Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, November 4, 2013

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Events at UNC Law

Democracy and American Campaign Finance: A Discussion of McCutcheon v. F.E.C.

Tuesday, November 5, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4085

On November 5, at noon, the UNC Poverty Center and the Carolina Law chapters of the American Constitution Society and the American Civil Liberties Union will host a discussion on the United States Supreme Court’s upcoming case, McCutcheon v. FEC. McCutcheon, exploring whether the aggregate limit on contributions to federal candidates and parties is constitutional, may be the Court’s most significant campaign reform decision since Citizens United. Two of the nation’s leading experts on election law and the first amendment will speak:

Guy-Uriel Charles, Charles S. Rhyne Professor of Law, Duke University

Guy-Uriel Charles is the founding director of the Duke Law Center on Law, Race and Politics. He is an expert in and frequent public commentator on constitutional law, election law, campaign finance, redistricting, politics, and race. He joined Duke Law's faculty in 2009; he previously was the Russell M. and Elizabeth M. Bennett Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School.

William P. Marshall, William Rand Kenan Distinguished Professor of Law, University of North Carolina

William (Bill) Marshall is currently the Kenan Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina. Marshall was Deputy White House Counsel and Deputy Assistant to the President of the United States during the Clinton Administration. He has also served as the Solicitor General of the State of Ohio. Marshall has published extensively on freedom of speech, freedom of religion, federal courts, presidential power, federalism, and judicial selection matters. He teaches civil procedure, constitutional law, election law, first amendment, federal courts, freedom of religion, the law of the presidency, and media law.

Education Law and Policy Society Career Panel

Thursday, November 7, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4085

ELPS will host a career panel for students to hear from attorneys about their career paths, experiences, opportunities and challenges of practicing education law.

The Federalist Society Presents: Voter ID Law

Thursday, November 7, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5042

Hans Von Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation will speak on Voter ID laws. Mr. Von Spakovsky previously served as a member of the Federal Election Commission.

Career Corner

Unique Careers for Lawyers Panel

Wednesday, November 6, Noon - 12:50 p.m., Room 4004

Your legal education can prepare you for a career in fields outside of traditional law practice. Hear from a panel of attorneys who use their legal skills and training in a range of different fields. Contact Samara Reynolds with any questions.

Public Defender Panel

Monday, November 11, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4082

A panel of current 3Ls who have worked at PD offices during externships/summers will talk about their experiences. Co-sponsored by the Office of Clinical Programs' Public Defender Mentor Project and the CDO.

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

Upcoming Government Deadlines

Federal Government

Below is a sampling of upcoming deadlines for federal government honors programs (3Ls) and summer 2014 internship programs (2Ls). Information about each program can be found on individual department websites, as well as in the Government Honors and Internship Handbook online. If you have questions, need application assistance, or would like to be added to the govcareers email list for relevant announcements, please contact Samara Reynolds, Government Career Counselor in the CDO.

3L Honors Programs & Full-Time Positions

  • Air Force Jag: Novermber 15 (deadline 2 of 3 this year)
  • U.S. Copyright Office, Barbara A. Ringer Copyright Honors Program (Fellowship): November 15
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS): Rolling

2L Summer Internships

  • Department of Homeland Security: November 15
  • Executive Office of the President, Office of Science & Technology Policy: December 9
  • EPA Office of Administrative Law Judges Summer Clerkship: December 13
  • Rolling Summer Internship Deadlines: Department of Education, EPA Regional offices, U.S. Coastguard, U.S. Copyright Office, EEOC Office of Federal Operations, FCC (various bureaus), Federal Election Commission, IRS, National Labor Relations Board, U.S. Office of Government Ethics, Small Business Administration, USAID, and MORE!

State Government

North Carolina State Government Internship Program

The State Government Internship Program offers students compensated professional work experience in state government that integrates education, career development and public service. Paid summer internships are available in locations across the state. Opportunities exist in numerous fields of study, and interns will also participate in seminars, tours or other activities designed to broaden their perspective of public service and state government. Interns will earn a stipend of $8.25 per hour and work 40 hours per week for 10 weeks in the summer. All internships will begin on May 27, 2014 and conclude on August 1, 2014.

The 2014 State Government Internship Program Booklet describing all available rules and opportunities is now online. To be eligible for the program, a student must be a permanent North Carolina resident with an overall grade point average of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale. Applicants must be continuing their education in the fall following their participation in the program. To qualify for a position designated for law interns, a student must have completed at least one year of law school before the beginning of the internship. Selection is based on a review of applications by the Council, student interviews with prospective supervisors, academic records, participation in extracurricular activities and interest in state government. For more information, please visit the Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office online or by phone at 919.807.4400. For ongoing information and updates about the State Government Internship Program, subscribe to the program listserv.

NOTE FROM THE CDO: Internships of particular interest to law students include the following postings: 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 13, 14, 16, 63, 65, 68, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 83, 84, 85, 90, 91, 94. Position descriptions can be found in the online program booklet. Deadline for applications is December 16, however 1Ls should not submit application materials until December 1, per NALP regulations.

Other Public Interest Events

Insights from a Cabinet Secretary on Leadership and Transformation Change

Thursday, November 7, 3:00-5:00 p.m., UNC School of Government

The School of Government, Master of Public Administration Program cordially invites you to attend the 2013 Deil S. Wright Lecture with the Honorable Ray LaHood, former US Secretary of Transportation. The event is free and open to the public

For more information about the lecture, visit the School of Government website or contact Jean Coble at 919.962.0426.

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

Projects are posted on the Pro Bono Board near the mailboxes. Students can sign up for projects on the Pro Bono Board or email

Highlighted Projects Available for Students

When does Triangle Transit create a 'public forum'?

Triangle Transit wants to inform the public about upcoming transit projects. But due recent lawsuits, they’re concerned about if they’ll be creating a public forum by disseminating information to its riders, and how to navigate the First Amendment issues! Anyone can sign up for this project, and this is a great local, pressing issue to help investigate! By signing up, you are only committing to 10 hours between now and the end of the semester. Reserve your spot for this project today on the pro bono board near the mailboxes.

Microscopic Hair Comparison Research

Identify and research case details where microscopic hair comparison was used as evidence in a conviction without confirmation through DNA testing. This project is only open to 3Ls and is perfect for a Winter Break research opportunity. By signing up, you commit to at least 20 hours between now and April of next year. Get oriented now, finish up the semester, then you can help the Center and get some great research and writing experience over break and through next semester! Sign up today on the pro bono bulletin board near the mailboxes.

Judicial Bypass Pro Bono Training

Wednesday, November 6, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4082

Part one of a mandatory two-part training for anyone interested in participating in the judicial bypass pro bono project sponsored by Law Students for Reproductive Justice. Lunch will be served.

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

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