May Pro Bono Update
For students, the month of May brought the best of times and the worst of times. Once we survived finals, UNC Law students scattered to enjoy graduation, spend time with friends and family, begin summer internships, and participate in the Joint Journal Competition (JJC).
Students have also used this time to participate in summer pro bono projects, including small claims representation for fast food workers and research projects on domestic violence and expunctions. The Community Legal Project, which also runs throughout the school year, continues to offer free legal information in conjunction with the Compass Center for Women and Families. Also, students have been helping to prepare for an Expunction Clinic to be held in Wilmington, North Carolina, in mid-June.
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!
Pro Bono Program Alumni Coordinator
Featuring Our Alumni
Name and Year of Graduation
from UNC Law:
Justin M. Puleo '11
Place of Employment:
Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP
Area of Practice:
Favorite class/professor in
Criminal Procedure with Professor Myers – for teaching me about fairness
and also greatly increasing my understanding and appreciation of The Wire
Pro Bono Experience in Law
In addition to participating in
various legal clinics at UNC, I volunteered with the Orleans Public Defenders,
and served on the board of a Chapel Hill nonprofit to earn more than 100 pro
bono hours during my time at UNC Law.
What inspired or prompted you
to start doing pro bono work?
I was fortunate that there was a very energetic Pro Bono board during my
time at Carolina which motivated much of my participation. Also, my classmate and now wife, Merab
Faulkner, was a Bonner Scholar at Davidson and inspired in me an ethos of
positive community change through service.
Congratulations, Graduating 3Ls!
On Saturday, May 10, at 10 a.m., the UNC Law Class of 2014 graduated at Carmichael Arena. Among the graduates were seven of the 2013-2014 Pro Bono Board Members:
Kelly Anderson (Alumni Outreach Coordinator, previous Special Trips Coordinator)
Sarah Colwell (Student Group Projects Coordinator, previous Attorney Projects Coordinator)
Belal Elrahal (Attorney Projects Coordinator)
James Jolley (Director, previous Winter & Spring Break Projects Coordinator)
Munashe Magarira (New Projects Development Coordinator, previous Special Trips Coordinator)
Ramona McGee (Winter & Spring Break Projects Coordinator)
Joey Polonsky (3L Class Coordinator, previous 1L Class Coordinator and 2L Class Coordinator)
Thank you, graduating Pro Bono Board Members, for your service and commitment to addressing unmet legal needs!
3L Graduating Pro Bono Board Members. L-R: Ramona McGee, Munashe Magarira, Sarah Colwell, Kelly Anderson, Joey Polonsky, James Jolley (and baby), Belal Elrahal, Dean Sylvia Novinsky (Program Advisor)
Graduating 3L Davis Society Pro Bono Board Members. L-R: Joey Polonsky, Sarah Colwell, James Jolley, Dean Sylvia Novinsky (Program Advisor)