2017-18 Pro Bono Council
Campbell Law School strives to produce highly competent, deeply compassionate lawyers who view the practice of law as a calling to serve others. We want our graduates not only to scholastically excel, but also to live unselfishly, considering the needs of others as more important than their own. Particular emphasis therefore is given to practicing the highest ideals of integrity and civility, seeking transformative justice, promoting reconciliation, and helping those who are most in need of our assistance. In this way, our graduates can become effective advocates for legal and social justice, both in their local communities and in other parts of the world. The Pro Bono Council works closely with the Director of Student Life & Pro Bono Opportunities and the faculty Pro Bono Publico Committee to develop and implement opportunities for students to participate in pro bono service.
In furtherance of Campbell Law School’s mission and the acknowledgment that the practice of law is a profound calling, the mission of the student led Pro Bono Council is to educate students on the nature and importance of serving the underserved through:
- Creating a life-long commitment to pro bono work and volunteerism among Campbell Law students;
- Embracing Volunteerism and Community Service partnerships in the Raleigh area;
- Developing alliances and volunteering with organizations providing legal needs to those in need; and
- Assisting lawyers who provide high quality, low-cost legal services to individuals in need.
For more information contact:
Director of Student Life & Pro Bono Opportunities
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 14 student members who are selected as part of a competitive application process each year.
2017-18 Pro Bono Council Members
Jessica Carter, Director
Jessica Carter is originally from the rural community of Four Oaks, North Carolina. After graduating from high school, Jessica attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received degrees in Public Policy and Political Science, with a Music Minor. Jessica first began doing volunteer and public service work as a teen participating in the Miss America Organization, where she was required to create a personal service platform, as well as participate in a national platform. While in college, Jessica continued serving her local community by enrolling in the Buckley Public Service Scholar program where she completed over 300 service hours, in addition to service oriented courses. At Campbell Law, Jessica chose to continue her service work, while incorporating her new legal skills through Pro Bono work. During her second year at Campbell Law, Jessica served on the Pro Bono Council and worked directly with the Capital Area Teen Court Project, which seeks to give first-time youth offenders a second chance. This year, Jessica is thrilled to serve as Director of the Pro Bono Council – a role she hopes will enable her to see Pro Bono work continue to thrive at Campbell Law.
Cody Davis, Assistant Director
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. Prior to becoming Assistant Director of the Council, Cody served as the project coordinator for the new Service Animal Project, and he remains deeply involved with both the Service Animal and Teen Court Projects. His philosophy surrounding public service is that it is most fulfilling and meaningful when it requires some self-sacrifice.
Terrie Nelson, Secretary; Domestic Violence Advocacy Project
Terrie, 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 UNC Wilmington 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 3L, Terrie works in the Restorative Justice Clinic, serves as the President of the Student Bar Association, and is a co-coordinator for the Domestic Violence Advocacy Project for the Pro Bono Council.
Elizabeth Brooks Barrett, Domestic Violence Advocacy Project
Elizabeth Brooks Barrett, raised in Dunn, North Carolina, graduated from Triton High School in 2011. During her time at Triton High School, Elizabeth developed an early passion for community service and volunteered her time with the American Cancer Society through Relay for Life. She continued this passion while attending East Carolina University by joining the East Carolina University Relay for Life student organization. Over the years she led the organization as Logistic Chair and Executive Event Co-Chair, and was proud to finish her time in the organization by raising over $98,000 dollars for the American Cancer Society. While at East Carolina University she logged nearly 300 hours of community service hours through the ECU Volunteer and Service Learning Center. Elizabeth also became heavily involved with East Carolina University’s Student Government Association, and enjoyed advocating for the interests of her fellow peers. These experiences ultimately led to her choosing to attend the Campbell University School of Law. Immediately following her first year of the law program, Elizabeth worked with Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. as a Martin Luther King, Jr. Intern, and during that time assisted in advocating for victims of domestic violence. While at Campbell Law, she has continued her calling to serve her community by dedicating her time to pro bono service, and appreciates the opportunity to continue advocating for victims of domestic violence through the Domestic Violence Advocacy Project.
Melissa Botiglione, Reentry Project
Melissa Botiglione was born on Long Island, New York and grew up in Matthews, North Carolina. Melissa attended North Carolina State University where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Italian Studies. Melissa began serving her community in high school by volunteering with many local organizations including the Matthews HELP Center. She also participated in numerous public service projects as a member of the National Honors Fraternity Phi Sigma Pi while attending NCSU. During her first year of law school, Melissa discovered her true passion for public service and pro bono legal services when she began volunteering with the Campbell Law Innocence Project. It was through this experience that she became inspired to participate in pro bono legal services and advocate against the injustices evident in the American criminal justice system. Melissa has also participated in several other pro bono projects that serve the underserved communities including the Death Row Visitation Project and the Reentry Project. Melissa will serve as the Project Coordinator of the Reentry Project as well as the President of the Campbell Law Innocence Project for the 2017-2018 school year.
Rebecca Charbonneau, Child Permanency Appeals Project
Rebecca was born in Annandale, VA and has moved many times, but is most recently from Greenville, SC. She obtained her B.A. in Intercultural Studies from North Greenville University in South Carolina. She then spent a year working on a M.S. in Youth Development Leadership at Clemson University before deciding to go to law school. Since high school, she has had many opportunities to travel and go on mission trips, which created a continuous desire to help those in need. One of the most influential trips she took was to Romania, where she was able to work with girls who had aged out of the orphanage system and were considered high risk of becoming homeless or being coerced into sex slavery. Because of this, Rebecca has a specific interest in advocating for young people who are at risk of dangerous situations such as human trafficking. She is very excited about coordinating the Child Permanency Appeals Project this year, and learning more about the
process of advocating for children in high conflict cases.
Sarah Clark, Naturalization Project
Sarah Clark was raised in Wilmington, NC. At a young age, Sarah learned the value of helping others by volunteering with her parents at the Good Shepherd Homeless Center and the Cape Fear Museum. Sarah’s interest in immigration began in high school when she volunteered with the Interfaith Refugee Ministry in Wilmington, NC by sorting clothing donations and visiting with immigrant farm workers. She graduated from Wake Forest University in 2015 majoring in History with a double minor in Environmental Studies and American Ethnic Studies. While at Wake Forest, Sarah was one of three students to work as a research assistant for Dr. Hana Brown, an associate professor of Sociology. Sarah specifically looked into immigration trends and public sentiment towards immigration in Georgia and Alabama during the 1970s to 1980s. In addition, while at Wake Forest Sarah volunteered with the Ronald McDonald House through her sorority, Alpha Delta Pi, and participated in fundraisers for the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund. During her time at Campbell, Sarah has interned with the New Hanover County District Attorney’s Office and Judge Robert B. Jones Jr, U.S. District Court- EDNC. Sarah is looking forward to serving as the Pro Bono Council Chair for the Naturalization Project for the 2017-2018 school year.
Joonu-Noel Coste, Capital Area Teen Cour
Joonu-Noel was born and raised in New Hampshire. She graduated from Michigan State University with a B.S. in Crop and Soil science with a concentration in biochemistry. While there she worked for four years in the research lab of the C.S. Mott Foundation Chair of Sustainable Agriculture, received research funding from the National Science Foundation, presented research at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research, and published her work on soil fertility. Following graduation she worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in both the Boston, MA and the Washington DC offices as a project officer. Following her marriage to her husband, Paul, she stepped back from her federal career to start her family and because a small business owner, cofounding a yoga studio and mainly teaching yoga to students with disabilities for 12 years. She began homeschooling her oldest child when she realized that he had some learning challenges. Several years later her oldest two children were diagnosed with developmental disabilities and she continued to educate them at home while seeking out resources to help them on their unique developmental trajectories. This experience profoundly affected Joonu. Having always intended to return to a career in the public sector, she committed herself to a legal career in order to serve our community by transforming her personal experiences of working with people with disabilities and her research background into an advocacy career. One of her biggest passions, other than gardening, is ensuring kids who get into trouble get a second chance. Children who act out in school, many of whom have disabilities, are referred to law enforcement for low-level offenses. The Capital Area Teen Court offers many of these kids a second chance in front of a jury of their peers. Joonu is thankful for the opportunity to coordinate Campbell Law student volunteers for this important program in Wake County.
Kaitlyn Fudge, Wills/Advanced Directive Project
Kaitlyn Fudge is originally from Oxford, NC, where she first started participating in community service. She went to North Carolina State University where she received a B.S. in Environmental Science. During college, she continued to participate in fundraisers for animal rescue groups and participated in a college volunteer program at Rex Hospital. Kaitlyn is currently interning at the Wake County Attorney’s Office and is a staff member on Campbell Law Review. She is also excited to be a member of the Pro Bono Council and looks forward to continuing her public service calling by serving as a Co-coordinator for the Wills/Advanced Directives Project.
Madeline Hurley, Education Law Project
Madeline Hurley is originally from Rougemont, North Carolina. She is a proud alumna of Durham Public Schools. After high school, Madeline attended Appalachian State University where she majored in Elementary Education. During college, Madeline was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to be a part of the Epsilon Epsilon chapter of Kappa Delta Sorority. Madeline enjoyed serving the Boone community alongside her friends. When she arrived at Campbell Law, Madeline was on the lookout for ways to serve the community and found that the Pro Bono projects at Campbell were an excellent opportunity to do just that. The Education Law Project at Campbell handles cases referred by the Legal Aid of North Carolina’s Lawyer on the Line program. The project gives student volunteers the opportunity to gain practical experience by working with a supervising attorney to provide real clients with legal advice.
Hannah Michalove, Naturalization Workshop Project
Hannah Michalove is originally from Greensboro, NC. She attended UNC-Wilmington, where she earned an undergraduate degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures. Fluent in Spanish and drawn to immigrant advocacy, she became immersed in North Carolina’s immigrant communities after college. Through her collaboration with various nonprofit immigrant legal services organizations, Hannah helped immigrants navigate the federal immigration system and assimilate into the community. She was also a humanitarian aid volunteer at the Arizona-Mexico border, where she distributed water, food, and medical supplies along the migrant trails. In addition to immigrants’ rights, Hannah is passionate about prisoners’ rights and women’s rights. Her motivation for pursuing a legal career and participating in pro bono work stems from her longstanding commitment to social justice and public service. Hannah is excited to serve as a project coordinator for the Naturalization Workshop Project this upcoming year.
Brittany McKinney, The Child’s Advocate Project
Brittany is a small-town, North Carolina native from Reidsville. She graduated from UNC- Chapel Hill with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and Political Science. During her time at UNC, Brittany became involved with a group whose goal was to educate people about the school-to- prison pipeline. Brittany was especially drawn to how the pipeline impacted kids for the rest of their lives. During the summer after her 1L year, she externed with the honorable Judge Denning in Wake County Family Court and also with the Wake County Guardian ad Litem program. In each of these externships, one thing was clear: kids have a voice. Brittany is determined to pursue a career as an advocate for kids and is excited to be working with Campbell Law’s Restorative Justice Clinic and serving on the Pro Bono Council for The Child’s Advocate Project.
Kaitlin Romanelli Myers, Service Animals Project
Kaitlin Romanelli Myers grew up in Alpharetta, GA. Kaitlin attended North Carolina State University and graduated in 2015 with BA degrees in Criminology and Political Science, as well as a Minor in Forensic Science. Growing up Kaitlin was active in various community service projects, and continued participating in public service projects as a member of the Honors Fraternity Phi Sigma Pi at NC State. Kaitlin hopes to practice in Elder Law, Disability Law, Estate Planning, Family Law, Real Estate, and Environmental Law issues. Kaitlin is currently working in Campbell Law School’s Senior Law Clinic, and is excited to serve as the Project Coordinator for the Service Animal Project for the 2017-2018 school year and is looking forward to serving on the Pro Bono Council.
Sarah Sherrington, Death Row Visitation Project
Sarah Sherrington spent the majority of her childhood living in Vancouver, Washington. She went to high school in Portland, OR, where her school encouraged the students to be aware of problems the homeless community in the city faced and to help in any way possible. 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 dumpsite. The injustices she saw on these trips inspired her decision to go to law school and join the Pro Bono Council to continue serving others. In addition to participating in the Innocence Project and the Domestic Violence Advocacy Project, Sarah will continue to serve as the Project Coordinator for the Death Row Visitation Project for the 2017-2018 school year.
Meredith Kelley Solomon, Wills/Advanced Directives Project
Kelley Solomon grew up in Clayton, NC. She attended North Carolina State University and graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Business Administration, concentration in Operations/Supply Chain Management. Kelley knew exactly what she wanted to do, and upon graduation from NCSU she went straight into law school. Her inspiration for pro bono legal services began when she became a legal intern at the Wake County Clerk of Superior Court the summer after her 1L year. She understands how imperative Wills/Advance Directives are and finds incredible joy in working with her fellow advocates to provide legal assistance where most needed in the community. Kelley also serves as a Peer Mentor Group Coordinator for Campbell Law’s Peer Mentor Program. After participating in the Wills/Advance Directives Project last year, Kelley is looking forward to taking a larger role in promoting pro bono services at Campbell and in the local community in the 2017-2018 school year as the Co-Coordinator for the Wills/Advance Directives Project.