Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, November 14, 2011

About the Pro Bono Newsletter

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.

Save the Date!

UNC Law 2012 Public Interest Retreat

Please save the date for UNC Law's 2012 Public Interest Retreat to be held on February 3 at the Law School starting at 3:00 p.m., followed by Happy Hour at Bailey's in Chapel Hill. A more detailed agenda will be available next semester, but you can look forward to networking opportunities with public interest alums, topical breakout sessions with local practitioners and professors, a session on affording life as a public interest attorney, and an inspiring keynote address. Registration information will be available soon. Questions? Want to help? Email Meghan Melloy or Shonaka Ellison.

Events at UNC Law

1L Workshop: Drafting Your Legal Resume and Cover Letter

Monday, November 14, 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m., 5048

Come learn what legal employers expect to see in a resume and how to write a cover letter that will persuade an employer to grant you an interview! (This program will be repeated on Wednesday, November 16.) Please contact Lindsay Knell in the CSO for more information.

Death Penalty Projects Presents Bryan Stevenson

Monday, November 14, 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m., 5042

Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative and Professor of Clinical Law at NYU School of Law, is coming to speak about capital punishment and the US criminal justice system.

1L Workshop: Drafting Your Legal Resume and Cover Letter

Wednesday, November 16, 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m., 5048

Come learn what legal employers expect to see in a resume and how to write a cover letter that will persuade an employer to grant you an interview! Please contact Lindsay Knell in the CSO for more information.

Consumer & Commercial Law Society Talk with Eric Stein

Thursday, November 17, 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m., 5046

Consumer & Commercial Law Society is hosting a talk with Eric Stein. Mr. Stein was a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Consumer Protection at the U.S. Treasury department from 2009-10, and he played a key role in the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He will be discussing his experiences working on the Dodd-Frank Act, the creation of the CFPB and its future, the current state of consumer financial protection, and career paths in this field. Food will be provided.

The People's Lawyer: A Course and Case Study on Community Lawyering

Thursday, December 1, 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friday Center, UNC Center for School Leadership Development, Room 111AB

Join the UNC Center for Civil Rights and local practitioners at this course and CLE opportunity featuring the following two presentations:

Ethics of Representing Community Groups
Presenter: Peter Gilbert, Community Inclusion Attorney Fellow,
UNC Center for Civil Rights

Explore the unique ethical questions that frequently occur when representing community groups, particularly those that are not legally incorporated. The rules of professional conduct generally envision a lawyer's duties to an individual client within the bounds of a formal lawyer-client relationship. Community lawyering often deviates from this norm. This CLE will primarily address ethical questions that arise when representing community groups. (Two (2) NC CLE ethics credits)

Desegregation Law with a Rural Case Study: Legal Implications of Maintaining Three Public School Districts in Halifax County, N.C.
Presenter: Taiyyaba Qureshi, Education Attorney Fellow,
UNC Center for Civil Rights

Examine law and policy associated with public school segregation and education quality in North Carolina, with a case study of Halifax County, N.C. This CLE will present an overview of the tripartite education system in Halifax County, briefly discuss the spectrum of school resegregation across the state and the rights implicated for students, and examine litigation and non-litigation methods of addressing the issues. (One (1) NC CLE general credit)

Study Break hosted by Student Services!

Monday, December 5, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Rotunda

Join us in the Rotunda for a study break of FREE Bojangles' biscuits and coffee!

Other Public Interest Events

UNC Get a Passport Drive

Wednesday, November 16 & Thursday, November 17, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., FedEx Global Education Center, 4th Floor

UNC Global is sponsoring UNC's annual Get-A-Passport Drive on November 16 and 17, bringing together officials from the U.S. Department of State and a photographer for one-stop passport shopping. The event is open to students, faculty, staff and their families.

Officials from the U.S. Department of State will be on hand for two days to accept passport applications (available at the event), and students, faculty, staff and their families are invited to attend. You can have passport photos taken at the event for $7 by UNC One Card, or before the event at the UNC One Card Office. You are encouraged to get your photos before the event to avoid waiting.

For more details, including information about required materials and payment, please visit

Film Screening: Rape on the Reservation

Thursday, November 17, 5:30 p.m., Greenlaw 101 (Main Campus, UNC-Chapel Hill)

One in three Native American women will be raped in her lifetime. Correspondent Mariana Van Zeller travels to Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota where sexual assault and violence against women has escalated to murder. What happened to 19-year-old Marquita, and how can the reservation's understaffed police force keep it from happening again? This screening will be followed by a discussion.

Solo/Small Firm Conference

Friday, November 18, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., NC Bar Center, 8000 Weston Parkway, Cary, NC

The Solo/Small Firm Conference is dedicated to helping solo practitioners and small firms build their business and improve their practice. This is a great networking events and students get a special rate of $25. Find more information and register online.

What about the Children? Symposium on Children of Incarcerated Parents

February 14, 2012, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Friday Center, Chapel Hill, NC

Save the date for the Symposium on Children of Incarcerated Parents! More information will be available soon, but Continuing Education Units will be available. Call 919.843.2670 or email for more information.

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

Current Pro Bono Projects

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

Individual Projects:

  • Interviewing, Research, and Document Review Assistance, Glenn, Mills, Fisher, & Mahoney P.A. - Durham, NC
  • Research School District Merger Case Studies in NC, UNC Center for Civil Rights - Carrboro, NC
  • National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) Research AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women - Washington D.C.

Upcoming Pro Bono Events

Winter Break Pro Bono Project Sign-ups

Wednesday, November 16, 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Rotunda

Sign up for a Pro Bono Winter Break Project! Sign-ups will begin at 7:00 a.m. - arrive early to get a good spot in line so you can get the project you want! The list of project descriptions and time and geographic requirements will be circulated to students before the sign-up.

Career Corner

Post-Graduation Employment Opportunities

Don't forget to check Symplicity daily for updated postings to the Job Bank!

Featured Posting: Attorney, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Rockville, Maryland

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is actively seeking third-year law students for attorney positions in its Office of Chief Counsel. No other federal agency touches the daily life of citizens as directly as the FDA. In regulating about 25 percent of the United States consumer economy, the FDA is responsible for the safety and effectiveness of two trillion dollars worth of products a year including items as diverse as artificial hearts, surgical lasers, gene therapy, dialysis machines, cloned animals, genetically engineered foods, counterterrorism products, and drugs produced using nanotechnology techniques.

Interested applicants should prepare the following and send to (and designate ATTORNEY APPLICATION on the subject line) by Monday, November 14, 2011.

  1. A cover letter addressing -
    1. Why are you interested in FDA?
    2. What skills / qualities would you bring to the Office of the Chief Counsel?
    3. Why are you interested in public service?
  2. Resume
  3. Copy of law school transcript
  4. Analytical writing sample

Post-Graduation Fellowship Opportunities

Don't forget to check Symplicity daily for updated postings to the Job Bank!

Featured Posting: 2012 Crowley Fellowship in International Human Rights, Leitner Center for International Law and Justice, New York, NY

The Crowley Program in International Human Rights is dedicated to promoting human rights scholarship and advocacy at Fordham Law School and around the world. The Program’s core elements include an annual two-week fact-finding project in another country, a human rights lecture and brown bag series, a summer internship program, and student research projects involving various human rights issues. The students involved in the project participate in course work, independent research, planning and conducting the project, and related follow-up work. The Program has successfully conducted projects in Turkey (1998), Hong Kong (1999), Mexico (2000), Ghana (2001), Malaysia (2002), Bolivia (2003), Kenya (2004), Romania (2005), South Africa (2006), Malawi (2007), New Zealand (2008), Nepal (2009), Tanzania (2010), and Cambodia (2011).The Crowley Program is administered by a fellow who is a law school graduate. As a member of the adjunct faculty of Fordham Law School, the Fellow will teach a seminar in human rights in preparation for the annual fact-finding project during the spring semester. The additional responsibilities of the fellow are substantial: planning all substantive and logistical aspects of the fact-finding project, participating in the project, writing and publishing a post-project report, and day-to-day administration of the program, including running a year-round lecture series, advising students seeking international human rights internships and post-graduation employment, and coordination with the human rights community.

Applicants should send a statement of interest (including detailed description of your international human rights experience, teaching/mentoring/advising experience, language skills, and how the fellowship will advance your professional goals), a résumé/CV, an official law school transcript, and at least two letters of recommendation by January 30, 2012 in one complete application package to:

"2012 Fellowship"
Crowley Program in International Human Rights
Leitner Center, Fordham University School of Law
33 West 60th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10023

Summer Opportunities

Don't forget to check Symplicity daily for updated postings to the Job Bank!

Featured Posting: Summer Intern, NC Office of the Appellate Defender, Durham, NC

The summer intern will work in the Office of the Appellate Defender assisting attorneys who represent indigent criminal defendants on appeal to the North Carolina appellate courts. Although interns will assist with all aspects of the appellate process, the primary focus will be on research and writing.

To be considered for this position, the applicant must have completed criminal procedure before the summer of 2012.

Send all necessary documents to:

Jane Allen, Assistant Appellate Defender
Office of the Appellate Defender
123 West Main Street, Suite 500
Durham, NC 27701

For all featured postings, see the Job Bank for more information

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

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