Posted: March 25th, 2015 | By: Georgia Sullivan
The Pro Bono Project is looking for six additional student volunteers for the final Wills Clinic of the semester, scheduled from from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Friday, March 27, in Pembroke, N.C. Law students who volunteer will be working with local attorneys to help seniors draft and notarize simple wills, according to Bradley Setzer (’16), Pro Bono Project volunteer coordinator.
“Student volunteers do not need prior training and may count travel time to and from the event, making the Wills Clinic worth up to 10 pro bono hours,” Setzer said. “All travel expenses can be reimbursed.”
Pro Bono Project Executive Director Carson Smith (’16) reflected on his experience as a volunteer saying, “Last year, I volunteered for the Pembroke Wills Clinic. It ended up being one of my favorite experiences thus far in law school,” he said. “Pembroke is a very poor area of eastern North Carolina and so many people there are in need of legal services. Not only did we get to make a positive impact, but we also got to apply property concepts. We even included an easement in one of the wills. It was so nice to be able to get away from Winston for a day and do something different and rewarding. I highly recommend this clinic to everyone.”
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.
If interested in volunteering, contact Setzer at firstname.lastname@example.org or Director of Student Outreach Alena Baker (’16) at email@example.com.