Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, October 7, 2013

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Events at UNC Law

Modern-Day School Segregation and Pitt County

Wednesday, October 9, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4085

The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) will host Professor Mark Dorosin, managing attorney of the Center for Civil Rights as he will discuss the Pitt County Schools trial with students. This case has potential implications for redefining unitary status and what school desegregation means in the American legal system.

Screening and Discussion of "The New Public"

Thursday, October 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Room 5042

Screening of a new documentary on education in America, followed by discussion in small groups. View the trailer for the film online.

Current public school teachers are expected to be in attendance and law students are welcome as well!

HEART Training

Saturday, October 12, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m, Room 3049

The UNC SALDF chapter is co-hosting the ABA's humane education public service project. It involves HEART training volunteer lawyers and law students to teach a 4 lesson humane education program focused on animal protection issues to 4th-5th grade students.

ACS: Principles of Progressive Constitutional Interpretation

Monday, October 14, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5046

Join the American Constitution Society for a lunch lecture with Neil Siegel on constitutional interpretation.

Neil S. Siegel is David W. Ichel Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science, co-director of the Program in Public Law, and director of the DC Summer Institute on Law and Policy at Duke University School of Law. Professor Siegel served as special counsel to Senator Joseph R. Biden during the confirmation hearings of John G. Roberts and Samuel A. Alito. During the October 2003 term, he clerked for Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the U.S. Supreme Court. He also served as Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General at the U.S. Department of Justice, and as law clerk to Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

ACLU Panel Discussion: Voting Rights post-Shelby and the Impact of Voter ID in NC

Monday, October 14, 12:00-1:30 p.m., Room 5042

The UNC Law chapter of the ACLU will be hosting a panel discussion on the future of the Voting Rights Act after the Supreme Court's decision in Shelby v. Holder and the impact of North Carolina's Voter Information Verification Act (Ch. SL 2013-381), signed into law by Governor McCrory in August of this year. Panelists include: Allison Riggs, Staff Attorney at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice; former N.C. Senator Ellie Kinnaird; Francis De Luca, President of the Civitas Institute; and N.C. Representative Charles Jeter (R-Mecklenburg). The discussion will be moderated by UNC Law Professor Kareem Crayton.

Pizza will be served at the panel discussion. Those in attendance are invited to submit questions prior to the discussion, which will be asked of the panelists time-permitting.

Career Corner

Professors in Practice Brown Bag Series: Labor and Employment Law

Tuesday, October 8, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4085

Join Professors Eichner and Hirsch for a brown bag lunch discussion of their legal practice in labor and employment law. Bring your lunch and your questions! Co-sponsored by the Labor & Employment Law Association and the CDO.

Public Defender Mentor Project Information Session

Wednesday, October 9, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4004

The Project aims to provide law students interested in public defense with a source of information and support, an established link to relevant faculty, and a means of identifying other students with similar interests and aspirations. The Project also connects UNC Law students with North Carolina's public defenders and with UNC Law alumni working in PD offices nationwide. Co-sponsored by the CDO and Clinical Programs. Contact Adrienne Allison with any questions.

EJW Conference and Career Fair: conference registration deadline 10/11

The Equal Justice Works Career Fair will be held Oct. 25-26, 2013 near Washington, DC. There is still time to register for informational Table Talk and workshop sessions. Questions? Contact Adrienne Allison.

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

Coastal Policy Fellowship (2Ls & 3Ls): Deadline 10/25

The NC Coastal Resources Law, Planning, and Policy Center is offering a $5,000 fellowship opportunity for law or other grad students interested in studying coast policy in one of several areas: climate change impacts to coastal areas, sustainable coastal development, hazard resilient communities, healthy coastal ecosystems, and safe sustainable seafood supply. The deadline for submission is 4:00 p.m. October 25, 2013. The study may be carried out in the spring, summer, or fall of 2014.

Upcoming Government Deadlines

Below is a sampling of upcoming deadlines for federal government honors programs (3Ls) and summer 2014 internship programs (2Ls). Information about each program can be found on individual department websites, as well as in the Government Honors and Internship Handbook online. If you have questions, need application assistance, or would like to be added to the govcareers email list for relevant announcements, please contact Samara Reynolds, Government Career Counselor in the CDO.

Postgraduate Positions (3L)

  • Department of Labor (DOL): October 11
  • National Labor Relations Board (NLRB): October 15
  • Army Corps of Engineers (USACE): October 15
  • Presidential Management Fellows Program (PMF): October 15 (application opens 10/01)
  • Central Intelligence Agency (CIA): Rolling, by October 31
  • Army JAG: November 1

Summer 2014 Positions (2L)

  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC): October 15
  • Department of State General Student Internship: November 1
  • National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA): November 1
  • Rolling Summer Internship Deadlines: U.S. Department of Education, EPA Regional offices, U.S. Copyright Office, EEOC Office of Federal Operations, FCC (various bureaus), Federal Election Commission, IRS, National Labor Relations Board, U.S. Office of Government Ethics, Small Business Administration, USAID, and MORE!

Other Public Interest Events

First Amendment Law Review Symposium: New York Times v. Sullivan, 50 Years Later

Saturday, October 12, 9:15 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Room (main campus)

The First Amendment Law Review will host its annual symposium in Chapel Hill, NC, on October 12, where scholars from across the country will participate in a discussion focused on the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark ruling in New York Times v. Sullivan.

This year's Sullivan Symposium will host two panels of First Amendment and media law scholars including Bruce Brown, Vincent Blasi, Ronald Cass, Stuart Benjamin, George Wright, and Ashley Messenger. The event will begin with a keynote address by Ken Paulson (President and CEO of the First Amendment Law Center), followed by a 30 minute Q&A. The morning panel will then examine the impact of the Sullivan decision on the media, while the afternoon panel will discuss its broader implications on First Amendment jurisprudence. Lunch will be provided for all registered attendees. Attendees can register online.

Please direct all questions concerning this event to Candra Baizan.

Sponsored by the UNC School of Law; UNC School of Journalism; UNC Center for Media Law and Policy; American Constitution Society; UNC Student Congress

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

Projects are posted on the Pro Bono Board near the mailboxes. Students can sign up for projects on the Pro Bono Board or email

DVAP Ex Parte Pro Bono Project Training

Tuesday, October 8, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Room 5046
Wednesday, October 9, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Room 5046

Training for students interested in participating in DVAP's Ex Parte Pro Bono Project, where students will be assisting victims of domestic violence in filling out and filing ex parte orders of protection in Orange County and Chatham County.

NC Driver's License Restoration Project Training

Tuesday, October 8, 6:00-8:30 p.m., Room 5054
Thursday, October 10, 6:00-8:30 p.m., Room 3049

Advanced training for the North Carolina Driver's License Restoration Project.

Girl Scout Mock Trial Training

Thursday, October 10, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5046

Training session for volunteers prior to the Girl Scout Mock Trial on Sat. October 12.

Winter Break Pro Bono Interest Meeting

Thursday, October 10, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5048

The interest meeting for the Pro Bono Cherokee Trip and Winter Break Project Sign-ups will provide information about UNC's winter break trip, a free legal clinic held in collaboration with the Cherokee Tribal Court and Legal Aid of Sylva. The trip will take place from January 2 to January 4, 2014, and will involve UNC Students and Legal Aid Attorneys working together to address the legal needs of individuals living on the Cherokee Indian Reservation.

Additionally, we will be providing information about the numerous pro bono projects students can sign up to work on over winter break. Winter Break Projects will be available in a wide range of areas of law and involving different kinds of legal work. With many projects that can be completed remotely and varying time commitments, students can choose a project that fits perfectly with their Winter Break traveling plans.

Winter Break is a great time to start (or continue!) doing pro bono either on the Pro Bono Cherokee Trip or with a Winter Break Project. Thanks again and we look forward to seeing everyone at the interest meeting! Attendance at the meeting is not required to apply to go on the Pro Bono Cherokee Trip or to participate in a Winter Break Project.

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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