Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, February 22, 2010

Events at UNC Law


Spring Break Pro Bono Project Sign-ups, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m., 4085

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


Diversity: It's What's for Dinner, 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., 5048


CPILO Officer Elections, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m., 5042


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

  • NC Bar Association 4ALL Pro Bono Event - Cary
  • Criminal Law, Racial Justice Act, Center for Death Penalty Litigation - Durham
  • Immigration, Child Status Protection Act, Forsythe Immigration Law Firm - Charlotte
  • Legal Research Assistance Needed for Haiti Aid Accountability Coalition - NYU Law Affiliated
  • Service of Process N.C. Dept. of the Secretary of State - Raleigh
  • Translators for Post-Conviction/Civil Cases, N.C. Prisoner Legal Services - Raleigh
  • Updated Criminal Defense Motions Manual, NC Advocates for Justices/Lexis - Raleigh
  • Website Business Procedures, Bagchi Law - Chapel Hill
  • Wills for Heroes Project, NC Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division - Greensboro

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities


UNC Law Public Service Programs - RA Position (Spring Semester - June 30, 2010)

The Office of Public Service Programs seeks a student to work 10 hours per week starting immediately and 30 hours per week following exams through June 30, 2010 to assist the Assistant Dean for Public Service Programs in (1) developing a leadership program for public interest students, (2) coordinating service opportunities for students, and (3) other duties as assigned. Please submit a cover letter highlighting your interest and relevant experience and resume by Wednesday, February 24 to

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: Expert Opinion: Building Leadership Skills as a Law Student

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

Will Deferred Associates Idea Backfire for Law Firms?, ABA Journal, February 16, 2010

After the Crash, The American Spectator, February 15, 2010

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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