Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, October 18, 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

Sign-ups for Winter Break Projects
Thursday, November 4, 7:00 a.m.

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!

Volunteer for "The Unfinished Work": Advancing New Strategies in the Struggle for Civil Rights
November 1-2, Friday Center for Continuing Education

Join the UNC Center for Civil Rights, its co-conveners and nation's most talented attorneys, advocates and scholars for a national conference dedicated to the life and career of civil rights pioneer, Julius L. Chambers. This two-day conference will unite practitioners, researchers, policymakers, community activists and students to examine the most promising strategies for pursuing equity and eliminating discrimination in public education, housing, democratic representation, employment and criminal justice. Issues in these areas remain at the forefront of today's civil rights struggle and while new trends in engagement, organizing and advocacy have shifted the ways we challenge racial and socioeconomic segregation and discrimination, the inequalities that these age-old problems create remain largely the same. The solutions to these debilitating issues are not simple, but they are possible to construct.

Join us as we analyze these issues and offer a range of innovative and strategic approaches for: applying the law, pursuing policy change, mobilizing well-informed grassroots activists, and encouraging the scholarly pursuit of public interest-oriented research.

The Center is looking for student volunteers to drive panelists to and from the airport, help with registration, keep time during panels, and more. To volunteer, visit by October 22. Contact Christie Trice at with any questions. Student volunteers will be able to participate and will not have to pay the $25 student fee.

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!

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
  • Project Homeless Connect, Hargraves Center - Chapel Hill, NC
  • Draft Brochure about Obtaining Identification for 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

  • Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation - Washington, DC
  • ACLU, Center for Democracy - New York. NY
  • US Attorney's Office, Eastern District of North Carolina - Raleigh, NC

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

Public Service Resources

UNC School of Law Alumni Directory

Think you could use some alumni connections in your job search or want to meet with alumni with similar interests for an informational interview? The Alumni Directory is a great resource for all students - easily searchable by name, class year, organization, and area of law (among other categories). Sign up for access to the directory.

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.

Public Service News

US Ranks Low in Worldwide Study of Access to Justice

A world-wide survey unveiled Thursday morning ranks the United States lowest among 11 developed nations when it comes to providing access to justice to its citizens -- and lower than some third-world nations in some categories. The results are from the World Justice Project's new "Rule of Law Index", which assesses how laws are implemented and enforced in practice around the globe. Countries are rated on such factors as whether government officials are accountable, whether legal institutions protect fundamental rights, and how ordinary people fare in the system. The index will expand from 35 countries to 70 next year. See the World Justice Project for more information.

NAACP Legal Defense Fund Prepares to Challenge Voter Residency Requirements

Two years ago, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund filed suit in Indiana and stopped what it said was a threat to disenfranchise homeowners facing foreclosure. Now, after countless more foreclosures, an NAACP lawyer says it's ready to litigate again if needed during this election cycle. The 2008 suit took issue with the notion that those on a foreclosure list that were still living in their home could be ineligible to vote. Read the full article.

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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