Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, January 25, 2010

Events at UNC Law


1L Summer Job Information Fair, 11:45-1:00p, Rotunda


Dean's Message - Student Economic Response, 12:00-1:00p, Rotunda

ELP Student Panel: Summer Jobs in Environmental Law, 12:00-1:00p, 5046

Judicial Bypass Pro Bono Project Information Session, 12:00-1:00p, 4082


ENC/WNC Pro Bono Trip and Spring Break Pro Bono Projects Interest Meeting, 12:00-1:00p, 5046

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


NC Journal of International Law & Commercial Regulation Symposium, A Changing of the Guard: The Future of Internal Law and Development under Obama, 9:00a-5:30p, Kenan-Flagler Business School


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:

Human Rights Program at UVA Law Hosts Weekend Workshop: International Humanitarian Law and the Law of War, March 20-21, 2010

The workshiop is co-sponsored by the International Committee of the Red Cross and is FREE to all UNC Law students. To learn more:

Funding Opportunities

Advisory Board Positions: Carolina Experience Enrichment Scholarship (CEES)

Looking for a way to give back to our community? The Carolina Experience Enrichment Scholarship (CEES) is happy to announce several new positions on its Advisory Board. CEES is a grassroots student-run organization that raises money for fellow students to chase their dreams of a summer study abroad or unpaid internship experience. It also offers scholar's non-profit partners the option of applying for an equivalent award for their project(s). These positions are perfect for students, faculty and staff, or community members with a passion for education and an innovative, creative, and reliable personality. Leadership positions on the advisory board run from February 1st, 2010 through May 2011. Please note that advisory board members are ineligible as potential recipients of the scholarship. To apply, please complete the following short application by 12 pm, January 30th, 2010 and email us at with your resume/CV to receive a copy of our Statement of Purpose and Five-year Growth Plan. Thank you for your consideration and If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please email Annadele, Dan, Jess, and Allison at

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!

  • 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
  • Translators for Post-Conviction/Civil Cases N.C. Prisoner Legal Services - Raleigh, NC
  • Human Rights for Migrant Workers Farm Labor Organizing Committee - Dudley, NC
  • Service of Process N.C. Dept. of the Secretary of State - Raleigh, NC
  • Intern for Small District Court Practice - Patrick E. Morgan, Esq. - Carrboro, NC

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities


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.

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 1L Summer Job Information Fair

This Tuesday, January 26, 11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the Rotunda, first year students will have a chance to explore summer job options by talking with upper class students who have worked in a variety of settings, including small, medium and large law firms, corporations, prosecutor's offices, public defender's offices, non-profit, federal government, state government, legal aid, judicial internships and more. Free pizza for all 1L attendees.

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

Internship and Employment Opportunities in Capital Defense Offices: Berkley Law's Death Penalty Clinic maintains a website that lists internship and employment opportunities in capital defense offices. Access this resource at:

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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