MCB VLP Volunteer Spotlight
Tina Y. Tanhehco
MayerBrown's Summer Associate class included Tina Y. Tanhehco from Williamsville, New York. She is also a clerk with the MCB Diversity Committee's Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship and split her summer between MayerBrown and Duke Energy.
If you or your firm is interested in providing pro bono opportunities for its summer associates, please contact Heather Blackley to learn of possible projects and initiatives where volunteers are needed!
University of Chapel Hill School of Law
What type of pro bono cases were you assisting with this summer?
The List Project is a program that helps to resettle Iraqi allies. Our role is to help Iraqi citizens who have helped the United States and are now looking to immigrate here. Some feel they are no longer safe because of the aid that they have given to our military or other services. Most need help navigating the immigration processes.
What is your hope for the future with regard to this case?
I hope that the individual we have been trying to help will be able to come to the US and no longer have to feel fear in his own country. I also hope that other US allies who fear retribution in Iraq will have the opportunity to resettle in the US.
What is the best advice you've received?
Develop relationships with good mentors and don't be afraid to ask questions.
What advice would you give others?
Learn from your mistakes but do not waste time dwelling on them.
What is the most challenging part of your law school experience?
Finding a good balance - making enough time for class, extracurricular activities and outside responsibilities.
What is your favorite part of your law school experience?
Having the opportunity to approach any professor to discuss anything both after class and during office hours.
Any other pertinent things you would like to share with the Mecklenburg County Bar and legal community?
The Mecklenburg County Bar through the Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship has developed an incredible opportunity for diverse law students. Because of this program, I have had the fortune of experiencing an interesting variety of challenging work and have met amazing leaders in the community. I have been able to talk openly and candidly with a variety of attorneys about their experiences, and I have had the opportunity to work on three pro bono projects during my summer here in Charlotte. I continue to be grateful for the support and encouragement that the Mecklenburg County Bar provides to minority law students.