Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, November 30, 2009

Events at UNC Law


Public Service Fellowships Information Session (Robert E. Bryan and UNC Entrepreneurial Public Service Fellowships), 12:00-1:00p, 4004

Save the Date!

Soiree Under the Stars, Benefit Local Wine-Tasting, Morehead Planetarium, December 3, 7:00-10:00p

You are invited to join the Class of 2010 for a benefit wine-tasting featuring North Carolina's finest locally grown wines and hand-crafted desserts, live jazz with Chancellor Holden Thorp & Equinox, and an opportunity to support local initiatives to combat homelessness. Featured wineries include Duplin Winery, Biltmore Wines, Benjamin Vineyards, and Grove Winery.

Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for faculty and community members. Tickets may be purchased in the Pit the week of November 30, at the door, or by contacting The All proceeds benefit the Communty Empowerment Fund, Chapel Hill's local microfinance initiative for individuals experiencing or at-risk of experiencing homelessness, and the Senior Marshals Homelessness Committee.

December 10
International Human Rights Day

Join the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, film producer Ruth Cowan, and three of NC's female African American judges for a screening of "Courting Justice" at the Union Baptist Church in Durham.  

"Courting Justice" is an award-winning documentary film about the South African women who make up 18% of the country's judiciary. The film will be followed by a roundtablewith North Carolina Judges Elaine Bushfan,Wanda Bryant, and Justice Timmons-Goodsonto discuss the role of the judiciary in advancing human rights and their experiences as women of color in a field historically dominated by white men.  
When: December 10, 7pm-9pm
Where: Union Baptist Church: 904 N. Roxboro St., Durham, NC

Funding Opportunities

UNC Center for Public Service - Call for Proposals for Public Service Fellowships

Are you looking for a meaningful summer experience? Do you have an idea for a public service project you would like to do over the summer. Do you want to work in partnership with a community and faculty mentor to make a difference in YOUR home town or ANYWHERE in the world? If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions please consider applying for a Robert E. Bryan Fellowship or a UNC Entrepreneurial Public Service Fellowship offered by the Carolina Center for Public Service. All Fellows receive a stipend of up to $3,000 to fund their projects. Any returning, full-time undergraduate or graduate student enrolled at UNC-Chapel Hill is eligible to apply. Application Deadline: February 8, 2010. More information.

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

If you are interested in signing up for a project listed below, visit for details and contact Lauren Felter at

Make sure to also consider signing up for the Fall Break and Winter Break Pro Bono Trips!

Immigrants' Rights Violations - ACLU - Raleigh, NC

Legal Researcher - First Amendment - N.C. Department of Secretary of State - Raleigh, NC

Research Assistant - Admin Law - N.C. Department of Secretary of State - Raleigh, NC

Legal Researcher - Securities - N.C. Department of Secretary of State - Raleigh, NC

Legal Research and CLE Preparation - Notaries - N.C. Department of Secretary of State - Raleigh, NC

Civil Rights and Property - UNC Center for Civil Rights - Chapel Hill, NC

Intern for Small District Court Practice - Patrick E. Morgan, Esq. - Carrboro, NC

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities


Institute for Justice: Summer 2010 Law Clerk Positions

To apply to the Institute for Justice send a cover letter (detailing your interest in IJ), resume, and writing sample to the attention of Clerk/Intern Coordinator at the Institute for Justice, 901 N. Glebe Road, Suite 900, Arlington, VA 22203. Email: Fax: 703.682.9321.

NC State State Government Internship Program

The NC State Government Internship Program is offering up to 65 paid summer internships in state government agencies. Summer interns work for full-time for ten weeks and earn $8.25/hour. For criteria and application: Deadline: Postmarked by January 20, 2010.

ACLU Racial Justice Program, Summer 2010 Internship Program

First and second year students are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to racial justice, civil rights, and civil liberties. Applications should include a cover letter, resume, two letters of recommendation, and a writing sample. Email application to with the subject "Re: RJP Legal Internship Summer 2010" or mail to: Marika Plater, Internship Coordinator, RE: Summer Internship Program 2010, Racial Justice Program, 125 Broad Street, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10004. For more info:


Robin Nash Fellowship Program, Emory University School of Law

The Barton Child Law and Policy Clinic at Emory University School of Law has a one year post graduate fellowship (August 2010-August 2011) for recent law school graduates to work with the clinic on issues of child neglect and abuse. The mission of the clinic is to promote and protect the well-being of neglected, abused, and court-involved children in the state of Georgia, to inspire excellence among the adults responsible for protecting and nuturing these children, and to prepare child advocacy professionals. To apply, email resume, cover letter, statement of interest and commitment to long term child advocacy, transcript, 3 references, and writing sample to Sherry McPeeks ( For more information: Position posted November 2. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

National Center on Philanthropy and the Law (NCPL) Fellowship Opportunities (NYU Law)

There are two fellowship opportunities: The Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship in Nonprofit Law at the Vera Institute of Justice and The National Center of Philanthropy and the Law Fellowship in Nonprofit Law at NYU's Office of Legal Counsel. Please visit for more information and to download the application form or apply online. Application Deadline: December 4, 2009. Questions: Contact Erin Ortiz at 212.998.6168 or

Make sure to check Symplicity regularly for OCI with public interest employers.

Public Service Resources

Featured CSO Resource: Internships-USA

More than 3,000 organizations in the U.S. and abroad list their positions on Internships-USA. Access Internships-USA (username: Bar password: exam).

Equal Justice Works Blog
To read about news and thoughts regarding public interest law, check out the Equal Justice Works Blog at

To add items or provide feedback, please contact Sylvia Novinsky, Assistant Dean for Public Service Programs, or Meredith Flowe, Public Service Fellow.

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