Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, November 8, 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.

Summer Funding Opportunities

The Early Decision Process for 2Ls seeking summer funding for 2011 summer jobs will close this Friday, November 12! In order to apply, you must submit an application, resume (without GPA information), essay and an offer letter from the employer. While this process is competitive, we encourage students who are committed to public service and already have an offer for a public interest internship to apply. The deadline to apply is November 12 at 5:00 p.m. and applicants will be informed of the decision around December 3. Please note that the process for applying for summer grants will open again in the spring.

All information about the process and application can be found on My Carolina Law: Please direct all questions to Dean Novinsky,

Events at UNC Law

3L Public Interest Job Search Group
Monday, November 15, 12:00 p.m., 4082

Join Career Services and the Office of Public Services Programs for a unique opportunity for all 3Ls seeking public interest employment after graduation. The 3L Public Interest Job Search Group will give support to students throughout their job search process by providing continuous feedback and guidance and fostering a community of support among peers. Learn more about the job search group. If you wish to participate, please fill out the following survey and plan to attend the meeting on November 15.

Logistics Meeting for Winter Break Projects - please note the change in date!
Monday, November 15, 12:00 p.m., 5046

If you plan to sign up for a Winter Break Project, you should attend the logistics meeting to find out about the projects being offered this year and how the process for signing up will work on Tuesday!

Sign-ups for Winter Break Projects - please note the change in date!
Tuesday, November 16, 7:00 a.m., Rotunda

Interested in working on a pro bono project over winter break, even if you'll be out of state? Sign-ups for Winter Break Projects will be held on Tuesday, November 16 at 7:00 a.m. in the Rotunda. More information will be available soon! To get on the listserv for Winter Break Project information, email

Save the Date!

LUNAFEST: Film Festival by, for, and about Women
November 11, 6:30 p.m., Varsity Theatre

Join Team Luna Chix for a film festival of short films by, for and about women in support of the Breast Cancer Fund and UNC Hospitals Breast Cancer Clinic. Tickets are $25 per person or $40 per couple and can be purchased at the Varsity Theatre or from

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

Street Law

There are still a few openings left to volunteer with Street Law on November 12 & 19 by going to a local middle school to teach students about the Constitution! Contact Erika Jones at if you are interested. There will be a short training this Wednesday at noon in Room 4004 for those who could not make the last training session to talk about classroom management and how lessons are structured.

Winter Break Projects

Each year, attorneys and organizations submit pro bono projects for students to complete over Winter Break which range in time commitment and interest area. The logistics meeting for Winter Break Projects will be held on Monday, November 15 at 12:00 p.m. in 5046. Sign-ups will be held on Tuesday, November 16 in the morning. Email to be added to the informational listserv related to Winter Break Projects.

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

Summer Opportunities

  • Climate and Air Quality Legal Internship, Environmental Defense Fund - Boulder, CO
  • Farmworker Legal Services - Bangor, MI
  • US Department of Commerce, OCC-IC - Washington, DC
  • ACLU Foundation of Texas - Houston and Austin, TX
  • Department of State Office of Legal Adviser - Washington, DC
  • Immigrant Law Group - Portland, OR
  • ACLU Foundation, Program on Religion and Belief - Washington, DC
  • ACLU Foundation, Women's Rights Project - New York, NY
  • American Bar Association, Death Penalty Moratorium Implementation Project - various US locations
  • ACLU National Prison Project - Washington, DC
  • International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran - New York, NY

Upcoming Job Bank Deadlines

  • Intern, UNC Center for Civil Rights - Carrboro, NC - applications due on November 12!
  • Intern, ACLU Center for Democracy - New York, NY - applications due on November 15!
  • Natural Resources Defense Council - various US locations - applications due November 15!

Check Symplicity regularly for both summer and post-graduation opportunities.

Public Service Resources

7 Tips for Getting Experience as a New or Retooling Lawyer

from Debra L. Bruce of Lawyer-Coach LLC

  1. Participate in a pro bono program or volunteer lawyers group.
  2. Look for sponsored mentor programs.
  3. Be willing to work for free.
  4. Offer reverse mentoring.
  5. Get involved with the blogging community.
  6. Take practice-specific CLE and other legal training courses.
  7. Research bar association benefits and resources.

See the full article originally posted on and

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.

Public Service News

Guest Blog: Best Advice for Pursuing a Public Interest Career
Leeor Neta, Assistant Director for Public Interest Programs at Golden Gate University School of Law, writes about the top advice he heard while attending the Equal Justice Works Conference and NALP/PSLawNet mini-conference in October. See the full post.

  • If you want to work in policy, you need a solid foundation in litigation. Effective communication and negotiation skills are key to a successful policy career as well as knowing how to work with opposing interests and ideas.
  • Try to join the advisory boards of organizations where you would like to work. Advisory boards are often used for research, and independent advice, which can be a good way to open the door to the opportunity for future employment.
  • Demonstrate commitment and attention to the area of law where you want to practice. If you are committed to working in an area of law that you were "born to pursue," your resume and other materials will reflect that.
  • If you are seeking a post-graduate fellowship, spend time envisioning your dream legal job and beginning working towards that goal. Panelists agreed that you should spend your first summer working for an organization that has hosted fellows in the past.

Department of Justice Launches Access to Justice for Domestic Violence Victims Program
The National Law Journal wrote about a new program of the Department of Justice which places recent law grads in temporary, full-time positions in legal services organizations doing domestic violence work. Two pilot programs are currently in place at Tulane and the University of Baltimore. See the write-up about the program on the PSLawNet blog.

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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