Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, November 17, 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

C-PILO Bojangles Lunch
Wed. 11/19, 11:30am-1pm, Rotunda
C-PILO will be selling Bojangles for $5/plate (chicken, biscuit and brownie). All proceeds go to summer grants for students doing public interest work in Summer 2009. Come support your fellow students!

CRCGE General Interest Meeting
Thurs. 11/20, 12pm, Room 5042
Come hear about plans for the exciting 2009 Conference on Race, Class, Gender, and Ethnicity, tentatively titled: "Same-Sex Marriage and Beyond: Charting a Progressive Course for the LGBT Movement."

Public Defender Mentor Project: Panel Discussion and Lunch with NC Public Defenders
Thurs. 11/20
12-1pm: Panel Discussion with Recent UNC Alumni Working as PDs in North Carolina, Room 4004. Discussion topics will include experiences as PDs, advice regarding getting PD jobs, surviving on a modest salary, and more.
1pm-2pm: Lunch and Informal Discussion in the Clinic Conference Room. Please RSVP for the lunch to Professor Birckhead at

Public Service News

"Citing Workload, Public Lawyers Reject New Cases"
New York Times, 11/9/08

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:

The Duke Endowment
The Duke Endowment currently is accepting applications for its 2009-2011 Fellowship program, a two-year, full-time position for those who recently have completed undergraduate or graduate degrees and who aspire to be leaders in the philanthropic and/or nonprofit sector.
The Endowment is looking for applicants who have demonstrated interest in the nonprofit sector and exhibited leadership potential in their civic and/or professional life.
In addition, applicants for The Duke Endowment Fellowship must be a past or current resident of North Carolina or South Carolina OR recent graduate of a college or university located in North Carolina or South Carolina.
For more information about the program, visit:

Summer Employment Opportunities

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

Check out these opportunities and more on Symplicity:

  • North Carolina General Assembly Research Division
  • Trustees for Alaska
  • Reproductive Rights Project, New York
  • Florida Bar Foundation Legal Services Summer Fellowship Program

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!

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 ( or visit

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