Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, February 15, 2010

Events at UNC Law


Log Your Hours + Make Yourself a PB & J, 11:30-1:00 p.m., Rotunda


Street Law Spring Training, 12:00-1:00 p.m., 4082


Public Service Cover Letter Workshop, 12:00-12:50 p.m., 4085


FALR Symposium Keynote: Larry Flynt, 5:30-9:30 p.m., Student Union - Great Hall


FALR Symposium, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., 4085



Mental Health Reform Since Olmstead: A Discussion of the Marlo M. Case, 12:00-12:50 p.m., 5052


UNC Law's 14th Annual Conference on Race, Class, Gender, and Ethnicity, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Rotunda

Punishing Poverty: Racial and Economic Inequality in the Criminal Justice System


Save the Date!

Robert M. Cover Public Interest Law Retreat, Peterborough, NH, February 26-27, 2010

This conference provides the opportunity to network with practitioners, professors, and other public interest students. Jenny Pizer of Lamda Legal will be speaking on her work with Proposition 8 in California. For more information:

5th Annual UGA Working in Public Interest Law Conference, February 26-28, 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

UNC's Institute for the Study of the Americas Grant Opportunities

The Institute administers several grants to "graduate" students and is encouraging law students to apply for grants, especially the Tinker grants. Summer projects can last from 3-16 weeks and grants range from $500 to $1500. Instructions and applications may be accessed at: Deadline to apply: March 3, 2010.

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.

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

If you are interested in signing up for a project listed below, visit for details and contact Lauren Felter at

  • Criminal Law - Racial Justice Act, Center for Death Penalty Litigation - Durham
  • Equal Education in Halifax County - UNC Center for Civil Rights
  • Human Rights for Migrant Workers Farm Labor Organizing Committee - Dudley
  • Immigration - Child Status Protection Act, Forsythe Immigration Law Firm - Charlotte
  • Translators for Post-Conviction/Civil Cases, N.C. Prisoner Legal Services - Raleigh
  • Update Criminal Defense Motions Manual, NC Advocates for Justice/Lexis - Raleigh
  • Service of Process N.C. Dept. of the Secretary of State - Raleigh

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities


Center for Progressive Leadership - New Leaders Internship Program

CPL's New Leaders Internship Program brings young people from underrepresented communities across the country with a demonstrated passion for progressive change to Washington D.C. for paid, on-the-job experience in a top progressive organization, leadership training, coaching, networking and community building. Deadline: March 8, 2010. For more information:

PSLawNet Summer Positions

The PSLawNet Summer Publications Coordinator will work directly with Steve Grumm, Director of Public Service Initiatives at NALP, over the course of 10 weeks to update the fellowship listings in the PSLawNet database and to produce the 2010-11 PSLawNet Comprehensive Fellowship Guide. The ideal candidate will be a public-service oriented student with some background in publishing or editing. Here is the job listing on PSLawNet (password-protected):

Summer Project Assistants - PSLawNet is eager to link up with a handful of law students who will spend this summer in the Washington, DC region working in public service. If they have some flexibility in their workweek schedules and are interested in supplementing their incomes, we would like to speak with them about the prospect of performing data entry for a few hours per week. Here is the listing on PSLawNet (password-protected):

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.

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

Public Service Resources

Featured Resource: Summer Funding Opportunities (Updated 2010)

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:

Public Service News

North Carolina State Bar Adopts New Rule of Professional Conduct

The North Carolina State Bar has adopted Rule 6.1 - Voluntary Pro Bono Publico Service. Rule 6.1 states that "[e]very lawyer has a professional responsibility to provide legal services to those unable to pay" and that each lawyer "should aspire to render at least (50) hours of pro bono publico legal services" annually. To read the full text of the new rule:

"Will the Adoption of Rule 6.1 Make a Difference in North Carolina?," The NC Bar Association's President's Perspective

Carolina Law Students Brigid Grabert and Sarah Blumenthal Featured in the NC Bar's Young Lawyer's Division for their efforts to re-establish the Carolina Health Law Organization

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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