Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, October 5, 2009

Events at UNC Law


Charity: Water Interest Meeting and Campaign Kickoff

12:00 - 12:50p, 4085

CSO's Career Night - An Opportunity to Meet Attorneys from Various Practices Areas

5:30 - 7:00p, Rotunda


Public Interest Retreat Committee Meeting

12:00 - 12:50p, 4004

Save the Date!

Equal Justice Works Student Debt Relief Webinar Series

Counseling Students and Graduates About Income-Based Repayment and Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Tuesday, October 6, 12:00p - 1:15p EDT

Space is limited, so participants are required to register at

Third Annual Fair Trial Initiative J.Kirk Osborn Award Celebration

Thursday, October 8, 6:30 - 8:30p, Carolina Club

Join the attorneys, board, friends, and staff of the Fair Trial Initiative as we celebrate the life and legacy of Chapel Hill attorney and former FTI Board Member, J. Kirk Osborn, by honoring his commitment to high quality indigent advocacy and his dedication to mentoring young attorneys. 2009 Honoree: Kimberly Stevens.

RSVP to, Students: $15 donation requested to attend. (Other attendees: $50 minimum donation requested.)

Expendable People?: A Human Rights Perspective on the Impact of Global Economic Migration on Georgia

Saturday, October 17, 9:15a - 5:30p, Emory School of Law, Atlanta, GA

For details:

International Humanitarian Law Workshop (January 5-8, 2009)

Presented by the International Committee of the Red Cross, Hosted by Santa Clara University School of Law

There is no registration fee, but students must apply to attend. Deadline: Monday, November 9, 2009. If you are interested in applying please email Meredith Flowe, with Subject Line: "IHL Workshop Info Request."

Funding Opportunities

Seagraves Service Grants for Student Organizations - APPLY by October 16.

All officially recognized undergraduate and graduate organizations are encouraged to apply for these grants offered through the Carolina Center for Public Service. Grants of up to $300 are available to support service projects that meet an identified need in a North Carolina community.

For details:

2Ls Only: Early Decision Public Interest Summer Grant will be available

The School of Law will be awarding a limited number of public interest summer grants to 2Ls in the fall.

Applications will be available in mid October and will be due on in early November. Students must have an offer from a public interest employer to receive a grant.

Please note: 2Ls will be eligible to apply for public interest summer grants in the spring of 2010 as well.

Please see Sylvia Novinsky with any questions.

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

If you are interested in signing up for a project listed below, visit for details and contact Lauren Felter at

Make sure to also consider signing up for the Fall Break and Winter Break Pro Bono Trips!

Driver's License Restoration Project - NC Office of Indigent Services - Orange County

Immigrants' Rights Violations - ACLU - Raleigh, NC

Curriculum for Medical - Legal Partnership - Legal Aid of North Carolina - Pittsboro, NC

Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention - Legal Aid of North Carolina - Pittsboro, NC

Legal Researcher - Finance - Center on Poverty, Work, and Opportunity (UNC School of Law)

Legal Researcher - First Amendment - N.C. Department of Secretary of State - Raleigh, NC

Research Assistant - Admin Law - N.C. Department of Secretary of State - Raleigh, NC

Legal Researcher - Securities - N.C. Department of Secretary of State - Raleigh, NC

Legal Research and CLE Preparation - Notaries - N.C. Department of Secretary of State - Raleigh, NC

Legal Researcher - N.C. State Bar - Raleigh, NC

Municipal Law and Demolition Liens - Office of the City Attorney - Durham, NC

Civil Rights and Property - UNC Center for Civil Rights - UNC School of Law

Intern for Small District Court Practice - Patrick E. Morgan, Esq. - Carrboro, NC

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

Brown, Goldstein, and Levy, LLP Disability Rights Fellowship

One year fellowship starting in September 2010. Application Deadline: November 16, 2009.

For details:

Fair Trial Initiative 2010-2012 Fellowship Applications

The Fair Trial Initiative (Durham, NC) is looking for outstanding third year law students and new lawyers who are committed to providing first-rate legal representation to indigent defendants facing the death penalty. For more information:

DEADLINE: October 31, 2009 (However, applications are accepted on a rolling basis, therefore applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible).

Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair

Saturday, October 24 - Sunday, October 25, Washington, D.C., The Omni Shoreham Hotel

Public Interest employers from all over the country will attend to hire for summer and postgraduate positions. If you will be interviewing at the conference, you MUST pre-register online to attend. If you decide not to attend you MUST let Sylvia Novinsky know as soon as possible. To register:

If you have questions, please contact either Sylvia Novinsky, Assistant Dean for Public Service Programs, or Meredith Flowe, Public Service Fellow.

Legal Aid of North Carolina Fellowship Opportunities (2010-11)

DEADLINE: October 30, 2009, 5:00p

Judge Samuel J. Ervin, III Fellowship (2010-11), Morganton, NC

Clifton W. Everett, Sr. Community Lawyer Fellowship (2010-11), Gastonia, NC

Clifton W. Everett, Sr. Community Lawyer Fellowship (2010-11), Ahoskie, NC

Visit Legal Aid of North Carolina's website for details and to see if additional fellowship opportunities are posted:

Make sure to check Symplicity regularly for OCI with public interest employers.

Public Service Resources

Take Advantage of UNC Law CSO Resources!

Featured Resource: North Carolina Public Interest Employer Guide (Updated Feb. 2009)

To access:

NYU Public Defender Handbook
NYU Law has created a new Public Defender Handbook for students looking for public defender internships and post-graduate jobs. You can download the Handbook from PSLawNet at

The Handbook has two main sections:

  1. FAQs about the hiring process for internships and permanent jobs, with very specific examples of simulations and hypothetical questions;
  2. a listing and brief description (e.g., application process, training provided, etc.) of the major public defender offices that regularly hire post-graduate attorneys.

Equal Justice Works Blog
To read about news and thoughts regarding public interest law, check out the Equal Justice Works Blog at

To add items or provide feedback, please contact Sylvia Novinsky, Assistant Dean for Public Service Programs, or Meredith Flowe, Public Service Fellow.

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