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.
Save the Date!
C-PILO Annual Auction and Benefit
Thursday, January 31,
7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m., Top of the Hill
community auction is approaching fast! UNC sports memorabilia, vacation homes,
shopping parties, wine tastings, art, ski passes and more than a hundred other
items and services will be up for auction. The benefit will feature silent and
live auctions, comedians, live music, heavy hors d'oeuvres catered by Top of
the Hill. All proceeds from the event support summer public interest grants to
UNC Law students.
cost $12 in advance or $15 at the door, cash or check only, and cover admission
and the cost of food. C-PILO volunteers will be selling auction tickets each
day during lunch hour from Tuesday, January 15 through Thursday, January 31.
UNC Law 2013 Public Interest Retreat: Friday, February 15
Meet and connect with fellow
students and attorneys committed to serving the public interest! UNC Law's 2013
Public Interest Retreat is on Friday,
February 15 at the Law School starting at 1:15 p.m. The event will
include networking opportunities with public interest alums and topical
breakout sessions featuring local practitioners and professors in the areas of
consumer protection law, criminal law, education law, environmental law, health
law, and immigration law. There will also be a session on affording life as a
public interest attorney and an inspiring keynote address. Please see the
agenda and register online. The registration
deadline is 5 p.m. on February 1. Contact Adrienne Allison in the CSO with any questions.
Events at UNC Law
Race & The Law Series
Tuesday, January 22, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4004
As part of its ongoing series, the UNC Center for Civil
Rights is hosting a presentation by veteran civil rights attorney Adam Stein.
He will discuss his career as a civil rights lawyer. Bring your lunch and
desert will be provided. Mr. Stein will discuss his early days of civil
rights litigation in North Carolina including founding the first integrated law
firm in the state with Julius Chambers and James E. Ferguson II. Mr. Stein
successfully litigated countless civil rights cases over the years. He
continues to practice law today with Tin Fulton Walker & Owen.
Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities
Apply for the 2013 Summer Criminal Justice Reform Project!
Deadline: 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 24
Carolina Law's new pilot project will place 8 students in
paid summer internships with capital defense organizations nationwide. The application
can be accessed through My Carolina Law:
click on the "Student Life" drop-down menu, and then clicking on
Email Dean Novinsky
with any questions.
Equal Justice Works Summer Corps Applications Open
application for the 2013 Equal Justice Works (EJW) Summer Corps program opened
on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, and will continue on a rolling basis until the application closes on Monday, March 18, 2013. Summer Corps is an AmeriCorps-funded
program that will provide 1L and 2L students with the opportunity to earn a
Segal AmeriCorps Education Award for dedicating their summer to a qualifying
legal project at a nonprofit public interest organization.
more information on the Summer Corps program and application process, review
EJW's FAQs for
Also, be sure to attend one of EJW's upcoming webinars in which members of
EJW's Federal Programs team will discuss in detail the Summer Corps program and
how to create a successful application. Viewers will be able to ask questions
during the webinar. Students can register to attend the February 13 webinar on EJW's website.
Reminder: Current OCI Session Dates
- Friday, Jan 18: Bidding
- Thursday, Jan 24:
- Saturday, Feb 2:
Students will be able to see their selection status
- Feb 5 at noon - Feb 6:
Students will be able to schedule their interview times
- Feb 11 - 15: Interviews
will be held at the law school
Important deadlines for the four spring OCI sessions
are listed in the 2013 Career Services Timeline.
Upcoming Federal Government Internship Deadlines
House Intern Program (1L, 2L, 3L) -- Jan 27
- DOT OCG
Internship (1L & 2L) -- Jan 30
- EPA Region
3 (Philadelphia) Summer Clerkship (1L & 2L) -- Jan 31
Summer Internships with U.S. Department of Justice agencies and U.S. Attorney's Offices (most open to both 1L & 2L) --
Deadlines for these programs vary widely.
additional opportunities in federal government offices around the country,
visit the Government Honors & Internship Handbook. (U:
ranger, P: cookies)
NCDOJ Attorney General's Summer Internship Program: Deadline January 25!
The North Carolina Department of Justice (NCDOJ) Attorney General's Office
handles issues that affect every aspect of state government and the lives of
North Carolina residents. Internships are offered in ~30 diverse
sections/divisions. Serving as a legal summer intern gives students an
opportunity to work alongside some of the state's very best attorneys
and see first-hand the challenges our lawyers face. Though the internships are
not paid, the experience gained from working with the state's attorneys and
from participating in a variety of related events is invaluable. Both 1Ls and
2Ls are eligible to apply. Application materials and full section descriptions are
posted on the program's website. Application Deadline: January 25, 2013 (5
p.m., via email).
Other Public Interest Opportunities
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
Food Drive January 22-February 5
In the spirit of the national
MLK Day of Service, BLSA will be holding a food drive on behalf of TABLE, Inc.,
a 503(c)(3) non-profit hunger relief organization based in Carrboro. BLSA
representatives will be on-hand collecting the following food items in the
Rotunda during the lunch hour every Monday - Thursday beginning on Tuesday,
January 22. Anyone who donates 5+ of the following items will receive a free
MLK Day of Service t-shirt!*:
- Canned Tuna or Chicken
- Peanut Butter (14 oz)
- Chicken Vegetable Soup
- Canned Tomato Sauce
- Instant Oatmeal Packets
- Healthy Breakfast Bars
- Canned Beans - black or
- Raisins or Trail Mix
- Packaged Healthy Snacks
- Low-Fat Granola Bars
- Canned Corn, Green
Beans, or Carrots
- Canned Spaghetti with
Meatballs or Ravioli
- Canned Fruit or
Non-Perishable Fruit Cups
- Noodle Dishes (macaroni
& cheese; boxed pasta)
- Pretzel or Goldfish
Packets/ Graham Cracker Boxes
- Juice Boxes (preferably
100% juice, multi-pack)
Chocolate Milk Boxes
- no glass containers or over-sized items.
Please contact either Gina LeBlanc or Alex Bryant
should you have any questions. Many thanks!
*Sponsored by BarBri. Quantities are limited.
Information Meeting for 2013-2014 Clinic and Externship Lottery Registration
February 18, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5042
the date on your calendars! Students who wish to enroll in a Clinic or
Externship for the 2013-2014 academic year MUST attend this important meeting. Information to register
for the lottery will be given out at this meeting. The lottery registration
will close on Monday, February 25 at 3 p.m.
Current Pro Bono Opportunities
Projects are posted on the Pro Bono Board near the mailboxes and are listed
online. Students can sign up for projects on the Pro Bono Board by the mailboxes or via email.
Divorce Project Training
Tuesday, January 22, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m., Room 4081
Once again, UNC Law Public Service Programs and Legal Aid of North Carolina
are partnering to hold a Pro Bono Divorce Project this spring. Students will
have the opportunity to represent low-income clients in simple divorces. They
will interview clients, draft pleadings, and conduct divorce hearings under my
The following additional dates are important for anyone interested:
- January 22 from 12-1 p.m.: Basic Training and Information Session
- January 24 at 6 p.m. "Divorce Clinic"- Clinic date during which students will interview clients and
- April 5 from 10 a.m.-noon : "Divorce Judgment Day"- Court date in which students will conduct divorce
hearings in the Law School courtroom before an Orange County District Court
To participate in the Pro Bono Divorce Project you must be able to
participate in the training on January 22 from 12-1. You must also be
available for the January 24 "Divorce Clinic" and the April 5 "Divorce Judgment Day."
Anyone interested in participating should email Sarah Hill Colwell.
Second Training for Cancer Legal Pro Bono Project
Saturday, January 26, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Room 5046
Second (and final) training for the Cancer Legal Pro Bono
Project at UNC Hospital. In order to attend you must: 1) Have attended the
first training in October or reviewed the video of the training; 2) Complete an
online training for UNC Hospital volunteers; 3) Review materials from first
training. Questions? Contact Jodi.