As a native North Carolinian, it was rewarding to visit new areas of the state and give something back to those less-fortunate. However, the greatest impact, for me, was the eye-opening experience of seeing the level of poverty and exclusion in communities only a few hours from Chapel Hill, and learning that similarly-excluded communities exist right in Orange County. I, as I am sure many of us do, take for granted resources that seem so basic—access to water, sewer, paved roads, street lights, public transportation, and even proper grocery stores. Being able to walk through these communities and put a face on the issues facing excluded communities across the state was the most impactful experience.
At times it may feel like we are fighting a war of attrition against the cycle of poverty, but there are tangible goals to be achieved. At the end of the day, there are now 25-30 more wills in the world than otherwise would have been. It is likely that our clients will speak to friends, family, and children about their experience in the wills clinic. Perhaps some will be convinced of the need for these important documents and sign up for future wills clinics.
There will certainly always be the need for this sort of work. Being able to step out of the classroom and provide life-changing assistance to the less-fortunate and gain practical experience alongside classmates with whom you struggle through casebooks, briefs, and cold-calls, is all the more reason I recommend any student, but especially future 1Ls, to apply for these trips.
Posted by Kevin L. Denny on Thu. March 8, 2012 11:45 AM
Spring Break 2012 (Eastern)