

Brian Gamsey, 3L

brgamsey@live.unc.edu

Brian is a 3L with an interest in corporate finance, technology transactions, mergers and acquisitions, privacy & security, and entrepreneurship. At the law school, he is a Dean's Fellow, Secretary of the Student Bar Association, and serves as an extern for the Carolina Angel Network. Previously, he served as a staff member of the North Carolina Law Review, President of the Entrepreneurial Law Association, and also served as an extern for the Kickstart Venture Services.

Brian graduated from the University of the Texas at Austin in 2006 with a B.B.A. in Finance and from the University of Georgia in 2009 with a M.P.A. in Nonprofit Management. Prior to law school, he worked in consulting, first for a Big 4 accounting firm and then for a healthcare start-up. Following his consulting work, he was the owner/operator of a bakery in Athens, GA.

Outside of law school, Brian's primary interests are learning about new cutting edge technologies, baking, and volunteering. He serves on the Board of Directors for several nonprofit organizations that focus on providing services and mentorship for at-risk youth. On weekends, you'll find him attending a concert in Carrboro or traveling to go watch his beloved Longhorns, Braves, Falcons, or Hawks compete.

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 communit ies 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.

1L Class Coordinator

Miranda Goot
         

Miranda Goot, 1L 

mgoot@live.unc.edu

Miranda grew up in Oldsmar, FL, before attending the University of Miami.  She graduated in 2016 with a B.S.B.A in Management Science and Ecosystem Science and Policy.  She interned in the business technology and software industries before leaving the Sunshine State to make the Tar Heel State her new home.   
As an undergraduate, Miranda was heavily involved in her school’s alternative breaks program and Camp Kesem.  Her love for community service and civic engagement spilled over into law school.  She hopes to engage UNC Law students in the community through the Pro Bono Program.  She has dipped her toes in pro bono work through the Cancer Project and cannot wait to make a splash with her fellow Tar Heels.   
Outside of law school, Miranda enjoys recording her cooking adventures on Instagram with plenty of food puns and and exploring her new home by bike, bus, car, and foot.

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

Hailing from Knoxville, Tennessee, Will graduated from Furman University in 2009 and immediately commissioned as second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Will served as a UH60 Blackhawk pilot and company commander at both Fort Bragg, North Carolina and during two deployments to Afghanistan.

As an "old man," Will had a chance to reflect on regrets from his undergraduate days. Chief among those regrets was a failure to commit adequate time to causes that mattered after graduation. Will has tried to right that wrong by participating in the Pro Bono Program. In addition to pro bono work, Will is also a staff member on the North Carolina Law Review and a member of the Carolina Public Interest Law Organization (CPILO).

Outside of school, Will enjoys spending time with his wife, Claire and their malodorous lab, Knox, as well as hiking, camping, cooking, reading, and trying to play the banjo (not going well).

Student Group Projects Coordinator

Veronica Barkley 
Veronica Barkley, 2L

va2987a@live.unc.edu

Veronica grew up in Rochester, New York, and graduated from American University in 2011 with a B.A. in Political Science. Following graduation, Veronica worked for several years in human resources and government contracts.

During Veronica's 1L year, participating in pro bono was one of her favorite experiences because of the opportunity to give back to her community.

Veronica moved to Durham, North Carolina last May and hopes to remain in the Triangle after graduation. Outside of law school, Veronica enjoys spending time with family and friends and her very spoiled Italian Mastiff.


Public Relations Coordinator

Jeff Miles

Jeff Miles, 2Lmilesjd@live.unc.edu

Jeff grew up in Chelmsford, Mass., and Cary, N.C., before earning his undergraduate degree in Journalism and Geography at UNC in 2012. After graduation, Jeff worked as a marketing and web development professional in state government for four years, before returning to UNC for law school.

At the law school, Jeff is also a Dean's Fellow, a member of the North Carolina Law Review, and involved with the Lambda Law Students Association. He has done pro bono work with the N.C. Center on Actual Innocence, N.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and UNC Center for Civil Rights among others.

Outside of school, Jeff enjoys spending time with his partner and dog, honing his skills as a home cook and baker, and reading just about anything he can get his hands on.

Special Trips Coordinators

Kelly Hebrank
       
Kelly Hebrank, 2Lkrh23@live.unc.edu

Kelly grew up in Durham, NC. She graduated from Colorado College in 2007 with a degree in Anthropology. After college, she moved to western North Carolina, and worked in the outdoor industry for nine years prior to law school.

At UNC, Kelly is a member of the Holderness Moot Court Civil Rights Team, and interned with Legal Aid of Sylva, NC, during the summer of 2017. Her experiences with pro bono projects inspired her to join the Pro Bono board, to help facilitate bringing together law students, attorneys, and clients, and to give back to the greater North Carolina community.

In her free time Kelly enjoys being outside with her dog.


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

A Raleigh native, Rana graduated from North Carolina State University double majoring in Political Science and Accounting, concentrating in Financial Analysis. Before starting law school, Rana worked at her father's accounting firm.

During her first year of law school, Rana took part in the Cancer Project, VITA, and Winter Break Pro Bono. After her first year of law school she split her summer and interned at the North Carolina Department of Justice and ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Outside of law school, Rana enjoys staying active, whether that be outdoors or at the gym, listening to podcasts, eating ice cream, and spending time with her family and friends.   


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, Dean's Fellows Coordinator, 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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