Greenville Pro Se Day Assists 24 Indigent Clients

By: Prof. Phil Broadhead

UM law students who participated in the UM Clinical Program’s Pro Bono Initiative event held in Greenville on September 16, 2015, are Monique Caples (PBI Student Coordinator), Briley Elliott (PBI Student Coordinator), Macy McCarty, Laci Moore, Paul Pritchard, Jake Reed, and Quinton Thompson. Ten local MS Bar attorneys volunteered for the Pro Se Day (not including UM Pro Bono Initiative Director Tiffany Graves and Gayla Carpenter-Sanders, the Executive Director/General Counsel of the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project). Twenty-four clients were assisted by these students and lawyers with uncontested divorces, name changes, and other matters pending before Washington County Chancery Judge Marie Wilson.

The PBI is a unique in-house pro bono teaching program that seeks to give law students practical legal experience and networking opportunities through their participation in daylong legal clinics, work on policy initiatives, and engagement in pro bono opportunities with in- and out-of-state nonprofit legal organizations.  Annually, 100–plus student volunteers assist over 500 clients.  The Mississippi Supreme Court supports the Pro Bono Initiative through its Access to Justice Commission (see https://courts.ms.gov/news/2015/09%2010%2015legal%20clinic%20Washington%20County.pdf). The event would not be possible without the assistance of the volunteer lawyers who generously give of their time to the clients who would otherwise go unrepresented.

Joel Henderson, Monique Caples

Joel Henderson, Monique Caples

 

The clinic registration table: Yumekia Jones (seated), Nicole Jones (standing in front of Yumekia), Laci Moore, Briley Elliott, Macy McCarty, Tiffany Graves and Paul Pritchard standing).

The clinic registration table: Yumekia Jones (seated), Nicole Jones (standing in front of Yumekia), Laci Moore, Briley Elliott, Macy McCarty, Tiffany Graves and Paul Pritchard standing).

Group shot of all volunteers and Judge Marie Wilson. From left to right: Gayla Carpenter-Sanders, Monique Caples, Laci Moore, Jake Reed, Briley Elliott, Macy McCarty, Sara Cotten, Paul Pritchard, Yumekia Jones, Judge Marie Wilson, Nicole Jones, Lorna Frazier, Joel Henderson, Emily Bradley, Quinton Thompson, Kimberly Merchant, Stephanie Macvaugh, Tiffany Graves, Doug Wade, Austin Frye and Cynthia Lee

Group shot of all volunteers and Judge Marie Wilson. From left to right: Gayla Carpenter-Sanders, Monique Caples, Laci Moore, Jake Reed, Briley Elliott, Macy McCarty, Sara Cotten, Paul Pritchard, Yumekia Jones, Judge Marie Wilson, Nicole Jones, Lorna Frazier, Joel Henderson, Emily Bradley, Quinton Thompson, Kimberly Merchant, Stephanie Macvaugh, Tiffany Graves, Doug Wade, Austin Frye and Cynthia Lee