Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, November 15, 2010

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.

Events at UNC Law

3L Public Interest Job Search Group
Monday, November 15, 12:00 p.m., 4082

The first meeting of the 3L Public Interest Job Search Group will be held today. The 3L Public Interest Job Search Group will give support to students throughout their job search process by providing continuous feedback and guidance and fostering a community of support among peers. Learn more about the job search group. Currently, the opportunity is full, however, if you need support with your job search, please schedule a meeting with Dean Novinsky,

Logistics Meeting for Winter Break Projects
Monday, November 15, 12:00 p.m., 5046

If you plan to sign up for a Winter Break Project, you should attend the logistics meeting to find out about the projects being offered this year and how the process for signing up will work on Tuesday!

Sign-ups for Winter Break Projects
Tuesday, November 16, 7:00 a.m., Rotunda

Interested in working on a pro bono project over winter break, even if you'll be out of state? Sign-ups for Winter Break Projects will be held on Tuesday, November 16 at 7:00 a.m. in the Rotunda. To get on the listserv for Winter Break Project information, email

Public Defender Corps Information Session
Tuesday, November 30, 12:00 p.m., 4082

If you are interested in applying for the Public Defender Corps, plan to attend this information session to hear more about the application process and get tips from CSO staff about how to stand out in your application. Deadline to apply is December 17, and though the sites have not been finalized yet, potential sites include Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Tennessee. More information about the Public Defender Corps, a partnership between the Southern Public Defender Training Center and Equal Justice Works, can be found here:

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

Lambda's Annual Power of Attorney Clinic for Same-Sex Couples

Lambda will be hosting a power of attorney clinic again this spring! The planning meeting for the clinic will be held this Wednesday, November 17 at noon in Room 3049. Everyone who is interested in an organizational role for Lambda's annual Power of Attorney Clinic for Same-Sex Couples should attend.  The group will be discussing logistics and tasks that need to be started over winter break.

Winter Break Projects

Each year, attorneys and organizations submit pro bono projects for students to complete over Winter Break which range in time commitment and interest area. The logistics meeting for Winter Break Projects will be held on Monday, November 15 at 12:00 p.m. in 5046. Sign-ups will be held on Tuesday, November 16 in the morning. Email to be added to the informational listserv related to Winter Break Projects.

Current Projects

  • Division of Marital Property, Law Office of James T. Bryan - Chapel Hill, NC

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 Lauren Felter at

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

New Postings for Summer Opportunities

  • ACLU of the Nation's Capital - Washington, DC
  • ACLU Criminal Law Reform Project - New York, NY
  • Capital Appeals Project - New Orleans, LA

Upcoming Job Bank Deadlines

  • Intern, ACLU Center for Democracy - New York, NY - applications due on November 15!
  • Natural Resources Defense Council - various US locations - applications due November 15!
  • US Department of Defense, Office of General Counsel - applications due November 19!
  • ACLU National Prison Project - Washington, DC - applications due November 19!

Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

  • Public Defender Corps - read more information and attend the information session on November 30 at noon in 4082!

Check Symplicity regularly for both summer and post-graduation opportunities.

Public Service Resources

Check out the Public Interest Job Search Guide!

The Public Interest Job Search Guide provides practical advice on how to conduct your job or summer internship search, a suggested timeline for all students, a list of resources, and information about public interest law organizations. This resource will be updated soon. Access this resource.

Public Service News

ABA President-elect William T. Robinson III Encouraging Pro Bono and FDIC Protection of IOLTAs
In a guest editorial in the Louisville Courier-Journal, ABA President-elect William T. Robinson III applauded lawyers for their pro bono efforts following National Pro Bono Week. He encouraged continuing pro bono efforts as well as pushing Congress to extend FDIC protection to IOLTA accounts. Interest generated in IOLTA accounts provides funding to legal services organizations, with IOLTA programs now required in 42 states. See the full article.

Clinic Combats Sex Trafficking
A law clinic at the University of Michigan run by Professor Bridgette Carr is the only one of its kind in the nation focused on combating sex trafficking. Human trafficking is the second-largest criminal industry in the world behind only illegal drugs. The clinic is a seven-credit course for second and third-year students and currently manages 25 cases of victims around the country both American and foreign-born in forced labor and sex trafficking issues. See the full article about the work of the clinic.

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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