Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, January 7, 2013

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.

Reminder for 2L and 3L Summer Grant Recipients: Log C-PILO Volunteer Hours!

Any students who have already completed volunteer hours are reminded to log their hours online. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Ashley McAlarney with any questions.

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Save the Date!

UNC Law 2013 Public Interest Retreat

Please save the date for UNC Law's 2013 Public Interest Retreat to be held on February 15 at the Law School starting at 1:00 p.m. A more detailed agenda will be available in the coming weeks, but you can look forward to networking opportunities with public interest alums, topical breakout sessions featuring local practitioners and professors, a session on affording life as a public interest attorney, and an inspiring keynote address. Registration information will be available soon.

Career Corner

3L Public Interest Job Search Group

Wednesday, January 9, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5054

Third meeting of 3L Public Interest Job Search Group. The group will be closed as of January 9, 2013. Contact Adrienne Allison or Samara Reynolds for further information.

Immigration Law Career Panel

Tuesday, January 15, 12:00-1:00, Room 4004

Come hear a panel of immigration practitioners in the area. Learn about career possibilities in public interest immigration, private practice, and government as well. Co-Sponsored by the ILA and the Career Services Office. Pizza will be served.

Environmental Law Career Panel

Tuesday, January 15, 4:30-9:00 p.m., Boardroom 5003

The UNC Environmental Law Project (ELP) will host a career panel of regional attorneys specializing in environmental law, with experiences in various sectors, including private firms, nonprofits, and state government. There will be opportunity for Q&A as well as post-event networking. Refreshments will be provided.

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

Reminder: Spring OCI Bidding Begins Friday

Bidding for the first session of spring on-campus interviews begins Friday, January 11. The four spring OCI sessions include public interest employers like Disability Rights NC, Center for Death Penalty Litigation, and more. Log on to Symplicity to check out the job postings and submit your bids.

Important deadlines for the four spring OCI sessions are listed in the 2013 Career Services Timeline.

PSJD and Equal Justice Works Opportunities

Public Interest Summer Job Search Webinar Series

PSJD and Equal Justice Works present a two-part public interest summer job search webinar series. The January 15 webinar will focus on drafting cover letters and resume. The January 22 webinar will focus on interviewing and networking. The webinars are free, but registration is required. (Links to registration embedded above.)

Equal Justice Works Summer Corps

The 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.

For more information on the Summer Corps program and application process, review EJW's FAQs for applicants. 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 January 8 or February 13 webinar on EJW's website.


Be sure to follow the PSJD blog for public interest job search resources and news. There is even a featured public service "Job o' the Day" that students can learn more about and apply to through the PSJD website.

Upcoming Federal Government Internship Deadlines

  • Department of Commerce Internship: National Oceanic & Atmospheric Admin. (1L & 2L) -- Jan 15
  • Smithsonian Institution Internship (2L) -- Jan 15
  • National Labor Relations Board Internships: Enforcement Litigation, Appellate, and Supreme Court (2L) and Division of Judges (2L) -- Jan 15
  • Inter-American Foundation Internship (1L & 2L) -- Jan 18
  • White 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

For additional opportunities in federal government offices around the country, visit the Government Honors & Internship Handbook. (U: ranger, P: cookies)

Summer Internships with US DOJ Agencies and US Attorney's Offices

There are multiple volunteer summer internship opportunities available through US Department of Justice agencies and US Attorney's Offices around the country. Deadlines for these programs vary widely (Dec., Jan., Feb., March, etc.) and most are open to both 1L and 2L students.

NCDOJ Attorney General's Summer Internship Program

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. Sections plan to make final decisions by March 1. Application Deadline: January 25, 2013 (5 p.m., via email).

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

VITA Training

Saturday, January 12, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Room 4004

Training for preparation of client income taxes. Pro bono hours are earned for training upon completion of one volunteer session. Breakfast and lunch will be served!

Community Legal Project Spring Training

Monday, January 14, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4082

The Community Legal Project is a partnership program between UNC Law and the Compass Center for Women and Families that provides clients with needed information on family or landlord/tenant law. At the clinic, which is held each Thursday evening, student volunteers meet with clients to gather information about the client's case, conduct research, and produce a brief memo that they submit to the CLP coordinators. We send the memo to be reviewed by an attorney and have it back to the student before their follow-up appointment with the client two weeks later.

Student volunteers receive training on maintaining confidentiality, providing legal information rather than advice, and working with clients who are often at a very emotional time in their lives. It is a great opportunity for students to practice interviewing and "real world" research skills!

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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