Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, November 5, 2012

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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.

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Events at UNC Law

Lunchtime Lecture and Discussion on Offshore Wind

Wednesday, November 7, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 4082

Lunchtime lecture and discussion with Mike Lopazanski, Manager of the Policy and Planning Section of the NC Division of Coastal Management, about the potential for offshore wind energy development in North Carolina.

"Broken On All Sides: Race, Mass Incarceration and New Visions for Criminal Justice in the U.S."

Film Screening and Discussion
Thursday, November 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m., School of Government Room 2603

UNC Professor of Law Emeritus Rich Rosen will moderate a panel discussion and Q&A following the screening.

For more information, visit the film's website.

One Generation After Hazelwood: A 25-Year Retrospective on Student First Amendment Rights

Friday, November 9, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Wilson Library (main campus)

First Amendment Law Review Symposium dedicated to the discussion of student First Amendment rights in the 25 years since the Hazelwood decision. Featuring a keynote address by Dean Erwin Chemerinsky. More information can be found online.

Problems with Forensic Science and its Effects on Post-Conviction Work

Friday, November 9, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 5046

Elizabeth Koch and Sarah Rackley of the Center for Death Penalty Litigation will be presenting on the topic of problems at the SBI and with forensic evidence, with an eye toward how these issues are litigated in post-conviction.

Deadline: Fall Semester Food Drive for the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service

Friday, November 9, 5:00 p.m., Donation drop-off boxes in the lower Rotunda

Most Needed Items:

  • Canned Meals: Stews, soups, tuna, ravioli, lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs, beefaroni, peanut butter, etc.
  • Grains: Cereal, rice, pasta, dried beans
  • Fruits: Fruit/fruit cups, dried fruit (raisins, plums, cranberries), applesauce, 100% juice and juice boxes
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Kid-friendly items: Fat-free, sugar free pudding cups, granola bars, popcorn, graham and/or animal crackers
  • Baby Products: Diapers, wipes, formula, infant cereal
  • Hygiene Items: Feminine products, hand sanitizer, toothbrushes, soap, shaving items, etc.
  • Paper Products: Toilet tissue, paper towels, etc.

Center for Civil Rights Race & the Law Series

Monday, November 12, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 4004

A disscussion of the Fisher v. University of Texas case that addressing diversity in higher education recently heard by the US Supreme Court on Odctober 10, 2012. A ruling is expected next spring. CCR attorneys Mark Dorosin and Elizabeth Haddix, and UNC School of Law Dean Jack Boger, together with the Office of University Counsel filed an amiucs curiae brief on behalf of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in this case.

Career Corner

Drafting Your Legal Resume and Cover Letter (1Ls)

Thursday, November 8, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 4085
Monday, November 12, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 5046

Come learn what legal employers expect to see in a resume and how to write a cover letter that will persuade an employer to grant you an interview! This program will be repeated on Monday, November 12.

Questions? Contact Lynn Boone or Adrienne Allison in the CSO.

Environmental Law Networking Event

Thursday, November 8, 5:00-8:00 p.m., Boardroom 5003

The Environmental Law Project (ELP) and the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Law Section of the NC Bar Council are hosting a networking event to connect law students with environmental law practitioners in the area, many of whom are UNC Law alums. Pizza will be provided. Charlotte Mitchell, UNC law/MEM graduate and recent appointee to the Mining and Energy Commission will be our keynote speaker. So that we can plan accordingly, please RSVP by Tuesday November 6. Send your RSVP (including name, class year, and any dietary restrictions) to Holly Bannerman with the subject line "RSVP for NC Bar."

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

NC Sierra Club Legislative Coordinator (3Ls)

The NC Sierra Club is hiring a new Legislative Coordinator. While a law degree is not required for this position, in the past, people with law degrees have held the position. Learn more and apply online.

Summer Internships with North Carolina State Government (1Ls and 2Ls)

The prestigious and competitive North Carolina State Government Internship Program is offering up to 75 paid summer internship opportunities in state government agencies, for undergraduate and graduate students of many disciplines. Summer interns work full-time (40 hours per week) for a 10-week period at a wage of $8.25/hour. Applications are now being accepted for Summer 2013. Current 1Ls and 2Ls who are permanent residents of North Carolina and have at least a 2.5 grade point average are eligible to apply, and a good number of the internships are of interest to law students. Applications must be postmarked by Monday, December 10 to be considered.

3L Public Interest Job Search Group

Are you searching for post-graduate public interest or government employment? Are you looking for a supportive place to get career advice, new ideas, and access to relevant resources? Are you stressed about your job search and in need of encouragement?

Over the next few months, the Career Services Office will be providing a unique opportunity for 3Ls seeking public interest and government employment to gather in small group sessions to provide peer-to-peer job search support.

Please see the attached flyer for more information about the goals, content, and logistics of the 3L Public Interest Job Search Group. If you are interested in participating, please:

  • Complete this survey to give us feedback about what you are looking to gain and what day of the week and time is best for you to meet regularly.
  • Attend the first meeting of the 3L Job Search Group on Tuesday, November 13 at Noon in Room 5054.

Questions? Contact Adrienne Allison or Samara Reynolds in the CSO.

Other Public Interest Opportunities

Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan's Twelfth Annual Environmental Law Essay Contest

This student writing competition provides a great opportunity for law students to investigate an environmental law topic of interest to Michigan lawyers, get a qualifying essay published, and perhaps earn a generous monetary award. As noted in the announcement, the writing competition pays awards of $2,000, $1,000, and $500 to the top three winners. The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2013. If you would like to see examples of past winning essays, you can find them in back issues of the Michigan Environmental Law Journal on the Environmental Law Section's page of the SBM website.

Community Engagement Fellowship

The Carolina Center for Public Service is now accepting applications for the Community Engagement Fellowship program. Up to five fellowships of up to $2,000 each are awarded each spring to develop and implement engagement or engaged scholarship projects that (1) employ innovative, sustainable approaches to complex social needs and (2) have an academic connection.

Fellows work in collaboration with community partners and faculty mentors who are familiar with the identified topics or geographic areas, while fellows are responsible for the major planning and implementation of their projects. The fellowships run from March-October with seminar participation in the spring and fall and project implementation during the summer.

Returning, full-time graduate students (individuals or teams) at UNC-Chapel Hill are eligible to apply with preference given to interdisciplinary teams of students. Applications are due February 4 by 11:59 p.m. and can be found on the CCPS website.

For more information, visit the Center's website, and send any questions via email.

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

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

Innocence Project Case Presentations

Wednesday, November 7, 5:00-7:00 p.m., Boardroom 5003

Innocence Project members will be presenting the cases they've been working on this semester to the Center on Actual Innocence.

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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