Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, October 25, 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: https://my.law.unc.edu/studentlife/summergrants/application/. Please direct all questions to Dean Novinsky, snovinsk@email.unc.edu.

Events at UNC Law

Pro Bono Week Celebration: Screening of "To Kill a Mockingbird"
Wednesday, October 27, 12:00 p.m., 4085

Come join your peers for a lunchtime screening of a scene of "To Kill a Mockingbird" in celebration of Pro Bono Week!

Logistics Meeting for Winter Break Projects
Tuesday, November 2, 12:00 p.m., 5048

If you plan to sign up for a Winter Break Project, you should attend the logistics meeting to find out about the projects being offered this year and how the process for signing up will work on Thursday!

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

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 at 7:00 am in the Rotunda. More information will be available soon! To get on the listserv for Winter Break Project information, email uncprobono@gmail.com.

Save the Date!

Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird"
Thursday, October 28, 5:00 p.m., Varsity Theater on Franklin Street

Join the Center for the Study of the American South for a screening of To Kill a Mockingbird at the Varsity Theater on Franklin Street (free with UNC One Card, $3 for general public) followed by a panel discussion with notable writers moderated by Professor Nichol. There will also be a reception to follow at the Ackland Art Museum (RSVP to mockingbirdrsvp@unc.edu requested).

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 http://www.mysignup.com/unccivilrights by October 22. Contact Christie Trice at christina.trice@gmail.com 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 uncprobono@gmail.com 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
  • Election Protection Project - Chapel Hill, NC - ONLY A FEW SLOTS LEFT! Sign up on the Pro Bono Board!

Projects are posted on the Pro Bono Board near the mailboxes and are listed online at http://www.law.unc.edu/studentlife/probono/projects/. Students can sign up for projects on the Pro Bono Board or email Lauren Felter at UNCProBonoProjects@gmail.com.

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

Summer Opportunities

  • Attorney General Law Clerk, State of Maryland Attorney General's Office - Baltimore, MD
  • Fair Trial Initiative - Durham, NC
  • ACLU, Reproductive Freedom Project - New York, NY
  • ACLU, Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & AIDS Project - New York, NY

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

Public Service Resources

Resource Spotlight: Databases for Your Job Search

Though many summer and post-graduation jobs are found by utilizing other means (networking, connections through past employers, or relationships made through pro bono work), students and soon-to-be graduates should certainly utilize available job databases, especially if you are searching for a position in a particular geographic area or narrow area of law.

  • Symplicity - your first stop should be Symplicity! Especially for students looking for work in NC, keep up with OCIs (bidding process for Spring OCIs will likely begin over Winter Break), resume collects, and jobs posted in the Job Bank.
  • PSLawNet - PSLawNet adds legal jobs (positions post-graduation, fellowships and internships) across the US on a daily basis. You must register to see listings, and can also create email alerts when new jobs that meet your search criteria are posted.
  • Idealist - Idealist posts jobs in all areas of the public sector. You can search for legal jobs or internships by selecting "JD" under education level or "legal" under job category.
  • National Legal Aid and Defender Association - This database is specific to organizations that provide civil legal services or serve as public defenders.

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.


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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