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April Pro Bono Newsletter

A Reception with the Legal Community Recognizing Pro Bono & Community Service- April 10, 5:00 PM: Please join The Pro Bono Board at Thursday's Legal Reception, which will feature the annual pro bono awards. The Board will be recognizing students who have earned 75 hours of pro bono service, as well as the top hours earners for each class during the legal reception. Attorney Georgiana L. Yonuschot, of Womble Carlyle, will be the keynote speaker at the event. The reception begins at 5:00pm with hors d'oeuvres and beverages, and the awards program starts shortly thereafter at 5:30pm. 

Pickin’ for A Purpose, April 11, 6-10 PM. The Greensboro Chapter of Guitars Not Guns and The Pro Bono Board of Elon Law have come together to organize a fundraising concert. The concert will feature acts from Elon Law, including Elon's own Professor Fink, along with acts from the surrounding community. The Zinc Kings will be headlining the event. The concert will be held in the board room of the Greensboro Cultural Center, located at 200 N. Davie Street. Tickets are $10 in advance, and $15 at the door. Tickets to Pickin' for a Purpose can be purchased beginning April 7th, at lunch in the Commons. For more information email probono@elon.edu.

Board Position Available: The Pro Bono Board is now accepting applications for Alternative Breaks Coordinator. Applications will be accepted until Friday, April 11 at 5 PM. The selection process consists of a personal statement, similar to a cover letter, of approximately 500 words and should include the student’s name and class year. Application statements should be sent to probono@elon.edu.

Deadline to Submit Pro Bono Hours for Graduation: The deadline for graduating 3L's to submit their pro bono hours in order to receive recognition from the NCBA and the law school for meeting or surpassing the goal of 75 Pro Bono Hours performed while in law school, is April 18, 2014.

Student Spotlights: Please join us in recognizing the following students for their outstanding commitment to pro bono.


Brian Park, Class of ‘14: "Volunteering with the Tax-Aide Foundation has given students a great opportunity to learn about interactions within the client-attorney relationship. It has helped teach us empathy through our exposure to citizens from a wide variety of backgrounds and also given us the chance to apply what we have learned in our income taxation classes. "



Chad Archer, Class of ’15: “ The legal profession’s commitment to pro bono is what makes it just that – a profession – not and industry, not an occupation, not a job.  Because a strong commitment to pro bono is central to the maintenance of the profession we as law students aspire to join, it is important that we begin to practice pro bono early. Commitment to pro bono is a vital part of becoming the much-celebrated Elon lawyer-leader, and as such, it is something that all law students should begin to develop now.  I encourage every student to identify and actively participate in a pro bono project that he or she finds interesting.”



Kait Brooks, Class of ‘16: "As cliché as it sounds, the main reason I wanted to become a lawyer was to make a difference. During orientation, I was given information on the Guardian Ad Litem program and that program has now become something I am very passionate about. It has amazed me to learn what some children have gone through in life in such a short amount of time. It was eye-opening. My job is to always make sure they have someone who has their best interests in mind and to be that person that really makes a difference in their life. I have learned that life isn't always about how much money you make or the path of your career...sometimes the most important things in life come from helping others.”


Get Involved: If you know of an attorney or organization in the community seeking assistance for a project, or your student organization would like to be featured in the newsletter, please email probono@elon.edu.