Law students offer pro bono services during wills clinic in Pembroke, N.C.

Wake Forest School of Law students traveled to the Pembroke Office of Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC) in Pembroke, N.C. on Friday, March 27 to participate in a Wills Clinic organized by the Wake Forest Law Pro Bono Project.

This year’s team of student participants included Pro Bono Project coordinator Bradley Setzer (’16) alongside Madelyn Weeks (’17), Carolyn Johnson (’15), Jacob Boomsaad (’15) and Sabrina O’Hare (’16) . In order to adequately prepare for the Wills Clinic, the team underwent training before the event. While in Pembroke, the students  worked closely with local attorneys to help seniors draft and notarize simple wills.

“We had a great experience at the Pembroke Wills Clinic.” says Weeks about her experience. “The Legal Aid staff we worked with were positive, enthusiastic, and patient with the student volunteers. Our clients were wonderful; they patiently provided all the information asked of us, and made the whole experience worthwhile.”

“One client I worked with could not read and needed every document read to her.  This challenged me to make sure I really knew what I was talking about and helped me appreciate the service I provided through my volunteering.”

Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC) is a non-profit, statewide law firm that provides free legal services to low-income citizens. The Winston-Salem, N.C. office assists in civil, non-criminal matters to eligible clients who request help with basic legal needs.

Visit the Legal Aid of North Carolina website for more information.

The Pro Bono Project is the central point for all pro bono activities at the law school and maintains a database to keep track of student pro bono work. The Pro Bono Project has filled hundreds of placements with attorneys in non-profit organizations, private practice, and North Carolina’s legal services organizations.  The program is administered by a student executive board with the support and assistance of the law school administration and partnerships with local attorneys and legal services organizations.

There are five core goals of the Wake Forest University School of Law Pro Bono Project:

(1) offer student assistance attorneys who provide high quality, low-cost legal services to individuals in need,
(2) expand the number of pro bono projects in our community,
(3) enhance legal education by offering students with pre-clinical opportunities to develop practical legal skills,
(4) encourage greater participation in pro bono work among the local bar, and
(5) to create a life long commitment to pro bono work among law school students and alumni.