Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, November 10, 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

Beyond OCIs: What You Need to Know to Get the Job of Your Dreams in Public Interest and Government
Tues, Nov. 11, 12pm, Room 4085
Join CSO for an informative session that will answer the following questions and many more:
What are public service employers looking for when they hire?
How can I find jobs in my area of interest?
What do I need to think about when I'm considering a career in public service?
Bring your lunch and your questions! Cookies will be provided.

Increasing Corporate Board Diversity: A Presentation by Professor Lissa Broome
Thurs., Nov. 13, 12pm, Room 4085
Join the Office of Public Service Programs and Professor Lissa Broome for a brown bag lunch presentation on the Director Diversity Initiative program. Director Diversity Initiative's goal is to increase the gender, racial, and ethnic diversity on public companies headquartered in North Carolina. The program has surveyed board diversity, and has worked with corporate boards to encourage director placements of diverse directors. Professors Kim Krawiec, John Conley, and Broome have also been involved in an interview project of corporate board members, CEOs, executive search firm personnel, shareholder activists, and proxy advisory firms to learn more about whether and how board diversity impacts board processes and corporate performance. For more information, visit

Public Service News

UNC School of Law Ranked Ninth for Public Interest Law Programs by prelaw Magazine

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

For a complete listing of available pro bono opportunties, visit

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Interest and Information Meeting
Wednesday November 12th, Noon, Room 5042
Come learn about the VITA program-where you can become IRS certified to help low-income people file their income tax returns for free.
If you are interested in learning about VITA but cannot attend the meeting, please email Patrick Cleary 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:

Summer Employment Opportunities

For a more complete listing of summer opportunities, visit Symplicity.

Summer Internships at Trustees for Alaska for 1Ls and 2Ls
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.

Reproductive Rights Project- Legal Internship
The Reproductive Rights Project is a program of the New York Civil Liberties Union, the New York State affiliate of the ACLU. The RRP engages in complex and pro-active litigation, public education and advocacy to ensure access to reproductive health care for individuals in New York, particularly those most vulnerable to the anti-choice agenda: low income women, women of color and young people. The RRP broadly defines reproductive rights to include not only defense of abortion rights but also care related to sexual health, equal treatment of pregnant women in employment, accurate and uncensored sex and HIV/AIDS education in the schools, and equal educational opportunity for pregnant and parenting teenagers.

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume and legal writing sample to:
NYCLU Reproductive Rights Project, 125 Broad Street, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10004 or Include "RRP Internship" and the term you are applying for in your subject line.
Applications for summer internships will be accepted on a rolling basis until February 2, 2009.

Florida Bar Foundation Legal Services Summer Fellowship Program
The 2009 Legal Services Summer Fellowship application is now available on-line at: The on-line application and other materials can be found on the Foundation's homepage (, or by clicking on the What's New tab and scrolling down and clicking on the 2009 Summer Fellowship Program. Please note the application deadline date of January 22, 2009.

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 Rights VHR
Sat. 11/15, 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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