Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, February 20, 2012

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

ILA and NLG Present: The Street Corner Next Door

February 21, 5:30-7 p.m., room 5042

The Immigration Law Association and the NLG invite you to join advocates from the Latino community, Carolina Law, and the ACLU of NC to discuss how the Carrboro anti-loitering ordinance was successfully repealed last fall, as well as other struggles the immigrant community faces locally and statewide. Free Chipotle Burritos will be served!

Want to be a C-PILO officer?

February 23, noon, room 4004

C-PILO is currently looking for students to serve as C-PILO officers for the upcoming 2012-2013 term. Terms will begin at the end of March, will last one year, and are open to all students that are not graduating this year. Serving as an officer is an important leadership position and provides an invaluable service to students seeking and exploring public service careers, and is vital to our law school's ongoing commitment to public interest law. If you are interested in serving on the new board, please send your resume (without a GPA listed) and cover letter to Zachary Kohn before Sunday, February 26 at 5 p.m. The general interest meeting will be February 23 at noon in room 4004.

2012 UNC Conference on Race, Class, Gender, and Ethnicity

February 25, UNC School of Law Rotunda

Register now for the upcoming conference on Race, Class, Gender and Ethnicity at the UNC Law School. This year's conference is entitled "Waking Up From the American Dream: The Sober Reality of Class in America." The Conference will be on Saturday, February 25 and registration is open now. More information and registration materials are available on the conference website.

Other Public Interest Events

David Johnson: "Seeing Poverty Through a New Lens"

February 21, 6-7 p.m., Frank Porter Graham Student Union, room 3209

As part of Advocates for Human Rights annual Human Rights Week, UNC alum David Johnson, humanitarian photographer and author of two books on Africa, will be sharing stories from his work around the world and inviting us to have dialogue about the definition of and potential solutions to global poverty. As the President and Founder of the nonprofit Silent Images, David seeks to tell the stories of hope in the midst of persecution, poverty, or oppression through journalistic photography, videography, and writing. You can read more about David and his work at

Upcoming Events at The Parr Center for Ethics at UNC

Lunch & Learn: "The Meaning of Political Protest"

February 22, noon, Hyde Hall's University Room

Pardue Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Parr Center Fellow Dr. Bernard Boxill will speak on the history of political protest in the United States and what lessons from the past might be applied to the modern Tea Party and Occupy movements. This event is open to the public, lunch is provided, and registration is required.

Minority Health Law Conference

February 24, Friday Center, Chapel Hill

The 33rd Annual Minority Health Law Conference will be held on February 24 at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill. This year’s topic is "Translational Research -- The Road from Efficacy to Equity". The UNC Minority Health Conference is the largest and longest-running student-led health conference in the country. You can find more information and register for the Minority Health Conference on their website.

Loving Then and Now: The Context and Impact of a Landmark Civil Rights Opinion

March 1-2, 2012

An interracial marriage and a landmark Supreme Court case that changed the course of history will be the subject of a film screening and symposium March 1-2, 2012 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "The Loving Story" tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple living in Virginia in the 1960s. The film examines the drama, history and current state of interracial marriage and tolerance in the United States. In 1967, the year of Loving v. Virginia, 16 states had laws against interracial marriage.

Film Screening

The film will be screened on March 1 at 7 p.m. at the Varsity Theater on Franklin Street. It will be followed by a panel discussion, moderated by Gene Nichol, UNC's Boyd Tinsley Distinguished Professor of Law and director of the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity. The movie is free for students with a valid ID and $4 for the general public.


On March 2, the Center, with support from the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, will hold a symposium, "Loving Then and Now: The Context and Impact of a Landmark Civil Rights Opinion," in Hyde Hall beginning at 9:30 a.m. It will bring distinguished scholars together to discuss the film from historical, legal and cultural perspectives. The filmmakers, Nancy Buirski and Elisabeth James, will be in attendance and speak about the making of the film during the lunch portion of the symposium. Lunch is provided for those registered. For complete details on the screening and symposium, please see the Center's webpage.

UGA Working in the Public Interest Conference

March 2-3, University of Georgia School of Law, Athens GA

Registration is now open for the 7th annual Working in the Public Interest Conference at the University of Georgia School of Law in Athens, Georgia, to be held March 2 to March 3. This conference seeks to bring together both practitioners and students to discuss real issues confronting attorneys working in the public interest. WIPI considers the broad scope of public interest law, presenting topics this year that will examine pressing economic issues, such as the impact of the student debt burden on the economy and the fallout from budget cuts on the prosecution of domestic violence, and other topics, including the sustainability of animal farming and perspectives on solo practice and alternative careers. For more information and to register for the conference, please visit the website.

UVA Workshop - Law and War: An International Humanitarian Law Workshop

March 24-25, University of Virginia School of Law

The Human Rights Program of UVA Law will be hosting a weekend workshop, in conjunction with the American Red Cross and the International Committee of the Red Cross, focusing on international humanitarian law (the law of armed conflict). This workshop features lectures and hands-on exercises that guide participants through an intensive examination of international humanitarian law (IHL) with a focus on its application to combatants and civilians. The workshop is free, and applications must be submitted by February 24. To access the application or for any questions, contact Jessica Lee.

From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom

April 13-15, Amherst, MA

Please join the Civil Liberties and Public Policy's 26th Annual Conference, where hundreds of activists, students, and community organizers from around the globe explore connections between reproductive freedom and social justice. A project of the Civil Liberties and Public Policy program and the Population and Development program at Hampshire College. For more information please visit our website.

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

Southern Education Leadership Initiative

The Southern Education Foundation (SEF) is seeking graduate student applicants. Internships are eight weeks during the summer, and interns receive a stipend of $4,500 plus travel expenses. Interns are placed with nonprofits and foundations throughout the region focused on providing advocacy, grant-making, policy analysis, research, community organizing, and direct service in education. Applications must be received by March 1. More information about the program and the application process is available online.

2012 AmeriCorps Legal Fellowships

The 2012 Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps host sites will be announced in June. Please visit PSLawNet in the spring to find a selection of AmeriCorps Fellowship openings across the country. Alumni and 3L/4L students apply directly to the host site for open positions, and the host sites will select the appropriate candidates to become 2012 Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellows. If you have any questions regarding the AmeriCorps Legal Fellowships, please email AmeriCorps.

Check out these recent postings on Symplicity!

  • Summer Internship with the Office of General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (Washington, DC)
  • Law Fellow with The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in Baltimore, MD
  • Summer Research Assistant with the UNC Center on Poverty, Work, & Opportunity (Chapel Hill, NC)
  • General Counsel Intern with Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) (Arlington, VA)
  • Summer Research Assistant with The North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence (Durham, NC)

Don't forget to check PSLawNet and Symplicity frequently for new job postings. Public interest jobs are being posted frequently!

Funding Opportunities

Summer 2012 Public Interest Grant Information Session

February 20 & 22, noon, room 4085

Will you be working in unpaid public interest employment this summer? If so, come to this information session! This is open to current 1L and 2Ls interested in applying for a summer grant for unpaid public interest work for Summer 2012. 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 20 and Wednesday, February 22 at noon in room 4085. Grant applications are due March 23, and recipients will be notified on April 5. Questions? Contact Dean Novinsky or Dorsey Bachenheimer.

2012 Summer Corps Application

The Equal Justice Works Summer Corps program provides law students with the opportunity to dedicate at least 300 hours of their summer to a legal project at a qualifying nonprofit public interest organization. In 2012, 711 law students will be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps education award in the amount of $1,175 upon their successful completion of the Summer Corps program. Applications for 2012 Summer Corps will be available March 1, 2012. The deadline to apply is March 23, 2012. Please visit our website to learn more, or attend the webinar for more information and tips for a successful application.

Robert Masur Fellowship for 1Ls

The Robert Masur Fellowship competition is open to first-year law students who intend to carry out significant activities during the summer between their first and second year in the areas of civil rights and/or civil liberties. Proposed activities may include a writing or research project, work with a public interest organization in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties, work on a civil rights or civil liberties law case under the supervision of a faculty member or lawyer, or any other work in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties. The fellowship recipient receives a $1,000 honorarium. Applications are due March 23. Please see the Fellowship website for more information.

ABA Internship for students with a disability

In continuing its mission to promote the equal participation of law students with disabilities in the legal profession, the American Bar Association Commission on Disability Rights established a partnership with Prudential Financial, Inc., to provide a summer internship opportunity to a 1L with a disability at the Fortune 500 company's Law Department. This internship is paid and will be located in New Jersey. You can find more information and apply online. The deadline for applications is March 25.

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

New Orleans Public Defenders (3L)

The Orleans Parish Prison houses, among other inmates, individuals awaiting trial who have not been able to make bond. Resources and treatment options for individuals with medical, and particularly mental health, problems are severely limited. We have had a number of clients in OPP who have not been able to obtain the medications they need and/or were taking before their arrest, and we have heard from OPP's medical director that they have a policy of a 30-day waiting period before administering any mental health medication. We would like to explore the possibility of OPD or another organization filing a federal lawsuit to enjoin this practice. The student should research case law related to applicable federal standards in the 5th circuit and elsewhere, pull cases that are on point for relevant procedural and substantive rules, and advise whether litigation in this area is worthwhile.

  • Skills Built: Legal Research and Writing
  • Time Commitment: 20 Hours
  • Project Due Date: April 30, 2012.
  • Location of Work: Remote Location.
  • Area of Law: Criminal Law, Prisoner's Rights
  • Requirements: 3L; The advising attorney has provided research points which will be provided to the assigned student.

Case Law Digest Development (2L or 3L)

AEquitas: the prosecutors resource on violence against women is looking for a student to create a case law digest on John Doe Arrest Warrant Laws across the 50 states and U.S. territories.

  • Skills Built: Legal Research and Writing
  • Time Commitment: 20 Hours
  • Project Due Date: flexible
  • Location of Work: Remote Location.
  • Area of Law: Criminal Law
  • Requirements: 2L or 3L; Student should have completed or currently be enrolled in criminal procedure.

Statutory Compilation Creation (2L or 3L)

AEquitas: the prosecutors resource on violence against women is looking for a student to create a statutory compilation for prior bad acts/other crimes evidence, FRE 404(b) including all 50 states and the U.S. Territories. This compilation should include a summary of the trends in the country.

  • Skills Built: Legal Research and Writing
  • Time Commitment: 15 Hours
  • Project Due Date: flexible
  • Location of Work: Remote Location.
  • Area of Law: Criminal Law, Domestic Violence
  • Requirements: 2L or 3L; Student should have completed or be currently enrolled in evidence.

If you are interested in these openings, or any other pro bono projects, please sign up on the bulletin board or e-mail .

Save the Date!

Free Webinar Series: The Summer Public Interest Job Search

This webinar series, cosponsored by NALP and Equal Justice Works, will provide law students with insight on the key elements of the summer public-interest job application process. All events are free - enroll now!

Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair

Save the date for the Equal Justice Career Fair this Fall. This year, the conference and career fair will be held on Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27 in Arlington, VA. More details will be posted as the event nears, but this is an event you don't want to miss!

Public Interest Blog Spotlight

Looking for an interesting and inspiring new blog?

Each week we will highlight a different blog that covers information relevant to public interest law students and attorneys.

This week's focus is on:

Children's Rights Blog - Children's Rights is a national advocacy group working to reform failing child welfare systems on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of abused and neglected children who depend on them for protection and care.

Career Corner

Judicial Clerkship Programs for 2Ls (all students welcome)

A judicial clerkship is a full-time, paid position which usually lasts a year but continues to pay considerable dividends throughout one's career. Second-year students who are interested in exploring the possibility of seeking a 2013 clerkship need to start thinking about it now, since most judges hire clerks well in advance of graduation. We strongly encourage you to attend all three of the following programs:

Alumni Clerkship Panel

February 29, noon, room 4004

Our panel features distinguished UNC alumni who worked as federal and state court clerks after graduating from law school. The panelists now work in various areas of the legal profession, and will speak about their experiences as clerks and how clerkships helped launch their careers.

The Nuts and Bolts of Applying for Judicial Clerkships

March 21, noon, room 4085

What is J-CAP? Who is OSCAR? If you plan to apply for clerkships, you'll need to know! We'll give you everything you need, including info on what goes into an application, how to find judges, what the timetable is, and more.

Still Looking for a Summer Internship?

Don't forget to check out the Career Services Office's public interest job search guide! This thorough manual details the different practice areas available to a public interest attorney, gives helpful advice on activities to participate in during law school to build your resume, and job search strategies. Also, make sure to review the resume and cover letter advice and samples!

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

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