Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, January 30, 2012

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.

Events at UNC Law

Public Interest Retreat at UNC Law!

February 3, UNC School of Law Rotunda

Come meet and connect with fellow law students who are committed to or are exploring public interest work! This year's retreat will offer opportunities to explore several areas of public interest law in topical break-out sessions with professors and practicing attorneys in the areas public defender & DA work, consumer law, civil rights and environmental law. We will also offer a keynote speaker to get you inspired and a presentation on money management and options for loan repayment programs. Register online now! Questions? Please contact either Meghan Melloy or Shonaka Ellison. Afterwards, join fellow students for snacks (provided) and happy hour at 7 p.m. at Bailey's (1722 North Fordham Boulevard)!

2012 UNC Conference on Race, Class, Gender, and Ethnicity

February 25, UNC School of Law Rotunda

Please save the date for the upcoming conference on Race, Class, Gender and Ethnicity at the UNC Law School. This year's conference is entitled "Waking Up From the American Dream: The Sober Reality of Class in America." The Conference will be on Saturday, February 25 and registration is open. More information and registration materials are available on the conference website.

Attention 2Ls: Info. meeting for 2012-2013 Clinic and Externship programs!

February 20, 4 p.m., room 5042

There will be an information meeting at noon on Monday, February 13 in room 5042 to begin the lottery registration process for the 2012-2013 Clinic and Externship Programs. Students who wish to enroll in a Clinic or Externship for the 2012-2013 academic year MUST attend this important meeting. The lottery registration will close on Monday, February 20th at 4 p.m. Please address any lottery registration questions to the Clinic Business Manager, Melissa Cobb. Information about the online registration/preference selection process may be found online.

Be a Regional Mock Trial Judge or volunteer!

February 3 & 4

Carolina Mock Trial is recruiting volunteers to help run the 2012 UNC Regional Mock Trial Tournament during the weekend of February 3 - 4. Volunteers will observe mock trial rounds as well as make connections with local attorneys and judges. Also, Carolina Mock Trial is in need of judges for our 2012 Regional Mock Trial Tournament. Lunch and dinner will be provided to judges on Friday and pastries, coffee and lunch will be provided to judges on Saturday. Rounds will run from 2:00-5:00 p.m. and from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Friday, February 3 and will run from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and from 2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 4. We would like for judges to arrive an hour before the start of each round to receive training on mock trial procedures. Contact Danielle Bringard for more information.

Reproductive Justice Conference

February 18, UNC School of Law

LSRJ (Law Students for Reproductive Justice) Regional Conferences bring together chapter leaders and reproductive justice community members to learn about current reproductive justice issues, hear from RJ experts, and network with fellow students. This year's conference will focus on "Reproductive Justice for Healthy Families". The conference is free for law students, and you can register online. Questions? Email the conference coordinators.

Other Public Interest Events

What about the Children? Symposium on Children of Incarcerated Parents

February 14, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Friday Center, Chapel Hill

The Symposium on Children of Incarcerated Parents promises to be an invaluable learning and sharing experience for anyone concerned about the effects on children whose parents are incarcerated, and how we as a community can best serve them. More information, an agenda of events, and registration information are available online.

18th Annual Rebellious Lawyering Conference

February 17-18, 2012, Yale Law School, New Haven, CT

The RebLaw conference is an annual, student-run conference that brings together practitioners, law students, and community advocates from around the country to discuss innovative, progressive approaches to law and social change. This year's keynote speaker will be Gerald Lopez, UCLA law professor and author of "Rebellious Lawyering: One Chicano's Vision of Progressive Law Practice." Registration and more details about the conference are available online. You can also find regular updates on RebLaw's Facebook page.

Minority Health Law Conference

February 24, Friday Center, Chapel Hill

The 33rd Annual Minority Health Law Conference will be held on February 24 at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill. This year’s topic is "Translational Research -- The Road from Efficacy to Equity". The UNC Minority Health Conference is the largest and longest-running student-led health conference in the country. You can find more information and register for the Minority Health Conference on their website.

6th Annual Historic Thousands on Jones St.

February 11, Raleigh NC

The HKonJ Coalition has achieved major civil rights victories since it began in 2007. Led by the NC NAACP, this coalition unites over 90 groups in support of broad civil rights in North Carolina. The coalition is planning their annual march for Justice on February 11 at 9:30 a.m., in Raleigh. For more information and details about the march, please see their website.

Robert M. Cover Public Interest Law Retreat

March 2-4, Sargent Center, Peterborough, NH

This retreat brings together public interest law students and practitioners for a weekend of learning, networking, and fun. This retreat was envisioned by Robert Cover, a Yale Law School Professor and social activist, in order to bring law students together with legal professionals and academics to build networks, discuss the status of public interest law, and learn more about what a public interest legal career is like. The registration deadline is February 16, and is expected to sell out quickly. Find more information about the retreat and register online.

Duke Careers in Service Symposium 2012

February 17, Duke Law School

The Careers in Service Symposium will be held at Duke Law School on Friday, February 17 from 12:30 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. The program will include panels of alumni and locally-practicing attorneys who will talk about their careers in various practice areas of government and public interest legal work. Also scheduled are smaller "mini-sessions," which will allow students an opportunity to meet with panelists in smaller group settings, as well as a networking reception at the close of the event. View the draft agenda and speakers bios and register online. The registration fee for non-Duke registrants is $10. If you have any questions about this symposium, please contact Laura Brockington.

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

Legal Aid Society of New York is accepting applications!

Legal Aid Society of NY is accepting applications for summer internships, fellowship positions, and post-graduate employment. Please see their website for more information. Applications must be sent to, unless otherwise directed, and be addressed to Mr. Ricardo Granderson. The deadlines for applications are as follows:

  • January 31, 2012 is the deadline for Criminal applicants; applications for Civil and Juvenile Rights will be accepted on a rolling basis. All intern applicants must apply through
  • Fellowship applications for the 2013 Fall Class must be submitted by July 1, 2012 and applications should be submitted to

Summer Internship with the NC Dept. of Justice

The DOJ handles issues that affect every aspect of state government and the lives of countless North Carolinians. Serving as a summer intern gives students an opportunity to work alongside some of the state’s very best attorneys to see first-hand the challenges our lawyers and citizens face. More information on the DOJ internship program can be found online. Applications must be received by February 3 at 5 p.m.

Southern Education Leadership Initiative

The Southern Education Foundation (SEF) is seeking graduate students applicants. Internships are eight weeks during the summer, and interns receive a stipend of $4,500 plus travel expenses. Interns are placed with nonprofits and foundations throughout the region focused on providing advocacy, grant-making, policy analysis, research, community organizing, and direct service in education. More information about the program and the application process is available online.

Summer Law Clerkships

Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky, Inc. is seeking law clerks for the Summer of 2012 in its nine offices to assist attorneys in all phases of client representation and program work. This well-established legal services program is in its 40th year of serving low-income clients and client groups in a 37-county area. Interested applicants should apply via email or mail to Lorie Elam, Deputy Director, Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Ky., Inc., 120 North Front Avenue, Prestonsburg, KY 41653. Applicants should send resume, writing sample, and list of references along with a statement regarding the applicant's ability to provide funding for himself/herself.

Carolina for Amani 2012

Carolina for Amani is now accepting applications to the 2012 summer internship program in Kenya. Interns spend three to eight weeks creating and implementing sustainable projects while interning in legal work, social work, psychology, communications and public relations in New Life Homes in Kenya. Contact Kristel Harlacher, Amani's summer internship coordinator, for more information or an application.

Research Assistant position with Professor Sabbeth

Professor Kathryn Sabbeth seeks a research assistant for Summer 2012. Subject areas of research are expected to include the definition of public interest lawyering, the role of lawyers' work in American society, and possibly topics in employment discrimination. The position will be 30 hours per week. See Symplicity job posting #5412 for application instructions.

Don't forget to check PSLawNet and Symplicity frequently for new job postings!

Funding Opportunities

Apply soon for the 2012 Michael Maggio Immigrants' Rights Fellowship!

The Michael Maggio Immigrants' Rights Summer Fellowship was established jointly in 2009 by the America Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law (CHRCL), and the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIP/NLG), to commemorate the life and legal contributions of Michael Maggio. Students must submit a project proposal with an organization willing to host the student for 10 weeks and provide a $1,500 stipend. The $1,500 amount may be paid by the host organization or may be provided by the law student through other means, e.g., law school public interest funding, independent fundraising, etc. The Maggio Immigrants' Rights Fellowship will provide an additional $2,500 stipend for a total award of $4,000. Applications will be accepted through February 1, 2012 and the Fellow will be notified by March 1, 2012. Learn more about the Fellowship and download the application form.

Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship

The Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship will allow U.S. citizens to contribute to the strengthening of the public sector abroad by serving in professional placements within foreign government ministries or institutions while simultaneously carrying out an academic research/study project. Fulbright Public Policy Fellowships will be offered in Bangladesh, Cote d?Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica, Mongolia, Nepal, Nigeria, Thailand, and Tunisia. Candidates must be in receipt of a J.D. degree by the beginning of the Fellowship (Summer/Fall 2012). Applicants must also have at least two years of work experience applicable to public policy-related fields and must demonstrate proficiency in the language of the host country. Applications are due on February 1, 2012. Read the program overview and get more detailed information.

Community Engagement Fellowship

The Carolina Center for Public Service is now accepting applications for the new $2,000 Community Engagement Fellowship program. Fellows are responsible for planning and implementing their projects, but work in collaboration with community partners and faculty mentors who are familiar with their topics or geographic areas. Returning, full-time graduate students (individuals or teams) at UNC are eligible to apply with preference given to interdisciplinary teams of students. Applications are due February 6 by 11:59 p.m. and can be found online. For more information, visit the Center's website.

2012 Summer Corps Application

The Equal Justice Works Summer Corps program provides law students with the opportunity to dedicate at least 300 hours of their summer to a legal project at a qualifying nonprofit public interest organization. In 2012, 711 law students will be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps education award in the amount of $1,175 upon their successful completion of the Summer Corps program. Applications for 2012 Summer Corps will be available March 1, 2012. The deadline to apply is March 23, 2012. Please visit our website to learn more, or attend the webinar for more information on the application process.

Summer 2012 Public Interest Grant Information Session

February 20 & Feb. 22, noon, room 4085

Will you be working in unpaid public interest employment this summer? If so, come to this information session! This is open to current 1L and 2Ls interested in applying for a summer grant for unpaid public interest work for Summer 2012. This meeting will give you all you need to know about the application process and summer funding. Information sessions will be held on Monday, February 20 and Wednesday, February 22 from 12:00 p.m.-12:50 p.m. in room 4085. Grant applications are due March 23, and recipients will be notified on April 5. Questions? Contact Dean Novinsky or Dorsey Bachenheimer.

Save the Date!

Free Webinar Series: The Summer Public Interest Job Search

This webinar series, cosponsored by NALP and Equal Justice Works, will provide law students with insight on the key elements of the summer public-interest job application process. All events are free - enroll now!

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

Projects are posted on the Pro Bono Board near the mailboxes and are listed online at Students can sign up for projects on the Pro Bono Board or email

Spring Break Wills Trip Interest Meeting

February 1, noon, room 5046

Are you interested in making a difference during Spring Break? Need to get some pro bono hours? Then attend the interest meeting for the Spring Break Wills Trip to Eastern and Western North Carolina! During this trip, students will write wills and advance directives for low-income, rural communities. Find out how to apply and come hear the Center for Civil Rights talk about the Wills Project. E-mail for more information.

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

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