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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)

A Will To Do Pro Bono

Bright eyed and bushy-tailed, our adventure began at 7:15 a.m. this morning as 14 law students pulled out of Chapel Hill and journeyed to Boone, NC. We safely arrived at Western Watauga Senior Center to wrap up our training with Legal Aid of N.C. and to get our Wills clinics started.

We helped a handful of clients today but are expecting three times as many tomorrow. Many law students came without any expectations but in just one day, with the help of our peers and Legal Aid attorneys, we have already been very successful in writing wills for the elderly of Boone, NC.


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No Comments | Posted by Miranda A. Wodarski on Mon. March 9, 2015 9:44 PM
Categories: Spring Break 2015 (Western)

Alumna Feature: Gina Reyman '87

Gina Reyman

Name and Year of Graduation from UNC Law: Gina Reyman 1987

Place of employment: Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc.

Area of practice: Family Law/General Civil practice for low-income persons

Favorite class/professor in law school: Civil Procedure

Pro bono experience in law school: Working with the criminal clinic on criminal and juvenile cases and handling parole hearings

What inspired or prompted you to start doing pro bono work? Helping others brings you closer to everyone in the community and returns a great deal of personal satisfaction

What does your current pro bono practice look like? I volunteer with the Durham Bar Public Services Committee on the Habitat for Humanity wills project in Durham.


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Posted by Amanda M. Colley on Mon. March 2, 2015 1:22 PM
Categories: Alumni Features

Alumnus Feature: Evan H. Pontz '96

Evan H. Pontz

Name and Year of Graduation from UNC Law:

Evan H. Pontz, UNC Law Class of 1996

Place of Employment:

Troutman Sanders LLP in Atlanta, Georgia.

Area of Practice:

Partner, Labor & Employment Law

Favorite class/professor in law school:

Martin Louis, Civil Procedure. The class was one of the hardest, and Professor Louis was ill, but he had such energy for the subject matter, and he taught not just the law, but how to think and analyze problems like a lawyer. I feel like I use nearly every day some information I learned and skills I began to develop in that class.

Pro bono experience in law school:

I regretfully never felt I had the time to take advantage of the pro bono opportunities afforded to us as law school students, but, with the benefit of experience and hindsight, I wish I had done so. If I were to give advice to anyone still in school, it would be to take advantage of pro bono opportunities. You’ll find you learn more than you think you will and you’ll give back more than you realize.


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Posted by Amanda M. Colley on Mon. February 2, 2015 8:28 PM
Categories: Alumni Features
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