Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, January 10, 2011

About the Pro Bono Newsletter

The Office of Public Service Programs is here to serve students who are pursuing a career in public interest law and provide opportunities for all students to engage in the School of Law's tradition of public service. Look out for the Public Service Newsletter each Monday for information about public service career opportunities, events, resources, news, and more. View past newsletters.

Events at UNC Law

Walk in Resume Review Clinics for 1Ls
Monday, January 10; Tuesday, January 11; and Wednesday, January 12, 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., CSO Suite

Stop by the CSO at any of the times listed above for a quick review of your resume with a CSO career counselor. Please take the time to update your resume beforehand using the materials in the Career Planning Manual and bring a printed copy with you.

Mountain Justice with Larry Gibson
Tuesday, January 18, 6:00 p.m., University Room, Hyde Hall

Join the Sierra Student Coalition, the Parr Center for Ethics, the Institute for the Environment, CUAB, and the UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 18th in the University Room at Hyde Hall for an evening with Larry Gibson. A leading voice in the fight against mountaintop removal and the destruction of the Appalachian Mountains, Mr. Gibson is known for his lifelong fight to save his home and his family's mountain in the heart of coal country. The event will be followed by questions and discussion as well as a small reception where attendees will have a chance to talk with Mr. Gibson.

Mr. Gibson is most well-known for his lifelong work to protect Kayford Mountain, West Virginia, from the environmental degradation of mountaintop removal. He is an internationally known voice who has been named one of CNN's "Heroes," has appeared on ABC's 20/20, has appeared before the United Nations, and has spoken to thousands of community, church, and university groups across the country. He has most recently been honored by Ohio Citizen Action, which awarded him the 2010 Enduring Courage Award.

The event, highlighting the connection between poverty and environmental issues, is free and open to the public. Nearby parking available at Wallace Deck at 150 E. Rosemary St., and most parking is free on the UNC campus after 5:00pm. For more information, email poverty_center@unc.edu or call 919-843-8796.

Interviewing Skills Presentation
Wednesday, January 19, 12:00 p.m to 1:00 p.m., Room 4085

Attend this interviewing skills presentation from the CSO to brush up on your interviewing skills! This presentation will cover interviewing basics, preparation tips, dos and don'ts, and thank you letter etiquette.

Public Interest Retreat
Friday, February 4, 1:00 p.m to 5:30 p.m., UNC School of Law

Mark your calendars for the Public Interest Retreat on February 4, 2011! The goals of the retreat are to connect law students to the local public interest community and to encourage community-building, to inspire students interested in public interest law to continue on the path to becoming public interest lawyers, and to reconnect students to the values and strengths that inspired their decisions to go to law school.

There will be a casual happy hour following the Retreat. Location TBA.

Rebellious Lawyering Conference
February 18-20, Yale Law School

Reblaw brings together practitioners, law students, academics, and community activists from around the country to discuss progressive strategies for social change, both through legal action and beyond. This year's keynote speakers include Burt Neuborne, Graham Boyd, Laurie Rubiner, and Jose Padilla.

Please visit http://www.yale.edu/reblaw/ for more information. Also, check out the Rebellious Lawyering blog for information and updates about the conference: http://blogs.law.yale.edu/blogs/reblaw/.

Registration is now open on the website. When you register, you'll be able to sign up receive FREE HOUSING for the weekend in New Haven on the spare beds, couches and floors of local friendly, rebellious law students.

Questions? Please contact rebellious.law.questions@gmail.com

Robert M. Cover Public Interest Law Retreat
March 4-6, Sargent Center, Peterborough, NH

The Retreat brings together public interest law students and practitioners for a weekend of networking and dialogue. This retreat was envisioned by Robert Cover, a Yale Law School Professor and social activist, in order to bring law students together with legal professionals and academics to build networks, to discuss the status of public interest law, and to learn more about what a public interest legal career is like. Find more information about the retreat at http://www.law.yale.edu/news/coverretreat11.htm.

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

Current Projects

The Pro Bono Program will begin posting new projects on January 18, 2011 - check the Pro Bono Board or website below for available projects then.

Projects are posted on the Pro Bono Board near the mailboxes and are listed online at http://www.law.unc.edu/studentlife/probono/projects/. Students can sign up for projects on the Pro Bono Board or email Lauren Felter at UNCProBonoProjects@gmail.com.

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

New Postings for Summer Opportunities in the Job Bank

Check out the the postings frequently in the Job Bank for summer opportunities in states all across the US.

  • US Army Corps of Engineers - Anchorage, AK
  • Publications Coordinator, PSLawNet - Washington, DC
  • Cook County State's Attorney Office - Chicago, IL
  • Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology - Washington, DC
  • Colorado Legal Services - Denver, CO
  • Self-Help - Durham, NC
  • ...and more!

Spring On-Campus Interviews

Many public interest employers have already signed up to interview students on campus this spring for open summer internship positions. Below are a few of the participating organizations - log in to Symplicity for the full OCI schedule with deadlines and employers.

  • Center for Death Penalty Litigation - Durham, NC
  • Southern Coalition for Social Justice - Durham, NC
  • US Air Force JAG Corps - Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, NC
  • Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Office - Charlotte, NC
  • US Bankruptcy Administrator's Office - Charlotte, NC
  • Charlotte City Attorney's Office - Charlotte, NC
  • Disability Rights NC - Raleigh, NC
  • US Department of Justice, Office of Immigration Review - Charlotte, NC
  • ...and more!

Check Symplicity regularly for both summer and post-graduation opportunities.

Summer Funding Opportunities

Apply for the 2011 Robert E. Bryan Public Service Fellowship and the Entrepreneurial Public Service Fellowship!

The Carolina Center for Public Service awards summer fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students to support innovative public service and engagement projects in North Carolina and throughout the world. Fellowships are $3,000 each and the deadline is in late January. To learn more about the Robert E. Bryan Public Service Fellowship and the UNC Entrepreneurial Public Service Fellowship, please visit http://www.unc.edu/cps/students-fellowships-index.php.

Public Service News

New York Judge Recognizes "Crisis of the Unrepresented," Calls for Increased Funding
New York Chief Justice Jonathan Lippman called for increased funding for attorneys who represent those living in poverty in civil cases, saying the "crisis of the unrepresented" must be dealt with in the years ahead. See the New York Times article about the proposal.

US News to Disclose More Detailed Info on Legal Jobs for Law Graduates
U.S. News & World Report will be posting more employment information collected for law school across the country, making a much richer array of information available on employment prospects for law graduates. U.S. News & World Report indicates it is acting, at least in part, due to recent pressure for greater transparency about employment prospects. See the full article from the ABA Journal.

Calls for Diversity in the Federal Workplace
The Washington Post reports that President Obama is preparing a presidential directive on increasing federal workplace diversity. See the Washington Post article, and check out the latest Annual Report on the Federal Work Force.

Public Service Resources

Put the Googles to Work Finding Job Openings

Bored and frustrated with the same old job search methods? Setting up Google Alerts, tailored to the position you are seeking, can be a good supplement to traditional job search techniques and can help find positions from niche job boards you may not have thought to search.

See the full article from PSLawNet, including instructions for how to set up Google Alerts: http://pslawnet.wordpress.com/2010/12/08/put-the-googles-to-work-finding-job-openings/.

Use Westlaw to Search for Federal Jobs

For those students looking for federal legal jobs, Westlaw maintains a searchable database of open positions. To search the database: login to Westlaw and then go to Home -> Career Focus -> Law Student Jobs Online -> Federal Careers for Attorneys.

See the full article from PSLawNet: http://pslawnet.wordpress.com/2010/12/07/looking-for-a-job-with-a-federal-agency-have-westlaw-access/

Words to Avoid in Resumes and Cover Letters

Extensive experience? Innovative? PSLawNet reported on a list of the top 10 words in resumes that are seen as empty. See the PSLawNet post on how to avoid using words like these and other empty statements.

Check out the Public Interest Job Search Guide!

The Public Interest Job Search Guide provides practical advice on how to conduct your job or summer internship search, a suggested timeline for all students, a list of resources, and information about public interest law organizations. This resource will be updated soon. Access this resource.


To add items or provide feedback, please contact Sylvia Novinsky, Assistant Dean for Public Service Programs, or Mary Irvine, Public Service Fellow.


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