About the Office
The Office of Public Service Programs serves as the hub of pro bono activities.The Pro Bono Program is housed in the Office of Public Service Programs and provides numerous opportunities for students to perform pro bono service throughout the school year.
Assistant Dean for Public Service Programs
5023 Van Hecke-Wettach Hall
In its ongoing commitment to public service, Dean Boger has appointed Sylvia Novinsky as the school's first assistant dean for public service programs. Novinsky has been with the School of Law since 1996, after practicing public interest law representing migrant farm workers and immigrant workers in Virginia and New York. She served as the school's first public interest career counselor and in 2000, became the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. In her new role, she will combine these varied experiences to counsel, advise and support students interested in public service and public interest law, as well as continuing to foster the school's pro bono activities.
"As a great public law school, our tradition of public service is deep-rooted and core to our mission," noted Dean Novinsky. Upon graduation, approximately 20% of the class goes on to pursue careers in the public sector. While in school, approximately 50% of the student body performs pro bono service. Still, there are challenges for students and graduates who want to do public service, particularly as debt burdens at all law schools increase. "Helping students identify avenues for pursuing their commitments to pro bono and public service, and supporting them while they are doing so, is crucial," said Dean Novinsky. "Our students are following in the footsteps of many great Carolina Law alumni who have gone on to serve our state and the nation and we want to make sure we support them as they incorporate these values of serving the public in their own educational pursuits and legal careers."
Student Services Coordinator
5022 Van Hecke-Wettach Hall
Dorsey Bachenheimer is the Student Services Coordinator at the UNC School of Law, working with both the Office of Student Services and the Office of Public Services Programs. Hailing from New Bern, NC, Dorsey did her undergraduate work at Appalachian State University, graduating with a B.S. in 2007. Dorsey worked with Student Services/Public Service Programs from 2009 - 2012 and left for a graduate and professional student services position at Duke University. Dorsey couldn't stay away from the Carolina blue for long and rejoined the team in January 2014. Dorsey recently completed her M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration at NC State University with a specialization in Student Affairs, and is currently contemplating her next big academic adventure. Dorsey currently resides in Chapel Hill with her husband, two dogs (yellow lab & beagle) and enjoys running, live music, and is an avid fan of the television show Nashville.
Director of the Pro Bono Program
Office Hours: Wednesdays, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Kathleen grew up in Welcome, North Carolina and attended UNC Chapel Hill where she studied Women and Gender Studies, English, and Creative Writing. After graduation, Kathleen interned at the Children's Law Center of Central North Carolina, volunteered as a guardian ad litem in Davidson County, and worked for Family Services of Davidson County. During her time at UNC Law, Kathleen has continued to pursue interests in education law, child advocacy, criminal justice reform, immigration law, and domestic violence law.
Kathleen's passion for service and social justice naturally led her to the Pro Bono Program. As a former Special Trips Coordinator and Pro Bono Coordinator for the Domestic Violence Action Project, Kathleen has seen firsthand the impact of Pro Bono service on both students and community members across North Carolina. As Director, she looks forward to find new ways to engage students and lawyers in unmet legal needs. If she's not at the law school, you can find Kathleen cooking, reading, or enjoying the great outdoors