Pro Bono Project

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Pro Bono Project establishes Family Preparedness Project

Bilingual Wake Forest Law students volunteered in the Family Preparedness Project, a new initiative led by the Pro Bono Project that seeks to provide durable powers of attorney for individuals in North Carolina who may be at risk of deportation. Student coordinators, Emily Scotton (JD ’18) and Vanessa Garrido (JD ’18), organized client appointments at the Downtown Health Plaza in Winston-Salem over the course of four evenings in April.

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Women In Law, Pro Bono Honors Society 2016-17 inductees recognized

The Pro Bono Project hosted its Pro Bono Honors Society annual dinner and recognition event on April 11, 2017.  In addition to the inductees, in attendance were Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD ’77) and Hazel Mack, interim Outreach Director for the law school.

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Pro Bono Project serves Habitat for Humanity clients over Spring Break 2017

During Spring Break 2017, seven students were thrilled to participate in Wake Forest Law’s Spring Break Pro Bono Project.

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National Jurist names Sarah Saint (JD ’17) ‘Law Student of the Year’

The National Jurist has named Huntsville, Alabama-native Sarah Saint (JD ’17) “Law Student of the Year” in the following story, “Law Students of the Year: Sarah Saint, Wake Forest University,” written by Mike Stetz and published on March 8, 2017.

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Pro Bono Project announces executive board for 2017-18

The Pro Bono Project has announced its incoming executive board members for the 2017-18 academic year.

Current Pro Bono Project Executive Director Sarah Saint (JD ’17) says, “Please join me in congratulating the exceptional students who have been selected to serve as the next directorial board for the Pro Bono Project.”

Applications for specific coordinator positions — Community Outreach Coordinators, Strategic Communications Coordinators, Student Outreach Coordinators and Project Coordinators — will be extended to all 1LS and 2LS in the coming week.

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Pro Bono Project to host free wills clinics in Pembroke on Friday, Feb. 24

Two groups of Pro Bono Project participants will travel on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, to Pembroke, North Carolina, to host a free wills clinic at Legal Aid of North Carolina.

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

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.”

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Pro Bono Project participants provide a variety of community services Feb. 21-24

Wake Forest Law students involved in the Pro Bono Project are providing a variety of services this week under the supervision of area licensed attorneys including representing youth in Teen Court, helping area residents get convictions expunged from their records, providing N-400 screenings for immigrants and teaching middle school and high school students about their rights.

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Pro Bono Project ‘Know Your Rights’ program expanding, nominated for ABA award

The Pro Bono Project‘s “Know Your Rights” program has been nominated for the North Carolina Bar Association Annual Pro Bono Award following a request by the Forsyth County School District to expand the program’s reach into area schools. This interactive project has been a pivotal education force in the Winston-Salem, North Carolina, area, providing presentations to local communities considered “at-risk” when it comes to understanding the state and federal laws involved in routine interactions with law enforcement officers.

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Pro Bono Clinic’s expungements work with Samaritan Ministries featured in Winston-Salem Monthly

The Pro Bono Project’s expungements program was featured in the Winston-Salem Monthly article, “Samaritan Celebrates 35 Years,” writtenby Paul Garber and published on Nov. 28, 2016. An excerpt follows:

In addition to its standing shelter and soup kitchen, the Samaritan Ministries, an interdenominational Christian, service-oriented ministry celebrating its 35th anniversary at its Winston-Salem location, finds new ways to serve the city’s indigent.

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