Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Tuesday, February 15, 2011

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

Summer Public Interest Grant Information Session
Wednesday, February 16, 12:00 p.m to 12:50 p.m., 5042

This information session is open to current 1L and 2Ls interested in applying for a summer grant for unpaid public interest work for Summer 2011. We will cover the application process, and answer any questions regarding summer funding. Questions? Contact Dean Novinsky at, or Dorsey Ballard at

Gender Violence and the Phenomenon of Femicides in America: A Conversation with Scholars, Attorneys, and Human Rights Activists
Thursday, February 17, 4:00 p.m., 5046

Violence against women has increased throughout Mexico and in other Latin American countries. Law enforcement officials have often refused to investigate or prosecute these crimes, creating a climate of impunity for perpetrators and denying victims/survivors of violence and their families access to truth and justice. In 2009, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights issued a judgment against the Mexican government for its failure to investigate the feminicides in Mexico. The 167-page decision included evidence of government negligence, corruption, torture and the obstruction of justice.

As part of a feminist effort to categorize violence rooted in gender power structures as a violation of human rights, this panel will explore the analytical framework and response to the escalation of violence against women in Latin America. Panelists will include: Cynthia Bejarno, Department of Criminal Justice, New Mexico State University; Rosa-Linda Fregoso, Latin American & Latino Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz; Marcela Lagarde, Department of Anthropology, National Autonomous, University of Mexico; Hilda Morales Trujillo, Attorney, Guatemala's Network for Non-Violence Against Women; and Deborah Weissman, University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill.

Following the discussion at UNC Law on February 17, another panel discussion will be hosted at the FedEx Global Education Center at 301 Pittsboro Street on Friday, February 18 at noon in Room 2003 with a reception to follow.

This event is sponsored by: UNC School of Law Immigration/Human Rights Policy Clinic, UNC School of Law, UNC Center for Global Initiatives, Carolina Women's Center, UNC Institute for the Study of the Americas, UNC School of Law Immigration Law Association, and UNC School of Law Domestic Violence Advocacy Project.

Committee to Stop FBI Repression Conference
Saturday, February 19, 9:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 5052

Why is the FBI interested in the anti-war movement? Twenty-three activists have grand jury subpoenas - who will be next? Join us for an important conference. Stop FBI Repression conference addresses this threat with speakers, panels, discussion. Panel discussions on the history of FBI repression in the South; grand jury repression and prosecutions under the "material support of terrorism" law; the political and legal context for the September 24 raids on antiwar and solidarity activists; and organizing reports from activists in the South working to stop political repression. For more info call 919.360.6367, or see Please register at>. Pre-registration is appreciated but not necessary.

Save the Date!

Rebellious Lawyering Conference
February 18-20, Yale Law School

Reblaw brings together practitioners, law students, academics, and community activists from around the country to discuss progressive strategies for social change, both through legal action and beyond. This year's keynote speakers include Burt Neuborne, Graham Boyd, Laurie Rubiner, and Jose Padilla.

Please visit for more information. Also, check out the Rebellious Lawyering blog for information and updates about the conference:

Registration is now open on the website. When you register, you'll be able to sign up receive FREE HOUSING for the weekend in New Haven on the spare beds, couches and floors of local friendly, rebellious law students.

Questions? Please contact

Race in North Carolina: Justice and Reconciliation Film Forum
February 26, 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Jordan-Matthews High School, Siler City, NC
February 27, 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Fearrington Village Barn, Pittsboro, NC

ChathamArts is hosting a film forum with sponsorship from the NC Humanities Council to explore issues of race, justice and reconciliation in NC. On February 26, Greensboro: Closer to Truth, The Trials of Darryl Hunt and An Unlikely Friendship will be shown. On February 27, Blood Done Sign My Name and Moving Midway will be shown. This free event, open to the public, will feature Q & A sessions and panel discussions with central characters, producers and directors of the films. For film descriptions, event schedule and more info, go to

Robert M. Cover Public Interest Law Retreat
March 4-6, Sargent Center, Peterborough, NH

The Retreat brings together public interest law students and practitioners for a weekend of networking and dialogue. This retreat was envisioned by Robert Cover, a Yale Law School Professor and social activist, in order to bring law students together with legal professionals and academics to build networks, to discuss the status of public interest law, and to learn more about what a public interest legal career is like. Find more information about the retreat at

Assisting Law Students with Disabilities Conference
Thursday, March 10, American University Washington College of Law, Washington, DC

This annual conference is designed to provide information to law students with disabilities on a variety of subject areas and this year will have a strong focus on seeking employment, which is a concern for all students in this economy, but may present an even greater challenge to students with disabilities. The keynote speaker will be Patricia A. Shiu, Director, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, US Department of Labor. The full agenda can be found at Please register for the conference by going to

University of Georgia School of Law Public Interest Weekend
April 1-2, University of Georgia, School of Law, Athens, GA

Join Working in the Public Interest (WIPI) and Equal Justice Foundation (EJF) as we host our annual public interest events. Save the date for this premier public interest event so that you can be in the midst of the greatest students, leading professionals, and experienced faculty who are all excited about public interest.

EJF will kick off the celebration with the EJF Auction the evening of Friday, April 1. The auction raises funds to provide stipends for law students who work in unpaid public interest positions. More information at

The WIPI Conference begins with a keynote address on April 1 before the EJF auction. The conference continues with panels and roundtables on Saturday, April 2. This student run conference has been offered annually since 2005, and seeks to bring together eminent practitioners in their respective fields, students, and faculty to discuss practical approaches to law, which can promote social justice and human rights for all. The conference offers CLE credit and includes roundtables, panel discussions, and a plenary conference. Find more information at

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

Projects are posted on the Pro Bono Board near the mailboxes and are listed online at Students can sign up for projects on the Pro Bono Board or email Lauren Felter at

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

Featured Postings for Summer Opportunities

Check out the the postings frequently in the Job Bank and for Resume Collects for summer opportunities in states all across the US.

  • Capital Post-Conviction Project of Louisiana - New Orleans, LA
  • National Disability Rights Network - Washington, DC
  • US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants - positions in Albany, NY and Arlington, VA
  • Various research assistant positions at UNC School of Law
  • Legal Services of Southern Piedmont - Charlotte, NC
  • ...and more!

Featured Postings for Post Graduate Employment Opportunities

Check out the the postings frequently in the Job Bank and for Resume Collects for opportunities in states all across the US.

  • Fellowship, Equal Rights Advocates - San Francisco, CA
  • Region 10 Honors Attorney Fellowship, US Environmental Protection Agency
  • Graduate Fellowship Program, The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute - Washington, DC
  • ...and more!

Summer Housing

If you are looking for housing this summer, The Association for Legal Career Professionals, also known as NALP, hosts a site for law students who are looking for a summer rental and/or renting their housing for the summer. Start searching at

Check Symplicity regularly for both summer and post-graduation opportunities.

Summer Funding Opportunities

Apply for Summer Corps 2011!

Summer Corps is an AmeriCorps-funded program that in 2011 will provide 700 law students with the opportunity to earn a $1,132 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award for dedicating their summer to a qualifying legal project at a nonprofit public interest organization. To learn more about the program please visit the new Summer Corps webpage.

Program highlights for and changes for 2011 include:

  • Larger Education Award: The amount of the education award has increased from $1,000 to $1,132 in 2011.
  • More Opportunities: More Summer Corps funding opportunities mean more opportunities for law students to get involved in the public interest field. The 2011 Summer Corps program will be our largest class to date.
  • Summer Corps Standouts Awards and Publicity: The Summer Corps Standout Program was started in 2009 to recognize members for their innovative approach to meeting the needs of an underserved or marginalized person or community. Winners received an article promoting their service on our public interest blog and more!
  • Improved Efficiency: The paperwork requirements have been drastically reduced to further improve the service experience. The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award is now available electronically and students are able to apply the voucher soon after they finish their service. Please check to make sure your law school is able to accept electronic transfers from the National Service Trust. If your school is not yet registered, please visit the Segal Education Award website.
  • The National Service Movement: National service is as important as ever and law students play an important role in bridging the justice gap. Summer Corps members have consistently reported that their summer internships solidified their commitment to public interest law, while reigniting their passion for the legal profession.

Apply for a Summer Grant

Each year several summer grants are awarded to students who are taking unpaid or low-paying summer public interest jobs. Funding for these grants comes from several sources including CPILO, funds established at the law school by generous donors, and student organizations that raise money for a grant to a student working in a particular interest area.

The deadline for applying for a summer grant is March 25, 2011 and students will be notified after that date. An information session will be on February 16 at noon in 5042.

To view and complete the Summer Grant Application visit My Carolina Law, click on the Student Life tab at the top of the page, and select the Summer Grants link. Be sure to check out 10 Tips for Writing a Strong Grant Application.

Contact Dean Novinsky or Dorsey Ballard for questions about grants.

Apply for the Goodwin Procter Public Interest Fellowships for Law Students of Color

Goodwin Procter has established the Goodwin Procter Public Interest Fellowships for Law Students of Color. These Fellowships will provide two first year law students of color with awards of $7,500 each, to help cover expenses from working in a public interest law position during the summer after the first year of law school. In addition, Goodwin has partnered with our client Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (the largest corporation domiciled in Massachusetts) to provide a third fellowship award, the MassMutual/Goodwin Public Interest Fellowship for Law Students of Color.

In addition to the $7,500 award for work in a public interest law position during the summer after the first year of law school, students will also receive a guaranteed callback interview with a Goodwin Procter office during the fall interview season after the student's first year of law school, to allow the student to be considered for a position in the Summer Associate Program during the summer after the student's second year of law school.

For more information about the program and eligibility, visit Applications must be received by February 25, 2011 to be considered.

Public Service Resources

Check out the Public Interest Job Search Guide!

The Public Interest Job Search Guide provides practical advice on how to conduct your job or summer internship search, a suggested timeline for all students, a list of resources, and information about public interest law organizations. Access this resource.

Other Public Interest Opportunities

Community Empowerment Fund Member Advocate Training
February 20 & 27, Dey 305 (main campus of UNC)

Interested in empowering individuals in our community through microfinance?

The Community Empowerment Fund is a student-driven domestic microfinance initiative that works with people living in Chapel Hill and Durham that are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. CEF is the first student microfinance initiative in the country that works with the homeless. Students can become involved in all of our programs, including financial literacy classes, small business trainings, safe savings, and micro-loans. These programs are designed to give people the tools to lift themselves out of poverty. As a volunteer, you are able to form a close relationship with a member of our programs and work as an advocate for that person's needs, helping them navigate the system and directing them to resources.

The Community Empowerment Fund will be having its next Member Advocate training for all new volunteers from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, February 20th & 27th, in Dey 305. If you are interested in becoming involved with CEF or want more information, please email or visit our website at

To add items or provide feedback, please contact Sylvia Novinsky, Assistant Dean for Public Service Programs, or Mary Irvine, Public Service Fellow.

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