The Pro Bono Council at Campbell Law School was informally started by two students in 2009 and subsequently became a formalized group in the fall of 2010. The Pro Bono Council has grown to 12 student members who are selected as part of a competitive application process each year.
The following members have been selected to serve on the Pro Bono Council for 2016-17:
Jared Simmons, Director Close ▲
Jared Simmons grew up in Wilmington, NC. He attended UNC-Chapel Hill and graduated in 2012 with BA degrees in History and Peace, War & Defense. After graduation, he worked for UNC and chaired a local town board focusing on improving pedestrian access and alternative transportation in Orange County. He had the opportunity to intern for The Honorable Robert N. Hunter, Jr. for the North Carolina Court of Appeals this past summer. After being the Project Coordinator for The Child's Advocate last year, Jared is looking forward to taking a larger role in promoting pro bono services at Campbell and in the local community in the upcoming year.
Andrew Deschler, Assistant Director
Andrew Deschler was born in Winston-Salem, NC, and grew up in rural Pfafftown, NC. He graduated from UNC-Greensboro with a Bachelor's in History and a Minor in Philosophy. From a very young age, Andrew credits his parents for getting him involved in community activities to help people. He was part of the Boy Scouts of America and the Adventure Guides through the YMCA. He also traveled to assisted living homes with his two dogs as part of Critter Cuddlers for seniors to have pets visit and play with them. Before moving to Raleigh for law school, Andrew became involved with the Boys and Girls Club of Raleigh by participating in the Raleigh Olympics, and now he is on the committee that helps plan and recruit for the annual event. Andrew chose Campbell Law because of the school’s success in developing North Carolina lawyers with a commitment to public service. North Carolina is where he wants to live and practice law, and he especially loves the Raleigh area. Andrew is excited about the opportunity the Pro Bono Council will give him to begin his career of public service.
Emily Anne Smith Peacock, Secretary
Emily Anne Smith Peacock grew up in the small town of Midland, NC. After graduating high school at sixteen, she attended Appalachian State University. She earned a Bachelor of Arts for both Psychology and Theatre Arts in December 2012. During her time at ASU, she volunteered for many local programs including the Special Olympics of Watauga County and the Ensemble Stage Children's Theatre. After trying a few other post-grad programs, she finally realized what her calling was. In 2014, she came to Campbell Law School ready to make a difference. Emily Anne has a special interest in immigration and family law because of her husband’s experiences as an immigrant from England. She hopes to run a practice doing both upon graduating. When she isn't doing Pro Bono Council work, Emily Anne can be found volunteering with many other programs in the school. In addition to her role as Secretary, Emily Anne will serve as the Project Coordinator for the Naturalization Workshop Project for 2016-17.
Ryan Bennett was born in High Point, NC, and grew up in Roanoke, VA. He attended UNC-Wilmington and graduated in 2013 with a BA in Criminology with a concentration in Criminal Justice. After his first year of law school, Ryan had the opportunity to work for The Honorable Judge Michael Denning at the Wake County Family Court. During his second year, Ryan interned at the North Carolina National Guard Office of the Staff Judge Advocate. There, he worked on a wide variety of projects, including giving divorce and child custody legal aid to service members and their families. He is also President of Campbell’s Student Animal Legal Defense Fund. Ryan’s experiences at Family Court and assisting in providing legal aid to military members and their families has solidified his decision to practice family law. He knows how difficult divorce and custody disputes can be for families, especially for children. This led to Ryan getting involved in The Child’s Advocate Project, for which he will serve as the Project Coordinator for the 2016-17 school year. Ryan is looking forward to serving on the Pro Bono Council and giving back to the community.
Jessica Carter was born and raised in the small town of Four Oaks, NC. After graduating high school, Jessica attended the UNC-Chapel Hill where she obtained Bachelor’s degrees in Public Policy and Political Science, with a minor in Music. Growing up, Jessica was involved with the Miss America system, which maintains a heavy community service driven component within the program. While at UNC, Jessica became a Buckley Public Service Scholar. The program requires a minimum of 300 volunteer hours, in addition to service oriented trainings and courses. During her time in the Buckley program, Jessica volunteered at CommWell Health. CommWell works to provide affordable medical, dental and behavioral health services to the uninsured and under-insured at a number of locations throughout Central and Eastern North Carolina. After moving to Raleigh for law school, Jessica wanted to continue giving back to the community. For this reason, Jessica became involved with the Campbell Law Pro Bono Council in order to see continued growth in the various projects the Council provides to benefit so many individuals in need within the Raleigh area.
Cody Davis is originally from Archdale, NC. He graduated from North Carolina State University with a B.A. in political science and minors in both philosophy and criminology. Cody is interested in criminal law and government law. During college and high school, Cody was active in community service. Recently, he has been involved with community service opportunities at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. In the past, he was involved in the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Cody is most interested in juvenile justice issues, hunger and homelessness. His philosophy surrounding public service is that it is most fulfilling and meaningful when it requires some self-sacrifice, i.e.: when it is 100% voluntary and not just in order to fulfill a program requirement.
Terrie Nelson, a native of Hampton, Virginia, moved to North Carolina in 2005, when her father received orders to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. Upon graduating from high school, Terrie attended UNC-Wilmington where she earned her undergraduate degree in Communication Studies. Upon graduating from UNCW in 2012, Terrie participated in a summer internship at the New Hanover County District Attorney’s office. It was during this internship that Terrie decided that she wanted to go to law school. While earning her masters from UNCW in Conflict Management, Terrie worked as a Victim Witness Legal Assistant (VWLA) for two years in the New Hanover and Pender County DA’s Offices. As a VWLA, she worked closely with survivors of domestic violence. She also served as a volunteer for the Pender County Teen Court program and Pender County Christian Services. As a rising 2L, Terrie is excited that she will be working with Campbell Law’s Restorative Justice Clinic and will be serving on the Pro Bono Council.
Meredith Parker was born in Charlotte, NC and grew up in Concord, NC. From an early age, Meredith has been active in community service. Throughout her childhood, Meredith volunteered at her church and traveled on various mission trips. Her most memorable trip was to Ottawa, Canada where she and her teammates renovated a care facility for youth with special needs. After graduating high school, Meredith attended UNC-Chapel Hill. While at Carolina, Meredith was an active member in her sorority, participating in various service projects. Meredith organized several events to benefit the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and various other organizations dedicated to cancer research. While at Campbell Law, Meredith has utilized her legal skills to give back to the Triangle area and beyond by participating in several pro bono projects, such as the Campbell Law Innocence Project and the Domestic Violence Advocacy Project. While working for a local firm, Meredith gained exposure to the legal process associated with domestic violence. This exposure encouraged Meredith to do more to help victims of domestic violence in her community, and to inspire and lead other law students to do the same. She will serve as the Project Coordinator for the Domestic Violence Advocacy Project for the 2016-17 school year.
Cecilia Reyna was born in Alice, Texas. After attending the College of Biblical Studies in Houston, Texas, Cecilia chose to follow a childhood dream of serving in the military. She enlisted in the United States Army as a Combat Medic/Healthcare Specialist. Cecilia served five years of active duty stationed in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and completed a one-year deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2008. Following the birth of her daughter, Olivia, Cecilia honorably discharged from the military and returned to college where she obtained a Political Science degree from the UNC-Pembroke. During her undergraduate studies, Cecilia served on the board for the Hoke County Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center where she was inspired to pursue a legal career that would allow her to further advocate for those in need. At Campbell Law, Cecilia was introduced to the work of the Pro Bono Council by volunteering for the Wills/Advance Directives Project where she was inspired to become a member of a group of like-minded advocates providing legal assistance where most needed in the community. Cecilia then became the Project Coordinator for the Wills/Advance Directives Project her second year and will continue in that role for the 2016-17 school year.
Sarah Sherrington was born in Macon, Georgia. When she was ten years old, her family moved to Vancouver, Washington. She went to high school in Portland, Oregon, where her school encouraged the students to be aware of the problems that the homeless community in the city faced and to help in any way they could. This inspired her to continue service when she went to college. She attended Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL where she majored in History and English. Among other service activities, she participated in two service trips abroad. The first was to Jamaica where she spent time working with disabled children. The second was to Nicaragua to build a house for a single mother who provided for her three children by working at a dump site. The injustices she saw on these trips inspired her decision to go to law school and she is excited that her participation on the Pro Bono Council will allow her to continue serving others. Sarah will serve as the Project Coordinator for the Death Row Visitation Project for the 2016-17 school year.
Holly Stephens is originally from West Jefferson, N.C, home to North Carolina's only cheese plant. Holly attended UNC-Chapel Hill where she graduated with a double major in Political Science and English, and a minor in Urban and Regional Studies. She first discovered her love for volunteering when she was a young girl and her grandma Sylvia, who she calls "mamaw," would take her to the local senior center to volunteer with the senior citizens. This experience gave Holly a passion for serving others in her community, and she continued to volunteer as a tutor and with other local community organizations in her hometown until she graduated high school. While attending UNC, Holly became involved with Communiversity, which serves elementary-aged, minority children in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area by providing academic assistance and cultural enrichment to students after school. It was during the three years that Holly spent with Communiversity that she discovered her true passion for volunteering with her community's youth. She further explored this interest by participating in the Capital Area Teen Court program in the spring of her first year of law school. She fell in love with the program, and has continued to volunteer ever since. In addition to volunteering with Teen Court, Holly also volunteers with the Alzheimer's Association of Eastern North Carolina in honor of her mamaw, and organizes a walk team for the RTP Walk To End Alzheimer's every fall. Holly also serves as a third year representative for the Campbell Law SBA and is a member of the Old Kivett Advocacy Council at Campbell. Holly is thrilled to serve as the Project Coordinator for the Capital Area Teen Court Project for the 2016-17 school year and is looking forward to serving on the Pro Bono Council.
Deirdre Stephenson was born and raised in Sanford, North Carolina. She graduated from UNC-Wilmington with a Bachelor’s in English Literature and Criminology and a Minor in Sociology. Deirdre began serving her community during high school by volunteering at her local animal shelter, CARA. She also participated in many public service projects as a member of the Honors Fraternity Phi Sigma Pi while attending the UNCW. Deirdre’s true inspiration for pro bono legal services began when she became a legal intern at Legal Aid of North Carolina in the summer of 2015. She continued to work there as an intern throughout the fall of 2015 due to her commitment to the services Legal Aid provides her community. The Reentry Project at Campbell has inspired Deirdre to pursue pro bono services to help rural North Carolinians for the rest of her legal career. Becoming a part of the Pro Bono Council is an opportunity towards achieving her dream of continued public service. She will serve as the Project Coordinator of the Reentry Project for the 2016-17 school year.