Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, November 21, 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 featuring 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

Why Marriage Matters: Center on Law & Government Debate with Evan Wolfson

Monday, November 28, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., 5042

The Center on Law and Government hosts Evan Wolfson, an American civil rights attorney and advocate, speaking on "Why Marriage Matters." Wolfson is founder and executive director of Freedom to Marry, which leads the campaign to overturn DOMA and is working across the country to educate the public about why marriage matters to same-sex couples and their families. Wolfson also wrote the book Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality, and Gay People's Right to Marry.

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

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

Good luck onProjects 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

Career Corner

Summer Opportunities

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

Featured Posting: Summer Intern, Federal Trade Commission, Washington, DC


The Bureau of Competition offers summer and semester legal internships for highly motivated law students with an interest in antitrust law. Interns are placed with one of the following divisions: Mergers I, Mergers II, Mergers III, Mergers IV, Anticompetitive Practices, or Health Care.

We offer substantive legal work that gives interns an opportunity to demonstrate their writing, analytical, and advocacy skills. The small size of the program enables interns to be fully integrated onto investigational teams and take on meaningful assignments with significant responsibility. Assignments may include: drafting pleadings, discovery requests and responses; appearing in court or at hearings and depositions with Bureau of Competition attorneys; attending meetings with parties and their outside counsel; leading interview calls and summarizing findings through written reports; reviewing documents; and researching a wide range of legal issues. In addition to receiving meaningful assignments, all interns are assigned an attorney mentor and invited to training sessions and brown bags on key antitrust issues.

Summer Internships

The Bureau coordinates a comprehensive 8 to 10 week Summer Program for second and first year law student interns. Most interns start the last week in May and the Bureau organizes a summer calendar throughout June and July that provides interns with opportunities to learn about the fundamentals of antitrust law, and attend case studies, brown bags, and a variety of social events. Our goal is for all interns to leave the summer with great experiences and skills, as well as strong professional relationships with staff.

1L Summer Internships

The Bureau welcomes between 6 and 8 1L student interns and accepts applications from December 1 through February 1. Internships are typically unpaid, volunteer positions. Positions are highly competitive: we typically receive over 300 applications from first year law students for the Summer Program.

Students may email the following materials to to apply for a Summer Internship:

  • Cover letter indicating your interest in antitrust and the Bureau
  • Résumé
  • Transcript (an official copy is not necessary)
  • Short writing sample (no more than five pages)
  • List of three references

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until positions are filled. Due to the highly competitive nature of the Summer Program, applications received after the deadline may not be considered.

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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