Blog Posts: Spring Break 2012 (Eastern)

At times it may feel like we are fighting a war of attrition against the cycle of poverty, but there are tangible goals to be achieved.

As a native North Carolinian, it was rewarding to visit new areas of the state and give something back to those less-fortunate. However, the greatest impact, for me, was the eye-opening experience of seeing the level of poverty and exclusion in communities only a few hours from Chapel Hill, and learning that similarly-excluded communities exist right in Orange County. I, as I am sure many of us do, take for granted resources that seem so basic—access to water, sewer, paved roads, street lights, public transportation, and even proper grocery stores. Being able to walk through these communities and put a face on the issues facing excluded communities across the state was the most impactful experience.


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No Comments | Posted by Kevin L. Denny on Thu. March 8, 2012 11:45 AM
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I wanted to go on this trip to help remind me why I had decided to go to law school. I definitely made the right choice.

Before going on the Wills Trip, I was excited and nervous about what was in store. I couldn’t wait to get my head out of my books and the theoretical land of the law and dive into something tangible and real. I was also terrified of making some colossal mistake.


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No Comments | Posted by Agnieszka T. Zmuda on Thu. March 8, 2012 11:43 AM
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After going on this trip, visiting Lincoln Heights, spending time with clients, and talking to the attorneys from the UNC Center for Civil Rights...

I could spend a long time talking about how terrifying it is to sit down across from someone who’s depending on me for legal work that will affect her family for generations, to bumble through explaining vocabulary and laws that I don’t fully understand, to wait for her to push the papers back across the table and say, “You’re completely incompetent. Get me your supervising attorney, now.” But I don’t think that would be the best use of my words, because that’s not the most important thing I got from this trip.


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No Comments | Posted by Rebecca A. Fiss on Thu. March 8, 2012 11:41 AM
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It was Mahatma Ghandi who said “A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.”

The first stop on our trip was in Lincoln Heights outside of Roanoke Rapids, N.C. This was a tour to witness the disparate impact of segregation on this community. Though the two towns were geographically separated by one bridge, I was amazed at how disconnected this community was from Roanoke Rapids.


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No Comments | Posted by Justice D. Warren on Wed. March 7, 2012 11:39 AM
Categories: Spring Break 2012 (Eastern)

I want to say to anyone who is considering attending the pro bono trip, but reluctant to give up some of their spring break: It’s worth it!

I came on this trip expecting to gain practical experience in an area of interest for me, to help others, and to have fun. I definitely did all three. I enjoyed Property before this trip but using these skills to help clients convinced me that I may want to do this as a career.


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No Comments | Posted by Amanda C. McCrea (Amy) on Wed. March 7, 2012 11:37 AM
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Relating to my client, not as a future lawyer-to-be, but as another person not only facilitated the drafting process...

I have to admit, the idea that I would be writing up documents that had the power to determine such important aspects of peoples lives kind of terrified me. I had never drafted anything resembling a will or power of attorney, let alone ever have anyone looking to me for legal help. As we arrived to our first client session my internal dialog started going something a little like “Oh my goodness, I have a client. I have a client. Okay, act calm and….be lawyerly?”


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No Comments | Posted by Laura Arredondo-Santisteban on Wed. March 7, 2012 11:34 AM
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Attorneys have the chance to treat with dignity those clients who may not be able to afford the typical legal fees...

I greatly enjoyed the opportunity to join other UNC Law students in eastern NC for the Pro Bono wills trip. It provided the chance to apply the knowledge I have learned in my first two years and to see firsthand why attorneys should open themselves up to serve others who are unable to afford quality legal services. There are real problems to be addressed.


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No Comments | Posted by Jonathan T. Sink (Jon) on Wed. March 7, 2012 11:30 AM
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As I walked around that community, I was reminded of villages in Uganda and rural Peru. How can we allow something like this to happen on our own soil?

The Walking Tour

When we first started walking through Lincoln Heights, I didn’t feel very shocked by the houses that were caving in, or by the unpaved roads, or the scattered trash, or whatever else. The circumstances in Lincoln Heights didn’t surprise me because of its familiarity: I had seen this before, in Uganda, in Peru, and in parts of China. But this was America. How could this happen in the land of prosperity?


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No Comments | Posted by Ryan C. Fairchild on Wed. March 7, 2012 11:28 AM
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This Wills Trip definitely made the first year stress of law school worthwhile.

The Wills Trip provided me, not only with legal experience, but with a chance to work with amazing people to relieve a future burden that not having these documents may bring. First, we started with a walking tour of Lincoln Heights, which put things into perspective for us. It gave us a look into the struggle that clients could face and allowed us to see first hand and understand the difference we were making by participating in the Wills Trip.


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No Comments | Posted by Porsha M. Robinson on Wed. March 7, 2012 11:27 AM
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They were very appreciative–one lady was so grateful, telling us that they realized the importance of having these documents.

I enjoyed our first client session of the trip. My partner Laura and I had the sweetest client. She showed us pictures of her family and we chatted about the recent UNC-Duke basketball game. Seeing her pictures really personalized the experience for me because I got to see the faces of the people that she was naming in her will. Plus, working with her and interacting with the other clients that day reminded me of why I gave up three days of Spring Break. They were very appreciative–one lady was so grateful, telling us that they realized the importance of having these documents, but that they just haven’t had the resources; another said that having the documents was worth a million dollars. All in all, it was a great experience and yet again reminded me of why I’m in law school.


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No Comments | Posted by Elaine M. Hartman on Wed. March 7, 2012 11:25 AM
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