Posted: October 4th, 2012 | By: Gabrielle Baldini
Wake Forest law students will be returning to the Pembroke office of Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC) for a third time this fall to serve area clients at two free Wills Clinic.
The clinics are scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 6, and Saturday, Nov. 3.
Although LANC does receive a grant to prepare advance directives for local residents, demand in the past few years has exceeded Pembroke office resources. As a result, Wake Forest law students have been invited to work at the Wills Clinic to receive hands-on experience and earn pro bono hours.
Under the supervision of LANC Staff Attorney David Richardson, the law students will meet with two clients daily, and aid in drafting simple wills and advance directive documents for low-income clients living in Robeson County.
The Wills Clinic has been held for the past two years, and Aurora Stierwald, the Estate Planning Project Coordinator for the Pro Bono Project, who attended the Pembroke Wills Clinic as a first-year law student , wanted to ensure it would run again.
“I think it’s a very rewarding experience for everyone involved,” Stierwald said. “The students are able to utilize what they have learned in law school and also gain the practical experience that’s so important to a legal career. Legal Aid also really appreciates Wake Forest Law students driving two-and-a-half hours to Pembroke to help with these legal documents because they have more clients than they do resources.”
This year, Richardson will be overseeing the efforts of five second-year law students: Aurora Stierwald, Lindsay Watson, Anthony Keys, Sean McGonigle and Ben Zich. Two first-year law students – Jacob Boomsaad and Josh Adams — will also be present to check-in clients and sit in on interviews.