Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, October 15, 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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Career Corner

Getting Ready for the Equal Justice Works Career Fair

Tuesday, October 16, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Faculty Lounge 5069

The 2012 Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair will be held on Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA.

Questions? Contact Adrienne Allison in the CSO.

Alumni Clerkship Panel

Monday, October 22, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 4004

The panel will feature alums who worked as federal and state court clerks following law school. The panelists, who work in various areas of the legal profession, will speak about their experiences as clerks and how clerkships helped launch their careers.

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).

Summer Internships (2L)

  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Office of General Counsel - October 15
  • Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) - October 20
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) - October 22
  • Army Judge Advocate General (Army JAG) - November 1
  • Department of Veterans Affairs - November 1
  • Department of State - November 2

Post-Graduate Opportunities (3L)

  • National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Honors Program - October 15
  • Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Honors Program - October 15
  • Army Judge Advocate General (Army JAG) - November 1

Be sure to check Symplicity this week for public interest summer and post-graduate job opportunities! Another great resource is PSJD.

Other Public Interest Opportunities

Eighth Annual Constitutional Environmental Law Student Writing Competition

Sponsored by the Environmental Law Institute, the ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, and the National Association of Environmental Law Societies, the competition invites students to address recent developments or trends in U.S. environmental law that have a significant constitutional or federalism component. Submissions are due by April 12, 2013. The winner receives a $2000 cash prize and an offer to publish her article in the Environmental Law Reporter.

More information about the competition, including past winning essays, can be found at

Film to Win: NC Bar Association Video Contest

Goal: To create a video that conveys to a public audience the purpose of the North Carolina Lawyer Referral Service (LRS).

Criteria: Videos must be 1 to 2 minutes long, detail the services LRS provides (and list some of the most popular practice areas that we feature), explain the benefits of speaking with a licensed attorney, and include LRS contact information. Extra points will be given for multi-lingual submissions. Please see the LRS website for more information.

Prize: Each member of the winning team will receive 1 free year of LRS membership following graduation and bar passage. Every member of the team must be a law student.

Deadline: Deadline for submission is Wednesday, November 21, 2012. Please contact Mary Horowitz for submission information or if you have any questions.

Other Public Interest Events

"American Poverty: The Hidden Story"

Monday, October 15, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Hall (main campus)

Award-winning photo-journalists Steve Liss and Jon Lowenstein are among the founders of, an organization of photojournalists committed to poverty alleviation in the United States. This fall, they come to Chapel Hill to expose poverty in America. The event is free and open to the public.

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

Immigration Law Association Know Your Rights Training

Tuesday, October 16, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 5054

This training is required for any students wishing to participate in ILA's "Know Your Rights" pro bono presentations. After the training, we will advertise available presentation opportunities in the community.

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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