For the Good of the Gulf: UNC Law Winter/Spring Break Pro Bono Project

Monday, February 08, 2010

"to be a part of the solution was extremely rewarding"

On our trip, I had the opportunity to work with the New Orleans Pro-Bono Project. Prior to the trip, I heard skeptical opinions of “Why New Orleans?”. As we arrived and began working, it became easily apparent why the needs of the people in New Orleans are still great, even five years after Katrina. I worked drafting divorce pleadings and then meeting with clients to sign their petitions. As was pointed out to me, many of these divorces were a result of marriages in 2006, in the aftermath of the storm. The majority of these marriages had already been dissolved in effect, but were not legally ended. Having the opportunity not only to see how the hurricane and the air of uncertainty affected individuals, but also to be a part of the solution was extremely rewarding. -- Elizabeth Morgan

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