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Alumnus Feature: Dean Martin Brinkley '92

Dean Martin Brinkley

Name and Year of Graduation from UNC Law:

Martin Brinkley, UNC Law Class of 1992

The UNC Law Pro Bono Program is excited to welcome Dean Martin Brinkley home to Carolina Law and to recognize him as this month’s Pro Bono Featured Alumnus. Dean Brinkley comes to us from Smith Anderson in Raleigh where he worked as partner for twelve years, practicing in areas including corporate law, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, antitrust and trade regulation, public finance, charitable foundations and nonprofit organizations, and appellate litigation. He also served as the 2011-2012 president of the 17,000-member North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA); in his inaugural address he shared: “[Pro Bono] work is one of the title deeds to which each of us took delivery when we applied for a license to practice law.”


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Posted by Jared S. Smith on Sun. August 2, 2015 8:44 AM
Categories: Alumni Features

Alumna Feature: Ashley Campbell '03

Ashley Campbell

Name and Year of Graduation from UNC Law:

Ashley Huffstetler Campbell, UNC Law Class of 2003

Place of employment:

Ragsdale Liggett PLLC, Raleigh

Area of practice:

Business Litigation with a focus on real estate litigation and professional malpractice matters, particularly accounting malpractice.

Favorite class/professor in law school:

Professor Robert Byrd who taught 1L torts. He was very “old school” in the vein of the Paper Chase. He was an excellent and exciting teacher who always kept us on our toes.

Pro Bono experience in law school:

I started a project called the HIV/AIDS Legal Assistance project that provided estate planning services for people living with HIV/AIDS.

What inspired or prompted you to start doing Pro Bono work?

My parents taught me from an early age that we should serve those in need. I volunteered as a teenager in the first home for people living with AIDS in North Carolina, the House of Mercy in Belmont NC, and it inspired me to serve people living with the disease. In the 1990s and early 2000s, AIDS was still a death sentence for many people carrying the disease. Today, thankfully, many people live healthy, productive lives with AIDS.


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Posted by Jared S. Smith on Tue. June 30, 2015 12:00 PM
Categories: Alumni Features

Alumnus Feature: Landon Eustache '08

Name and Year of Graduation from UNC Law:

Landon Eustache, UNC Law Class of 2008

Place of employment:

Hunton & Williams, Charlotte

Area of practice:

Capital Markets & Securities, focusing on the trading of loans, securities, derivatives and other interests in domestic and international companies.

What inspired or prompted you to start doing pro bono work?

In a recent article featuring Landon's work, he was quoted as saying:

"Since entering law school, one of my primary goals has been to remain actively involved in the Charlotte community by assisting my neighbors and some of those less fortunate members of the community with the legal issues that they face. Working as a volunteer attorney on pro bono matters has allowed me to accomplish this goal and, at the same time, work alongside some great attorneys on legal issues that are outside of my normal field of practice. I have been fortunate enough to work with a law firm that places a genuine emphasis on its lawyers engaging in pro bono work and has created an environment in which volunteering is an integral part of the workplace culture. Also, having the opportunity to work with some great local pro bono organizations, like Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, has provided me with an effective avenue through which I can connect with members of the Charlotte community in need of legal representation."


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Posted by Jared S. Smith on Sun. May 31, 2015 7:50 PM
Categories: Alumni Features

Alumnus Feature: Glenn A. Barfield '86

Name and Year of Graduation from UNC Law:

Glenn A. Barfield, UNC Law Class of 1986

Place of employment:

Haithcock, Barfield, Hulse, & Kinsey, PLLC

Area of practice:

Civil Litigation, Business Transactions

Favorite class/professor in law school:

Prof. Marty Louis, Civil Procedure

What inspired or prompted you to start doing pro bono work?

Just the opportunity. I have always been what you would call a political and social progressive. I received what was then a “sign-up sheet” from Legal Services of Eastern Carolina sometime soon after I started practicing in Goldsboro. I signed up and have been active ever since. I love helping people solve problems, and the revenue side of my practice is mostly incidental to that work.


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Posted by Jared S. Smith on Thu. April 30, 2015 11:37 AM
Categories: Alumni Features

Alumnus Feature: David Neal '01

David Neal

Name and Year of Graduation from UNC Law:

David Neal, UNC Law Class of 2001

Place of employment:

Solo Practice

Previously Associate at Brooks Pierce LLP (2006-’09)

Founder & Executive Director of the Fair Trial Initiative (2000-’06)

Area of practice:

Criminal Appeals, State Capital Post-Conviction, Federal Habeas Corpus

Favorite class/professor in law school:

Prof. Jack Boger, Race & Poverty and Law and Social Change (his seminar on Reconstruction)

Pro bono experience in law school:

Prisoners’ Rights Project (reviewing requests for help or information from inmates); Innocence Project; Spring Break Immigrants’ Rights Project in Miami (where we helped women who were victims of domestic violence apply for legal status through VAWA and investigated complaints at a detention center for immigrants); volunteer internships with the National Immigration Project and the Philadelphia Public Defender

What inspired or prompted you to start doing pro bono work?

I went to law school in order to work with movements for social justice, so it was natural to be drawn to pro bono work.


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Posted by Amanda M. Colley on Wed. April 1, 2015 6:53 PM
Categories: Alumni Features

A 1L's Reflections about the Spring Break Expunction Trip to Canton, NC

The Pro Bono Program has been a driving influence for me in deciding to attend UNC School of Law, but at first it was difficult for me to find a balance between the rigorous course load that comes with being a law student and finding time to volunteer for various pro bono projects. When I learned that Carolina sponsors alternative break trips that provide opportunities for students to participate in legal clinics that help the community, I knew I wanted to be involved.


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No Comments | Posted by Kyle E. Grusholt on Tue. March 17, 2015 4:04 PM
Categories: Spring Break 2015 (Western)

To expunge is a verb? Reflections on the Spring Break Pro Bono Trip From a 1L

When I told family and friends that I was going on an “expunction clinic trip,” the majority of them replied with “a what?” and rightfully so- expunctions are not a well-known legal resource. The idea of wiping someone’s criminal record is not a sexy, headline making endeavor. And yet, the committed attorneys from NC Legal Aid have devoted substantial resources and manpower to broaden access to this critically important opportunity.


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No Comments | Posted by Mia B. Ragent on Sun. March 15, 2015 6:05 PM
Categories: Spring Break 2015 (Western)

Reflections on the Spring Break Expunction Trip to Canton from a 3L

Pro Bono has always been such a big part of my experience here at UNC Law, and the some of the most remarkable times I have had during my entire law school career have been the trips. With the Pro Bono Program, I have had the opportunity to travel all over North Carolina: Fayetteville, Cherokee, Asheville, Wilmington, and finally, to Canton for this expunction trip, which was my third expunction trip overall.


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Posted by Amanda M. Colley on Fri. March 13, 2015 1:31 PM
Categories: Spring Break 2015 (Western)

Wills Clinic: The Last Day and Giving Thanks

It is our third day here in Western North Carolina, and our last day of the Wills Clinic. Over the past three days, we helped to meet legal unmet legal needs in three different towns and have drafted 143 documents. This achievement would not have been possible if Legal Aid of North Carolina at Morganton had not taken a chance on us.


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No Comments | Posted by Olivia E. Taylor on Wed. March 11, 2015 12:44 PM
Categories: Spring Break 2015 (Western)

If There's A Will, There's A Way

Day 2 of the UNC Pro Bono Wills Trip is taking place in Avery County Senior Center today. We left our hotel in Boone, NC at 8:15 this morning to arrive at 9:00 sharp knowing we had several appointments at 9:30. Upon our arrival, clients were already anxiously waiting for us in the main lobby of this quaint senior center. Several clients already knew that the UNC law school hosts a wills clinic each year in Western, North Carolina and were very excited to participate this year.


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No Comments | Posted by Miranda A. Wodarski on Tue. March 10, 2015 4:53 PM
Categories: Spring Break 2015 (Western)
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