Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, January 13, 2014

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Save the Date!

C-PILO Annual Auction and Benefit

Thursday, January 30, 7:00-11:00 p.m., Top of the Hill

C-PILO's annual community auction and benefit is approaching fast! UNC sports memorabilia, vacation stays, wine tastings, art, ski passes and roughly a hundred other items and services will be up for auction. The benefit will feature silent and live auctions, comedians, and heavy hors d'oeuvres catered by Top of the Hill. All proceeds from the event support summer public interest grants to UNC Law students. C-PILO volunteers will be selling auction tickets in the rotunda during lunch hour later this week.

Mark Your Calendars: UNC Law 2014 Public Interest Retreat: Friday, February 21!

Meet and connect with fellow students, attorneys, and professors committed to serving the public interest. UNC Law's 2014 Public Interest Retreat is on Friday, February 21. More details to come soon!

Events at UNC Law

Meet the UNC Center for Civil Rights

Wednesday, January 15, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5046

Learn more about the work of the UNC Center for Civil Rights and how students can get involved. Center staff and fellows will be discussing their work and how they came to be civil rights attorneys. Free pizza!

ELP Networking Event

Thursday, January 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Boardroom 5003

ELP and the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Section of the NC Bar will hold a reception for law students. This is a great opportunity for students to learn about what life is like as an attorney that specializes in environmental, energy, and natural-resources law. The general atmosphere of the event will be informal, although we suggest students to wear business casual attire. The Section will be providing dinner.

The attorneys in the Section represent the practice of environmental law through several different realms (government, public interest, and private practice) and through several different mediums (environmental, energy, natural resources, and even tort and property law).

All students, even remotely interested in environmental law, are encouraged to attend the event. This is truly a unique opportunity to learn about the practice of environmental law and meet with those practicing it in the area. If you would like to attend please RSVP to Heather Hillaker by tomorrow, Tuesday, January 14.

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

Public Interest Employers in Spring OCIs

The first round of On-Campus Interviews (OCIs) includes several sought-after public interest summer employers. See the info above about how to bid for OCIs. Don't miss the chance to bid for summer internships with the Center for Death Penalty Litigation, NC Prisoner Legal Services, the NC League of Municipalities, and others! And remember to keep checking Symplicity as new employers are added regularly.

Peggy Browning Fund Summer Fellowship Program

The Peggy Browning Fund’s 2014 Summer Fellowship Program is now accepting applications. In 2014, the Peggy Browning Fund plans to support between 60 and 70 funded Summer Fellowships in labor-related organizations such as unions, worker centers, the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, the Federal Labor Relations Authority and union-side law firms. Summer Fellowship stipends are a minimum of $5,000 per student for a ten-week employment period. In many cases Mentor Organizations will supplement the stipend. See each individual fellowship description for details. Deadline: January 17, 2014.

Upcoming Government Deadlines

Federal Government

Below is a sampling of upcoming deadlines for federal government honors programs (3Ls) and summer 2014 internship programs (1Ls & 2Ls). Information about each program can be found on individual department websites, as well as in the Government Honors and Internship Handbook online. If you have questions, need application assistance, or would like to be added to the govcareers email list for relevant announcements, please contact Samara Reynolds, Government Career Counselor in the CDO.

  • National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Enforcement Litigation, Appellate, & Supreme Court Internship (2L) and Division of Judges Internship (2L): January 15
  • Smithsonian Institution Internship (2L): January 15
  • Department of Transportation (DOT) Office of Litigation Internship (1L/2L): January 15
  • Department of Commerce (DOC) National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Internship (2L): January 15
  • Comptroller of the Currency Internship (1L/2L): January 17
  • Inter - American Foundation (IAF) Internship (1L/2L): January 17
  • Department of Transportation (DOT) Maritime Internship (1L/2L): January 30
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3 (Philadelphia) Summer Clerkship (1L/2L): January 31

State Government

North Carolina Department of Justice - Attorney General’s Summer Internship Program

The North Carolina Department of Justice Attorney General’s Office handles issues that affect every aspect of state government and the lives of North Carolina residents. One of the goals of the NCDOJ is to recruit the best and brightest students to public service. The department’s summer internship program is an excellent tool for doing just that. In addition to gaining invaluable legal experience, NCDOJ interns may participate in a variety of activities designed to enrich their summer experience, including, but not limited to, attending oral arguments at the North Carolina appellate courts, touring prison facilities, observing proceedings at federal and state courts, and networking with NCDOJ attorneys, federal and state judges, and court personnel.

The 2014 NCDOJ summer program runs from May 19 through August 1, 2014. The NCDOJ 2014 Summer Internship Application, along with descriptions of each of the sections that will participate in the 2014 summer program, can be found on the program website. Students are strongly encouraged to apply to all sections in which they are interested. Application materials, including section-specific resumes and cover letters, must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 17, 2014. The sections will endeavor to make their selection decisions by February 28. (These opportunities are unpaid, but students participating in the NC DOJ Internship Program are eligible to apply for UNC Law Public Interest Summer Grants; spring deadline is March 20, 2014).

Other Public Interest Opportunities

Community Engagement Fellowship

Application deadline Monday, February 3

The Carolina Center for Public Service (CCPS) is accepting applications for the Community Engagement Fellowship program. A maximum of five fellowships of up to $2,000 each are awarded in the spring to develop and implement engagement or engaged scholarship projects that employ innovative, sustainable approaches to complex social needs and have an academic connection. Apply online by 11:59 p.m. Feb. 3. For more information, visit the CCPS website.

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

Projects are posted on the Pro Bono Board near the mailboxes. Students can sign up for projects on the Pro Bono Board or email

Spring Internship at Durham County Attorney's Office

Who will you be helping? The Department of Social Services, particularly cases involving the abuse, neglect, or dependency of children.

How will you be helping them? Work with attorneys in the courtroom, and by doing research and writing. Special projects and appellate work will likely also become available.

Project Details

This project is limited to 2Ls and 3Ls only. By signing up, you are committing to 80 hours of onsite work by the end of the semester. That’s about 6 hours a week.

Make working relationships with local attorneys, help protect children in our community, and get real work experience all semester!

Sign up on the Pro Bono bulletin board today!

Bench Memo on Motion to Set Aside Custody Order

Who will you be helping? The McCool Law Firm is helping a victim of domestic violence contest a custody order entered because they unfortunately missed the hearing date.

How will you be helping them? Case law research and research on the success of similar motions to set aside Custody Orders are needed and would be a great help!

Project Details

Only 2Ls and 3Ls are eligible for this project. By signing up, you are committing to 10 Hours of work by February 3.

Sign up on the pro bono bulletin board today!

Domestic Violence Homicide Project

Who will you be helping? The NC Coalition Against Domestic Violence is starting to focus on intimate partner homicides that occur in North Carolina.

How will you be helping them? Weekly research of newspaper articles and relevant data from public sources/law enforcement for reports of intimate partner violence.

Project Details

Anyone can sign up! By signing up, you are committing to 15 hours of research by April 21 (that's only 1 hour a week!).

Help the coalition shape intimate partner violence policy, advocacy, and training statewide! Sign up on the pro bono bulletin board today.

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

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