Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, November 11, 2013

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Events at UNC Law

Conference on Race, Class, Gender and Ethnicity Annual Film Festival

"Captive Audience: Incarceration and the Family"

The following film screenings are free and open to the public. Please see the Facebook event for more information.

November 11, 7:00 PM at Motorco in Durham, NC
"Trials of Darryl Hunt", panel following with Darryl Hunt and Mark Rabil
Co-sponsors: UNC Death Penalty and NC Coalition for Alternatives to the Death Penalty

November 12, 7:00 PM at Flyleaf Bookstore in Chapel Hill, NC
"Broken on All Sides"

November 13, 12:00 PM at UNC School of Law Room 5052 in Chapel Hill, NC
"War on the Family"
Co-sponsor: UNC Women in Law

November 14, 12:00 PM at UNC School of Law Room 5052 in Chapel Hill, NC
"Young Kids, Hard Times"
Co-sponsor: UNC Child Action Project

Teacher Tenure in North Carolina

Tuesday, November 12, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 3049

The Labor & Employment Law Society and Educational Law and Policy Society are hosting a critical panel discussion about the recent changes to teacher tenure law in NC.

ELP & SALDF "FRESH" Screening

Tuesday, November 12, 4:00-6:30 p.m., Room 4085

ELP and SALDF will screen FRESH, a documentary about the "farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system." An early dinner will be provided from Noodles and Company, including both vegan and vegetarian options.

Center for Civil Rights Race & the Law: Leandro Today

Monday, November 18, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5046

Mark Dorosin, Center for Civil Rights Managing Attorney, discusses where Leandro stands today. Mark will provide updates on recent activity in the three decades old education case including a hearing on November 13, 2013.

The Center continues to represent Plaintiffs-Intervenors Charlotte NAACP in the Hoke County v. State of NC ("Leandro" case). Leandro holds that each child has a constitutional right to the opportunity for a "sound basic education."

The State of Indigent Defense, 50 Years after Gideon

Monday, November 18, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5048

2013 marks the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright, requiring courts to provide counsel to indigent defendants in criminal cases. Today, as a result of underfunded, under-resourced, and overworked public defenders, many have questioned if indigent defendants are truly receiving any substantive legal representation at all. Professor Rob Smith will lead a discussion on the current state of indigent defense, and propose ways to fix what many believe to be a broken system drastically in need of reform.

Career Corner

Public Defender Panel

Monday, November 11, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4082

A panel of current 3Ls who have worked at PD offices during externships/summers will talk about their experiences. Co-sponsored by the Office of Clinical Programs' Public Defender Mentor Project and the CDO.

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

Upcoming Government Deadlines

Federal Government

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.

3L Honors Programs & Full-Time Positions

  • Air Force Jag: Novermber 15 (deadline 2 of 3 this year)
  • U.S. Copyright Office, Barbara A. Ringer Copyright Honors Program (Fellowship): November 15
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS): Rolling

2L Summer Internships

  • Department of Homeland Security: November 15
  • Executive Office of the President, Office of Science & Technology Policy: December 9
  • EPA Office of Administrative Law Judges Summer Clerkship: December 13
  • Rolling Summer Internship Deadlines: Department of Education, EPA Regional offices, U.S. Coastguard, 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!

State Government

North Carolina State Government Internship Program

The State Government Internship Program offers students compensated professional work experience in state government that integrates education, career development and public service. Paid summer internships are available in locations across the state. Opportunities exist in numerous fields of study, and interns will also participate in seminars, tours or other activities designed to broaden their perspective of public service and state government. Interns will earn a stipend of $8.25 per hour and work 40 hours per week for 10 weeks in the summer. All internships will begin on May 27, 2014 and conclude on August 1, 2014.

The 2014 State Government Internship Program Booklet describing all available rules and opportunities is now online. To be eligible for the program, a student must be a permanent North Carolina resident with an overall grade point average of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale. Applicants must be continuing their education in the fall following their participation in the program. To qualify for a position designated for law interns, a student must have completed at least one year of law school before the beginning of the internship. Selection is based on a review of applications by the Council, student interviews with prospective supervisors, academic records, participation in extracurricular activities and interest in state government. For more information, please visit the Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office online or by phone at 919.807.4400. For ongoing information and updates about the State Government Internship Program, subscribe to the program listserv.

NOTE FROM THE CDO: Internships of particular interest to law students include the following postings: 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 13, 14, 16, 63, 65, 68, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 83, 84, 85, 90, 91, 94. Position descriptions can be found in the online program booklet. Deadline for applications is December 16, however 1Ls should not submit application materials until December 1, per NALP regulations.

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

Pro Bono Winter Break Project Sign-Ups

Thursday, November 14, 6:00-10:30 a.m., Rotunda

Sign-ups for Winter Break Projects will take place all morning long. First come, first serve--So plan to come early to secure a good spot in line! Winter Break Trips participants will be selling breakfast items to raise funds for special trips.

Judicial Bypass Pro Bono Project Mandatory Training

Thursday, November 14, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5046

Part II of Law Students for Reproductive Justice's Judicial Bypass Pro Bono Project training. Contact with any questions. Lunch will be served!

Cancer Pro Bono Project: Community Education Mock Presentation/Training

Thursday, November 14, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Room 5042

This event is a mock presentation/training for the Cancer Pro Bono Legal Project. All students who have attended training may attend this event. An attorney will present the newly developed Community Eduction Presentation that will be delivered by students the first time at UNC Cancer Hospital on November 22, 2013.

The session will be video-taped for future viewing.

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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