Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, October 27, 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

Donate to the Food Drive Until October 31st!
Beginning October 20 and extending through October 31, the SBA Public Service Committee will be organizing the school-wide food drive to help support the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. Food donations are essential in meeting the needs of those who suffer from hunger in our state. Cash donations will also be accepted ($1 is equivalent to two cans). Please place your non-perishable donations in the appropriate box in the rotunda. There will be a competition between the three law school classes, as well as a competition between the three 1L colleges! The winners of the competition will be awarded an ice cream party.
For more information  please email Sonal Raja ( or Vivian Intermont (

Pro Bono Week: Students and Lawyers Making a Difference
November 3-7
Monday: Treats in the Rotunda for Students Making a Difference
Tuesday: Election Day Projects with UNC Center for Civil Rights and Disability Rights NC
Wednesday: Charles Becton, NC Bar Association President, to speak on "The Importance of Pro Bono" at noon in the Rorunda
Thursday: Winter Break Project Sign-ups, 7:30am in the Rotunda, and "Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez: Let the Good Times Roll" New Orleans Trip Fundraiser at The Library, 9pm, $4 cover

Public Service News

Election Protection Hotline Featured in News and Observer.

Erwin Chemerinsky writes on the value of pro bono work.

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. Training will be held on 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

Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

2009-11 NALP/Street Law Legal Diversity Pipeline Program Fellowship
Washington, DC
This two-year fellowship provides a wonderful opportunity for a public interest-minded law graduate who also has an interest in legal education and diversity. The NALP/Street Law Legal Diversity Pipeline Program, a joint initiative undertaken by both organizations in 2008, is designed to provide information about the law and the legal profession to high school students and encourage them to pursue legal careers. In particular, the program targets students from minority groups that are underrepresented in the practice of law. Law firms that participate in the program are matched with local high schools where volunteer lawyers teach substantive law classes in the high school setting as well as host programs for participating high school students at the law firm. The Fellow will administer this new program and have responsibility for providing training, curriculum development assistance, and other support to participating law firms.  Applications are currently being accepted. For more information, click here.

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

Summer Employment Opportunities

For a more complete listing of summer opportunities, visit Symplicity

Summer Internships at Trustees for Alaska
Trustees for Alaska is offering environmental law internships to interested law students who have a demonstrated commitment to the public interest and the environment. Students with coursework in administrative and environmental law are preferred. Trustees for Alaska provides a full spectrum of public interest law experience to its interns, including research, writing, client contact, drafting legal documents, and public speaking on administrative law matters, depending on client and case needs. Commitment extends over ten weeks; start and end dates are negotiable. Internships are paid a modest hourly wage, but education makes up for low pay. Interns find their own housing, but Trustees for Alaska staff will provide leads on possible living arrangements.

Applications should be postmarked no later than December 15, 2008, though earlier is better as applications are reviewed as they arrive. Electronic applications are encouraged and may be sent to: Please include a cover letter, resume, transcript, short writing sample, and reference list to Tamar Shai, Paralegal.

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!

Visualizing Human RightsVHR
November 15, 2008

The Nelson Mandela Auditorium and the Peacock Atrium of the FedEx Global Education Center

Every day ordinary people at home and abroad struggle to maintain their human dignity in the face of hunger, lack of adequate housing and health care, and the repressive and neglectful actions and omissions of their governments. What do these human rights abuses look like? How do they feel? How are human rights and wrongs experienced in personal terms, and what difference do they make to our lives?

In an unconventional forum, "Visualizing Human Rights" brings together painters, photographers, writers, poets, film makers, and printmakers to put a human face on human rights in an effort to reach beyond traditional academic approaches.

Dick Gordon from WUNC's "The Story" will lead the opening segment.

Registration is free and encouraged as space is limited.
Please go to: to register

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 (

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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