Blog Posts: Alumni Features

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Alumna Feature: Angela Liu '09

Angela Liu

Name and Year of Graduation from UNC Law: Angela Liu, Class of 2009

Place of Employment: Dechert LLP - Chicago

Area of Practice: White Collar and Securities Litigation

Favorite class/professor in law school: Professor Elizabeth Gibson’s Civil Procedure Class.

Pro Bono Experience in Law School: Honestly, my experience was pretty minimal because I was too afraid of messing up and naïve enough to think I was actually busy. I remember asking myself, who am I to be offering legal services? If I knew what I know now, I would have rolled up my sleeves and dived right in like so many of my classmates.


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Posted by Amanda M. Colley on Thu. January 1, 2015 11:44 AM
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Alumna Feature: Orla O'Hannadih '12

Orla O’Hannaidh (previously Buckley), '12

Name and Year of Graduation from UNC Law: Orla O’Hannaidh (previously Buckley), 2012

Place of Employment: Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP (RTP)

Area of Practice: Intellectual Property Transactions

Favorite class/professor in law school: Professor Conley’s IP class

Pro Bono Experience in Law School: Staff Member and President of the UNC Innocence Project; volunteer at the Women’s Center (now Compass Center) through the Community Legal Project

What inspired or prompted you to start doing pro bono work? I had many opportunities to get involved in the community and to do pro bono work during law school. As a native of the Triangle area, I found the pro bono work especially rewarding. I really enjoyed and valued my pro bono experience as a law student and I was committed to continue pro bono work as a licensed attorney.


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Alumnus Feature: Adam Tarleton '07

Adam Tarleton

Name and Year of Graduation from UNC Law:

Adam Tarleton, 2007

Place of Employment:

Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, L.L.P. (Greensboro)

Area of Practice:

Tax / Trusts & Estates

Favorite class/professor in law school:

Bill Marshall’s Civ Pro and Rich Rosen’s Crim Pro


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