Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, March 1, 2010

Events at UNC Law


The Citizens United Case: Corporate Speech and the Future of Democracy, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., 5048


Judicial Clerkship Panel, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., 4085

Rob Verchick, Deputy Policy Director for the EPA, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., 5046


UNC Diplomat-in-Residence, "Using your JD degree in Diplomatic Service Careers," 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., 4082

Save the Date!

Human Rights Program at UVA Law Hosts Weekend Workshop: International Humanitarian Law and the Law of War, March 20-21, 2010

The workshop 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
  • Health Care, Project Grace Clinic, NC Bar Association at Campbell Law School - Raleigh
  • 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


NALP Summer Apartment Exchange

The NALP Summer Apartment Exchange website is now available for students who are summering out of town and/or looking to sublet their apartments during the summer. Visit the website.

Study Law in Alaska, June 7 - July 29, 2010

Seattle University School of Law, in cooperation with the University of Alaska Anchorage, offers this innovative program in Anchorage, Alaska, during the summer of 2010. Students earn four course credits, gain significant legal experience, and spend the summer in beautiful Alaska.

The Study Law in Alaska Program provides internship and externship opportunities and the nation's only substantive law course titled, "Alaska Natives and Environmental Law." Designed for law students at ABA-approved law schools who have an interest in exploring career options in Alaska, students learn from experts in Anchorage, Alaska, about important environmental, legal and social issues that impact Alaska Native rights, oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and wildlife preservation. Application Deadline: March 15.

UNC Law Professor Victor Flatt is co-teaching this eight week program. Students interested in applying for the program can email Professor Flatt directly at For more info visit the program website.

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):

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

Public Service Resources

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: Berkeley 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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