Blog Posts: Spring Break 2009

Back in the Big Town

It’s Sunday night at the end of Spring Break, and I’m just getting over the fever I caught one week ago after slamming oysters with Mark Dorosin and Jackson Mabry at New Bern’s Raw Bar this past Tuesday night. All dietary regrets aside, I’m shivering from a pro bono mountaintop high when I think about our few days in the coastal plains.


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No Comments | Posted by Augustus D. Willis on Sat. March 14, 2009 11:01 AM
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Day 4: Wills, Milkshakes and Automobiles

Thursday was the day that we came home to Chapel Hill, but we were scheduled to work during the morning as well.

The New Bern Team left the hotel around 9:00, and headed to Pamlico County – about 30 minutes away [Because we split up and came home right after our work day, I don't know how the Greenville Team's day went - hopefully one of them will help me out and post to the blog ...]. When we arrived at the senior center, its kind staff showed us to a large room in the back with some folding tables and chairs. Though a few people had signed up to be clients, we had to wait for an hour or so for anyone to show up. Luckily, there was a pile of yard sale items in our room for our browsing enjoyment. By noon, though, almost all of us had at least one client. My partner and I worked with a very nice elderly couple (the parents of one of the center’s staff) who, because of a son’s issues with the IRS, had some quite interesting questions about how their real property should be distributed. David and other LANC lawyers were, as always, very helpful in answering these questions.


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No Comments | Posted by Augustus D. Willis on Thu. March 12, 2009 11:00 AM
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Day 3: The day of Free

Free Day. A day ripe with promise – like a new-born baby or a blank canvas.

The day (which was actually Wednesday, March 11) started quite early, as we had breakfast with Judge Flanagan at 8:30 am. Melissa, who will be clerking with Judge Flanagan next year, was gracious enough to set up the date, which included bagels (rye bagel + honey walnut cream cheese =awesome), an intimate question and answer session with Judge Flanagan, and the privilege of sitting in the jury box while watching a few criminal sentencing hearings (dare I say, even more awesome than bagels?).


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No Comments | Posted by Augustus D. Willis on Wed. March 11, 2009 10:59 AM
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Day 2, Evening: Scenic Drives, Boat Rides, Chicken Thighs

We at Team New Bern finished the work day around 4:00. In all, we were quite happy with the way things went this time around – each couple had at least one client (a couple groups had more than one); the senior center was very nice, clean, and comfortable (and had internet access); and its staff was warm and helpful. From what I heard at our debriefing-slash-stand-up-comedy-set (ask Evan to tell you the one about the frog with the beard), the Greenville team had similarly positive experiences. Most of the Greenville Team were kept busy with estate planning clients, while others helped LANC with tax, property, and domestic violence cases.


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No Comments | Posted by Augustus D. Willis on Tue. March 10, 2009 10:58 AM
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Day 2: Beaufort County, Personal Questions and Fried Okra

Well, It’s around 3:00 on day two of our trip! This is a half-time report.

All but 3 members of Team New Bern are in Beaufort County, NC (the other three are at the New Bern office of LANC). We had quite a steady group of clients today! Each pair of volunteers was able to write documents for a client; in fact, I think one group had two clients. Everyone seemed a bit more comfortable with the whole process today, having already completed one day of work.


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No Comments | Posted by Augustus D. Willis on Mon. March 9, 2009 10:57 AM
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Day 1: Travel, Training and Multi-Tasking

Today was our first day in Eastern NC, and boy was it a long one! (the exclamation point indicates enthusiasm and not crippling exhaustion)


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No Comments | Posted by Augustus D. Willis on Mon. March 9, 2009 10:56 AM
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