Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, November 3, 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

Donate to the Food Drive Until November 5th!
Beginning October 20 and extending through November 5th at 5pm, the SBA Public Service Committee will be organizing the school-wide food drive to help support the Food Bank of CentralĀ & Eastern North Carolina. Food donations are essential in meeting the needs of those who suffer from hunger in our state. Cash donations will also be accepted ($1 is equivalent to two cans). Please place your non-perishable donations in the appropriate box in the rotunda. There will be a competition between the three law school classes, as well as a competition between the three 1L colleges! The winners of the competition will be awarded an ice cream party.

For more information please email Sonal Raja ( or Vivian Intermont (

Pro Bono Week: Students and Lawyers Making a Difference
November 3-7
Monday: Treats in the Rotunda for Students Making a Difference
Tuesday: Election Day Projects with UNC Center for Civil Rights and Disability Rights NC
Wednesday: Charles Becton, NC Bar Association President, to speak on "The Importance of Pro Bono" at noon in the Rotunda
Thursday: Winter Break Project Sign-ups, 7:30am in the Rotunda, and "Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez: Let the Good Times Roll" New Orleans Trip Fundraiser at The Library, 9pm, $4 cover

"The Importance of Pro Bono" Speech by Charles Becton, NC Bar Association President
Wed. 11/8, Noon, Rotunda
Charles Becton is current President of the NC Bar Association, adjunct lecturer at the law school, former NC Court of Appeals judge, and he practices law in Durham. He will address the value of pro bono service and the need for lawyers to take on pro bono work during their careers.

2L Early Decision Public Interest Grant Applications Due
Mon. 11/10
Applications available here. Please see Dean Novinsky with questions.

Beyond OCIs: What You Need to Know to Get the Job of Your Dreams in Public Interest and Government
Tues. 11/11, Noon, Room 4085

Public Service News

UNC School of Law Ranked Ninth for Public Interest Law Programs by prelaw Magazine

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

For a complete listing of available pro bono opportunties, visit

Winter Break Project Sign-Ups
Thurs. 11/6, Rotunda, Starting at 7am
Projects will be available on a first come first served basis- come early!
Questions?: Please contact Alexis Chappell ( or Michelle Greene (

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:

Summer Employment Opportunities

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

Summer Internships at Trustees for Alaska for 1Ls and 2Ls
Trustees for Alaska is offering environmental law internships to interested law students who have a demonstrated commitment to the public interest and the environment. Students with coursework in administrative and environmental law are preferred. Trustees for Alaska provides a full spectrum of public interest law experience to its interns, including research, writing, client contact, drafting legal documents, and public speaking on administrative law matters, depending on client and case needs. Commitment extends over ten weeks; start and end dates are negotiable. Internships are paid a modest hourly wage, but education makes up for low pay. Interns find their own housing, but Trustees for Alaska staff will provide leads on possible living arrangements.

Applications should be postmarked no later than December 15, 2008, though earlier is better as applications are reviewed as they arrive. Electronic applications are encouraged and may be sent to: Please include a cover letter, resume, transcript, short writing sample, and reference list to Tamar Shai, Paralegal.

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!

Visualizing Human Rights VHR
Sat. 11/15, Nelson Mandela Auditorium and the Peacock Atrium of the FedEx Global Education Center
Every day ordinary people at home and abroad struggle to maintain their human dignity in the face of hunger, lack of adequate housing and health care, and the repressive and neglectful actions and omissions of their governments. What do these human rights abuses look like? How do they feel? How are human rights and wrongs experienced in personal terms, and what difference do they make to our lives?

In an unconventional forum, "Visualizing Human Rights" brings together painters, photographers, writers, poets, film makers, and printmakers to put a human face on human rights in an effort to reach beyond traditional academic approaches.

Dick Gordon from WUNC's "The Story" will lead the opening segment.

Registration is free and encouraged as space is limited.
Please go to: to register

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 (

To add items or provide feedback, please contact Sylvia Novinsky, Assistant Dean for Public Service Programs, or Allison Standard, RA, Public Service Programs.

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