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Recognition of Outstanding Pro Bono Service

The Pro Bono Program tracks the number of hours completed by each law student in order to recognize outstanding pro bono service. Those who perform more than 75 hours of pro bono service while in law school are recognized by the North Carolina Bar Association at the public service reception held at the end of each school year. Furthermore, students who complete 100 or more hours of pro bono service while in law school are individually acknowledged at law school graduation.

Students completing 50 or more hours during their law school career also receive special notations on their official transcripts. Students transcripts are updated annually on July 1. Only hours reported as of the last day of spring exams will count toward the transcript notation. 

Sylvia K. Novinsky Award

Qualifications

The Sylvia K. Novinsky Award goes to a Carolina Law student that is graduating in December or May of the current academic year. Nominations for this award may be submitted by any member of the Carolina Law community (including alumni) as well as any legal organization that participates in the UNC School of Law Pro Bono Program. The Sylvia K. Novinsky Award is selected based on his or her continued pro bono service, the diversity of his or her pro bono service, as well as his or her impact on fellow students, the school, and/or the community.

Past Recipients

  • 2014: Charlotte Stewart
  • 2013: D.J. Dore
  • 2012: Erika Jones
  • 2011: Robert Lamb & Angie Spong
  • 2010: Vivian Intermont
  • 2009: Allison Standard
  • 2008: Amily McCool
  • 2007: Joyce Kung
  • 2006: LeeAnne Quattrucci
  • 2005: Carmen Hoyme
  • 2004: Allison Kidd & Robert Shaw
  • 2003: Sewell Spradlin

UNC School of Law Pro Bono Professor/Faculty Member of the Year

Qualifications

Any Carolina Law professor (full-time or adjunct) or faculty member may be nominated for the Professor/Faculty Member of the Year Award. Nominations for this award may be submitted by any member of the Carolina Law community (including alumni) as well as any legal organization that participates in the UNC School of Law Pro Bono Program. The Professor/Faculty Member of the Year is selected with the following criteria in mind:

  • Dedication to the development and delivery of legal aid to the poor through pro bono service;
  • Contribution to developing innovative approaches to the delivery of volunteer legal services;
  • Participation in an activity that solved a previously unmet legal need or in extending services to under-served segments of the population;
  • Successful litigation of pro bono cases that favorably affect the provision of other services to the poor;
  • Legislation (proposed and achieved) that contributed substantially to legal services to the poor; and
  • The extent to which the professor involved students in his or her pro bono project.

Past Recipients

  • 2014: Beth Posner
  • 2013: Jon McClanahan
  • 2012: Melissa Jacoby
  • 2011: Holning Lau
  • 2010: Mark Dorosin
  • 2009: Ken Broun
  • 2008: Maxine Eichner
  • 2007: Rich Rosen
  • 2006: Deborah Weissman
  • 2005: Dean Gene Nichol
  • 2004: Hudson Fuller
  • 2003: Jack Boger
  • 2002: Rich Rosen
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