Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, October 1, 2012

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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.

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Events at UNC Law

Going Voucher: Introducing Choice into Public School Systems

Tuesday, October 2, 5:30-7:00 p.m., Room 5052

Panel 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

Wednesday, 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 p.m., Rotunda

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 1
  • 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.

Career Corner

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., Room 4004

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 person.

Other Public Interest Opportunities

NC Coastal Resources Law, Planning, and Policy Center 2013 Coastal Policy Fellowship Program

The 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 campus)

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 Students can sign up for projects on the Pro Bono Board or email

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 Winter Break.

VITA Interest Meeting

Thursday, October 4, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 4085

Volunteer 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.

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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