Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, February 10, 2014

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Save the Date!

Have you registered for the 2014 Public Interest Retreat?

Are you in law school to make a difference? Meet and connect with fellow students and attorneys committed to serving the public interest! UNC Law's 2014 Public Interest Retreat is on Friday, February 21 at the UNC Student Union starting at 2:45 p.m. The event will include networking opportunities with public interest student alums and topical breakout sessions featuring local practitioners and professors in the areas of civil rights law, consumer protection law, criminal law, environmental law, health law, and immigrant's rights. There will also be a session on affording life as a public interest attorney and an inspiring keynote address. Please see the agenda and register online. The registration deadline is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12. Contact Adrienne Allison or Ashley McAlarney with any questions.

Events at UNC Law

2014/2015 Externship Information Meeting for 2Ls

Wednesday, February 12, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 5052

2L students: if you plan to enter the lottery for Fall 2014 or Spring 2015, please come to this information session on the Externship Program. Externship placements include many public interest positions!

There will also be an informational meeting on Monday, February 17 at 12:00 p.m. in Room 5042 to begin the lottery registration process for the 2014-2015 Clinic and Externship Programs. We will review the course options including prerequisites, co-requisites, credits, and grading. Students who wish to enroll in a Clinic or Externship for the 2014-2015 academic year must attend this important meeting. Information to register for the lottery will be given out at this meeting. The lottery registration will close on Wednesday, February 19.

Show Your Love for Pro Bono!

Thursday, February 13, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 4004

Students will have the opportunity to make thank-you "Valentines" for attorneys doing Pro Bono work in NC.

ACS Documentary Screening: "The State of Arizona"

Friday, February 14, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 5046

The American Constitution Society will host a screening of the documentary, "The State of Arizona," a look at Arizona's recent crackdown on illegal immigration. Lunch will be provided.

About the flim: this vérité documentary captures the explosive emotions and complex realities behind Arizona’s headline-grabbing struggle with illegal immigration. Tracking the year after Arizona passes SB1070, its controversial “papers please” law, the film tells the stories of Arizonans on all sides of this divisive issue and depicts a state and its people testing the edges of our democratic values.

Career Corner

Public Interest Post-Graduate Fellowships Information Session

Thursday, February 13, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 4082

Especially of interest to 2Ls, this program will explain what post-graduate public interest fellowships are and how to best position yourself for project-based and organization-based fellowships. The program will feature Ian Mance ('13) and Natalia Botella ('14), both of whom secured project-based fellowships with public interest organizations.

Insight into Nonprofit and Government Legal Work with Sara Hall (UNC Law, '95)

Friday, February 14, Noon - 12:50 p.m., Room 3045A (RSVP Required)

Sara Hall, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel for ALSAC, the nonprofit organization that raises funds for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and former Memphis City Attorney will be talking with interested students about her work experiences. She will discuss her role as a City Attorney and the unique opportunities that exist in government work to manage significant areas and gain valuable experience. She will also talk about her current role, similarities between government and nonprofit law, and how understanding regulators and regulations is a key skill of a CLO/GC for any national or international nonprofit that raises funds in all states and numerous countries.

Lunch will be provided, but space is limited, so please RSVP to Samara Reynolds in the CDO by Wednesday 2/12 at 5:00 p.m.

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

EJW AmeriCorps JD: Summer Applications Now Open

The Americorps JD (formerly Summer Corps) summer application process is now under way! Applications will be accepted through April 15, but students are encouraged to apply ASAP. AmeriCorps JD provides 1L and 2L students with the opportunity to earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award for dedicating their summer to serving veterans of victims of disaster for at least 20% of the required 300 hours of service. Summer work must be hosted by a nonprofit, state or local government agency, or academic institution.

3Ls: Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities Currently Posted on Symplicity

The following opportunities for 3Ls are currently posted on Symplicity. Please see the posting on job bank for more information.

  • Staff Attorney with Atlanta Legal Aid Society (Decatur, GA); Symplicity job posting #9161.
  • Staff Attorney with Virginia Legal Aid Society (Danville, VA); Symplicity job posting #9162.
  • Entry Level Attorney with the The City of Chicago Department of Law (Chicago, IL); Symplicity job posting #9117
  • Public Policy Fellow with The ACLU (Raleigh, NC); Symplicity job posting #9104
  • Post-Graduate Fellowship, Immigrant Justice Corps; Symplicity job posting #9196

Highlighted Public Interest Positions on Symplicity

  • Summer Intern, NC Innocence Inquiry Commission (#9205)
  • Summer Law Clerk, The Humane Society (#9181)
  • Summer Legal Intern, Triangle Transit (#9202)

Upcoming Government Deadlines

Below is a sampling of upcoming deadlines for federal government honors programs (3Ls) and summer 2014 internship programs (1Ls & 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.

  • Navy JAG Active Duty Positions (2L & 3L for post-grad commitment): February 14
  • Department of Defense (DOD) Internship (1L & 2L): February 14
  • Department of Transportation (DOT) Internship (1L & 2L): February 14
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6 (Dallas) Internship (1L & 2L): February 15
  • Federal Communications Commission (FCC) International Bureau – Strategic Analysis and Negotiations Division Internship (1L & 2L): February 22
  • U.S. Postal Service (USPS) Honors Program (3L): February 28
  • Dept. of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Internship (1L & 2L): February 28

Summer Funding Opportunities

Public Interest Summer Grant Info Session

Tuesday, February 18 and Thursday, February 20, 2014, Noon - 12:50 p.m., Room 5046

Learn about the summer grant application process including tips on how to make your application stronger! Please note that attendance at only one session is necessary.

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

Spring Break Trip Applications are Now Open!

You have the opportunity to work on wills in Boone, North Carolina or expunctions in Wilmington, North Carolina. Both trips will give you the chance to gain or advance your client interaction skills while performing substantive legal work, growing closer to your fellow classmates, and addressing unmet legal needs.

There will be an interest meeting Monday, February 10 in room 5042 at noon where we will discuss the details of the trips. Apply online for one or both trips. Applications are due Friday, February 14 at 11:59 p.m. If you have any questions please contact Kathleen Lockwood or Samuel Williams.

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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