Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, February 8, 2010

Events at UNC Law


DCM and Acting Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa: Making the Case for a Different UN Security Council, 12:00-1:00 p.m., 4085


Freedom to Marry Week: The Law of Same-Sex Marriage and Adoption in the US and Abroad, Professor Holning Lau, 12:00-12:50 p.m., 4004


An Insider's Look at Hurricane Katrina's Aftermath: A Reading by Katie Bowler, 12:00-12:50 p.m., 5042



UNC Law's 14th Annual Conference on Race, Class, Gender, and Ethnicity, 9:00 - 5:00p, Rotunda

Punishing Poverty: Racial and Economic Inequality in the Criminal Justice System


Save the Date!

Duke Law Symposium: "An International Dilemma: The Tragedy of the Commons and International Environmental Law," February 12, 2010

All UNC Law students are welcome to attend. To get more information and register visit

5th Annual UGA Working in Public Interest Law Conference, February 26-27, 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 Global Health Challenge - Monetary Prizes from $1,000 - $2,500

The Carolina Health Law Organization (CHLO) is excited to announce our participation in the UNC Global Health Challenge, an interdisciplinary case competition for UNC graduate and undergraduate students to work together to develop innovative solutions to a topical global health problem. Teams of 4-6 students will present their recommendations to a panel of expert judges, and a monetary prize of between $1,000 and $2,500 will be awarded winning teams.

Students may enter as a team or as individuals. Only teams consisting of members from at least 3 different schools will be considered "interdisciplinary." Individuals who enter will be assigned to teams on a first come first serve basis.

Registration will be open starting Monday, March 1st and will close March 15th. The competition is limited to 10 teams and we expect the field to fill quickly. Details regarding registration are forthcoming. If you'd like more information about this competition, please don't hesitate to contact, Sarah ( or Brigid (

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

Make sure to also consider signing up for the Fall Break and Winter Break Pro Bono Trips!

  • Criminal Law - Racial Justice Act, Center for Death Penalty Litigation - Durham
  • Equal Education in Halifax County - UNC Center for Civil Rights
  • Human Rights for Migrant Workers Farm Labor Organizing Committee - Dudley
  • Immigration - Child Status Protection Act, Forsythe Immigration Law Firm - Charlotte
  • Translators for Post-Conviction/Civil Cases, N.C. Prisoner Legal Services - Raleigh
  • Update Criminal Defense Motions Manual, NC Advocates for Justice/Lexis - Raleigh
  • Service of Process N.C. Dept. of the Secretary of State - Raleigh

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities


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.

U.S. Senator Schumer Seeks Summer 2010 Law Clerks

First and second year law students are welcome to apply for these full-time, unpaid positions. Law clerks typically conduct research and assist in drafting legislation related to topics under the Judiciary Committee's jurisdiction, including, but not limited to immigration policy, oversight of the DOJ and the administration of the courts, antitrust and consumer projection, crime and the criminal justicie system, and national security. Past law clerks have prepared for Supreme Court confirmation hearings, drafted questions for Committee and Subcommittee hearings, and researched a wide variety of policy issues. Law clerks work closely with Senator Schumer's Chief Counsel and other Judiciary Committee Counsels. Strong research and writing skills required. To apply: send a cover letter, resume, and legal writing sample to Marco De Leon of the Senator's staff at with the subject line "Legal Clerkship."

Legal Services of Southern Piedmont: Summer Public Interest Fellowships

To apply send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and the names and contact information for two references to Kenneth Schorr, Executive Director, Legal Services of Southern Piedmont by email to or by mail to 1431 Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28204. Email applications are preferred. To learn more:

Institute for Justice: Summer 2010 Law Clerk Positions

To apply to the Institute for Justice send a cover letter (detailing your interest in IJ), resume, and writing sample to the attention of Clerk/Intern Coordinator at the Institute for Justice, 901 N. Glebe Road, Suite 900, Arlington, VA 22203. Email: Fax: 703.682.9321.

ACLU Racial Justice Program, Summer 2010 Internship Program

First and second year students are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to racial justice, civil rights, and civil liberties. Applications should include a cover letter, resume, two letters of recommendation, and a writing sample. Email application to with the subject "Re: RJP Legal Internship Summer 2010" or mail to: Marika Plater, Internship Coordinator, RE: Summer Internship Program 2010, Racial Justice Program, 125 Broad Street, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10004. For more info:


Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, Two-Year Fellowship Opportunities

The Trust is offering two fellowships that offer hands-on experience to prepare emerging leaders for service in the philanthropic and nonprofit sector. Finalists will be interviewed in early March/April and final selection will be made in May. Fellowships begin in June. To learn more: Application Deadline: February 12, 2010.

Make sure to check Symplicity regularly for OCIs with public interest employers.

Public Service Resources

Featured Resource: Public Policy Handbook (Updated 2010)

Search updated listings for summer internships and post-graduate fellowship opportunities. (username: global; password: warming)

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:

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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