The Pro Bono Program is administered by a 12-student board and one faculty supervisor who work throughout the year with community partners, legal aid offices, law school student groups, professors, alumni, private attorneys, and fellow students to facilitate individual pro bono projects, special clinics, and group trips in which students can participate. Each February, the director for the following academic year is chosen by interview process by the current board from those currently serving board members who apply for the position. Applications for open board positions are then solicited from the student body each March, and open positions are filled by interview process by the current board.
Kathleen Lockwood, 3L
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.
3L Class Coordinator
Caitlin Bernstein, 3L
Office Hours: TBD
Caitlin grew up outside of Charlotte in Harrisburg, North Carolina and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2012 with a B.A. in Psychology. During college, Caitlin worked with the UNC Mental Health Specialists Office in Chapel Hill, where she worked with psychiatrists to study the relationship between mental health patients and their medical providers. Since coming to UNC Law, Caitlin has enjoyed finding ways to combine her passion for psychology with her interest in the legal system.
Upon graduation, Caitlin hopes to pursue a career in litigation and she credits the UNC Pro Bono Program with providing the leadership skills and experiences necessary to succeed. As the 3L Class Coordinator, Caitlin looks forward to playing an active role in the facilitation of similar opportunities for her peers. Outside of school, you can find Caitlin at Franklin Street Yoga Center pursuing her 200-hour yoga teacher training certification or in her kitchen creating (and taste testing) unique cookie recipes.
2L Class Coordinator
Molly Simpson, 2L
Office Hours: Thursdays, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Molly grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, and graduated cum laude from Appalachian State University with a B.S. in Political Science. During her time at Appalachian, she was president of her sorority, where she was involved in community service with the Girl Scouts of America.
Molly was drawn to Pro Bono because it supplements the traditional law school curriculum by providing students with opportunity to gain practical skills, and encourages them to use those skills to be an engaging, and positive force in their communities. In her free time, Molly can be spotted exploring new restaurants with her fiancé, and leading the youth group at her church, Chapel of the Cross.
1L Class Coordinator
Coming in October!
Alumni Outreach Coordinator
Amanda Colley, 3L
Mondays, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Amanda grew up in Delaware but moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, twelve years ago. She graduated from UNC-Charlotte with undergraduate majors in English and history and a master's degree in English, with an emphasis in literature. Before law school, she interned at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse in Charlotte with the Community Access and Outreach Administrator in the Trial Court Administrator's office. She also worked professionally with consumer finance contracts, titles, and powers of attorney for nine years.
Amanda is interested in gender-based and intimate partner violence survivor advocacy and diversity in the legal profession. During summers, she has returned home to Charlotte to participate in the Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship Program, and was a summer associate with Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson, Time Warner Cable, and McGuireWoods. Amanda, an ardent Anglophile, enjoys geek culture (especially Doctor Who), and the glorious monotony of long distance running.
Attorney Projects Coordinator
Samuel Williams, 3L
Office Hours: Mondays, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Sam grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, and graduated from Appalachian State University with a B.A. in Political Science and History. During his undergraduate years, Sam worked on connecting students to service opportunities with local non-profits and implementing alternative break trips.
Sam was originally drawn to the Pro Bono Program at UNC Law because of the opportunity to gain practical skills while working to improve the local community. Following his 1L year, Sam spent his summer at Pisgah Legal Services in Asheville where he worked and advocated for underserved populations in western North Carolina. Outside of the law school you can find same enjoying the outdoors or hosting trivia at Linda's Bar and Grill.
Student Group Projects Coordinator
Nicole Daniels, 3L
Office Hours: TBD
Nicole is a 2011 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied Communication Studies and Spanish. Though she is a loyal UNC “double Tar Heel,” Nicole was born and raised in Athens, Georgia, home of the Bulldogs. In the summer of 2013, she spent five weeks in Kigali, Rwanda studying international law and Rwandan law where her desire to serve the public interest was cemented.
Nicole’s primary areas of legal concentration are international law of human rights and criminal law.
Nicole is dedicated to pursuing a legal career serving the public interest and as group projects coordinator she is looking forward to working closely with student leaders committed to Pro Bono work. Outside of law school, Nicole's hobbies and interests include dance, travel, wedding and event planning, and working with children.
Public Relations Coordinator
Jared Smith, 2L
Office Hours: Tuesdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Jared grew up in Durham, North Carolina, and went to Davidson College. There he majored in both Music and English. As a student, he became very involved in community service grants and programming - which led him to stay at Davidson after graduation to work as a staff member in the college's Center for Civic Engagement. He also spent time grant writing and reviewing grants for a variety of community organizations.
As a 2L, Jared continues his community involvement as a law student as well as a member of the Non Profit Leadership Certificate Program. He is excited to serve as the Public Relations Coordinator and connect with other students, staff, faculty, and community members to encourage Pro Bono work. Outside of school, you can find Jared cooking away at his house in Durham or singing at University Presbyterian Church on Franklin Street.
New Projects Development Coordinator
Gabriel Kussin, 3L
Office Hours: Thursdays, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Gabriel was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina, and graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Political Science. After graduation, Gabriel returned to North Carolina and worked in Charlotte and in Durham as an educator as well as for non-profit organizations focusing on Latino advocacy.
Since arriving at law school, Gabriel has spent his summers as an intern for the Carolina Criminal Justice Reform Project as well as a summer associate at Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo LLP in Raleigh. He also currently serves as an Articles Editor for the North Carolina Journal of Law and Technology.
After serving as the 1L and 2L Class Coordinator for the Class of 2015, Gabriel is excited for the challenges that come with the New Projects Development Coordinator position. Gabriel hopes to create and sustain projects that help address unmet legal needs in the community and encourage students towards a life-long commitment to Pro Bono. Outside of law school, Gabriel is a diehard New York Giants, Yankees, and Carolina Hurricanes fan and enjoys cooking, competing in any type of organized sport, and spending time with his friends and family.
Special Trips Coordinators
Jamie Rudd, 2L
Office Hours: Tuesdays, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Jamie grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina, and graduated from Elon University with a B.A. in Political Science and History. Jamie was drawn to UNC Law because of its commitment to Pro Bono and public service.
Since coming to UNC Law, Jamie has participated in many different Pro Bono Projects and campus activities. Jamie is looking forward to pursuing a career in criminal law after graduation. Outside of the law school you will find Jamie cooking delicious food, or watching rugby, always while drinking coffee.
Madison Waller, 2L
Office Hours: Tuesdays, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Madison grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina, but has lived in Chapel Hill for the past five years. She graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2013 with a B.A. in Economics and minors in English and Business Administration. During her undergraduate career, Madison studied abroad in Florence, Italy and traveled around various places in Europe.
Madison was attracted to the Pro Bono Program because it allows students to develop their legal skills and give back to their communities. As Special Trips Coordinator, Madison is looking forward to helping other students meet unmet legal needs in North Carolina. When she is not at the law school, Madison can be found playing tennis, cheering on the Tarheels, or hanging out with her two dogs, Charlie and Winston.
Winter & Spring Break Projects Coordinator
Hillary Dawe, 2L
Office Hours: Tuesdays, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Hillary grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, and graduated from Center College with a B.A. in Art History and Classical Studies.
Her summers as a camp counselor, piquing her interest in issues of representation, led Hillary to law school as well as to the Pro Bono Program. Whether working as a Healthcare Navigator to help community members sign up for health insurance through the marketplace or reviewing claims of innocence through the Innocence Project, Hillary has loved getting involved in the larger Chapel Hill community. As the Winter and Spring Break Projects Coordinator, Hillary hopes to facilitate opportunities for students to get involved with Pro Bono work when they are not under pressure to balance classwork as well.
Assistant Dean for Public Service Programs
In UNC Law's ongoing commitment to public service, Dean Boger appointed Sylvia Novinsky as the school's first Assistant Dean for Public Service Programs in 2007. She joined the law school in 1996 serving as the school’s first public interest career counselor and in 2000 as Assistant Dean for Student Affairs.
Dean Novinsky grew up in Queens, NY, and her family is from Argentina. She attended Cornell University graduating with a BS in Industrial & Labor Relations and then attended American University Washington College of Law. Following her law school graduation she was a legal research and writing instructor at DC School of Law. From there she served as a Legal Aid staff attorney for migrant farmworkers in Virginia and then as legal director for the Center for Immigrants Rights in New York City.
Outside of school, Dean Novinsky enjoys spending time with her daughter and husband as well as their two dogs. She also enjoys reading historical fiction and kettlebells.