Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, January 18, 2010

Events at UNC Law


Public Interest Mentor Program Resume Workshop, 12-12:50p, 3080


Community Legal Project Information Meeting, 12-12:30p, 4004

Winter Break Pro Bono Wrap-up, 12-12:50p, 5048


2010 Public Interest Retreat, UNC School of Law, 1:00 - 5:30p



CPILO Auction, Carolina Club, 5:30 - 9:00p

Save the Date!

5th Annual UGA Working in Public Interest Law Conference, February 26-27, 2010

This two-day conference at UGA Law features panels and roundtables discussions with public interest practitioners from across the country. Registration is FREE for students. For more details and online registration:

Funding Opportunities

FCBA Foundation Now Accepting Applications for Funding of Unpaid Communications-Related Legal Internships

For details: Deadline: March 19, 2010.

UNC Center for Public Service - Call for Proposals for Public Service Fellowships

Are you looking for a meaningful summer experience? Do you have an idea for a public service project you would like to do over the summer. Do you want to work in partnership with a community and faculty mentor to make a difference in YOUR home town or ANYWHERE in the world? If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions please consider applying for a Robert E. Bryan Fellowship or a UNC Entrepreneurial Public Service Fellowship offered by the Carolina Center for Public Service. All Fellows receive a stipend of up to $3,000 to fund their projects. Any returning, full-time undergraduate or graduate student enrolled at UNC-Chapel Hill is eligible to apply. Application Deadline: February 8, 2010. More information.

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

If you are interested in signing up for a project listed below, visit for details and contact Lauren Felter at

Make sure to also consider signing up for the Fall Break and Winter Break Pro Bono Trips!

Property - Acquisition of Easements, Bill Anderson, McDaniel & Anderson LLP - Raleigh, NC

Petition to the U.S. Supreme Court - Cruel and Unusual Punishment, Law Office of Bruce Cunningham - Southern Pines, NC

Eighth Amendment - Cruel and Unusual Punishment, Law Office of Bruce Cunningham - Southern Pines, NC

Update Criminal Defense Motions Manual - NC Advocates for Justice/Lexis - Raleigh, NC

Community Development - UNC Center for Civil Rights - Carrboro, NC

Community Political Involvement - UNC Center for Civil Rights - Carrboro, NC

Aid Landowners with Housing Rehabilitation - UNC Center for Civil Rights - Carrboro, NC

Fair Housing Litigation - UNC Center for Civil Rights - Carrboro, NC

Immigrants' Rights Violations - ACLU - Raleigh, NC

Civil Rights and Property - UNC Center for Civil Rights - Chapel Hill, NC

Intern for Small District Court Practice - Patrick E. Morgan, Esq. - Carrboro, NC

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities


Public Interest OCIs - Deadline to Bid: January 21, 2010
  • ACLU - Capital Punishment Project (Durham, NC)
  • Center for Death Penalty Litigation (Durham, NC)
  • Disability Rights North Carolina (Raleigh, NC)
  • NC Office of the Capital Defender (Durham, NC)
  • NC School Board Association (Raleigh, NC)
  • Public Defender - District 15B Orange/Chatham Counties (Carrboro, NC)
  • US DOJ Executive Office of Immigration Review (Charlotte, NC)

North Carolina Albert Schweitzer Fellows Program

This is a one-year interdisciplinary fellowship program focused on community service, leadership development, and reflection. Students enrolled in a NC degree-granting program in a health professional field for the 2009-2010 academic year may apply. Past fellows have included students in fields such as medicine, nursing, public health, social work, law, and dentistry. Deadline: February 1, 2010.

To learn more:

U.S. Senator Schumer Seeks Summer 2010 Law Clerks

First and second year law students are welcome to apply for these full-time, unpaid positions. Law clerks typically conduct research and assist in drafting legislation related to topics under the Judiciary Committee's jurisdiction, including, but not limited to immigration policy, oversight of the DOJ and the administration of the courts, antitrust and consumer projection, crime and the criminal justicie system, and national security. Past law clerks have prepared for Supreme Court confirmation hearings, drafted questions for Committee and Subcommittee hearings, and researched a wide variety of policy issues. Law clerks work closely with Senator Schumer's Chief Counsel and other Judiciary Committee Counsels. Strong research and writing skills required. To apply: send a cover letter, resume, and legal writing sample to Marco De Leon of the Senator's staff at with the subject line "Legal Clerkship."

Legal Services of Southern Piedmont: Summer Public Interest Fellowships

To apply send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and the names and contact information for two references to Kenneth Schorr, Executive Director, Legal Services of Southern Piedmont by email to or by mail to 1431 Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28204. Email applications are preferred. To learn more:

Institute for Justice: Summer 2010 Law Clerk Positions

To apply to the Institute for Justice send a cover letter (detailing your interest in IJ), resume, and writing sample to the attention of Clerk/Intern Coordinator at the Institute for Justice, 901 N. Glebe Road, Suite 900, Arlington, VA 22203. Email: Fax: 703.682.9321.

NC State State Government Internship Program

The NC State Government Internship Program is offering up to 65 paid summer internships in state government agencies. Summer interns work for full-time for ten weeks and earn $8.25/hour. For criteria and application: Deadline: Postmarked by January 20, 2010.

ACLU Racial Justice Program, Summer 2010 Internship Program

First and second year students are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to racial justice, civil rights, and civil liberties. Applications should include a cover letter, resume, two letters of recommendation, and a writing sample. Email application to with the subject "Re: RJP Legal Internship Summer 2010" or mail to: Marika Plater, Internship Coordinator, RE: Summer Internship Program 2010, Racial Justice Program, 125 Broad Street, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10004. For more info:


Autry Social Justice Fellowship

The Autry Fellowship is a competitive fellowship program for talented and ambitious recent college graduates interested in careers in social justice. It provides an opportunity to work for one year at MDC as a full-time, paid staff member. MDC's work is primarily in the American South, where a history of inequality and exclusion has trapped millions in circumstances below their potential. The Autry Fellowship supports MDC's mission to help organizations and communities have experience promoting economic development, increasing equity and excellence in education, building inclusive civic cultures, and who are posed and ready to apply their new learning to benefit this region. Applications for the 2010-2011 fellowship must be recieved by February 8, 2010. Applications are available at For more information, contact Alyson Zandt, 2009-2010 Autry Fellow at 919.968.4531 or

Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, Two-Year Fellowship Opportunities

The Trust is offering two fellowships that offer hands-on experience to prepare emerging leaders for service in the philanthropic and nonprofit sector. Finalists will be interviewed in early March/April and final selection will be made in May. Fellowships begin in June. To learn more: Application Deadline: February 12, 2010.

Community Inclusion and Economic Development Fellowship

The UNC School of Law Center for Civil Rights invites applications for its two-year Community Inclusion and Economic Development Fellowship for recent law school graduates. The Center for Civil Rights is a legal organization that uses action-oriented advocacy, including litigation, to make America's promise of justice, opportunity, and prosperity a reality for all people. The Community Inclusion and Economic Development Program provides legal assistance and advocacy designed to target institutional racism and remedy inequities, help close wealth and income gaps, and increase low-income and minority communities' power and influence. The Fellow will conduct legal research, work directly representing Center clients and draft legal and policy documents submitted to the courts and other organizations. Fellow also provides direct support for advocacy efforts in the Center's client communities. The Center seeks applicants with a Juris Doctor degree from an ABA accredited Law School program and no more than two years experience in civil rights or public interest practice and/or public policy advocacy.To apply send cover letter, resume, law school academic record, three references, and two writing smaples (at least one should be legal in nature and both no more than 10 pages) to Adrienne M.B. Davis, Director of Research, Community Services and Student Programs, by mail at UNC School of Law Cernt for Civil Rights, Attn: Civil Rights Fellowship Program, CB#3382, Law School Annex; Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3382 or by email at

Legal Aid Society of Rockland County, Inc., New City, New York, Staff Attorney

The Legal Aid Society of Rockland County, Inc. is seeking a Staff Attorney for their New City, New York office. The position will focus on foreclosure defense and may involve bankruptcy and landlord-tenant proceedings as well. If you are interested in receiving the job description and posting announcement please send email to with "Legal Aid Society of Rockland County" in the subject line.

Make sure to check Symplicity regularly for OCIs with public interest employers.

Public Service Resources

Featured Resource: UNC Law Public Interest Retreat

Students will have the opportunity to learn about tools that will assist them in their public interest job search, hear from young alums and professors regarding their own experience practicing public interest law, a...nd to network with fellow students, alums, and faculty. Register:

PSLawNet Blog: To access legal news affecting the public interest job market, resources for public interest job seekers, and guest columns from public interest practitioners and career service professionals offering a range of career advice. To check out the blog:

Equal Justice Works Blog: To read about news and thoughts regarding public interest law, check out the Equal Justice Works Blog at

Public Service News

Expert Opinion: Five Questions for a Public Interest Leader - National Association of Attorneys General, PSLawNet Blog, January 15, 2010

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

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