Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, February 3, 2014

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Save the Date!

Register for the 2014 Public Interest Retreat

Meet and connect with fellow students and attorneys committed to serving the public interest! UNC Law's 2014 Public Interest Retreat is on Friday, February 21 at the UNC Student Union starting at 2:45 p.m. The event will include networking opportunities with public interest student alums and topical breakout sessions featuring local practitioners and professors in the areas of civil rights law, consumer protection law, criminal law, environmental law, health law, and immigration law. There will also be a session on affording life as a public interest attorney and an inspiring keynote address. Please see the agenda and register online. The registration deadline is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12. Contact Adrienne Allison or Ashley McAlarney with any questions.

Events at UNC Law

Pro Bono Week 2014

Monday, February 3-Friday, February 7

Celebrate student involvement in pro bono this week! Activities include:

Free Cookies in the Rotunda

Monday, February 3, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Rotunda

Come by the Pro Bono table and grab a FREE cookie and tell us why you do pro bono.

Food Truck Rodeo

Tuesday, February 4, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., CDO/Clinic Parking Lot

Come outside and grab a delicious lunch at the Food Truck Rodeo. All tips and 10% of the proceeds help fund the Pro Bono Special Trips.

Pro Bono Group Projects Fair

Wednesday, February 5, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Rumpus Room

In celebration of Pro Bono Week, the Pro Bono Board presents the 2nd Annual Pro Bono Student Group Projects Fair. Come to the Rumpus Room to talk to student organizations about their ongoing Pro Bono opportunities this semester and sign up to perform legal work in your community. Free Popcorn will be provided!

Pro Bono Alumni Board Panel

Thursday, February 6, 12:00 p.m.-12:50 p.m., Room 4004

As a part of Pro Bono Week, a panel consisting of members of the Pro Bono Alumni Board will discuss how they incorporate pro bono work into their careers, and how pro bono can serve as a springboard for finding a job.

"Ask an Alum" Event

Friday, February 7, 12:00 p.m.-2:40 p.m., CDO Office and Faculty Offices

This event is brought to you by the UNC Pro Bono Alumni Board and the UNC Pro Bono Program. UNC Law alumni (real attorneys) will be on campus to network and answer questions. The alumni are particularly prepared to assist 1L students in preparing for interviews and they will be able to answer questions like: “How do I talk about my pro bono experience in a job interview with different types of employers?” With OCIs around the corner and the job search heating up, this is an opportunity that you do not want to miss. Sign up online.

NLG Legal Observer Training

Tuesday, February 4, 12:00 p.m. -12:50 p.m., Room 3049

Come learn how to become a Legal Observer with the NLG! Legal Observers attend public demonstrations to ensure that protestors' rights are not violated by the police, and to provide legal assistance to protestors who are arrested or detained. This training is being conducted in anticipation of a very large demonstration on February 8th at the Historic Thousands on Jones St. (HK on J) in Raleigh.

Career Corner

Navy JAG Information Session

Rescheduled to Thursday, February 6, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m., Room 3049

Navy JAG is hosting an info session for those interested in learning about their active duty student program (apply as a 2L or 3L for a post-grad commitment) and summer internship (1L & 2L, no military commitment) opportunities. The deadline for their summer internship is February 3 and the deadline for their active duty recruitment is February 14. Questions? Contact Samara Reynolds in the CDO.

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

EJW AmeriCorps JD: Summer Applications Now Open

The Americorps JD (formerly Summer Corps) summer application process is now under way! Applications will be accepted through April 15, but students are encouraged to apply ASAP. AmeriCorps JD provides 1L and 2L students with the opportunity to earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award for dedicating their summer to serving veterans of victims of disaster for at least 20% of the required 300 hours of service. Summer work must be hosted by a nonprofit, state or local government agency, or academic institution.

Upcoming OCI Deadlines

Session: 2014 Spring OCI - Feb 24-28

  • Friday, January 31: Bidding opens
  • Thursday, February 6: Bidding closes
  • Saturday, February 15: Students will be able to see their selection status
  • Tuesday, February 18 at noon through Wednesday February 19 at 11:59 p.m.: Students will be able to schedule their interview times
  • February 24-28: Interviews will be held at the law school

Government Internship Opportunities

NC Governor's Office 2014 Summer Legal Internship (Symplicity Posting # 9190):

The Office of Governor Pat McCrory is seeking a legal intern to work in the General Counsel’s Office this summer. The primary responsibility of the intern will be to assist the General Counsel’s Office with reviewing and summarizing legislation, as well as research and writing for legal issues related to the Office of the Governor (including executive orders, clemency, judicial appointments and public records laws). Interns will attend relevant meetings and other events with the Governor, Cabinet Secretaries and general counsels and members of the Attorney General’s office.

Second year law students in the top 50% of their class preferred. Legislative or state government experience is a plus. Please submit cover letter along with resume. The position is unpaid. Interested students should email a resume and cover letter to Beth A. Onyenwoke. Deadline: Rolling (CDO-suggested deadline on Symplicity is 2/28).

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Summer Internship - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Arlington Office of the Chief Counsel (Symplicity Posting #9192):

The Arlington Office of the Chief Counsel (Arlington OCC) is one of 26 field offices in the Office of the Principal Legal Advisor, the legal arm of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The Arlington OCC currently employs approximately 13 attorneys who represent DHS/ICE in administrative removal and deportation hearings before immigration judges, brief issues before the Board of Immigration Appeals, and provide legal advice to the operational components of the agency. The Arlington OCC hosts a successful and competitive internship program that provides students with an insight into immigration law from the federal government’s point of view. The Arlington OCC accepts legal interns at this time on a volunteer basis. While a class in immigration law is encouraged, it is not necessary in that the Arlington OCC offers a training and orientation program to provide a basis for the student’s experience with our office. Your experience with Arlington OCC will provide valuable legal research and writing opportunities and litigation experience. Interns are offered the opportunity to attend immigration court hearings and the possibility of litigating cases first chair under the supervision of an Assistant Chief Counsel. In order to apply for an internship with Arlington OCC, please submit a cover letter, resume and a recent writing sample by email to David Kelly. Before commencing an internship with ICE, all applicants must successfully complete a background investigation. Deadline: Rolling (CDO suggested deadline of 3/07/14).

Public Service Events

UNC Tenth Annual African American History Month Lecture

Wednesday, February 5, 7:00 p.m., Sonja Haynes Stone Center (main campus)

Chancellor Carol Folt will be welcoming special guests Jibreel Khazan (formerly Ezell Blair, Jr.), Joseph McNeil, and descendants of Franklin McCain and David Richmond, "The Greensboro Four," as well as members of the UNC and larger communities to UNC at Chapel Hill’s 2014 African American History Month Lecture. The national theme, (chosen by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, the founders of Black History Month), is "Civil Rights." Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries, award-winning author of Bloody Lowndes: Civil Rights and Black Power in Alabama's Black Belt, who has been praised for offering a new paradigm in civil rights movement and local history scholarship, will be the speaker for University’s Tenth annual African American History Month Lecture. He will speak on "Civil Rights and Civil Wrongs: North Carolina and the Struggle for Justice and Equality” at 7 p.m. in the Hitchcock Multi-Purpose Room of the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History on Wednesday, February 5, 2014. The program will include a tribute to the Greensboro Four and a special presentation. Music of the African American experience will be provided by the Black Student Movement’s Harmonyx and Senior Kaswanna Kanyinde, prize-winning mezzo-soprano. A book-signing and reception will follow.

Other Public Interest Opportunities

Advanced Human Trafficking Training at UNC Hospitals

Monday, February 10, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., UNC Hospitals

The UNC Hospitals Beacon Child and Family Program is pleased to host an advanced Human Trafficking Training on February 10, 2014 with Florrie Burke, Maria Jose Fletcher, and Dr. Kimberly Chang from the Freedom Network Training Institute. Interested professionals who now work to assist trafficked individuals, as well as those who may encounter HT victims and want to be better prepared to work with them safely and effectively, are invited to attend. This training will not cover definitions of human trafficking, red flags and identification, but will focus on what to do AFTER identification. You can find general information about the Freedom Network Training Institute on their website.

The training will consist of a morning session from 9 a.m. to 12.p.m., and an afternoon session from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. You can sign up for either or both segments. Lunch will be provided. The training will be held in UNC Women’s Hospital Conference Room 4. The morning session will consist of a Power Point presentation on HT issues, along with in-depth discussion with the presenters. The afternoon session will focus on small group roundtables with trainers, providing specific consultation and problem-solving strategies for safe and effective work with HT victims. Please bring HT cases you have encountered, as well as any questions or concerns you may have.

Topics, informed by cases the presenters have handled, will include: managing the initial crisis after identification, safety considerations for both victims and staff, when and how to involve various other systems & how to work with them, medical and mental health treatment considerations with this population, and ethical dilemmas- i.e. victims who refuse help.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP via e-mail and let us know whether you plan to attend all day, for the morning session only, or for the afternoon session only. Detailed directions for location and parking will follow. If you have questions, please call the Beacon Program at 919.619.1913 and ask to speak with Judy Betterton, Patrice Patterson-Garling, or Beacon Program Director Diana Bass.

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

Spring Break Pro Bono Trips and Projects Information Session

Monday, February 10, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 5042

Come to Room 5042 at noon to learn about all the ways you can do pro bono over Spring Break. You will learn about a trip to Boone for wills clinics, a trip to Wilmington for expunction clinics, and other projects that you can complete both on-site and remotely! Trip applications will be open on Monday, February 3 and are due at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, February 14. Project sign-ups will be from February 27 until March 3. Come to learn more about all of these opportunities to hone your skills, address unmet legal needs, and put your coursework to good use!

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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