Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, January 20, 2014

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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. Join our Facebook page Follow us on Twitter

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 this week for $13, and tickets will be $15 at the door on the night of the event.

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

Human Trafficking Rule of Law Debate Info Session

Tuesday, January 21, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4085

North Carolina has one of the highest rates of human trafficking of any state. A representative from NCCASA will be here to present on human trafficking and NC's newly passed safe harbor law. There will be an opportunity debate against Duke students in February at a Lexis-sponsored event. Lunch will be served!

Career Corner

1L Summer Job Information Fair

Wednesday, January 22, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Rotunda

The Career Development Office invites all 1Ls to the Summer Job Info Fair for First-Year Students (including free food!). If you are wondering what you can do your first summer, this is the program for you! Come and talk with upperclass students about their own 1L summer job experiences, with tables including some public interest fields: Federal Government; Legal Aid/Legal Services; Nonprofit Organizations; Public Defenders; District Attorneys; Research Assistants; and State Government. Food and drinks will be provided for all 1Ls (please note that tickets will be required for food; tickets will be stuffed into each 1L mail slot prior to the event).

Army Appellate Judge and Attorney Panel

Wednesday, January 22, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4085

Army Criminal Court of Appeals Judges and attorneys from the Government Appellate Division and Defense Appellate Division will talk about their experiences in the courtroom and with the JAG program. All UNC Law students are welcome to attend, along with UNC undergraduates and students from area law schools. Questions? Contact Samara Reynolds in the CDO.

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.

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.

  • Department of Transportation (DOT) Maritime Internship (1L/2L): January 30
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3 (Philadelphia) Summer Clerkship (1L/2L): January 31
  • Department of the Interior (DOI) Office of the Solicitor Internship (1L/2L): January 31 (new deadline)
  • USPS Honors Program (3L): February 28

Other Public Interest Opportunities

Robert M. Cover Public Interest Retreat

February 28-March 2, 2014, Sargent Center, Peterborough, NH

The Robert M. Cover Retreat brings together law students, academics and practitioners committed to public interest to share their experiences, network and reinvigorate their commitment to this important work. The weekend is filled with exciting discussions and interesting topics, but it is also a weekend to relax and enjoy some time away from the law school environment.

The registration deadline is February 14, 2014, and the $160 registration fee includes retreat fee, lodging, and all meals/food. You can learn more register online. Interested students can contact Dean Novinsky with questions.

The 27th Annual Cover Retreat is being organized by students from Suffolk University Law School and sponsored by Yale Law School and Society of American Law Teachers (SALT).

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

Sign up for New Pro Bono Projects!

Monday, January 27, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Pro Bono Bulletin Board (beside student mailboxes)

If you made a resolution to do more pro bono work in 2014, head on over to the Pro Bono Bulletin Board, where you can sign up for newly posted pro bono projects. Whether this is your first project or you are a seasoned veteran, there are projects for you.

The Bulletin Board can be found near the student mailboxes. It is updated often so be sure to check the Board regularly. If you have questions about the projects posted, please email Belal Elrahal. If you are interested in receiving more information about pro bono opportunities, sign up to join your class's pro bono listserv.

Lambda BetterLegal Training

Monday, January 27, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4082

Lambda Law Students Association is working with the It Gets Better Project on their BetterLegal Campaign. It Gets Better currently has a library of over 50,000 user-created videos - contributors offer perspectives on LGBT life from all ages, classes, races, religions, nationalities, gender identities, and sexual orientations. The goal of BetterLegal is leverage the It Gets Better video library to support advocacy efforts by legal services organizations. If you have any questions, please contact Nate Creger.

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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