Blog Archive: 2009

Two months ago, I couldn’t have defined devise much less have explained in plain English what an attorney-in-fact does for a person.

Two months ago, I couldn’t have defined devise much less have explained in plain English what an attorney-in-fact does for a person. It’s hard to believe that I’ve spent the past two days interviewing clients, drafting wills, and walking clients through documents that I’d never given any significant thought before law school. I joked to a friend that this is the first thing I’ve ever learned in school that was useful, and I think there may be at least some truth to that off-hand jest. It would be hard to find very many other single things I’ve done that have had such a dramatic impact.


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No Comments | Posted by Zachary B. Marquand (Zach) on Tue. November 10, 2009 4:38 PM
Categories: Fall Break 2009

We met dozens of people from Moore County who are deeply invested in the future of their community.

Looking back on our experience in Moore County, I really take great pleasure in being able to say that I played a role in organizing the trip. On the trip, we met dozens of people from Moore County who are deeply invested in the future of their community. Our first client at the Midway community center was organized and knew exactly what she wanted to express in her will. She also seemed to be the kindest woman and the most caring mother in the world. When Mark Dorosin asked us later that evening how we managed to establish a rapport with clients, I could only think of how effortless it was to interact with this client in particular. However, I think our entire group had exactly the same sentiments about the people they met. The Moore County Fall Break trip was a remarkable experience and it’s an effort that we will certainly look to make a long-running tradition.


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No Comments | Posted by Louis F. Massard on Tue. November 10, 2009 4:37 PM
Categories: Fall Break 2009

The client I and two other students interviewed was a wonderful lady of the young age of eighty-nine.

I participated in the second day (Friday) of Carolina Law’s inaugural Fall Break Pro Bono Trip. I spent my time at the Jackson Hamlet Community Center in Moore County North Carolina. Under the supervision of attorneys, myself and my fellow law students helped clients draft wills, power of attorney, health care power of attorney and living will documents.


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No Comments | Posted by Ryan J. Caban on Tue. November 10, 2009 4:37 PM
Categories: Fall Break 2009

As Borat would say, ‘Greathhhh Success!’”

Our second roller coaster day with the Pro Bono crew in Jackson Hamlet started with a trip to Biscuitville. Mark was highly advocating the restaurant so we gave it a shot. I’ll admit, it was good. It was a great way to start the day, especially after our client last night left us with some interesting scenarios to ponder. Let’s just say the concepts Professor Orth taught us regarding joint tenancy, life estates, and right of survivorship were actually used. I mean, who thought I would ever use the concepts I learned in property? Twenty-four hours later, we’re still contemplating scenarios; however we bought ourselves some more time. Talk about a major brain twister. My first “client” ever will be one for the books!


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No Comments | Posted by Anand K. Patel on Tue. November 10, 2009 4:35 PM
Categories: Fall Break 2009

ONeal, the community center’s director, is the highlight of the morning...

Driving through Aberdeen, I’m struck, as I always am on these trips, that people who live so differently than I are my fellow North Carolinians, and I instantly feel like a city snob. The three places I’ve lived in North Carolina- Charlotte, Wilmington, and Chapel Hill- seem so different somehow, perhaps because they’re seemingly full of transplants from other regions. Aberdeen reminds me of the small towns I used to pass through on Highway 74 between Wilmington and Charlotte. It’s strange to think that today, it’s the big town I have to pass through to get to our destination. Turning left into Jackson Hamlet is literally like turning into a different world, or a decade past. It’s hard to believe that there’s an Olive Garden around the corner, or that there’s a world-class golf course less than a mile away.


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No Comments | Posted by Emily Louise Wallwork on Tue. November 10, 2009 4:32 PM
Categories: Fall Break 2009

Surprisingly, the fall wills project has provided me with confidence in my ability to apply learned concepts in class to real situations with clients.

Surprisingly, the fall wills project has provided me with confidence in my ability to apply learned concepts in class to real situations with clients. Amidst the confusion that I have experienced in my first year of law school, confidence is hard to come by. Being able to draft a document for a client, that will ensure their children and grandchildren will in some way be taken care of after the client’s death, with the supervision and thorough assistance of the reviewing attorneys, allowed me to create a document that accurately portrayed the wishes of the client, and that legally guarantees the client’s wishes will be carried out.


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No Comments | Posted by Sonya N. Rikhye on Tue. November 10, 2009 4:31 PM
Categories: Fall Break 2009

Though it’s been 10 years since I’ve lived in Moore County full-time, I’m reminded of the discomfort I’ve always felt here.

It meant a lot to me to be able to participate during this Fall Break Trip. I grew up 8 miles down the road from where I am sitting here in the Jackson Hamlet community center, so I was glad to get the chance to give back, in some small way.


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No Comments | Posted by Angela R. Spong on Tue. November 10, 2009 4:29 PM
Categories: Fall Break 2009

The trip was unique in that we offered the clients something tangible, a will...

The Fall Break Wills Trip was a great experience. I had a chance to meet amazing people, apply legal knowledge gained during my first semester in law school, and bond with fellow law students who share my passion for pro bono service. The trip was unique in that we offered the clients something tangible, a will–simply a short legal document, which provided them with invaluable and intangible assurance. It was an amazing trip and I recommend any law school student looking to make a difference to participate.


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No Comments | Posted by Robin A. Seelbach on Tue. November 10, 2009 4:27 PM
Categories: Fall Break 2009

I had fun learning from students who are interested in all different types of law, not just public interest work.

I really enjoyed the Fall Break Wills Project. As a 1L, it was great to get to know a lot of other people in my class as well as 2Ls and 3Ls. I had fun learning from students who are interested in all different types of law, not just public interest work. I’m not sure what path I want to pursue when I graduate so it was great exposure to talk to my peers about their areas of interest. Even though many of us have different interests, it was clear everyone wanted to have a meaningful experience over our fall break and help people in need of our services.


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No Comments | Posted by Carla M. Hermida on Tue. November 10, 2009 4:27 PM
Categories: Fall Break 2009

If someone made me sit down and write a living will, I wouldn’t be able to do it because I don’t know what I want...

I really enjoyed participating in the wills project because it allowed me to directly interact with clients. I really enjoyed the clients from Jackson Hamlet. The clients I came into contact with were all so sweet, and grateful for our help. I was thankful for them because they trusted us with their end of life decisions, so we could gain experience.


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No Comments | Posted by Mary P. Sullivan on Tue. November 10, 2009 4:26 PM
Categories: Fall Break 2009
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