Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, November 29, 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.

This is the last newsletter for the Fall semester. Good luck on exams and see you in January!

Events at UNC Law

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:

Career Services Open House
Wednesday, December 1, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., CSO Suite

Join the CSO staff for a study break! Cookies, coffee, and fruit punch will be served and our staff will be available to answer any questions you might have about job searching during winter break and beyond. It is also a great opportunity to meet Shawn McKenna, our new Director of Employer Outreach. A graduate of George Washington University's Law School, Shawn is an experienced legal career counselor who has worked in a variety of legal settings. He'll be helping identify summer and permanent job opportunities for UNC students. Please help us welcome Shawn to Carolina Law on December 1st!

Production of The Parchman Hour and Panel Discussion
Thursday, December 2, 8:00 p.m., Kenan Theatre

The UNC Department of Dramatic Art and the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University present The Parchman Hour, December 2-6 in the Kenan Theatre on UNC's campus. Presented in the style of the variety shows of yesteryear, the theatrical production explores three of the tensest months of 1961, when a group of mostly young people boarded buses headed for the Deep South. The production is a culmination of director Mike Wiley's two-semester residency at Duke and UNC. The UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity is co-sponsoring a panel discussion following the Dec. 2 opening performance. The panel, moderated by Prof. Gene Nichol, will include Mr. Wiley, and freedom riders Charles Jones and Ben Svanoe. The Parchman Hour premieres on Thursday, December 2, at 8 p.m. at UNC's Kenan Theater, with panel to follow. Other shows are December 3 (8 p.m., gala reception to follow), December 4 (2 p.m.), December 5 (2 p.m. and 8 p.m.), and December 6 (6 p.m.) Tickets are $5 and free to UNC students. For ticket reservations and information, e-mail

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

Winter Break Projects

For those who didn't make it out to the Winter Break Projects Sign-ups, there are still a few great projects left! To sign up, email Emily Wallwork at

  • Help design a working protocol for Racial Justice Act for death row inmates, Gaston County Superior Court Judge, 40 hours, mostly remote with some on-site work in Gastonia, NC
  • Assist Lawyer Referral Service by revising and updating practice area descriptions in the online Lawyer Referral Services site, North Carolina Bar Association Foundation, 20 hours with initial meeting on-site in Cary and an expectation of regular reporting to supervisor
  • Project on Certificate of Authority process for business entities in NC (send interrogatories to entities that may need to file, review response, refine procedures for identifying and dealing with these entities, research case law, determine how other states are handling this issue), General Counsel, NC Secretary of State, 2L or 3L student, flexible hours

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

  • Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Office - Charlotte, NC
  • Pennsylvania Office of General Counsel - Harrisburg, PA

Upcoming Job Bank Deadlines

  • ABA Division for Public Service - Washington, DC
  • ABA Commission on Immigration - Washington, DC
  • ACLU Criminal Law Reform Project - New York, NY
  • NC Innocence Inquiry Commission - Raleigh, NC
  • Check out other summer internships with upcoming deadlines by selecting sort by deadline in the job bank!

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.

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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