Pro Bono CLE on Thursday, May 11 at noon

Pro Bono CLE on Thursday, May 11 at noon

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Join us for this lunch hour continuing legal education seminar on Pro Bono Ethics/Rule 6.1, presented by Sylvia Novinsky, Director, North Carolina Pro Bono Resource Center, a program of the NC Equal Access to Justice Commission.

This CLE will cover unmet legal needs in NC, the Equal Access to Justice Commission, NC Rule 6.1, national and NC surveys discussing barriers and factors that encourage pro bono, the Pro Bono Status Rule, and the newly established NC Pro Bono Resource Center.

One hour of ethics CLE for $25, with sandwiches & drinks available for all participants at no extra charge. Our thanks go out to The Van Winkle Law Firm for the use of the Starnes Conference Room. Sign up here.

Sylvia K. Novinsky is the Pro Bono Resource Center’s inaugural director. Chief Justice Mark D. Martin launched the North Carolina Pro Bono Resource Center, the newest program of the North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission, in 2016.

The Pro Bono Resource Center is tasked with increasing pro bono participation statewide, initially focusing on connecting recent law graduates with projects that address legal needs in Wake and Mecklenburg counties. It will also provide a way for North Carolina lawyers to report on their pro bono service to clients in need, and will encourage and support this work through recruitment, training and communication. The Center will be one of only a handful of statewide pro bono resource centers in the country.

Sylvia comes to this role after nearly twenty years of service to the University of North Carolina School of Law, where she most recently held the role of Assistant Dean for Public Service Programs. During her tenure at Carolina Law, Sylvia founded and advised the UNC Law Pro Bono Program, a national model for inspiring students and alumni to participate in pro bono service. She has also served as the institution’s Associate Director for Public Interest Law, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, and Associate Dean for Student Affairs. Sylvia also spends time inside the classroom as an adjunct professor, teaching “Spanish for American Lawyers” and “Leadership for Lawyers.”

In addition to her career in higher education, Sylvia has experience working for legal aid providers. After law school, Sylvia litigated federal employment-related issues and administrative unemployment, wage and hour claims, and consumer cases, for Peninsula Legal Aid in Virginia. She then served as Legal Director for the Center for Immigrants’ Rights in New York, New York where she supervised a statewide hotline for immigrants and advocates and represented domestic workers on employment matters.

Sylvia grew up in Queens, NY, and is from Argentina.  She is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Industrial & Labor Relations and The American University’s Washington College of Law.  She is licensed to practice law in Maryland, the District of Columbia and New Jersey.  She is a member of the NC Bar Association serving on the Pro Bono Activities Committee.  She volunteers as the Statistician of the Fairfield Summer Swim Team and is a member of Judea Reform Congregation in Durham.  She lives in Durham, with her husband, who teaches at Durham Public Schools, and her daughter.

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