UNC Law students toured the Lincoln Heights neighborhood near Laurinburg, N.C., during the spring break 2012 wills trip.
Jon Sink 3L scans land records during the wills trip in eastern North Carolina over spring break 2012.
Jamie Denvir 2L buys lunch at the Food Truck Rodeo in spring 2012. The Food Truck Rodeo is an important fund raiser for the Pro Bono Program.
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.
We believe that a vigorous and active legal system that addresses issues affecting
citizens is the cornerstone of a healthy democracy. Pro bono
legal service ensures that individuals who have neither economic nor political means have
the opportunity to actually pursue legal claims and rights. Through pro bono work, the legal system can inform the political spectrum of critical
societal issues that would not otherwise be addressed.
Additionally, access to legal assistance is a critical determinant of
the efficacy of the laws created by the political process. Providing
legal assistance to those unable to afford it ensures that
democratically chosen legal protections protect all citizens. Our goal is to
encourage all law students to incorporate service to the
community into their practice.
Every lawyer has a professional responsibility to provide legal services to those unable to pay. A lawyer should aspire to render at least 50 hours of pro bono publico legal services per year.