Bethan joined the law school in early 2017. Working in the Public Interest & Pro Bono Office, she directs career programming and counseling and develops resources for students pursuing government and public interest careers. Bethan counsels students seeking internships and post-graduate positions, including assistance with fellowship proposals and government honors program applications. Bethan works closely with the Career and Professional Development Center to provide career exploration and support to all students. She also advises students in the Public Interest and Public Service Certificate Program and several student organizations. She develops resources and collaborates with students on events such as the annual Public Interest Retreat and Duke Law’s attendance at the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair.
After graduating from UNC School of Law in 2012, she was the Community Development Attorney-Fellow at the UNC Center for Civil Rights, where she represented communities of color in Central and Eastern North Carolina on fair housing, environmental justice, and access to municipal services issues. Bethan then worked in Durham at Southern Coalition for Social Justice, first as an Equal Justice Works/AmeriCorps Employment Opportunity Legal Fellow and then as Director of SCSJ’s Clean Slate Project, which provides statewide direct reentry legal services for people with criminal records and addresses collateral consequences and criminal justice reform issues through a racial justice and community lawyering model.
Bethan graduated from Ohio University’s Honors Tutorial College and moved to North Carolina to pursue her passion for public interest and civil rights law. During law school, she directed the UNC Pro Bono Program, encouraging in her peers a lifelong dedication to pro bono work. During her time with the Pro Bono Program, she also worked with students and alumni to create pro bono projects to address unmet legal needs in North Carolina, and she coordinated wills clinics in rural North Carolina communities.