Blog Posts: Fall Break 2010

The seemingly unimportant terminology of property class became tragic stories of land loss...

When my alarm went off at 4:45 a.m. yesterday morning, I found myself wondering, “What was I thinking when I signed up for this trip?”

By the time I was finished with my first client, I had my answer. By the time I was finished helping my second client, I honestly did not want to leave the project site. The Pro Bono Fall Break Trip was an awesome reminder of why I chose to come to law school in the first place: to help people by providing legal services in a time of need. I am shocked that two months into 1L year, I have attained skills that actually allowed me to help underprivileged individuals in rural North Carolina.


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No Comments | Posted by Elizabeth A. Hill on Sat. January 22, 2011 1:33 PM
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We simply invested two days of our lives, but it is clear that we made a long-term, meaningful impact...

The Fall Break Wills Trip was a fantastic experience. I enjoyed getting to know and work with my partner, Andrew Gregory. We were able to assist three clients the first day and two clients the second day. I was continuously struck by how thankful the clients were for our help. Several enthusiastically thanked us, and many seemed relieved once they were able to leave with fully executed documents. The law students on the trip simply invested two days of our lives, but it is clear that we made a long-term, meaningful impact for many low-income residents of Richmond and Moore County. Given the price of legal services, many of these individuals simply could not afford to hire a lawyer and have these documents created for them. I am proud of my fellow law students for taking time out of their schedules (and a break, no less) to help others.


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No Comments | Posted by Jeremy Miles Wilson on Sat. January 22, 2011 1:31 PM
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I encourage anyone and everyone to complete pro bono work, and I dare that person not to love it.

I couldn’t sleep for days before this wills project. I was nervous and excited to be working with clients and actually writing their wills. What if I messed up, as I would inevitably do as a second year law student not familiar with all the property terms? I would be a failure as an aspiring attorney. These anxious thoughts crowded my brain as I met my first client, a woman with ten children and specific requests concerning them in her will. She wanted some people to have power and gifts, others to have none, and, very importantly, she had a sole remaining sister who was a “villain” and must get nothing. I plunged into the abyss of my first client relationship and was enamored to discover that my client and I “hit it off.”


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No Comments | Posted by Maria T. Rutecki on Sat. January 22, 2011 1:29 PM
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This experience opened me to the socioeconomic problems in different parts of North Carolina...

The Wills Project experience requires a dedication and is not for the faint hearted. I have always prided myself in my ability to be distant and some may even say, cold. This weekend, while seemingly endless, compels every participant to voluntarily sacrifice the rest that law students seem never to need for the worthwhile cause of feeling overwhelmed at the fact that someone would trust us to write their wills.


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No Comments | Posted by Megha Shah on Sat. January 22, 2011 1:27 PM
Categories: Fall Break 2010

The last client my partner and I helped during the trip was a little, sweet elderly woman named Eloise.

It’s taken me a couple weeks to distill the most important piece of knowledge I gained from the Pro Bono Fall Break Wills Trip – there were so many “ah ha!” moments for me on both an academic and personal level.


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No Comments | Posted by Meriwether Tull Evans on Sat. January 22, 2011 1:25 PM
Categories: Fall Break 2010

Why isn’t this what we do every day in law school?

The Wills Trip has been great so far, and only leaves me wondering: Why don’t we do this every day in law school? I have spent over 3,456 hours of my life in law school daydreaming or watching other class members shop for shoes while professors pontificate about legal issues. I have learned a few things, mostly in the 2-3 weeks preceding exams, but also when the occasionally riveting issue pops up; however, over the course of writing three wills for clients, I feel like I have learned a lot more about practicing law than I ever did through weeks of class.


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No Comments | Posted by Robert William Lamb (Rob) on Sat. October 23, 2010 1:23 PM
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