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Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, October 29, 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

Early Decision Summer Grant Information Session

Tuesday, October 30, 12:00-12:50 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.

Through the Legislative Looking Glass: Debunking the Myths of Marriage Equality

Tuesday, October 30, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 5046

What happens behind the scenes to get marriage equality enacted? Does marriage equality threaten religious liberty? What kind of legislators support marriage equality? Are there compelling non-religious arguments against marriage equality?

Find out the answer to these questions and more from Anthony Michael Kreis, Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Georgia and political co-chair for the Human Rights Campaign in Atlanta, who will speak on his research and personal experience with marriage equality legislation. His talk will illustrate more generally the role of religion in the public policy process, the influence of legal norms in the political arena, the importance of diversity in democratic institutions, and the way courts can help shape social change.

Lunch will be served!

Guest Speaker: Mark Davis, Chief Counselor to Governor Perdue

Wednesday, October 31, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 5042

Sponsored by the Center on Law and Government and Carolina Law's chapter of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy: Mark Davis, Chief Counselor to N.C. Governor Bev Perdue, will speak about the Governor's historic use of the veto and other matters on which he has worked. This event is free and open to the public.

Career Corner

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

Wednesday, October 31, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 4085

Lunchtime panel with community leaders in education.

Public Defender Panel

Monday, November 5, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 4004

The Public Defender Mentor Project invites you to a panel discussion on the work of public defenders in North Carolina. Sponsored by the CSO and Clinical Programs.

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

Upcoming Government Job Deadlines

These are just a few examples of government jobs with fall semester deadlines. Details of these programs and other opportunities are provided in the 2012-13 Government Honors & Internship Handbook (U: ranger, P: cookies).

Summer Internships (2L)

  • FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection Internship - October 29
  • Army Judge Advocate General (Army JAG) - November 1
  • Department of Veterans Affairs - November 1
  • Department of State - November 2
  • DHHS Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Internship - December 7
  • EPA Office of Admin Law Judges Summer Honors Clerkship - December 7
  • National Nuclear Security Administration Internship - December 15
  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission Internship - December 15
  • Dept of Commerce International Commission Internship - December 28
  • DHHS Departmental Appeals Board Internship - December 31

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.

Other Public Interest Events

"Leadership in Service" presented by Ray Mabus, Secretary of the U.S. Navy

Thursday, November 1, 3:00 p.m., Paul Green Theatre (main campus)

This 2012 Deil S. Wright Lecture is hosted by the UNC Master of Public Administration program and is free and open to the public.

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

Driver's License Restoration Project Case Prep Sessions

Tuesday, October 30, 12:00-2:00 p.m., Boardroom 5003
Wednesday, October 31, 12:00-2:00 p.m., Conference Room 5066

Election Protection Hotline Training

Tuesday, October 30 or Friday, November 2, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Room 5052

Volunteers need only attend one of the trainings.

Volunteers will be expected to sign up for at least one two hour shift (shifts start at 6 a.m. and end at 8 p.m.: 6-8, 8-10, 10-12, 12-2, 2-4, 4-6, 6-8)

Interested volunteers should e-mail Alexandria Bryant with the following information:

  1. Preferred training date
  2. Preferred volunteer shift(s)
  3. Onyen and UNC email address

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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