Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, November 9, 2009

Events at UNC Law


Alternative Careers Week Keynote Speaker: Leslie Winner, Executive Director of Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, 12:00 - 12:50p, 4085


Fall Break Pro Bono Reflection Lunch, 12:00 - 12:50p, 4085

Legal and Non-Legal Alternative Careers, 12:00 - 12:50p, 4004


Public Interest Job Search 101, 12:00 - 12:50p, 4082

Save the Date!

Climate Change: The Ultimate Threat Multiplier

Tuesday, November 10, 7:00p-9:00p, The Friday Center

Free movie screening and forum discussion on the implications of climate change on national security and geo-political stability. Produced by Oxfam America and The Pew Charitable Trusts. Space is limited, please RSVP to

Sanford Journal of Public Policy - Call for Submissions for Inaugural Issue

The Sanford Journal of Public Policy is pleased to announce a call for submissions for its inaugural Spring 2010 issue. The journal's goal is to provide a forum where public policy graduate students, faculty, and professionals can contribute to the current policy discourse through insightful analysis and innovative solutions. SJ is currently accepting submissions on a wide variety of topics relevant to today's policy challenges. Email for additional information. Deadline: December 15, 2009.

Funding Opportunities

2Ls Only: Early Decision Public Interest Summer Grant will be available

The School of Law will be awarding a limited number of public interest summer grants to 2Ls in the fall. The application is currently available through My Carolina Law (Student Life Tab, Select Summer Grant Application). Deadline to Apply: November 12. Students must have an offer from a public interest employer to receive a grant.

Please note: 2Ls will be eligible to apply for public interest summer grants in the spring of 2010 as well.

Please see Sylvia Novinsky with any questions.

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!

Education Law - District Consolidation - UNC Center for Civil Rights - Chapel Hill, NC

Criminal Law - Double Jeopardy - Nicholson Pham - Durham, NC

Environmental Law - Carbon Offsets - Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy - Duke University - Durham, NC

Commerce Clause/Environmental Law Research - NC DOJ - Raleigh, NC

Computer Records Document Review - Office of the Capital Defender - Durham, NC

Immigrants' Rights Violations - ACLU - Raleigh, NC

Curriculum for Medical - Legal Partnership - Legal Aid of North Carolina - Pittsboro, 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

Legal Researcher - N.C. State Bar - Raleigh, NC

Municipal Law and Demolition Liens - Office of the City Attorney - Durham, 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

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:

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

Morris K. Udall Foundation Native American Congressional Internship Program

This is a ten-week summer internship in Washington D.C., for Native American and Alaska Native students who wish to learn more about the federal government and issues affecting Indian country. The internship is fully funded: the Foundation provides round-trip airfare, housing, per diem for food and incidentals, and a stipend at the close of the program. For more information and application visit Application Deadline: January 29, 2010. Questions: Contact Colin Ben, Internship Coordinator, at

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

Public Service Resources

Featured CSO Resource: Public Interest Job Search Guide

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

Public Service News

GAO Puts Blame on US News Rankings for High Law School Tuition

Podcast: Martin Eakes, CEO of Self-Help and Center for Responsible Lending, UNC Pro Bono Week Keynote

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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