Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, February 16, 2009

About the Pro Bono Newsletter

The Public Service Newsletter is a weekly publication of the Office of Public Service Programs at UNC School of Law. This newsletter contains up-to-date information regarding public service job opportunities, pro bono opportunities, as well as information on public service events and news at Carolina Law and in the local community.

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Events at UNC Law

UNC Environmental Law Project Presents: Carolina Carbon Cup for Carbon Awareness
2/16-2/26, Rotunda, 12-1pm
Let ELP calculate your carbon footprint and help you find easy ways to reduce it. Pledge to reduce your carbon footprint and earn points for your college. Members of the winning college who pledge to reduce their carbon footprint will receive low energy compact fluorescent light bulbs!

Is Pro Bono Right for Me?
Wed 2/18, Rumpus Room, 12pm
Whether you are interested in working for a firm, the government, or a public interest organization, come learn how pro bono fits into your career plans. The event's featured speaker is Professor Gene Nichol. Lunch Provided!
Questions? Email Shelly Anand at

C-PILO Auction Volunteers Thank You Event
Thurs 2/19, Room 5042, 12pm
All C-PILO Auction Volunteers are invited to attend this thank-you event. Pizza will be provided on a first come, first serve basis.

Reception for Conference on Race, Class, Gender, and Ethnicity
Fri 2/20, Rumpus Room, 6-9pm
Come meet the speakers and Presenters for this years Conference on Race, Class, Gender, and Ethnicity: Beyond Same-Sex Marriage: Charting a Progressive Course.

Conference on Race, Class, Gender & Ethnicity: Same-Sex Marriage and Beyond: Charting a Progressive Course
Sat 2/21, 8am-5:30pm, Rotunda
This conference is co-sponsored by the UNC Lambda Law Students Association. It will bring together legal scholars, practitioners, activists, community members and academics from other fields. We will discuss the challenges and opportunities for the LGBTQ movement created by the same-sex marriage debate and chart a path forward for the movement and its allies.

Panelists include:
Kevin Cathcart, Executive Director of Lambda Legal
Connie Vetter, local lawyer primarily serving LGBT community
Prof. Maxine Eichner
Prof. Barbara Fedders
Shannon Price Minter, legal director National Center for Lesbian Rights
Gael Guevara, Sylvia Rivera Law Project
Aaron Morris, Immigration Equality
Justin Smith, coordinator of Project Style

To register for the conference,

Public Service News

Congrats to C-PILO!
Congratulations to C-PILO on a successful Auction and Benefit. This year's auction raised $17,600 for summer public interest grants.

Public Service Resources

Looking for a Public Interest Job in North Carolina?
Check out CSO's new resource, the North Carolina Public Interest Employer Handbook. The handbook contains information on employers in North Carolina grouped by region and practice area and is available in hard copy in the CSO Library and on My Carolina Law.

Summer Employment Opportunities

Interested in Legal Aid?
Legal Aid of North Carolina has 24 offices across the state. While most of the offices do not participate in our On-Campus Interviewing program, many have unpaid legal interns each summer. If you are interested in working at a particular Legal Aid office you are encouraged to contact the specific office directly with your resume and cover letter. A list of the offices can be found at Though there is no set deadline, you are encouraged to submit your materials as soon as possible as many of these offices only take one summer intern. Please feel free to set up an appointment with a CSO counselor if you would like your resume and/or cover letter reviewed.

Upcoming Resume Collect Deadlines:
UNC Immigration/Human Rights Policy Clinic- Chapel Hill, NC (2/22)
25th Judicial District- Family Court Administrator- Hickory, NC (3/15)

Upcoming Job Bank Deadlines:
District Attorney- District 18- Greensboro, NC (2/19)
Asheville Museum of Art- Asheville, NC (2/21)
Education Pioneers Summer Fellowship- Various locations (2/15)
Teach for America- New York, NY (2/16)
Department of Justice Immigration Court- Charlotte, NC (2/27)
National District Attorney's Association- Alexandria, VA (2/28)
Illinois Migrant Legal Assistance Project- Chicago, IL (3/1)
Pisgah Legal Services- Asheville, NC (3/1)
US Dept. of Justice Exec. Ofc. For Immigration Review- Charlotte, NC (3/1)
Center for Internet and Society- Sanford Law School (3/2)
NC Center on Actual Innocence- Durham, NC (3/3)
New! Howard University School of Law- Civil Rights Clinic Fellowship- Washington, DC (3/6)
New! San Diego County Office of the Public Defender- San Diego, CA (3/6)
National Health Law Program- Chapel Hill, NC (3/6)
Legal Aid of NC- Winston-Salem, NC (3/9)
New! Federal Energy Regulatory Commission- Office of Enforcement- Washington, DC (3/13)
National Women's Law Center- Washington, DC (3/13)
US Patent and Trademark Office- Washington, DC (3/13)
Legal Services of Southern Piedmont - Charlotte, NC (3/16)
Koch Internship Program- Washington, DC (3/16)
University of Vermont Office of General Counsel- Burlington, VT (3/20)
Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center- El Paso, Texas (3/28)
NALP/PSLawNet Summer Publications Coordinator (3/30)
ACLU- San Diego, CA (3/31)
ACLU San Diego & Imperial Counties- San Diego, CA (3/31)
Southern Coalition for Social Justice- Durham, NC (4/1)
PSLawNet Project Assistant- Washington, DC (4/10)
NC Coastal Land Trust- Wilmington, NC (5/1)
UNC Center for Civil Rights- Chapel Hill, NC (5/15)
Council for Children's Rights- Charlotte, NC (Rolling/5/16)

Expand Your Job Search Beyond Symplicity: Search PSLawNet!
PSLawNet is a great source for summer and permanent positions, both paid and unpaid. Registration is free to UNC Law students and allows you to search for jobs based on practice areas, location, and more. To get started, visit

Summer Funding Opportunities

2009 Summer Grant Application Now Available Online!
To view the application, visit Please be sure to fill out the general application and attach all required documents (resume without grade information, offer letter, and essay). Note: You MUST have an offer from a public interest employer by the application deadline in order to apply for a grant. Applications are due March 20, 2009.
Questions? Please contact Sylvia Novinsky or Lindsey Guice Smith in CSO.

Outside Funding Sources on Symplicity:
Federal Communications Bar Association Foundation Stipend (3/6)
James B. McMillan Public Service Summer Fellowships (3/18)

PSLawNet Summer 2009 Project Assistant Position Available
Job description can be viewed at and is also posted on PSLawNet. This is an ideal opportunity for students who desire to supplement their income while interning or clerking in Washington, DC in the summer.

For more summer funding sources, click here.

Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

Postgraduate Opportunities On Symplicity:
PSLawNet Fellowship, 2009-2010- Washington, DC (Submit applications AFTER 1/14)
New! San Diego County Office of the Public Defender Fall Post-Bar Program (3/6)
New! Federal Energy Regulatory Commission- Office of Enforcement- DC (3/13)
Koch Associate Program- Washington, DC (Due 3/16)
UNC Center for Civil Rights Fellowship (Due 7/31)
National Women's Law Center - Washington, DC (Due 8/31)

For more opportunities, check PSLawNet at

Save the Date!

Robert M. Cover Public Interest Law Retreat
2/27-3/1, Sargent Center, Peterborough, NH
Thinking about a career in Public Interest Law? Spend a weekend in New Hampshire with public interest law students from law schools across the East Coast! Last year, over 100 Law students attended from over 20 law schools--- this year, there's an incredible practitioner line-up. Register now!
To access the application, please visit:

Energy & the Environment: Empowering Consumers
3/19-20, Hofstra Law School, Hempstead, NY
The conference touches on issues relevant to us all- panels will address everything from the calculation of individual carbon footprints to corporate disclosure of climate risk to "greenwashing." Students from any law school may attend the conference for free. They only need to fill out the Student Registration form on the Web site to indicate what portions they plan to attend.
For more information, visit

One Week Intensive Course at Interdisciplinary Child Welfare Institute
5/18-22, Capital University Law School, Columbus, OH
Open to law and graduate social work students from universities nationwide, the Interdisciplinary Child Welfare Institute (ICWI) will help students develop a mutual understanding of complex child and family issues from both law and social work perspectives. In addition to learning about critical child welfare topics, students will have the opportunity to hone real world practice skills through dynamic exercises and gain insight from panelists and guest lecturers.
For more information, visit
Note: This course may be used for credit at UNC School of Law.

To add items or provide feedback, please contact Sylvia Novinsky, Assistant Dean for Public Service Programs, or Allison Standard, RA, Public Service Programs.

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