Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, January 27, 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!

The C-PILO Annual Auction and Benefit is here!

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

C-PILO's annual community auction and benefit is this Thursday! 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

Education Law and Policy Society Valentine’s Day Rose Sale

Monday, January 27 – Thursday, February 6, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Rotunda

Pre-order your beautiful bouquet of roses to show your love for that special someone. Cash, checks, and credit cards accepted.

Career Corner

Navy JAG Information Session

Wednesday, January 29, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4004

Navy JAG is hosting an info session for those interested in learning about their active duty student program (apply as a 2L or 3L for a post-grad commitment) and summer internship (1L & 2L, no military commitment) opportunities. The deadline for their summer internship is February 3 and the deadline for their active duty recruitment is February 14. Questions? Contact Samara Reynolds in the CDO.

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

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
  • Department of Labor (DOL) Office of the Solicitor Internship (1L/2L): January 31
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3 (Philadelphia) Summer Clerkship (1L/2L): January 31
  • Federal Communications Commission (FCC) International Bureau - Satellite Division Internship (1L/2L): February 1
  • Department of Transportation (DOT) Office of International Law Internship (1L/2L): February 1
  • Department of Energy (DOE) Internship (1L/2L): February 1
  • Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Southeast Region (ATL) Summer Clerkship (1L/2L): February 1
  • Navy JAG Internship (1L/2L): February 3
  • Department of Transportation (DOT) Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings Internship (1L/2L): Rolling (see Symplicity posting)
  • U.S. Postal Service Honors Program (3L): February 28

Public Service Events

UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication: Screening of Gideon’s Army

Tuesday, January 28, 6:00-9:00 p.m., Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center (main campus)

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication is proud to be hosting a screening of the award-winning documentary, Gideon's Army. The film's director, Dawn Porter, will be in attendance for a Q&A after the screening. The screening will take place on Tuesday Jan. 28 at the Nelson Mandela Auditorium at the Fed Ex Global Center at UNC. Doors open at 6 and the screening will begin at 7 pm with Q&A immediately following. Please join us and share with your communities.

Gideon's Army follows the personal stories of Travis Williams, Brandy Alexander and June Hardwick, three young public defenders who are part of a small group of idealistic lawyers in the Deep South challenging the assumptions that drive a criminal justice system strained to the breaking point. Backed by mentor Jonathan “Rap” Rapping, a charismatic leader who heads the Southern Public Defender Training Center (now known as Gideon’s Promise) they struggle against long hours, low pay and staggering caseloads so common that even the most committed often give up in their first year. Nearly 50 years since the landmark Supreme Court ruling Gideon vs. Wainwright that established the right to counsel, can these courageous lawyers revolutionize the way America thinks about indigent defense and make "justice for all" a reality?

Join the Center for Civil Rights for Moral March on Raleigh HKonJ

Saturday, February 8, 9:30 a.m., Raleigh

The Center for Civil Rights will be participating in the Moral March on Raleigh HKonJ People’s Assembly on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 9:30 a.m.

We invite students to walk with us at HKonJ and show support for organizations and policies working to support social justice across the state. This is an inspiring event and a great way to show support for social justice in North Carolina. You can learn more about the HKonJ 14-point agenda online.

The Center will provide transportation from the Law School Annex at Meadowmont to Raleigh and back. If you would like a ride, please RSVP to the Center via email by Tuesday, February 4, 2014. We will leave Chapel Hill at 8:30 a.m. and return around 1:00 p.m.

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).

Institute for Justice Public Interest Boot Camp for Law Students

July 25-27, 2014, Arlington, VA

The Institute for Justice, the national law firm for liberty, is excited to announce our Public Interest Boot Camp this summer, July 25-27, in Arlington, Virginia. The law student conference brings together 40 top students from across the country. Learn how to use the law as a force for freedom, meet like-minded students and discuss cases like Kelo v. City of New London, McComish v. Bennett, and Zelman v. Simmons-Harris with the attorneys who helped litigate them. We’ll also hear a keynote from a distinguished jurist and lectures by noted Georgetown University Law School professor Randy Barnett, George Mason University School of Law professor Todd Zywicki and Cato Institute scholar Roger Pilon.

Accommodations and reasonable travel expenses are provided for accepted students, but attendance is limited! Applications are due March 21. Please visit the Institute's website for more information and to apply.

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.

Unemployment Benefits Project Training

Friday, February 14, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Room 5052

You are invited to participate in a pro bono project between Legal Aid of North Carolina's Pittsboro office, where students will be representing clients on unemployment insurance matters before an administrative hearing officer, under the supervision of a licensed attorney. This is an excellent opportunity for students to get practical legal experience by preparing for and conducting benefits hearings.

To participate in the pro bono project, it's necessary to attend the training on Friday, February 14 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. in room 5052 if you did not attend the training last semester.

To sign up for this project and training, please contact Bridget Warren as soon as possible—spots are starting to fill up very quickly!

Pro Bono Navigator Project Training

Thursday, January 30, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4004

This training will help reinforce consumer intake and interviewing skills and is open to all students who have completed or in the process of completing the federal and state training to become ACA certified navigators.

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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