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Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, October 22, 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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Events at UNC Law

Center for Civil Rights: Race and the Law Series

Tuesday, October 23, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 4004

The UNC Center for Civil Rights presents Race & The Law: Corum v. University of North Carolina.

A discussion of the landmark case that established a civil rights cause of action under the North Carolina State Constitution featuring speakers Dr. Al Corum & civil rights attorney John Gresham of Tim Fulton Walker & Owen.

In 1992 the North Carolina Supreme Court recognized a direct cause of action under the North Carolina Constitution for violations of rights protected by the state constitution. Learn how an Appalachian State professor & a dedicated lawyer opened a new venue for civil rights advocacy in North Carolina.

Carolina Law Democrats Present: Karen Popp, Former Legal Counsel to President Clinton

Tuesday, October 23, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Courtroom 4081

Karen Popp, former legal counsel to the president and current partner at Sidley Austin, will be joining us to talk about charting a high level career path in public service, the election generally, and helping to run this year's nominating convention. Ms. Popp is a former federal prosecutor in New York and lawyer in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice and Associate White House Counsel to President Clinton.

U.S. Foreign Policy and Global Reproductive Health Access

Wednesday, October 24, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 4085

Law Students for Reproductive Justice has invited Patty Skuster and Jamila Taylor from IPAS to discuss how US foreign policy affects reproductive rights globally - particularly access to safe abortion services, contraception and HIV prevention.

Presentation by King's College Law Professor and BBC Commentator Maleiha Malik on anti-Muslim Prejudice in Europe and the U.S.

Wednesday, October 24, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 5046

Maleiha Malik's research and outreach focuses on minority rights in instances when tradition and secular modernity are in conflict. She is the go-to commentator on the topic for the BBC. Her research interests include jurisprudence and legal theory, feminist theory and discrimination law.

This presentation explores anti-Muslim prejudice in Europe and the USA. It argues that it is important to understand the long standing tropes that cause us to misunderstand present day manifestations of Islam amongst European and American Muslims. This talk also examines the political mobilization against European and American Muslims that has been systematically organized through links between US and European political actors and institutions.

Carolina Law Democrats and Obama for America Voter Protection Training

Wednesday, October 24, 5:00-7:00 p.m., Room 5042

On the campaign, voter protection generally fulfills two functions: 1) monitoring state policies that will affect voter rights and turnout, and 2) recruiting and training volunteer lawyers to watch over individual polling locations. This year we're expecting up to 40% of the legal volunteer spots to be filled by law students. Please join us if you would like to be apart of this important service.

Indigenous Land Rights in Belize with Guest Speaker Cristina Coc

Friday, October 26, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 5042

Cristina Coc discusses the recent successes and ongoing struggles of the Maya in securing rights to ancestral lands in the Central American nation. She is the Executive Director of the Julian Cho Society, which promotes social justice, human rights, and sustainable development in Belize. Her work advocating for ancestral land rights of indigenous people has brought her to the highest courts of her nation, where, in 2007, the Chief Justice ruled in favor of Maya communities.

Free pizza will be served. This event is sponsored by the Immigration Law Association, the International and Comparative Law Organization, the Immigration/Human Rights Policy Clinic, and the Institute for the Study of the Americas.

Immigration Law 101

Friday, October 26, 3:00-6:00 p.m., Room 4085

Come learn the basics of immigration law from our own esteemed Professor Deborah Weissman! Professor Weissman will go over the immigration code, constitutional issues of immigration law, recent developments in immigration and much more. Food will be served.

Career Corner

ELPS and Child Action Career Panel: Traditional and Nontraditional Careers in Education Law

Tuesday, October 23, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 5046

Lunchtime panel with community leaders in education.

Careers in Health Law

Wednesday, October 24, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Boardroom 5003

Interested in exploring careers in health law? Come meet local attorneys from various areas of health law, including, the NC AG's office, UNC hospitals, a private firm, the NC legislature, and in-house pharma. Food will be provided. Sponsored by the Carolina Health Law Organization. Space is limited, so please RSVP by October 22 to Jeremy Freifeld.

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 and other opportunities are provided in the 2012-13 Government Honors & Internship Handbook (U: ranger, P: cookies).

Summer Internships (2L)

  • 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)

  • 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.

Summer Job Spotlight: 2013 Ella Baker Summer Internship Program (1Ls and 2Ls)

The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) is a non-profit legal and educational organization dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Ella Baker Summer Internship Program is part of CCR's new Social Justice Institute (SJI), an innovative training institute for social justice law students and lawyers created in partnership with the Bertha Foundation.

About the Program

CCR created the Ella Baker Summer Internship Program in 1987 to honor the legacy of Ella Baker, a hero of the civil rights movement, and to train the next generation of social justice lawyers.

Interns work under the direct supervision of attorneys and are given high-quality assignments and periodic feedback. Interns also participate in weekly educational seminars. Topics range from litigation skills, theories of social change, and guest lectures by noted local organizers & activists. Interns' responsibilities may include: legal research & writing for domestic and international litigation, factual investigation, client & witness interviews, policy/legislative research, and participation in client and community meetings. In addition, students are provided opportunities to attend court proceedings, community and client meetings, view films about social justice issues, and attend other law related panels and events.

Application Information and Deadlines

You must complete an online application. 2L applicants must upload their applications by November 11, 2012. 1L applicants must upload their applications by December 15, 2012. Visit the application link to learn more details about the internship.

Summer Funding Opportunities

Early Decision Summer Grant Information Session

Tuesday, October 30, 12-12:50 p.m., Room 5042

The School of Law will be awarding a limited number of public interest summer grants to 2Ls in the fall. Come hear about this early funding opportunity. Early decision summer grant applications are due by Friday, December 7, 2012. Please note: this program has been moved from Tuesday, November 6 to Tuesday, October 30.

Other Public Interest Events

"The Rosenwald Schools" Documentary Screening and Discussion with Director Aviva Kempner

Thursday, October 25, 7:00 p.m., Sonja Haynes Stone Center (main campus)

Aviva Kempner will be on hand to introduce the work in progress version of The Rosenwald Schools at the University of North Carolina's Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History in Chapel Hill. North Carolina was the state that built the most Rosenwald schools. The event is free and open to the public and is part of the Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film, which highlights interesting films and provides a venue for discussion and debate. The event is sponsored by the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, the Center for the Study of the American South at UNC, and the UNC African and African American Studies Department.

You can read more about the screening at the Stone Center's website and view the event flyer.

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

Lambda Law Healthcare Power of Attorney Clinic Mandatory Training

Mandatory Training: Tuesday, October 23, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 4085

Clinic: Thursday, October 25, 5:00-10:00 p.m., Room 4085

This is Lambda Law's Annual Healthcare Power of Attorney Clinic. In order to participate please come to the mandatory training on Tuesday, October 23.

Election Protection Hotline Signups

Tuesday-Thursday, October 23-25, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Rotunda

On Election Day law students will operate a North Carolina call center from the law school for voters across the state to dispense information and record irregularities at voting polls. Interested students must attend the training and will learn:

  1. relevant election law
  2. how to address voter concerns
  3. how to work the call system.

Interested students may sign up in the rotunda, or email Gina LeBlanc.

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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