Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, February 2, 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

Federalist Society Presents: Legacy: Creating Equality and Affirmative Action
Tues. 2/3, Noon, Room 4085
Ward Connerly, member of the Hoover Institute and chairman of the California Civil Rights Institute will be presenting his views on equality, and discuss alternatives to affirmative action. There will be a Q and A session to follow. Free food will be served. Presented by the Federalist Society and the Young America's Foundation.

Immigration Law Association Pro Bono Training
Tues 2/3, Noon, Room 5042
ILA members give presentations all over the Triangle to immigrant groups to let people know that they have legal rights in the U.S. even if they do not have legal immigration status, explain how they can assert their rights in the event of a raid; explain how to protect their ability to apply for a visa or citizenship; and help them prepare if they are vulnerable to deportation. Additionally, ILA members will work directly with local immigration attorneys to assist immigrant families in preparing Powers of Attorney. Come to the pro bono training to learn more about the immigration raids and how you can get involved!

Immigration Law Association Student Summer Job Panel
Thurs. 2/5, Noon, Room 3049
The Immigration Law Association will host a panel of 2Ls and 3Ls who will discuss how they got their summer jobs in immigration law and their experiences with their internships, as well as give advice to 1Ls who are interested in pursuing a summer job in the field.

The Black Law Students Association Presents: Professor Brophy speaking on Race, Equality and Affirmative Action
Thurs. 2/5, Noon, Room 5042
Professor Brophy will speak in response to the Federalist Society presentation on affirmative action.

"Creating a World Without Poverty," Public Lecture by Muhammad Yunus, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Winner
Thurs 2/5, 11am, Koury Auditorium, Kenan-Flagler Business School
For more information and to RSVP, visit

One Student One Warm Gift: Extended until Friday, February 6th!!
Please drop your donations at the table in the rotunda this week between 12-1 or in Vivian Intermont's mailbox. Donations will go towards providing 200 Chapel Hill and Durham elementary and middle schoolers with warm clothing this season. Considering the state of the economy and the cold weather as of late, these students need our help now! We will also be collecting gently used hats, gloves and jackets.

Lawrence v. Texas: Video & Discussion
Mon. 2/9, Noon, Rumpus Room
Come watch a documentary video produced by Lambda Legal on the ground-breaking case of Lawrence v. Texas. Led by Professor Flatt, a discussion about what this case has meant for the LBGT community since its holding was handed down by the Supreme Court will follow the video.
Lunch will be provided.

Lawrence Mishel: "The Squeeze Behind Us, the Pain Ahead and How to Reach Shared Prosperity"
Mon 2/9, Noon, Rotunda
Lawrence Mishel of the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) will discuss the current state of the American economy, how we got here and what to do about it. Sponsored by the UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity.

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 On Campus Interviews:

Phase 4 (Deadline- February 5)
Charlotte City Attorney's Office - Charlotte, NC
NC Office of the Appellate Defender - Durham, NC
Public Defender - District 26 - Mecklenburg County, NC
US Air Force JAG Corps - Seymour Johnson AFB, NC

Upcoming Resume Collect Deadlines:
NC Coalition Against Domestic Violence (2/8)
Public Defender, District 10- Wake County (2/8)
Moore County Attorney's Office- Carthage, NC (2/9)
25th Judicial District- Family Court Administrator- Hickory, NC (3/15)

Upcoming Job Bank Deadlines:
New! Legal Momentum- New York (2/2)
Law Students in Action Project- Upstate NY (2/6)
New! The Climate Change Policy Partnership- Durham (2/6)
Servicemembers Legal Defense Network- Washington, DC (2/12)
Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center- Washington, DC (2/13)
Education Rights Center- Washington, DC (2/14)
District Attorney- District 14 - Durham, NC (2/14)
New! District Attorney- District 18- Greensboro, NC (2/19)
Asheville Museum of Art- Asheville, NC (2/21)
Education Pioneers Summer Fellowship- Various locations (2/15)
New! Teach for America- New York, NY (2/16)
National District Attorney's Association- Alexandria, VA (2/28)
Illinois Migrant Legal Assistance Project- Chicago, IL (3/1)
New! US Dept. of Justice Exec. Ofc. For Immigration Review- Charlotte, NC (3/1)
National Health Law Program- Chapel Hill, NC (3/6)
National Women's Law Center- Washington, DC (3/13)
Legal Services of Southern Piedmont - Charlotte, NC (3/16)
New! Koch Internship Program- Washington, DC (3/16)
University of Vermont Office of General Counsel- Burlington, VT (3/20)
New! 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)
New! Southern Coalition for Social Justice- Durham, NC (4/1)
New! 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)

Other Opportunities
2009 North Carolina Attorney General's Office Summer Internship Program
Application and information available at Due Feb 15.

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

Outside Funding Sources on Symplicity:
Robert E. Bryan Public Service Fellowships (2/13)
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)
Hunton & Williams Pro Bono Fellowship- Atlanta, GA (Due 2/14)
Koch Associate Program- Washington, DC (Due 3/16)
UNC Center for Civil Rights Fellowship (Due 7/31)

For more opportunities, check PSLawNet at

Public Service News

Darryl Hunt & Mark Rabil Presentation
Thurs. 2/5, 6pm, NCCU School of Law
The program will be dedicated to the story of Darryl Hunt, an African-American man from Winston-Salem, NC who, at nineteen years old, was charged with the rape and murder of a young white newspaper copy editor, Deborah Sykes. Mr. Hunt was convicted of these charges in 1984 and spent nearly 20 years in prison before his exoneration. The event will tell Mr. Hunt's personal story and draw attention to wrongful convictions and the lasting impact they have on people's lives. It will include a viewing of the critically acclaimed documentary "The Trials of Darryl Hunt" with integrated lecture by Mr. Rabil (Darryl Hunt's former attorney) and a discussion with Mr. Rabil and Mr. Hunt. Mr. Hunt will describe the mission and current projects of The Darryl Hunt Project for Freedom and Justice.

Fourth Annual "Working in the Public Interest: Advancing Social Justice" Conference
University of Georgia School of Law, February 27-28, 2009
This two day event features panels and roundtable discussions with speakers drawn from all parts of the country. The conference will be held in Athens, Georgia, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta. We can also arrange free housing for student attendees who would like to stay with other students here in Athens.
The conference will include presentations on human rights in the Southeast, juvenile sentencing, eyewitness testimony, economic disparity with civic engagement, healthcare, the right to marry, and sex trafficking.
Registration and other useful information are available online at If you have questions or concerns, please email us at:

Working in a public interest job outside of Chapel Hill this summer?
Exchange or rent from other law students at the NALP Apartment Exchange:

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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