Blog Posts: 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
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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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Alumna Feature: Elizabeth Froehling '92

Elizabeth (Beth) Froehling, 1992

Name and Year of Graduation from UNC Law:

Elizabeth (Beth) Froehling, 1992

Place of Employment:

Campbell Law School, 9/13-present

NC Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1/02-5/13

Area of Practice:

Non-practicing; currently serving as the Director of Student Life & Pro Bono Opportunities at Campbell Law School

Favorite class/professor in law school:

Race and Poverty Law (Dean Boger)—favorite class

Professor Rich Rosen—favorite professor


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Alumnus Feature: Neil Bagchi '04

Neil Bagchi

Name and Year of Graduation from UNC Law:

Neil Bagchi, 2004

Place of Employment:

Bagchi Law, PLLC

Area of Practice:

Corporate, International

Favorite class/professor in law school:

Securities, Tom Hazen


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Posted by Amanda M. Colley on Sun. August 31, 2014 5:56 PM
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Alumnus Feature: Robert Shaw '04

Robert Shaw

Name and Year of Graduation from UNC Law:

Robert Shaw, 2004

Place of Employment:

Williams Mullen (Raleigh)

Area of Practice:

Administrative law

Favorite class/professor in law school:

Federal Jurisdiction/Marshall


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Alumnus Feature: Justin Puleo '11

Justin Puleo

Name and Year of Graduation from UNC Law:

Justin M. Puleo; 2011

Place of Employment:
Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP

Area of Practice:

Health Care

Favorite class/professor in law school:

Criminal Procedure with Professor Myers – for teaching me about fairness and also greatly increasing my understanding and appreciation of The Wire


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Posted by Amanda M. Colley on Fri. May 30, 2014 10:02 AM
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