Blog Posts: Rana J. Odeh

Rana J. Odeh

Experiential and Cultural Learning on the Cherokee Trip, By: Jon Leonard

Tsali Manor
The personal cases that unfolded during the trip brought to reality the emotionally sensitive cases we read about in law school and see on TV. Yet, it was surreal to see clients' emotions up close. In these tender moments we learned how to build trust with clients. While we realized there was a specific task at hand--to prepare the desired legal documents, nothing trumped the power of human emotion. As good attorneys, we should draft thorough and accurate documents, but we must never forget the importance of counseling that comes with our position. 

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No Comments | Posted by Rana J. Odeh on Fri. January 12, 2018 5:28 PM
Categories: Winter Break Trip 2017

Heels Tread New Ground with UNC Law Pro Bono Program’s Most Remote Project Yet, By: Ashle Page

Snowbird participants

Lawyers are often described through a variety of words: attorney, mediator, advocate, litigator, counselor, judge, prosecutor, defender, and many more. Through the Pro Bono trip to Cherokee, in my view, three more terms emerged as even better descriptions of the potential a lawyer can have on others. A lawyer is a learner, a problem-solver, and simply, a fellow human being.

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No Comments | Posted by Rana J. Odeh on Fri. January 12, 2018 4:59 PM
Categories: Winter Break Trip 2017

Carolina Law Truly has A “Will”ingness to Help Others, By: Michael Peretz

Dean Brinkley, right, helping Michael Peretz, left, prepare clients
Before applying to be part of this Pro Bono Trip to Cherokee, North Carolina, I was warned by multiple 2Ls and 3Ls that, over the course of my first long, arduous semester in law school, it becomes easy to lose sight of why one comes to law school to begin with. They warned that a typical 1L’s desire to join a profession to help others often gets supplanted by a strong desire to get the highest grades possible, and that I should participate in Pro Bono work over my first Winter Break in order to remind myself why I wanted to become part of the legal profession to begin with. Fearing that I was actually slipping into this “1L trap” halfway through the semester, I applied to this Pro Bono project at the urging of those who participated in this trip previously because it would allow me to directly interact with clients and help them solve some of their family’s legal problems. I am so glad they recommended I do so—it truly was such an amazing experience.
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Categories: Winter Break Trip 2017

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