Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, October 11, 2010

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.

Summer Funding Opportunities

The Early Decision Process for 2Ls seeking summer funding for 2011 summer jobs is now open. In order to apply, you must submit an application, resume (without GPA information), essay and an offer letter from the employer. While this process is competitive, we encourage students who are committed to public service and already have an offer for a public interest internship to apply. The deadline to apply is November 12, and applicants will be informed of the decision around December 3.

All information about the process and application can be found on My Carolina Law: Please direct all questions to Dean Novinsky,

Events at UNC Law

Career Night
Wednesday, October 13, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m., Rotunda

Don't miss this great networking opportunity! Career Night is not just for 1Ls. This year's Career Night will feature over 60 attorneys, mostly Carolina Law alumni, in the Upper and Lower Rotunda for the express purpose of talking with you about what they do, and answering questions about their work, their career paths, and their practice areas. Many attorneys who did not participate last year, or have not previously participated, will be here this year.

Some of the practice areas that will be represented are family law, criminal prosecution and defense, judicial clerkships, immigration law, health law, estate planning, disability law, litigation, patent law and trademarks, employment law, and corporate law. Practice settings include firms of all sizes from solo practices to large firms, corporations, and the public sector, including government.

Public Interest Peer Mentor Program: Chili Dinner!
Sunday, October 17, 6 p.m.

Public interest mentors and mentees: Mark your calendars for the annual Chili Dinner! Please join us for a relaxed evening with fellow public interest peers and some delicious home cooking!

Sign-ups for Winter Break Projects
Thursday, November 4

Interested in working on a pro bono project over winter break, even if you'll be out of state? Sign-ups for Winter Break Projects will be held on Thursday, November 4. More information will be available soon! To get on the listserv for Winter Break Project information, email

Save the Date!

4th Annual Fair Trial Initiative Celebration
Thursday, October 14, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Carolina Club, UNC Campus

You are invited to join the Fair Trial Initiative for a celebration in honor of Jack Warmack, J. Kirk Osborn Award honoree, and Elaine Gordon, Mary Ann Tally Award honoree. Tickets are $50 each, and $20 for students. Visit for more information and to secure your ticket. Email with questions.

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

Are you interested in participating in pro bono over Winter Break? The Pro Bono Program is planning opportunities for Carolina Law students to engage in meaningful pro bono activities during the time off from school. See below for more information!

  • New Orleans Pro Bono Trip - a group of UNC Law students will travel to New Orleans to work with the Orleans Public Defenders and the Pro Bono Project from January 2-7, 2011. Interested students should complete an application by Friday, October 15 at 11:59 p.m. The application can be completed at Email if you have any questions.
  • Winter Break Projects - each year, attorneys and organizations submit pro bono projects for students to complete over Winter Break which range in time commitment and interest area. The logistics meeting for Winter Break Projects will be held on Tuesday, November 2 at 12:00 p.m. in 4085. Sign-ups will be held on Thursday, November 4 in the morning. Email to be added to the informational listserv related to Winter Break Projects.

Current Projects

  • Community Mapping and Surveys, UNC Center for Civil Rights - Carrboro, NC
  • Inter-District School Assignment, UNC Center for Civil Rights - Carrboro, NC
  • Project Homeless Connect, Hargraves Center - Chapel Hill, NC

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 Lauren Felter at

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

Summer Opportunities

  • Michael Maggio Summer Fellowship Program of American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law, and the National Immigration Project of NLG - various locations
  • Federal Defenders, Middle District of Alabama - Montgomery, AL
  • Rutherford Institute - Charlottesville, VA
  • Legal Services of New Jersey - Edison, NJ
  • Center for Constitutional Rights - New York, NY
  • UNC Center for Civil Rights - Carrboro, NC
  • Pro Bono Institute - Washington, DC
  • Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund - Atlanta, GA and other offices
  • US Attorney's Office, Eastern District of North Carolina - Raleigh, NC
  • Clark County Public Defender - Las Vegas, NV

Check Symplicity regularly for both summer and post-graduation opportunities.

Public Service Resources

Specialty Career Guides

One hurdle many students cross in their initial job search is knowing what area of public interest law they are interested in but not knowing what organizations are engaged in that type of work. For those who have a specialty area in mind, resources that can provide a more in-depth knowledge of sub-areas of interest and organizations addressing these issues nationally is invaluable. The Office of Public Interest Advising at Harvard Law School publishes Specialty Career Guides which are available on their website. Guides are available about children's rights, civil rights/civil liberties, conservative public interest organizations, environmental law, health law, immigration/refugee law, legal services, LGBT rights, women's rights and other topics. Check out the guides.

Check out the Public Interest Job Search Guide!

The Public Interest Job Search Guide provides practical advice on how to conduct your job or summer internship search, a suggested timeline for all students, a list of resources, and information about public interest law organizations. This resource will be updated soon. Access this resource.

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

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