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 10 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 2014-15:
Manisha Devasthali, Director
Manisha was born in Texas, but grew up in Fayetteville, NC. From a young age, she learned to cherish the opportunity to make positive differences in the lives of others through volunteering. Her work in the pharmacy at the free clinic in Fayetteville, The Care Clinic, was the first of these important experiences. After getting a BA in International Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, Manisha served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador. Later, she earned a Masters of International Studies at NC State, and then worked as an Employment Specialist for refugees during their first 6 months in the US. At Campbell Law School, Manisha has participated in many of the Pro Bono opportunities including the Reentry Project, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Project, and Juvenile Mediation. She is currently serving as Assistant to the Senior Law Clinic and Director of the Pro Bono Council.
Allie Cameron Moore, Assistant Director
Allie was born and raised in a small town, Saluda, South Carolina. She attended The College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina, where she received a B.S. in both Psychology and Sociology. After graduation, she pursued her life-long dream of becoming a lawyer by moving to Raleigh and enrolling at Campbell Law. She was attracted to Campbell because of its commitment to public service. During college, Allie spent time working and volunteering with foster children and the homeless and elderly populations. In the midst of her first year at Campbell, she became acquainted with the Domestic Violence Advocacy Project (DVAP). Her desire to continue with public service and her interest in domestic violence awareness led Allie to join the Pro Bono Council and become the new Project Coordinator for DVAP. After her first year of law school, Allie spent the summer serving foster children in Harnett County through her internship with the Harnett County Department of Social Services. Allie is currently serving as the Assistant Director of the Pro Bono Council.
Gabe was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and grew up in Miami, Florida. Six days after graduating high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps serving as an Infantry Machine Gunner and Marine Security Guard at various duty stations within the U.S. and overseas. After his tour, Gabe went on to own a real estate and mortgage brokerage in South Florida where he conducted monthly first-time home buyer classes for public school teachers to assist them in purchasing their own homes. After the 2008 market collapse, Gabe was on the front lines helping distressed property owners navigate loan modifications to keep their homes or short sales to minimize the owner’s financial liabilities. During this time, Gabe interacted with many lawyers, and that experience led him to pursue a career in the law. Gabe spent his first summer in law school working with Legal Aid in Pittsboro and has participated in several pro bono projects at Campbell Law including, the Domestic Violence Advocacy Project, the Reentry Project, and Wills for Heroes. Gabe also remains very active in the veteran’s community, serving as Treasurer of the Military Law Student Association which sponsors the annual Casino Night benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project, as well as co-founding the Mike C. Pena 64-mile Valor Walk.
Aaron Goforth grew up in Asheville, NC. He attended Gardner-Webb University and graduated with a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature in 2010. He moved to Leon, Spain to teach English and then moved to Mars Hill, NC, to teach Spanish as a high school teacher. During his time teaching, Aaron led a student community service club that sought to help the impoverished and elderly in the community. He started his first year at Campbell Law in 2012 and has worked with the Hispanic Law Students Association to organize a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals clinic. He also served as the Project Coordinator for Campbell Law’s Navigator Healthcare Project to assist individuals and families with enrollment in health insurance made available by the Affordable Health Care Act in collaboration with Legal Aid of NC. Aaron is a very active member of the law school and looks forward to continuing his service on the Pro Bono Council.
Devon Karst grew up in the quaint town of Clayton, NC. After falling in love with the mountains of Boone, she decided to attend Appalachian State University where she studied Psychology. After developing a passion to advocate for children in foster care, she chose to intern with the National Council for Adoption in Washington, D.C. the summer before her senior year. While interning, she learned of the legal difficulties families face when adopting children. This inspired her vision to make a difference in the field of adoption law, and led her to make the conscious decision to go to law school. Upon graduating from ASU, Devon traveled to Uganda and worked in schools and orphanages where she spent time with children that had been abused and neglected. While she developed a bond with those children, she knew there were children in the United States facing the same kind of adversity. Now home and happy at Campbell Law, she is excited to be a part of the Child Permanency Appeals Project where she hopes to make a positive impact in the lives of children in our community.
Alison Mulnix Kralick
Alison Mulnix Kralick is a native of Wilkesboro, NC. Following the events of September 11th, 2001, she made the decision to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point. Ali was commissioned as a Military Intelligence officer in the United States Army and served for over seven years, attaining the rank of Captain. Her service included two deployments to Iraq and one to Afghanistan. She currently lives in Angier, NC, with her husband Jonathan, who is an Army officer at Fort Bragg. Ali is a Pat Tillman Military Scholar and through the Pat Tillman Foundation, she has worked with and helped promote non-profits supporting veterans such as The Mission Continues and Team Red White and Blue. Ali is also working on her Master's degree in Public Administration. She has participated in the Domestic Violence Advocacy Project (DVAP) and will be helping to coordinate the project this year so that she can assume full management of the project next year.
Meredith moved to Raleigh from Asheville, NC, where she graduated from Mars Hill College with a B.A. in Political Science in 2012. Meredith has been passionate about volunteering and the legal system since she became a volunteer for Teen Court at the age of 12. As a peer juror and attorney, she dedicated countless hours to the Teen Court program before graduating from high school. While a student at Mars Hill, Meredith served as an intern with Buncombe Alternatives, working with juveniles in diversion programs. She developed a passion for working with juveniles in the court system and helping them find ways to give back to their community. After graduating from Mars Hill, Meredith moved to Fayetteville, NC, to work with her grandfather at his law firm. While working at the firm, she observed her grandfather’s commitment to pro bono service and realized how important and life changing pro bono legal services can be to low-income families. After completing her first year at Campbell, Meredith had the opportunity to work as an intern at the Legal Aid of North Carolina’s Helpline, where she further developed her passion for helping others.
Peyton is a rising third year student at Campbell School of Law. She was born and raised in Winston-Salem, N.C. She studied pre-professional legal studies at Appalachian State University, and then took a year off to work and prepare before starting law school in 2012. During this time, Peyton volunteered at a women’s shelter in Winston-Salem where she conducted research, organized fundraisers, and managed the front desk. Last summer, Peyton worked for Legal Aid in Raleigh and provided assistance on a landlord/tenant case involving a woman who was being forced to live in inhumane conditions by the landlord. When Peyton is not doing schoolwork, you can usually find her painting, staining, or working on another project at home. She is interested in the real estate and estate planning areas of the law and is passionate about pro bono. Peyton is looking forward to being a champion for pro bono service as a new member of the Pro Bono Council.
Fiona Steer grew up in Raleigh, NC and briefly lived in Leeds, England. After returning to Raleigh, she attended North Carolina State University. She graduated with a B. A. in Political Science in 2011 and started her first year at Campbell Law in 2012. Fiona has been a volunteer coach for Girls on the Run of the Triangle since 2010. She is also a Wake County Guardian ad Litem, advocating for children's best interests in the Abuse, Neglect and Dependency Court. Fiona's experience as a GAL has provided her with a great foundation for her role as the Project Coordinator for the Child Permanency Appeals Project (CPAP). Beyond CPAP, Fiona is excited to help make the Pro Bono Council one of Campbell Law's most admired programs.
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Melissa was born and raised in Manteo, NC, on the Outer Banks. She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from NC State University. She then attended the police academy and served as an NC State University Police Officer from January 2010 until May 2012. Before starting law school at Campbell Law, Melissa worked with two Raleigh attorneys as a legal assistant. She is passionate about working in the legal field and serving others. Melissa sees her ability to obtain a law degree as a gift that she should share by helping as many people in need as possible. She believes pro bono work should be an important part of her career as an attorney and looks forward to promoting pro bono service to her fellow students at the law school.