Pro Bono Project students, alumni to help coastal North Carolina Habitat for Humanity clients over Spring Break 2017

Photo of a Wake Forest Law student working on a build for the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity

Wake Forest Law first-year students volunteer at a Habitat for Humanity build in Winston-Salem as part of the 2016 Foundations Week activities.

Wake Forest Law students involved in the Pro Bono Project are going to bring their Pro Humanitate spirit to help North Carolina coastal residents over Spring Break 2017, according to Executive Director Sarah Saint (JD ’17).

Under the direction of supervising attorneys, who also happen to be Wake Forest Law alumni, students will conduct a Wills and Advance Directives Clinic at the Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity on March 3-7.

“I cannot encourage you enough to take a few days out of your Spring Break to give back,” Saint wrote in an email to students. “This is a great experience if you have any interest in drafting documents, elder law, poverty law, estate planning, health care law, or just love pro bono.”

The clinic, under the supervision of attorneys from the North Carolina Bar Association Estate Planning Group, will be offered on Saturday, March 4, 2017.

The clinic is available to families living in recently built Habitat homes or who are currently in the Habitat pipeline. Since these new homeowners will be acquiring an asset, they can also benefit from some basic legal advice and preparation of simple wills and advanced directives, Saint explains.

“The law students who are choosing to contribute part of their Spring Break to helping the Habitat for Humanity clients, I hope, will walk away from this experience really understanding how the law can make a huge and positive difference for families,” she says.

In addition to the clinic, students will also have the opportunity to volunteer to help with the construction of a home on Monday, March 6, if they so desire, Saint added.

For more information, contact Saint at sainsm14@wfu.edu.