Pro bono chairs from NCBA Sections, Divisions and Committees participate in the Pro Bono Committee’s pro bono orientation program.

Pro bono chairs of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Sections, Divisions and Committees gathered Monday at the N.C. Bar Center for an orientation program meant to kick off the bar year’s pro bono efforts.

Presented by the North Carolina Bar Association Pro Bono Committee under the direction of North Carolina Bar Foundation Pro Bono Staff Attorney Nihad Mansour, the orientation program was the first of its kind held to prepare NCBA pro bono leaders for the new bar year.


NCBA/NCBF President LeAnn Nease Brown initiated the event with welcoming remarks, during which she expressed her excitement and appreciation for volunteer support of NCBF pro bono programs and the gathering of pro bono leaders from across the NCBA.

Attendees (see full list below) also included President-elect Mark Holt, NCBA board members David Robinson, who also co-chairs the Future of Law Committee, and Julian H. Wright, who provided an inspiring keynote address, NCBA/NCBF Executive Director Jason Hensley, NCBF Senior Director Kim Bart Mullikin, members of the Pro Bono Committee, and representatives from Legal Aid of North Carolina, the NC Pro Bono Resource Center and the Children’s Law Center of Central North Carolina.

Additional presenters included Sylvia Novinsky, NC Pro Bono Resource Center Director; Kim Bart Mullikin, NCBF Senior Director; Paul Vaughan, NCBF Civic Education and Community Engagement Coordinator; Mary Irvine, NC IOLTA, NCBA Pro Bono Committee; Jared Smith, NC Equal Access to Justice Commission, NCBA Pro Bono Committee; Emily Moseley, Strategic Health Law, NCBA Pro Bono Committee Co-Chair; and Jennifer Mencarini, Elon School of Law, NCBA Pro Bono Committee Co-Chair.

“The need for legal services to indigent North Carolina residents is significant,” said Jennifer Mencarini, NCBA Pro Bono Committee co-chair who serves as director of career development at Elon University School of Law. “It is extremely gratifying to see the NCBA and NCBF step up to support its members in providing critical legal support to our state’s neediest residents.

“From sharing personal, inspiring stories of pro bono service to creating and giving tools to get more lawyers involved in this work, the inaugural pro bono leaders workshop will certainly have a lasting impact on not only those who attended, but on their colleagues and the beneficiaries of their pro bono service.”

Tyler Russell, Ward and Smith (Bankruptcy)
Rebecca Redwine, Hendren, Redwine & Malone (Bankruptcy)
Salim Uqdah, Mediation for Uroboros Mediations (Dispute Resolution)
Alex Elkan, Brooks Pierce (Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Law)
Tim Jones, Jones Branz & Whitaker (Estate Planning & Fiduciary Law)
Steve  Epstein, Poyner Spruill (NCBA Membership Committee)
Jeff Kelly, Shanahan Law Group (Future of Law Committee)
David Robinson, Nexsen Pruet (Future of Law Committee)
Tom Harris, State Employees Association NC (Government & Public Sector)
Ben Mount, Raleigh City Attorney’s Office (Government & Public Sector)
Gabe Oros, Erie Insurance (Insurance Law)
Andrea Carska-Sheppard, Workplace Options (International Practice)
Anthony DeRosa, Myers Bigel (Intellectual Property Law)
LaToya Powell, NC AOC (Juvenile Justice & Children’s Rights)
Brandy Dawson, Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation (Juvenile Justice & Children’s Rights)
Charlotte Stewart (Military & Veterans Law)
S M Kernodle-Hodges, Tolliver Richardson & Kernodle (Paralegal Division)
Rachel Royal, Wilmington City Attorney’s Office (Paralegal Division)
Matthew James, NCCU School of Law (Tax)
Mallory Lidaka, Lewis & Roberts ( Workers’ Compensation)
Kristen Kirby, McGuireWoods (Young Lawyers Division)
Samantha Unmann, Jones Branz & Whitaker (Young Lawyers Division)

Emily Moseley, Strategic Health Law (Pro Bono Committee)
Jennifer Mencarini, Elon School of Law ( Pro Bono Committee)
Jared Smith, NC Equal Access to Justice Commission (Pro Bono Committee)
Mary Irvine, NC IOLTA (Pro Bono Committee)
Sylvia Novinsky, NC Pro Bono Resource Center (Pro Bono Committee)
Katherine Asaro, NC Pro Bono Resource Center (Pro Bono Committee)
B. Leigh Wicclair, NC Pro Bono Resource Center (Pro Bono Committee)
Niya Fonville, Campbell Law School (Pro Bono Committee)
Charlisa Powell, Children’s Law Center of Central North Carolina
Alice Lee, Legal Aid of NC
Katey Millette, Legal Aid of NC

Julian  Wright, Robinson Bradshaw (NCBA Board of Governors)
Jason Hensley, NCBA/NCBF Executive Director
LeAnn Nease Brown, Brown & Bunch (NCBA/NCBF President)
Mark Holt, Holt Sherlin (NCBA/NCBF President-Elect)

Kim Bart Mullikin, North Carolina Bar Foundation
Nihad Mansour, North Carolina Bar Foundation
Paul Vaughan, North Carolina Bar Foundation
Louise Harris, North Carolina Bar Foundation
Tom Hull, North Carolina Bar Foundation
Carole Oliver, North Carolina Bar Foundation


Jennifer Mencarini, NCBA Pro Bono Committee co-chair, visits with NCBA/NCBF Executive Director Jason Hensley, left, and Ben Mount of the Government and Public Sector Section.