Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, February 24, 2014

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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. Join our Facebook page Follow us on Twitter

Events at UNC Law

C-PILO Lunch & Learn with LexisNexis

Wednesday, February 24, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 4085

Shanda Lewis will be presenting a lesson on public interest job searching and researching! The best part is, in addition to gaining valuable skills and information, you'll earn some research points for yourself and help C-PILO raise some money at the same time! For the training, you will be awarded 400 points and asked to donate some of those points to C-PILO (and shown how to do so). Lunch will be provided. If you're interested, please log into LexisNexis, click on the "Training at My School" tab and register for the training under the link provided.

Show Your Love for Pro Bono

Thursday, February 27, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 4004

Stop by room 4004 this Thursday during lunch to show your love for Pro Bono! Fill up on candy, listen to schmaltzy music, and get your craft on -- create a thank you note to an attorney doing pro bono in NC.

Summer Funding Opportunities

Public Interest Summer Grant Application Now Open

The Public Interest Summer Grant Application is now open on My Carolina Law until the deadline on Thursday, March 20 at 11:58 p.m. This process is open to all Class of 2016, Class of 2015, and December 2015 graduates. Students with questions about the summer grants or application process can contact Samara Reynolds in the CDO.

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

Featured Public Interest Position: Research Assistant, Center on Poverty, Work & Opportunity

Open to 1Ls and 2Ls; deadline is March 14

The Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity is seeking full-time (30 hours/week) RAs for the summer of 2014. Research will involve issues of poverty and economic justice, including access to civil justice, economic/statistical research about North Carolina cities, towns, and regions, child poverty and development, and homelessness. Some of the work may be policy and social science based, some may be investigative or journalistic, and some will be legal.

Requirements: Applicants must be

  1. interested in issues related to poverty, particularly in North Carolina
  2. comfortable working across disciplines and topics
  3. able to work independently
  4. willing to work collaboratively with people affected directly by poverty, other organizations, and policy-makers.

The Center on Poverty, Work & Opportunity is located in Meadowmont at 323 W. Barbee Chapel Road in Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3382. It is accessible via bus and there is free parking on-site.

To apply, please email your resume and a cover letter to Joe Polich, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center. The deadline to apply is March 14, 2014 and interviews will be conducted at the end of March.

Highlighted Public Interest Positions on Symplicity

  • Law Intern, NC Coastal Land Trust (#9134)
  • Summer Legal Interns, Office of Public Defender of Orange & Chatham Counties (#9156)
  • Post-Graduate Fellowship, Immigrant Justice Corps (#9196)
  • Field Attorney, National Labor Relations Board (#9257)

Upcoming Government Deadlines

Below is a sampling of upcoming deadlines for federal government honors programs (3Ls) and summer 2014 internship programs (1Ls & 2Ls). Information about each program can be found on individual department websites, as well as in the Government Honors and Internship Handbook online. If you have questions, need application assistance, or would like to be added to the govcareers email list for relevant announcements, please contact Samara Reynolds, Government Career Counselor in the CDO.

  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10 (Seattle) Fellowship (3L): February 24
  • U.S. Postal Service (USPS) Honors Program (3L): February 28
  • Overseas Private Investment Corporation Internship (1L & 2L): February 28
  • Dept. of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Internship (1L & 2L): February 28
  • Dept. of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Departmental Appeals Board Internship (1L & 2L): March 1
  • Dept. of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Center for Disease Control Internship (1L & 2L): March 3
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 (Atlanta) Internship (1L & 2L): March 3
  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Diversity and Civil Rights Internship (1L & 2L): March 3

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

Projects are posted on the Pro Bono Board near the mailboxes. Students can sign up for projects on the Pro Bono Board or email

Unemployment Insurance Benefits Pro Bono Project Training

Friday, February 28, 3:00-5:30 p.m., Room 5042

1Ls, 2Ls and 3Ls are invited to participate in a pro bono project with Legal Aid of North Carolina’s Pittsboro office, where students will be representing clients on unemployment insurance matters before an administrative hearing officer, under the supervision of a licensed attorney. This is an excellent opportunity for students to get practical legal experience by preparing for and conducting benefits hearings.

To participate in the pro bono project, it's necessary to attend the training on Friday, February 28 from 3:00-5:30 p.m. if you did not attend the training last semester.

To sign up for this project and training, please contact Bridget Warren as soon as possible--spots are starting to fill up very quickly!

Pro Bono Board Interest Meeting

Monday, March 3, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 4004
Tuesday, March 4, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 4004

All potential applicants for the Pro Bono Board are encouraged to attend an open house with the current Pro Bono Board. The Board will answer any questions applicants have about the role of the Board, responsibilities of specific positions, and the application process.

Remember, all applications (cover letter and resume without GPA) are due by Friday, March 7 at 5 p.m.

Spanish Speakers Needed

Friday, March 7, 2014 is 4ALL Statewide Service Day

The seventh annual 4ALL Service Day will be held on Friday, March 7, 2014 across North Carolina. The 4ALL Service Day is a program of the North Carolina Bar Association Foundation in conjunction with the North Carolina Bar Association. On March 7, 2014, North Carolina lawyers join forces and take calls from the public at eight call centers throughout North Carolina. These volunteers provide legal information and referral resources to the callers with North Carolina related matters.

Spanish-speaking law students (or attorneys) are needed to cover the phones at the Cary call center on Friday, March 7. There are shifts from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; 11:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.; and 2:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. Volunteers are especially needed for the last shift. If interested, sign up online.

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

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