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The Carolina Public Interest Law Organization (CPILO) is a student-run group that works in collaboration with UNC Law and Friends of CPILO, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting public interest law among Carolina Law students. CPILO helps provide grants to students who accept summer internships in the public sector that are low-or non-paying; facilitates a network of support for students interested in pursuing public interest law; exposes the law school community to public interest law; and encourages students to pursue careers in the public sector. Donations are tax-deductible. For questions about donations, please contact Keke Jefferies. Other questions about what we do? Contact CPILO President Cait.


2019-2020 Officers


Caitlin Bell-Butterfield
Caitlin Bell-Butterfield, 2L                                                   Contact Cait

Cait is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, and graduated from Hampshire College in 2009 with a degree in Literature. Since graduating, she has worked in the acquisitions department at University of North Carolina Press, as a full-spectrum doula, and, most recently, in communications at Ipas, a global reproductive health and rights non-governmental organization.

After law school, Cait plans to pursue a career in reproductive health and rights law. In her spare time, Cait enjoys hiking with her husband and daughter, running, and making her way through every restaurant in Durham.


Kelsey Cullinan
Kelsey Cullinan, 2L
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Kelsey is from Spotsylvania, Virginia and graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2014. She majored in Psychology with a minor in European Studies. After graduation, Kelsey commissioned into the United States Air Force and completed her first assignment at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois.

After law school, Kelsey plans to pursue a career as a Judge Advocate General in the US Air Force. In her free time, she enjoys watching Notre Dame football, reading, and running.


Sydney Teng
Sydney Teng, 2L                                                         Contact Sydney

Sydney is from Upstate New York and attended Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD where she played soccer and graduated with a B.A. in International Studies. After graduation, Sydney worked for a few years in the DMV area, including an operations role with a nonprofit primary health care organization.

Sydney is a sparkling water connoisseur and hopes to one day backpack the entire Appalachian Trail.


Ryan Collins
Ryan Collins, 2L                                                        
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Ryan is from State Road, NC and graduated from UNC in 2011, where he majored in Political Science and Economics with a minor in Creative Writing. He also has an M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from NC State, where he also worked as a Graduate Residence Director with University Housing. Following graduate school and prior to law school, Ryan worked for five years as a Coordinator for Residence Life at UNC Greensboro.

After law school, Ryan hopes to pursue a career in public interest with a focus on education. He is also interested in state and local politics, and hopes one day to be Governor of North Carolina. In his free time, Ryan enjoys playing tennis, reading a good novel, going to the movies, and spending quality time with friends and family.

Volunteer Coordinator

Athina Hinson-Boyte
Athina Hinson-Boyte, 2L
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Athina grew up in Gastonia, NC and graduated from UNC Charlotte in 2014 with a B.A. in Anthropology and Philosophy. Before coming to law school, she worked at a non-profit agency with survivors of domestic and sexual violence. She is passionate about helping others and wants to build a career in the public interest sphere.

In her spare time, Athina likes to take weekend trips to the beach, and relax with her cats, Thelma & Louise.

Outreach Coordinator

Sabrina Gamero
Sabrina Gamero, 2L
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Sabrina is originally from Charlotte, NC and attended UNC Chapel Hill for undergrad, earning a B.A. in Political Science and Women's and Gender Studies. After law school, she intends to pursue impact litigation work, with a focus on gender violence prevention and immigration work.

Sabrina has traveled to 16 countries, is a Fleetwood Mac enthusiast, and broke her pinky finger riding a mechanical bull.

Mentor-Mentee Coordinator

Lindsay Byers
Lindsay Byers, 2L
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Lindsay is from Asheboro, NC and graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Communication Studies. She is interested in public interest law, specifically civil and human rights.

Lindsay enjoys hiking and visiting local breweries in her spare time. She considers herself a semi-professional tie-dyer.


Chief of Staff

Sasha Telyukov
Sasha Telyukov, 1L
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Sasha is from Moscow, Russia, and graduated from Vassar College in 2011 with a degree in Political Science and Sociology. After college, he worked as a professional musician, touring the Southeast with country and bluegrass bands based in Richmond, Virginia and Asheville, North Carolina. The latter band helped him get acquainted with this beautiful state, which he hopes to call home for a long time to come and where he plans to pursue a career in immigration law.

In his spare time, Sasha plays music, hockey, and soccer.


Auction Planning Deputy Chair

Sarah Benecky
Sarah Benecky, 1L
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Sarah is originally from Columbia, Maryland and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2018 with a B.A. in Anthropology and Global Studies. After graduation, she worked at a local refugee resettlement agency, supporting refugees in finding gainful employment in the Raleigh area. After law school, she hopes to pursue a career in the field of immigration and workers' rights.

In her free time, Sarah enjoys listening to political podcasts and playing Scrabble with friends.


1L Class Coordinator

Meredith Doswell
Meredith Doswell, 1L
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Meredith is from Richmond, Virginia and graduated from Amherst College in 2017. She majored in Environmental Studies and Psychology, and she was on the Women's basketball team. After graduation, Meredith worked for Hunton Kurth LLP in Washington, D.C. as a Legal Support Assistant on the Capital Finance and Real Estate Team.

After law school, Meredith plans to pursue a career in environmental law. In her spare time, she enjoys playing sports, singing, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends.


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