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.
Events at UNC Law
Ronald Cotton and Jennifer Thompson: Mistaken IDs in the Criminal Justice System
Monday, February 11, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5042
In 1984, Ronald
Cotton was arrested for two rapes he did not commit. In 1985, he was convicted.
Ten years later, in 1995, Ronald Cotton was exonerated through DNA
analysis that proved another man to be the rapist. In 1984,
Jennifer Thompson was raped. When presented with a photo lineup, she
identified Ronald Cotton as her attacker. They have since
reconciled and have become close friends. In 2010, they wrote a book --
the New York Times Bestseller, Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of
Injustice and Redemption.They will tell
their compelling stories, talk about how Mistaken IDs are one of the leading
causes of wrongful convictions, and the need for reform.
UNC Law's Public Interest Retreat
Friday, February 15, 1:15-5:00 p.m., Various law school
Reminder to all pre-registered students: the retreat is this
Friday! Registration will be from 12:45-1:15 p.m. in the Rotunda before the
event begins. If you will be arriving later to the event from class, please go
ahead and pick up your packet earlier during registration. We look forward to
Lottery Meeting for Clinic and Externship Program
Monday, February 18, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5042
who wish to enroll in a Clinic or Externship for the 2013-2014 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 Monday, February 25 at 3 p.m.
17th Annual Conference on Race, Class, Gender & Ethnicity "Body as
Battleground: Why the Law Continues to Fail Women"
February 23, 2013, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
This year's conference brings together legal scholars, activists, and practitioners to explore the
reality beneath the rhetoric of the war on women. Panelists will contrast the
narrow scope of the current political discourse with the complex reality of
what women from all cross-sections of American society face on a daily basis.
They will explore not only the legal battles fought by and for women in the
twenty-first century, but also discuss how discourse and disparity shapes
women's identity and people's perception of women. Most importantly, panelists
will consider what steps can be taken to shape our legal, political, and
cultural worlds to ensure real and lasting equality for women. Participation is
free for all area students and lunch is included. Register online today!
Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities
Advocates for Children's Services Summer Internship (1Ls & 2Ls)
Symplicity ID: 7577
Advocates for Children's Services (ACS) is a statewide project of Legal Aid of North Carolina and housed in the Durham LANC office. The mission of ACC is to advocate for the idea that at-risk children are rights-bearing citizens who should receive the services they are promised by law. ACS' current focus is on the school-to-prison pipeline and school push out crisis in North Carolina. Practice areas of the project include education law, constitutional law, civil rights, delinquency/juvenile law, and disability law
ACS is currently accepting applications for a summer legal intern until March 3. Check out Symplicity to learn more!
Summer 2013 Public Interest Grant Information Session
Monday, February 18 &
Tuesday, February 19, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5048
you be working in unpaid public interest employment this summer? If so, come to
this information session! This is open to current 1Ls and 2Ls interested in
applying for a summer grant for unpaid public interest work for Summer 2013.
This meeting will give you all you need to know about the application process
and summer funding. Information sessions will be held on Monday, February 18
and Tuesday, February 19 from 12:00 p.m.-12:50 p.m. in room 5048. Grant
applications are due March 21, and recipients will be notified on April 1.
Questions? Contact Dean Novinsky or Adrienne
Public Service Events
Human Rights Week 2013
The Center for Civil Rights is a co-sponsor of The Campus
Y's Human Rights Week 2013. Read about daily events throughout the week. Nadine Strossen, the
first woman to serve as the ACLU president, will deliver the keynote address
for the week of events on Wednesday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m. at the Nelson
Mandela Auditorium in the FedEx Global Education Center on main campus.
Our Children's Place Hosts "Mothers of Bedford" Screening
Tuesday, February 12, 6:30 p.m., Meredith College (Raleigh)
"Mothers of Bedford"
is a 90-minute feature length documentary that follows five women incarcerated in
the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in New York and looks at their lives
through the lens of motherhood. A Q&A session with Jenifer McShane,
the film maker, will follow the screening. We are hosting this event as a way
to continue raising awareness about children of incarcerated parents.
Get additional details and purchase tickets.
Other Public Interest Opportunities
University of Memphis Law School's Alternative Spring Break Conference
University of Memphis Law School is again holding its annual Alternative Spring
Break Conference, this year from March 11-15, 2013. This time we have
expanded the program to include eight specialized tracks in which law students
from around the country will have the opportunity to perform community service
and participate in classes on substantive law topics. The tracks are:
- Family Law (Pro
(Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)
- Research and
Writing: Nonprofit Management
- Research and
Writing: Human Trafficking
Writing: Economic Justice
Defense: Street Court for the Homeless
More information on how to apply.
Current Pro Bono Opportunities
Constitution in the Classroom: General Interest Meeting
Thursday, February 14, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4085
about the Constitution in the Classroom event (sponsored by ACS). We will
discuss how every semester UNC law students go into local classrooms to raise
awareness of fundamental constitutional principles. As law students we have a
resource that we can share with students: our knowledge and appreciation of the
Constitution. By spending as little as one hour teaching in a middle school
classroom, you can excite young minds about their constitutional rights and
responsibilities all while receiving pro bono credit. Come here what this semester's
event will entail. Free lunch will be provided!