Blog Posts: Fall Break 2011

My favorite part of the project was not the fact that I could draft wills and power of attorney forms, though...

I could not believe that I was meeting my first client after only two months of law school. I was nervous that first morning but soon realized that the point of the wills project was to spend time with our clients and learn about them. We discussed their needs and goals in planning their wills and power of attorney documents. I was humbled by how quickly my clients felt confident in my ability to help them even though I did not initially feel the same way. They trusted me and were truly depending on my assistance and advice, and these reactions and responses empowered me to do the best job possible. I felt a lot more relaxed and focused on my conversations with the clients so I could formulate the documents to reflect exactly what they wanted.


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No Comments | Posted by Ashley M. McAlarney on Wed. November 2, 2011 12:07 PM
Categories: Fall Break 2011

Sometimes your only job is to be with your client.

When I applied to UNC Law, I was aware of the Wills Trip and hoped that I would have the privilege of participating. It’s funny when long-term hopes turn materialize—and it’s even better when the actual experience out-performs your expectations. My partner and I had the opportunity to draft wills, but we were also were privileged to be with people both like us and quite different, to be with them as they shared their burdens with us.


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No Comments | Posted by Troy D. Shelton on Mon. October 31, 2011 12:06 PM
Categories: Fall Break 2011

If I ever needed a reminder about why I chose to pursue law as a career, the Wills Trip not only came at a perfect time...

Presumably, projects like the Wills Trip aim at affording law students with what could be their first opportunity to meet with clients. But if all I took away from my experience on the Wills Trip was “client interaction”, I would be missing an essential point.


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No Comments | Posted by Lindsey S. Frye on Mon. October 31, 2011 12:05 PM
Categories: Fall Break 2011

Over two days I met with four clients and three of them were able to walk out of our clinic with legal documents in tow...

My experience on the pro bono wills project was a whirlwind. It was truly the most fulfilling thing I’ve done since I joined the Carolina Law family. Over two days I met with four clients and three of them were able to walk out of our clinic with legal documents in tow and with a huge weight off their shoulders. The best part is that I was able to lift that burden for them.


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No Comments | Posted by Alexandra E. Suárez on Sun. October 30, 2011 12:04 PM
Categories: Fall Break 2011

Our client needed us to think outside the box and create unique articles that expressly (and more importantly, legally) outlined her particular wishes.

Armed only with five hours of rudimentary training in wills preparation, I walked into my first client meeting with a heavy dose of trepidation, but also a sense of relief to be doing actual legal work that had nothing to do with casebooks, court opinions, and the always-enjoyable Socratic method I had grown accustomed to as a fresh 1L. While I knew entering law school that my days, nights, and weekends would be filled with reading, case-briefing, and learning to “think like a lawyer,” it was refreshing to put Chapel Hill in my rearview mirror to actually roll up my sleeves and work like a lawyer.


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No Comments | Posted by Joseph T. Polonsky on Sat. October 29, 2011 12:04 PM
Categories: Fall Break 2011

Each will drawn up is one fewer burden on grieving families.

My purpose in coming to law school was to make use of my experience as an educator to serve the people of North Carolina in a different capacity; the Fall Break Wills Project allowed this hope to become reality.

This trip was my first opportunity to see the partnership between UNC’s Pro Bono program and Legal Aid in action, working to bolster the legal health of the communities we serve by marrying law students’ needs for practical legal experience with North Carolina’s growing need for low-cost, client-centered legal services.


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No Comments | Posted by Charlotte R. Stewart on Sat. October 29, 2011 12:01 PM
Categories: Fall Break 2011

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