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
Going Voucher: Introducing Choice into Public School Systems
Tuesday, October 2, 5:30-7:00 p.m., Room 5052
discussion on school choice in North Carolina. Panelist will include - Senator
Fletcher Hartsell, Professor Douglas Lauen, Christopher Hill, and moderated by
Dean Jack Boger. Refreshments will be provided!
UNC Law Democrats: Voter Protection with Obama of America
October 3, 5:00-7:00 p.m., Room 5042
On the campaign, voter protection generally fulfills
two functions: 1.) monitoring state policies that will affect voter rights
and turnout, and 2.) recruiting and training volunteer lawyers to
watch over individual polling locations. This year we're expecting up
to 40% of the legal volunteer spots to be filled by law students. If
you're interested in organizing, recruiting, and training law students
throughout North Carolina, or would like to monitor a precinct on election
day, and get pro bono hours, please sign up through this Google form.
Public Interest Peer Mentor Program Meet-Up
Wednesday, October 3, 12:00-12:50
p.m., Boardroom 5003
Mentors and mentees are asked to
bring their lunches to the meet-up; drinks and dessert will be provided!
Sign up for DVAP's Annual 5k and Get Your T-Shirt!
Monday, October 8, 11:30 a.m.-1:00
Come by and sign up to run or volunteer at this year's 5k! The 5k will be Saturday, October 13 at 5 p.m.
at the Finley Cross Country Course. $20 covers your registration, t-shirt
and snacks on race day. All proceeds will go to support
local domestic violence efforts. (If you don't want to run you can
still come get a t-shirt!)
Register for the race anytime online.
Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities
Upcoming Government Job Deadlines
The following government programs
have deadlines coming up in the next few weeks. Details of these programs are
provided in the 2012-13 Government Honors & Internship Handbook (U:
ranger, P: cookies).
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) - Honors (3L): Oct 1
New York County District Attorney's Office - Assistant District Attorney Program (3L): October 1
Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) - Honors (3L): October 1
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) - Honors (3L) & Internship (2L) Programs: October
Department of Labor
- Honors (3L): October 12
K&L Gates Public Interest Fellowship Program (2Ls)
The K&L Gates Public Interest
Fellowship Program awards up to three law students a fellowship ($1,000/week)
that enables them to spend four weeks of their summer working at one of four
designated public interest organizations in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Applications for the summer 2013 fellowship are due by Friday, October 5. Learn more about the fellowship program.
Reminder: CSO's Career Night
Wednesday, October 3, 5:30-7:00 p.m., Rotunda
Annual information-gathering event
that allows students to move from table to table to speak with practicing
attorneys, many of whom are Carolina Law alumni. Dress is business casual
All students are invited to attend,
and 1Ls are particularly encouraged to come.
Social Networking and the Workplace
Thursday, October 4, 12:00-12:50
p.m., Room 5052
Labor and Employment Law Society
(LELS) will be partnering with JOLT hosting their first lunchtime speaker
series. We will be hosting a two speaker panel. Maureen McDonald, an attorney
with Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo LLP in Raleigh, will be speaking
about social networking and its role in the application and hiring process.
Kyle Still ('07), UNC Alum and practicing attorney with Ward and Smith, P.A. in
New Bern, will be speaking about how social media affects your rights in the
workplace after you are hired. Professor Hirsch will be mediating the event and
we will be sure to reserve time at the end to field questions from students. Food will be served.
Public Defender Mentor Project Information Session (all class years)
Monday, October 8, 12:00-12:50 p.m.,
The Project aims to provide law
students interested in public defense with a source of information and support,
an established link to relevant faculty, and a means of identifying other
students with similar interests and aspirations. The Project also connects UNC
Law students with North Carolina's public defenders and with UNC Law alumni
working in PD offices nationwide.
Lunch will be provided. For more
information, email Professor Tamar Birckhead; call
919.962.6107; or stop by the clinical suite (office #3059) and speak with her in
Other Public Interest Opportunities
NC Coastal Resources Law, Planning, and Policy Center 2013 Coastal Policy Fellowship Program
Center is offering a $5,000 fellowship opportunity for law or other grad
students interested in studying coast policy in one of several areas: climate change impacts to coastal areas,
sustainable coastal development, hazard resilient communities, healthy coastal
ecosystems, and safe sustainable seafood supply. The deadline for
submission is October 22, 2012. The study may be carried out in the spring,
summer, or fall of 2013. Learn more.
Other Public Interest Events
Migration Studies Social
Tuesday, October 2, 5:00 p.m., FedEx Global Education Center (main
The Graduate Certificate Program in
Transmigration and the Latino Migration Project are hosting a Migration Studies
Social on October
2, at 5:00 p.m. on the Roof (Rm 4009) of the FedEx Global
Education Center. Network with fellow students and faculty engaged in
migration/immigration-related research in multiple disciplines and professional
schools at UNC Chapel Hill. Learn about the new Graduate Certificate in Global
Transmigration. Find out about research, coursework, travel, and internship
opportunities with the Latino Migration Project. The FedEx Center is located at
301 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill. No advance registration required.
Ambassador C. Boyden Gray Lecture on "The Evolution of Market-Based Pollution Solutions in the United States"
Thursday, October 4, 3:30-4:30 p.m.,
Toy Lounge in Dey Hall (main campus)
Ambassador Gray is a
Harvard graduate and UNC School of Law alumnus who has served the United Nations
as Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy Diplomacy and former Special Envoy for
European Union Affairs. Earlier in his career, Ambassador Gray was a principal
architect of the 1991 Clean Air Act Amendments while serving as Counsel to
President Bush. He is widely credited with having triggered the use of
market-based incentives in connection with the phaseout of
Chloro-Fluoro-Carbons under the Montreal Protocol, leading to the use of these
types of incentives in the widely supported proposal of a cap-and-trade system
for the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions. His talk will offer the
Ambassador's unique perspective on the proposal, development, and challenges of
a federal cap and trade system to limit the emission of various pollutants. Learn more.
Current Pro Bono Opportunities
Projects are posted on the Pro Bono Board near the mailboxes and are listed online at http://www.law.unc.edu/studentlife/probono/projects/. Students can sign up for projects on the Pro Bono Board or email UNCProBonoProjects@gmail.com.
Winter Break Special Trip and Winter Break Projects Interest Meeting
Tuesday, October 2, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 5046
Come learn more about the Winter Break Special Trip, as well as the process for applying.
You'll also learn more about how you can do a pro bono project over
VITA Interest Meeting
Thursday, October 4, 12:00-12:50
p.m., Room 4085
Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is a pro bono project that occurs each year in the spring. Volunteers work with low income clients to complete and file their tax
returns. Training is provided in January. There is no course
prerequisite or professional background required. This is a great way to earn pro
bono hours! Lunch will be served.