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Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, February 27, 2012

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Events at UNC Law

Native American Law Student Association Lecture

February 29, noon, room 5046

This Wednesday, the Native American Law Student Association presents Dr. Keith Richotte, "Tribal Constitutions and Constitutional Theory: What they may be able to contribute to each other." Dr. Richotte is a Post Doctoral Research Associate in the Department of American Studies. He is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians and is currently an Associate Law Professor at the University of North Dakota School of Law. He. earned his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2004, his LL.M. from the University of Arizona School of law in 2007 and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 2009. Pizza will be provided!

Dr. Brown-Nagin Civil Rights Lectures

Dr. Tomiko Brown-Nagin will be presenting two lectures at UNC on March 22, at the Law School and in Graham Memorial Hall.

UNC Law Center for Civil Rights

March 22, noon, room 5046

Tomiko Brown-Nagin holds a doctorate in history from Duke and a law degree from Yale, where she was an editor of the Yale Law Journal. She received her B.A. summa cum laude from Furman University. Brown-Nagin teaches courses on American social and legal history, constitutional law, education law and policy and public interest law. She has written widely on civil rights history and law and published in both law and history journals. Prior to entering teaching, Brown-Nagin clerked for Judge Robert L. Carter of the U. S. District Court, Southern District of New York and Judge Jane Roth of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She also worked as a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York. Before entering private practice, Brown-Nagin held the Charles Hamilton Houston Fellowship at Harvard Law School and the Samuel I. Golieb Fellowship in Legal History at New York University School of Law.

Center for the Study of the American South Lecture

March 22, 4:30 p.m., Graham Memorial Hall

Dr. Brown-Nagin will be speaking on March 22 at 4:30 p.m. in the Kresge Foundation Common Room (039) at the Johnson Center for Undergraduate Excellence in Graham Memorial Hall, after a presentation by Dean Boger.

Pro Bono Panel on The Formerly Incarcerated

March 28, noon, room 5042

The purpose of the panel is to highlight issues affecting formerly incarcerated individuals and policy and legal solutions to help them reenter society. There will be a particular emphasis on how this translates into unmet legal needs in the community. The panel will be moderated by retired UNC Law Professor Richard Rosen, and includes prisoner-turned-lawyer Daryl Atkinson, as well as Kari Hamel from Legal Aid Pittsboro. This is a part of Pro Bono Week.

Public Interest Mentor Program 1L Class Registration Advising Session

March 30, noon, room TBD

Save the Date! On March 30 at noon, The Office for Public Service will host an advising session for 1Ls in the Public Mentor Program as they choose classes for 2L year. More details to come - stay tuned!

Loan Repayment Information for Public Service Lawyers

April 12, noon, room TBD

Save the Date! On April 12 at noon, the Director of Law School Financial Aid, Vanda Chou, will present information for all students considering a career in public interest. This is being presented in conjunction with The Office for Public Service Programs. Mark your calendars!

Other Public Interest Events

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 UNC. "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 2-3. 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.

Feminist Perspectives on Women’s Global Health and Human Rights

This one-day conference is sponsored by the UNC Department of Women’s Studies, and will be held March 16 from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. in the University Room in Hyde Hall on the UNC campus. The Keynote speaker is Anne Firth Murray, Founding President of the Global Fund for Women and Consulting Professor in Human Biology at Stanford University. Panel speakers include Joan Krause from the UNC School of Law. To pre-register and view the program of events, please visit the Department of Women's Studies 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 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 the conference 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.

Summer Law Clerk with Legal Services Corporation in D.C.

The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is a congressionally-funded non-profit corporation located in Washington D.C. LSC is the country’s single largest funder of civil legal aid for low-income Americans. The Corporation’s mission is to promote equal access to justice and provide grants for high-quality civil legal assistance. LSC has an unpaid Law Clerk position available in the Office of Legal Affairs this summer. The application deadline is March 1. Please visit LSC's website for more information.

Public Service Fellows Program (Washington, D.C.)

The Public Service Fellows Program at the Partnership for Public Service is an opportunity for students and recent graduates to participate directly in transforming the way government works while developing valuable professional skills. Fellows’ duties vary across the Partnership's internal teams but often include event planning and execution, conducting research, writing and preparing correspondence, and conducting outreach to external partners, such as government agencies and colleges and universities. Full-time graduate student Fellows will receive a $1000 per month stipend. The application deadline is March 9. For more information and to apply, please visit the Public Service Fellows Program website.

Check out these recent postings on Symplicity!

  • Law Student Intern with the Charlotte-Mecklenberg Board of Education, Office of General Counsel (Charlotte, NC)
  • Summer Intern with Robertson Immigration Law Firm (Raleigh, NC)
  • 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)
  • 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

2012 Summer Corps Application Opens Soon!

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 EJW's website to learn more.

Goodwin Procter's Public Interest Fellowships for Law Students of Color

Attention 1Ls: Goodwin Public Interest Fellowships for Law Students of Color offer three $7,500 awards to students of color who work in public interest positions the summer after their first year of law school. Selected fellows are guaranteed a "straight-to-callback" interview with the Goodwin Procter office of their choice in the fall interviewing season during their second year of law school. The application deadline has been extended to March 15.

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.

2012 CEES summer fellowship application

Graduate students participating in study, internship, or volunteer experiences abroad for the first time up to six months after graduation are eligible for a 2012 CEES Summer Fellowship Award. For more information or to apply, please visit the CEES website.

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

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.

Amnesty International Human Rights Blog: Amnesty International works to protect human rights worldwide. Amnesty International has more than 3 million supporters, activists and volunteers in over 150 countries, and is completely independent from government, corporate or national interests.

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 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!

CSO's Annual Etiquette Dinner

Join us for a delicious three-course meal at the Annual Etiquette Dinner, which will be held on March 14 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Carolina Club. As a result of a generous donation from Moore & Van Allen, the dinner will include a three-course meal at a cost to you of only $10.00. For your main course you can choose from beef tenderloin, chicken, salmon or a vegetarian entree (the entire menu is attached). Our speaker, Linda Conklin, a Career Coach and Manager of Alumni Career Services at UNC, will discuss rules of business etiquette, including, tips on how to circulate during a networking event, how to avoid missteps during an interview meal or reception, and what to wear during interviews. The event, which will be held at the nearby Carolina Club, begins with a reception at 4:30 p.m. The dinner and presentation commence at 5:00 p.m. Our only requirement is that you dress in business attire in keeping with the focus of the program. Don't miss this educational and fun event! Space is limited, so students should register with payment (cash only, please) in the CSO ASAP. Questions? Please contact either Shawn McKenna or Lynn Boone in the CSO.

Public Service News

Good news (and bad news) for the future of public interest legal funding:

The White House's FY 2013 budget proposal includes an increase in LSC funding, which would help provide grants to non-profit legal aid programs.

Yale Law School is being forced to scale back its loan forgiveness program.

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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