Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, February 1, 2010

Events at UNC Law


Committee for Haiti Interest Meeting, 12:00-1:00 p.m., 4082


Summer Public Interest Grant Information Meeting, 12:00-1:00 p.m., 4085

Immigration Law Association General Meeting/Immigration Summer Intership Panel, 12:00-1:00 p.m., 5042


1L Pro Bono Spring Kickoff, 12:00-12:50 p.m., 5042

2L Pro Bono Spring Kickoff, 12:00-12:50 p.m., 5052

3L Pro Bono Spring Kickoff, 12:00-12:50 p.m., 4085


Jane Roberts, Co-Founder of 34 Million Friends of UN Population Fund, 12:00-12:50 p.m., 5046

CPILO Auction, 5:30-9:00 p.m., Carolina Club

Save the Date!

L'Union Fait la Force: A Teach-in on the Politics Surrounding the (Un)natural Disaster in Haiti, Wednesday, February 3, Hitchcock Multipurpose Room, UNC-CH Stone Center, 7:00 p.m.

How did a 7.0 earthquake in Haiti kill more than 150,000 people while a quake of 6.9 in San Francisco in 1989 killed only 63? Join us in solidarity with the people of Haiti to gain a critical understanding of the historical and political contexts that have contributed to the present-day crisis. Hear a panel of experts from UNC-CH and Duke, followed by questions and discussion.

5th Annual UGA Working in Public Interest Law Conference, February 26-27, 2010

This two-day conference at UGA Law features panels and roundtables discussions with public interest practitioners from across the country. Registration is FREE for students. For more details and online registration:

Human Rights Program at UVA Law Hosts Weekend Workshop: International Humanitarian Law and the Law of War, March 20-21, 2010

The workshiop is co-sponsored by the International Committee of the Red Cross and is FREE to all UNC Law students. To learn more:

Funding Opportunities

Equal Justice Works Summer Corps 2010 - $1,000 Education Award Vouchers

Equal Justice Works is pleased to announce the launch of Summer Corps 2010. Summer Corps is an AmeriCorps-funded program that in 2010 will provide 577 law students with the opportunity to earn a $1,000 education award voucher for dedicating their summer to a qualifying legal project at a nonprofit public interest organization. The application will be available starting April 1, 2010 on the Equal Justice Works website.

FCBA Foundation Now Accepting Applications for Funding of Unpaid Communications-Related Legal Internships

For details: Deadline: March 19, 2010.

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!

  • Update Criminal Defense Motions Manual NC Advocates for Justice/Lexis
  • Community Development - UNC Center for Civil Rights
  • Community Political Involvement - UNC Center for Civil Rights
  • Translators for Post-Conviction/Civil Cases N.C. Prisoner Legal Services
  • Human Rights for Migrant Workers Farm Labor Organizing Committee
  • Service of Process N.C. Dept. of the Secretary of State
  • Intern for Small District Court Practice - Patrick E. Morgan, Esq. - Carrboro

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities


Navy JAG Corps Summer Internships

The Navy JAG Corps offers exciting summer internships to law school students wishing to gain a valuable and educational experience. As a JAG Corps intern, you'll be assigned to a legal command/staff and gain experience in traditional JAG Corps practice areas such as military justice (criminal prosecution and defense), legal assistance (providing general legal advice to Sailors and their families) and a variety of other practice areas. If interested in applying for an internship, please visit their website or contact LT Ayana Pitterson at 202.685.7257 for further information. Deadline to apply: March 1 2010.

U.S. Senator Schumer Seeks Summer 2010 Law Clerks

First and second year law students are welcome to apply for these full-time, unpaid positions. Law clerks typically conduct research and assist in drafting legislation related to topics under the Judiciary Committee's jurisdiction, including, but not limited to immigration policy, oversight of the DOJ and the administration of the courts, antitrust and consumer projection, crime and the criminal justicie system, and national security. Past law clerks have prepared for Supreme Court confirmation hearings, drafted questions for Committee and Subcommittee hearings, and researched a wide variety of policy issues. Law clerks work closely with Senator Schumer's Chief Counsel and other Judiciary Committee Counsels. Strong research and writing skills required. To apply: send a cover letter, resume, and legal writing sample to Marco De Leon of the Senator's staff at with the subject line "Legal Clerkship."

Legal Services of Southern Piedmont: Summer Public Interest Fellowships

To apply send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and the names and contact information for two references to Kenneth Schorr, Executive Director, Legal Services of Southern Piedmont by email to or by mail to 1431 Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28204. Email applications are preferred. To learn more:

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.

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:


Autry Social Justice Fellowship

The Autry Fellowship is a competitive fellowship program for talented and ambitious recent college graduates interested in careers in social justice. It provides an opportunity to work for one year at MDC as a full-time, paid staff member. MDC's work is primarily in the American South, where a history of inequality and exclusion has trapped millions in circumstances below their potential. The Autry Fellowship supports MDC's mission to help organizations and communities have experience promoting economic development, increasing equity and excellence in education, building inclusive civic cultures, and who are posed and ready to apply their new learning to benefit this region. Applications for the 2010-2011 fellowship must be recieved by February 8, 2010. Applications are available at For more information, contact Alyson Zandt, 2009-2010 Autry Fellow at 919.968.4531 or

Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, Two-Year Fellowship Opportunities

The Trust is offering two fellowships that offer hands-on experience to prepare emerging leaders for service in the philanthropic and nonprofit sector. Finalists will be interviewed in early March/April and final selection will be made in May. Fellowships begin in June. To learn more: Application Deadline: February 12, 2010.

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

Public Service Resources

Featured Resource: Office of Personnel Management Launches Revamped

PSLawNet Blog: To access legal news affecting the public interest job market, resources for public interest job seekers, and guest columns from public interest practitioners and career service professionals offering a range of career advice. To check out the blog:

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

Internship and Employment Opportunities in Capital Defense Offices: Berkley Law's Death Penalty Clinic maintains a website that lists internship and employment opportunities in capital defense offices. Access this resource 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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