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The Carolina Public Interest Law Organization (C-PILO) is a student-run group that works in collaboration with UNC Law and Friends of C-PILO, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting public interest law among Carolina Law students. C-PILO 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 C-PILO President Hailey Klabo.
Carolina Public Interest Law Organization

2017-2018 Officers


Hailey W. Klabo

 Hailey W. Klabo, 2L                                                       Contact Hailey

Hailey is from Iowa City, Iowa, and graduated from Davidson College in 2016 with her undergraduate degree in gender and sexuality studies. Hailey is currently serving as a research assistant at UNC Law. 

After law school, Hailey hopes to pursue a career in civil rights law, focusing on women's issues. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and cuddling with her cat.


Lauren M. Toole
Lauren M. Toole, 2L
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Lauren is from Belmont, North Carolina and graduated from Kenyon College in 2014. She majored in English with a concentration in Islamic Civilizations and Cultures. After graduation, Lauren moved to New York to work as a litigation paralegal at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison. This past summer Lauren interned with the Bronx Defenders in their Criminal Defense Practice in the Bronx, New York.

While Lauren enjoyed her time in New York, she hopes to work as a public defender in North Carolina after graduation. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys watching the Great British Bake-Off, purchasing creative t-shirts, and crockpot cooking.


Jasmine Plott

Jasmine Plott, 2L                                                          Contact Jasmine

Jasmine is from Concord, North Carolina. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015 with B.A. in English and Psychology with a minor in Information Science. Jasmine is a dual degree student in Library Science. This past summer she worked at the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

After law school, Jasmine hopes to continue her work in public interest by representing domestic violence survivors and advocating for other women's issues. In her free time, Jasmine enjoys reading, Zumba, and snuggling with her sweet and noisy dog Hamlet.


Katherine S. Clarke (Katie)

Katie Clarke, 2L                                                          Contact Katie

Katie grew up in Plantation, Florida and she attended Florida State University. She graduated in 2014 with a B.S. in Public Relations and a minor in Leadership Studies. After graduation, Katie moved to Greensboro, North Carolina where she spent two years teaching Common Core Math I at Eastern Guilford High School with Teach for America. This past summer Katie interned with both the North Carolina Supreme Court and the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, while also serving as a Research Assistant to Assistant Professor David Ardia.

After law school, Katie plans to move to Charlotte and pursue banking or finance litigation. In her spare time, Katie loves to watch the Noles, play with her two perfect  puppies, and spend time outdoors.

Volunteer Coordinator

Phillip J. Pullen (Phil)
Phil Pullen, 2L
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Phil is from Chesapeake, Virginia and graduated from Virginia Tech in 2016. He majored in Political Science with a concentration in National Security Studies. This past summer Phil interned with the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the U.S Navy JAG Corps in Washington, D.C.

After law school, Phil intends to pursue a career as a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Navy JAG Corps. In his spare time, Phil enjoys swimming, jumping to Enter Sandman at home Virginia Tech football games, and pursuing personal best records in beach paddle ball.

Outreach Coordinator

Emma C. Nunn
Emma Nunn, 2L
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Emma is from Richmond, Virginia and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016. She double majored in Spanish and Global Studies. This past summer, Emma interned with United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina and Prince William County Public Schools in Manassas, Virginia.

After law school, Emma plans to pursue a career in criminal law. In her free time, she enjoys eating chocolate, running, and memorizing Nelly lyrics.

Auction Planning Sub-Chair

Eric J. Fisher
Eric Fisher, 1L
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Eric grew up in Irmo, SC, and graduated from Furman University with a degree in English. After graduation, he taught 7th grade in the Bronx with Teach for America, worked in student development at his alma mater, and most recently spent a decade working in a number of different roles at KIPP: New Jersey, a network of charter schools in Newark and Camden, NJ.

Eric is still exploring what kind of law he would like to pursue, but returned to school with the intention of working on social justice issues closer to home. In his free time he likes to read, officiate friends’ weddings, and watch Carolina basketball games with his two kids.

1L Class Coordinator 

Claire W. Smith
Claire Smith, 1L
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Claire is from Apex, North Carolina and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016. She majored in Journalism with a concentration in Strategic Communication and minored in Spanish.

After graduation, Claire worked as a Legal Assistant with Hatch Rockers Immigration in Raleigh, North Carolina. After law school, she plans to pursue a career in immigration law. In her spare time, Claire enjoys running, backpacking, and reality tv binging.
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