Pro Bono Program Alumni Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Alumni Newsletter: Monday, March 31, 2014

March Pro Bono Update

UNC Law students took part in a variety of pro bono opportunities during the month of March. Two groups of students participated in Spring Break Special Trips: one group drafted wills and advanced directives in western North Carolina, and a second group participated in expunction clinics in eastern North Carolina. Many other students took on individual spring break pro bono projects, working with organizations including Disability Rights North Carolina, the North Carolina Justice Center, and Legal Aid of North Carolina

As always, if you would like any additional information about the program or the photographs you see here, please feel free to visit our website. Thank you for your continued interest in the Pro Bono Program!

Sincerely,

Kelly Anderson
Pro Bono Program Alumni Coordinator

Featuring Our Alumni

Daniel Merlin '06 Name and Year of Graduation from UNC Law:

Daniel Merlin; 2006

Place of Employment:

Johnston, Allison & Hord, P.A., Charlotte, NC

Area of Practice:

Commercial real estate; financial services; corporate

Favorite class/professor in law school:

My favorite professor was Ken Broun (Evidence, Professional Responsibility, Advanced Topics in Torts). He made every topic he taught interesting and practical. He did an excellent job relating each point of law to real events, which kept us engaged and participating.

Pro Bono Experience in Law School:

I was involved with the Entrepreneurial Law Association throughout all three years of law school, eventually serving as President of the organization. We provided pro bono services to start-up companies (mostly non-profits), including preparing organizational documents, drafting employment agreements and addressing other legal issues often faced by new companies.

What inspired or prompted you to start doing pro bono work?

UNC Law taught me that we have skills others don’t, and it is our duty to share them with those who can’t afford our services. Our profession is an honorable one. One of the ways we maintain that honor is by providing access to justice for those who wouldn’t otherwise have such resources. So often the pro bono legal work we do is relatively simple to us, but means a great deal to our clients. I started doing pro bono work for the sake of the profession, but I’ve continued to do it because of the happiness it brings me when I see how grateful the clients are after we help ...

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Spring Break Special Trips

Over Spring Break, UNC Law students participated in pro bono clinics in Boone and Wilmington. In Boone, students held legal clinics over three days, drafting wills and advance directives for low-income clients. In Wilmington, students worked on a new project in conjunction with Legal Aid of North Carolina and the North Carolina Justice Center. These students facilitated a mobile clinic to determine expunction eligibility for local impoverished people and helped eligible clients begin the expunction process by filling out petitions for relief.

Spring Break Special Trip participants in Wilmington, NC
Spring Break Special Trip participants in Wilmington, NC
Spring Break Special Trip participants in Wilmington, NC
Spring Break Special Trip participants in Wilmington, NC
Spring Break Special Trip participants in Wilmington, NC
Spring Break Special Trip participants in Wilmington, NC
Spring Break 2014 Boone
Spring Break Special Trip participants in Boone, NC.

To learn more about the Pro Bono Program, including how you can be involved, email uncprobonoalumni@gmail.com.