Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, October 20, 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

Foreclosure Prevention Project, North Carolina Commissioner of Banks
Tues 10/21, 12pm, Room 4085
The Center for Banking and Finance is pleased to welcome Mark Pearce and Will Corbett from the Office of the North Carolina Commissioner of Banks to discuss the recently enacted State Foreclosure Prevention Project. Servicers of subprime mortgage loans are required under this program to notify the borrower and the Commissioner of Banks' office prior to foreclosing. The Commissioner's office has the authority to delay filing of foreclosure for 30 days to facilitate negotiated workouts between the borrower and the mortgage company so that borrowers may remain in their homes and that the lender and the community avoid the costs and losses associated with foreclosed property.
As part of the this project, Mark and Will are seeking the assistance of law students to conduct a "Red-Flag Review" of loan documents to make sure that they comply with North Carolina and Federal lending laws and identify loans for further review by the Commissioner's internal staff. Bring your lunch and join us to hear more about this recent innovative legislative response to the home mortgage crisis and about this exciting pro bono opportunity. The Center for Banking and Finance will provide soft drinks, waters, and cookies.

C-PILO Bojangles Sale
Wed 10/22, 11:30-1pm, Rotunda
$5 buys you chicken, a biscuit, and a brownie! All proceeds support grants for students working in unpaid or low-paying summer public interest positions.

The Making of Me: Teaching Intelligent Design in the Public Schools. A Debate between Professor Arnold Loewy and Professor Bill Marshall
Thurs 10/23, 12pm, Room 5042
Professor Arnold Loewy, from Texas Tech School of Law and Professor Bill Marshall from University of North Carolina School of Law will be debating the constitutionality of teaching Intelligent Design in the Public Schools.

Winter Break Pro Bono Projects Sign-up Meeting
Thurs 10/23, 12pm, Room 4085
Come learn about what projects will be offered during Winter Break this year and everything you need to know about signing up.
Questions? Email Alexis Chappell ( or Michelle Greene ( To learn more about Pro Bono visit

Lecture by Rebecca Headen of the ACLU Racial Justice Project
Mon 10/27, 12pm, Room 4085
Rebecca Headen of the ACLU Racial Justice Project will discuss immigration issues, such as the 287(g) program, in a racial justice context.

Public Service News

Seagraves Service Grants Available for Student Organizations
All officially recognized undergraduate and graduate student organizations are encouraged to apply now through Oct. 24th for the Seagraves Service Grants for Student Organizations offered through the Carolina Center for Public Service. Grants of up to $300 are available from a pool of $3,000 to support service projects that meet an identified need in a North Carolina community. Funds may be requested for any costs associated with the proposed service project, including supplies, travel, equipment and stipends. The Seagraves Service Grants are funded through the generous support of a UNC alumnus and are named in honor of his grandmother, Mildred Yeager Seagraves. For more information and application materials, visit

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

For a complete listing of available pro bono opportunties, visit

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

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:

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.

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 PSLawNet! PSLawNet 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 (

Heirs to a Fighting Tradition Seeking Volunteers
Heirs to a Fighting Tradition, a Triangle-based grassroots organization dedicated to strengthening the base of North Carolina social justice organizers, is looking for volunteers to help with grassroots fundraising, grant writing, community organizing at UNC-Chapel Hill, oral history and documentary work, and a variety of other projects. If interested, contact

To add items or provide feedback, please contact Sylvia Novinsky, Assistant Dean for Public Service Programs, or Allison Standard, RA, Public Service Programs.

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