Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, October 13, 2008

About the Pro Bono Newsletter

The Public Service Newsletter is a weekly publication of the Office of Public Service Programs at UNC School of Law. This newsletter contains up-to-date information regarding public service job opportunities, pro bono opportunities, as well as information on public service events and news at Carolina Law and in the local community.

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Events at UNC Law

Join the Public Interest Working Group
Tues. 10/14, 12pm, Room 4082
Are you interested in public interest events at the law school? Do you want to make your voice heard and be an advocate for public interest programming? With the support of Dean Novinsky and the Office of Public Service Programs and SBA, we are forming a Public Interest Working Group which will help develop and coordinate public interest programming throughout the year. This group will meet once or twice a month to brainstorm ideas and help Dean Novinsky organize and plan public interest activities (from social events to enrichment activities). This group will also act as an umbrella group to help coordinate the planning of events by public interest oriented student organizations.
We will be holding an informational meeting on Tuesday, October 14th at noon in room 4082. If you have any questions prior to this meeting, or if you would like to participate but will be unable to attend, please contact Cory Haller (

Sexuality in the Foreign Service, Presented by Lambda Law Students Association
Wed 10/15, 12pm, Room 3049
Please join us for a brown bag lunch and hear about one woman's experience being openly gay in the Foreign Services. Dessert will be provided.
Michelle Schohn is a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. State Department and and the president of Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies (GLIFAA, an officially recognized employee affinity group at State). She currently work as a Special Assistant in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. She has been in the service for almost 5 years, and her partner, who is also a Foreign Service Officer, has been in the Department for nearly 7 years. Together they are one of nine "unofficial tandem" couples in the Department, a tandem being a couple where both partners are Department employees. Michelle will speak about her experience openly gay in the Foreign Services.

2Ls Only: Public Interest Summer Grant Information Session
Wed 10/15, 12pm, Room 4004
For the first time, the School of Law will be awarding a limited number of public interest summer grants to 2Ls in the fall. Come hear about this new funding opportunity for 2Ls.
Applications will be available on October 15 and will be due on November 10, 2008.
Please note: 2Ls wil be eligible to apply for public interest summer grants in the spring of 2009 as well.
Please see Sylvia Novinsky with any questions.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Information Session
Mon 10/20, 12pm, Room 4004
Lani Miller from the Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, will speak about entry level and summer hiring programs.
Ms. Miller is currently Counselor and Senior Advisor to the General Counsel at the Department. In this role, Lani provides legal advice to the General Counsel and Department leadership on the development of Departmental policies, directives and procedures. Prior to joining Homeland Security, Lani was a Counsel at O'Melveny & Myers LLP located in Washington, DC. Lani has over 10 years of litigation related experience both in the private sector and at the Department of Justice in the Attorney General's Office and as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia. In addition, Lani served as Special Assistant to the President of the United States at the White House from 2003- 2005.
Bring your lunch; cookies will be provided.
Questions?  Contact Kim Silver in the CSO at 919-843-8848 or

Public Service News

Installation Address by Chancellor Holden Thorp:

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

For a complete listing of available pro bono opportunties, visit

Help make every vote count by ensuring equal access to the polls on Election Day!

The Project:
Disability Rights North Carolina ("DRNC") is NC's protection and advocacy system for persons with disabilities, a statewide legal services organization. One of the priorities of DRNC is to ensure that individuals with disabilities have the opportunity to register and exercise their right to vote. In order to do so, the polls must be physically accessible for persons with disabilities.

What You Can Do:
On Election Day, DRNC will be surveying polling sites in several counties throughout the state for accessibility and THEY COULD USE YOUR HELP. If you would like to be doing something hands-on at the polls on Election Day, then this is the pro bono project for you! Volunteers will be expected to attend a training on October 14 at Noon in Room 3049. Staff of DRNC will explain the project and show you how to conduct an accessibility survey. Volunteers will then need to commit to go out on Election Day to survey sites. We hope to have students go out in teams of two. The number of sites assigned will depend upon each team's availability. Please note that this will require travel outside of Orange County. Mileage will reimbursed. All time will count for pro bono hours, including travel time. Students will then return their surveys and equipment to Alexis Chappell, 2L.


Election Protection Hotline Volunteers Needed!
UNC's Center for Civil Rights and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law seek volunteers to assist with a hotline on Election Day, November 4, 2008. Students will answer phone calls from voters who have questions about voting or who think that they have been denied their right to vote. The phones will be located at the Center for Civil Rights offices at the School of Law Annex in Carrboro (above Weaver Street Market).
We need student, faculty and staff volunteers to staff and support 10 phones lines in 2-3 hours shifts during hours that the polls are open (6:00 a.m. -8:00 p.m.) All students will be required to attend one ninety minute call center training session. Trainings will be held on Thursday, October 23, at 4:30, Room 5046 and Tuesday, October 28, at 4:30, Room 5048.
We will have food available during the shifts for the hotline.
Please come join us in this non-partisan effort to help make democracy work!
To sign up, contact Ebony Montgomery '11 at or Chris Saunders '11 at


UNC Center for Civil Rights Community Inclusion and Economic Development Program
Contact (for all projects below): Mark Dorosin

1. Investigate whether a city correctly analyzed a community's urban density requirements for the purposes of involuntary annexation.
Time Commitment: 20 hours, due Monday, Oct. 21 (after fall break)
Requirements: 2L or 3L

2. Develop a presentation for community meeting on neighborhood preservation options for low-income community on urban fringe of rapidly developing affluent city
Time Commitment: 20 hours, due Monday, Oct. 21
Requirements: 2L or 3L

3. Help finalize community-based criteria for small business loan fund and community education materials
Time Commitment: 15-20 hours, due Monday Oct. 21
Requirements: Open to all students

4. Research and prepare materials to be submitted to NC Legislature's Joint Annexation Study Commission
Time Commitment: 5-10 hours/wk, semester-long
Requirements: 2L or 3L with legislative experience preferred

5. Draft Interrogatories and discovery requests for each defendant, prepare exhibits, aid in discovery, and interview potential witnesses in a wrongful eviction/Housing Discrimination Case
Time Commitment: 20-30 hours, due Oct. 31
Requirements: 2L or 3L

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

Southern Poverty Law Center Two-Year Legal Fellowship
The Southern Poverty Law Center offers two-year fellowships starting in September 2009. The Center is a national non-profit organization dedicated to reducing bigotry and oppression through education and litigation. Currently, the Center's areas of legal advocacy include juvenile justice, immigrant justice, education reform, and combating hate groups.  For additional information, visit The Fellow may be placed in any one of the Center's offices in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, or Florida and will work primarily on juvenile justice and school-to-prison pipeline litigation and campaigns. The decision regarding placement of the Law Fellow will not occur until the Spring of 2009, as the Center's staffing needs are assessed. Please note that the Center's Immigrant Justice Project has a separate fellowship that is not at this time hiring for 2009.
To apply for the 2009-2011 fellowship, please submit a cover letter, resume, one unedited writing sample, and the names and phone numbers of three references by December 1, 2008, to: Southern Poverty Law Center, ATTN:  Human Resources, 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104 or:

Paid Summer Internships with New York Lawyers for the Public Interest:
NYLPI, an organization focused on racial justice and disability rights, has announced the rollout of its new and improved social justice summer internship program for 2009. Committed to securing a diverse class of highly accomplished, progressive, community-minded law students to advance the goal of our organization, NYLPI will guarantee a summer stipend of $7,000 for rising 3Ls. Applications are due by 10/15. For more information, visit

Clifton W. Everett, Sr. Community Lawyer Fellowship (2009-10)
Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC) is seeking applications for the Clifton W. Everett, Sr. Community Lawyer Fellowships for 2009-10. The fellowships will be placed in LANC's Advocates for Children's Services office (located in Durham, NC) and LANC's Farmworker Unit office (located in Raleigh, NC). The Everett Fellowships are entry-level, one-year, staff attorney positions.

Each Everett Fellow will be responsible for handling a general caseload in the traditional areas of poverty law practice and focusing on clients who live in rural areas. Types of cases could involve housing, employment, consumer, domestic and public benefit issues.

The positions are open until filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply by November 3, 2008. For more info, click here.

Public Service Fellowship Award Program from the ABA Section of Taxation
The Public Service Fellowships are open to recent J.D. and LL.M. graduates and judicial clerks who commit to working in tax-related public interest, non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations for two years. Applicants must select and arrange employment with those organizations prior to applying for the Fellowship, and must confirm that their work will involve taxation or the administration of tax law. Up to two Fellowships will be awarded each year, and the Section will fund the salary, benefits and law school debt service (when applicable) for each award recipient. The Section is now accepting applications for the 2009 Fellowships, with a deadline of October 15, 2008.
Detailed information and a downloadable application is available at

Women's Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program in D.C.
The Women's Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program offers fellowships for public interest lawyers from across the United States who are committed to advancing women's rights throughout their careers. During the fellowship year, participants gain invaluable experience by working on women's issues in Washington, D.C. with a public interest organization or governmental agency and by participating in educational and professional development opportunities provided by WLPPFP. The deadline for applications for the 2009-2010 Women's Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program is October 31, 2008.
For more information and an application, visit

Public Service Resources

Looking for job opportunities or hoping to learn more about public interest organizations? Visit PSLawNetPSLawNet is a great source for summer and permanent positions, both paid and unpaid.  Registration is free to UNC Law students and allows you to search for jobs based on practice areas, location, and more. To get started, visit

Save the Date!

Conference on Public Service and the Law
Jan 30-31, 2009, University of Virginia

The 10th Annual Conference on Public Service & the Law will held at the
University of Virginia School of Law in Charlottesville, Virginia on January
30-31, 2009. The keynote speaker is U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel A.
Alito. The special guest speaker is Alan Morrison, the founder and former
director of the Public Citizen Litigation Group. In addition, there will be
a host of topical public-interest law panels and career workshops.

Founded by law students at the University of Virginia ten years ago, the
Conference on Public Service and the Law brings together students, faculty,
attorneys, and policymakers to explore public-interest issues facing today's
legal community and related career paths for young attorneys.

Past conferences have drawn more than 500 law students and close to 100
panelists from across the country.

For more information about the Conference, contact co-chairs Jessica DeVera
( or Nicole Stockey (


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