By the first Tuesday following the Spring Break of each academic year, the Pro Bono Board will advertise and solicit applications for all open positions on the board within the UNC School of Law student body. All chosen student board members must serve for two consecutive academic semesters, i.e. the entirety of the Fall and Spring Semesters of the same academic year, with the exception of the 1L Class Coordinator. If you are interested in being on the board, feel free to reach out to the Pro Bono Board Director, Meriwether Evans. Students are also welcome to drop by coordinators’ office hours, or email them directly. The descriptions below provide a summary of the duties and responsibilities of each Coordinator position.
The Director will be responsible for overseeing the operation of the Program. The Director shall set meetings, manage the Board of Coordinators, facilitate meetings of the Board, fundraise for the Program, develop the yearly budget, and plan and coordinate the end-of-year reception and certificate ceremony.
Attorney Projects Coordinator
The Attorney Projects Coordinator will establish and maintain contact with all attorneys who have submitted postings to the Program. The Attorney Projects Coordinator will be the initial contact person with students after they have signed up for a project, and the Coordinator will resolve any difficulties that may arise with the attorneys regarding the postings they have submitted. The Attorney Projects Coordinator will also be responsible for recruiting and developing new relationships with attorneys for locating projects for interested students in requested areas.
Class Coordinators (one position for each class year)
The Class Coordinators will be responsible for recruiting students from their respective classes to take postings and for managing those students who have taken postings. Management of the students from each class will include maintaining contact with the students as they work on projects, ensuring and verifying that work hours submitted by students qualify as pro bono work, and collecting those hours so that students will receive appropriate recognition by the law school and community. Additionally, the Class Coordinators will meet and brainstorm to identify student interest and needs in order to create programming that reflects those interests and needs.
Student Group projects Coordinator
The Student Group Projects Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating all projects that involve the coordination of student groups. The Student Group Projects Coordinator will establish and maintain contact with all attorneys who supervise group projects for the Program, and will resolve any difficulties that may arise with these attorneys regarding the projects they supervise. The Student Group Projects Coordinator will also serve as the liaison to student groups at the law school to assist them with developing, maintaining, and managing their own pro bono projects. The Student Group Projects Coordinator is also charged with the duty of meeting with the Pro Bono chairs of the student groups, educating each student group as to what does and does not qualify as pro bono (as defined by Article IV, Section A), coordinating group trainings if needed, and handling all student group nominations to the North Carolina Bar Association for awards pertaining to group projects. Finally, the Student Groups Coordinator is responsible for creating and executing pro bono opportunities for groups of students not necessarily part of an existing student organization.
Public Relations Coordinator
The Public Relations Coordinator will be responsible for publicizing the Program in the university, local, and state communities. The Public Relations Coordinator will also be responsible for maintaining the content of the Pro Bono Program website, the Pro Bono Program calendar, and the Pro Bono Program social media properties. Finally, the Public Relations Coordinator is charged with coordinating the Pro Bono Week events and developing and creating the Annual Report.
Winter and spring break projects coordinator
The Winter & Spring Break Projects Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating the winter and spring break projects. This will include recruiting and contacting attorneys, maintaining the database of attorney contacts, recruiting students to take part in the projects, and conducting meetings regarding those projects. The Winter & Spring Break Projects Coordinator will be the initial contact person for students after they sign up for a project and will resolve any difficulties that may arise with the attorneys regarding the postings they have submitted.
Special trips coordinators (two positions)
The Special Trips Coordinators will be responsible for coordinating group pro bono project trips during academic breaks. This will include assessing needs in remote areas around the country, recruiting community partners with whom to work, recruiting students to take part in the trips, conducting meetings regarding the trips, fundraising for those trips, and coordinating all trip logistics.
Alumni Outreach Coordinator
The Alumni Outreach Coordinator will be responsible for working with other members of the Board in addressing their needs for alumni contact and/or outreach. The Alumni Outreach Coordinator will be charged with maintaining an Alumni database, sending monthly newsletters through the database when appropriate, and publicizing the Program to alumni of UNC School of Law in hopes of fostering a continued commitment to performing pro bono work, supervising law students who are doing pro bono work, and giving back to the Program. Finally, the Alumni Outreach Coordinator is responsible for working with alumni to create and execute pro bono opportunities.
New Project Development Coordinator
The New Projects Development Coordinator will work to identify, develop, and transition potential new pro bono projects into ongoing and sustainable student group projects. The Coordinator will work with the Director over the summer to identify an idea for a pro bono project or clinic that can be developed throughout the fall semester. A viable idea will have the potential for ongoing student pro bono work, address a timely unmet legal need, and expand the legal areas in which the Pro Bono Program facilitates pro bono work. The Coordinator will manage all aspects of the project, including coordinating with community partners, recruiting students, running trainings, and executing the project. The coordinator will then evaluate the project’s sustainability and work to transition it into a student group. The Coordinator will explore the potential of new project ideas that arise throughout the academic year, such that potentially two new pro bono projects will be established by the end of each academic year.
All Pro Bono Program board members will be expected to hold two office hours per week in the Pro Bono office. In addition, the board meets bi-weekly during the noon hour to discuss upcoming projects, panels, etc. During the fall semester, all board members participate in soliciting winter break pro bono projects, usually making phone calls and sending e-mail during office hours. Depending on the number of projects needed/available, this may take several hours outside allotted office hours. Finally, all board members help with panel and program setup, cleanup and logistics.