Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, October 14, 2013

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Events at UNC Law

ILA Sunrise Biscuit and Muffin Sale

Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Rotunda

Immigration Law Association will be selling biscuits, muffins, cookies, hot chocolate, and coffee in order to raise money. Please join us from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to purchase delicious fall snacks!

ELP North Carolina Environmental Law Legislative Update

Wednesday, October 16, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4085

Mr. Daniel Smith will be presenting an update on North Carolina environmental legislation for the Environmental Law Project.

Lunch with Racial Justice Act Litigators

Monday, October 21, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5046

The Death Penalty Project is hosting a lunchtime panel on North Carolina's historic Racial Justice Act. The panel will include Mr. Jay Ferguson, Mr. Darryl Hunt, and Ms. Tarrah Callahan. Mr. Ferguson successfully litigated the initial case under the Racial Justice Act on behalf of Marcus Robinson. He will be arguing in support of the Racial Justice Act in front of the North Carolina Supreme Court this November. Darryl Hunt is a North Carolina exoneree and the Executive Director of the Darryl Hunt Project. The panel will be followed by a brief Question & Answer session moderated by Ms. Tarrah Callahan, Executive Director of North Carolina for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. Pizza will be provided.

Career Corner

"Professors in Practice" Series: Criminal Law

Tuesday, October 15, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4004

Join Professors Birckhead, Mosteller and Myers for a discussion of their legal practice in criminal law. Bring your lunch and your questions!

Getting Ready for the EJW Career Fair

Wednesday, October 16, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Boardroom 5003

The 2013 Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair will be held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA on 10/25-10/26. This meeting is being held to help all students registered for the Career Fair get ready. Contact Adrienne Allison or Samara Reynolds with questions.

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

Coastal Policy Fellowship (2Ls & 3Ls): Deadline 10/25

The NC Coastal Resources Law, Planning, and Policy 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 4:00 p.m. October 25, 2013. The study may be carried out in the spring, summer, or fall of 2014.

Upcoming Government Deadlines

Below is a sampling of upcoming deadlines for federal government honors programs (3Ls) and summer 2014 internship programs (2Ls). Information about each program can be found on individual department websites, as well as in the Government Honors and Internship Handbook online. If you have questions, need application assistance, or would like to be added to the govcareers email list for relevant announcements, please contact Samara Reynolds, Government Career Counselor in the CDO.

Postgraduate Positions (3L)

  • National Labor Relations Board (NLRB): October 15
  • Army Corps of Engineers (USACE): October 15
  • Presidential Management Fellows Program (PMF): October 15 (application opens 10/01)
  • Central Intelligence Agency (CIA): Rolling, by October 31
  • Army JAG: November 1

Summer 2014 Positions (2L)

  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC): October 15
  • Department of State General Student Internship: November 1
  • National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA): November 1
  • Rolling Summer Internship Deadlines: U.S. Department of Education, EPA Regional offices, U.S. Copyright Office, EEOC Office of Federal Operations, FCC (various bureaus), Federal Election Commission, IRS, National Labor Relations Board, U.S. Office of Government Ethics, Small Business Administration, USAID, and MORE!

Other Public Interest Opportunities

The Implications of United States v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry for Family Law, Constitutional Law, Tax Law, and Society

Elon Law Review Symposium
Friday, November 1, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Elon University School of Law

This event is free of charge, including lunch for all registered participants. The symposium is open to members of the legal community in the region. See the Elon University School of Law website for more information and registration.

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

Projects are posted on the Pro Bono Board near the mailboxes. Students can sign up for projects on the Pro Bono Board or email

Pro Bono Divorce Project

Once again, UNC Law Public Service Programs and Legal Aid of North Carolina are partnering to hold a Pro Bono Divorce Project this Fall and Spring. Students will have the opportunity to represent low-income clients in simple divorces. They will interview clients, draft pleadings, and conduct divorce hearings under attorney supervision.

Please note that this project is open only to 2L and 3L students.

The following additional dates are important for anyone interested:

October 23, 12:00-1:00 p.m.: Basic Training Session

October 29 from 5:30-8:00 p.m.: "Divorce Clinic" in which students will interview clients and execute pleadings.

Friday, February 28 beginning at 11:00 a.m.: "Divorce Judgment Day" in which students will conduct divorce hearings in the Law School courtroom before an Orange County District Court Judge.

Anyone interested in participating should email Dean Novinsky.

To participate in the Pro Bono Divorce Project you must be able to participate in the training on October 23 from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. You must also be available for the October 29 "Divorce Clinic" and the February 28 "Divorce Judgment Day."

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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