Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, March 12, 2012

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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.

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Events at UNC Law

Representing Children: A Career Panel for Students Interested in Legal Issues Pertaining to Juveniles

March 15, noon, room 4004

Come hear from local professionals who work with children's legal issues in various capacities. Panelists include individuals that work to represent children in the fields of family, civil, and education law. This panel is co-hosted by Child Action, Education Law & Policy Society (ELPS), and the Career Services Office. A light lunch will be served to student attendees. Please contact Katherine Asaro with questions.

SALDF Animal Law Symposium

March 17, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., UNC School of Law

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) will be hosting our First Annual Animal Law Symposium March 17th, 2012 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be a host of speakers from across the country to address issues concerning Animal Experimentation and the Alternatives, Hunting Law and the Ethical Debate, Local NC Animal Laws, and Animals in Agriculture. We will have two keynote speakers:

  • Professor Molly Mullin, Duke University, will speak on challenging the conventional dichotomies between humans and animals, nature and culture, domesticated and wild.
  • Geoff Fleck, J.D, Animal Legal Defense Fund, will discuss the link between animal abuse and human violence, including domestic violence.

This event is free, and a light breakfast and vegan lunch will be served. For more details on the symposium or to pre-register please visit our website.

UNC Law Center for Civil Rights Lecture

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.

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

Feminist Perspectives on Women’s Global Health and Human Rights

March 16, Hyde Hall

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.

Celebrate International Women’s Day with The Global Fund for Women

March 16, 6-8 p.m., Carolina Inn

The Global Fund for Women is a grant-making foundation that seeds, strengthens and links women's human rights groups worldwide. Reflect on 25 years of life-changing work for international women's rights with two inspiring leaders from the Global Fund for Women. Join us Friday, March 16 from 6-8 p.m. at the Carolina Inn. This event is free, and hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served. Please RSVP to

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

Self-Help Legal Internship (paid) with Self-Help

Self-Help is a community development lender that creates and protects ownership and economic opportunity for minority, women-headed, rural and low-wealth families through home and small business lending. Self-Help’s affiliate, the Center for Responsible Lending, researches and advocates for state and national legislation to address predatory lending practices and policies. The intern will work with attorneys at the Center for Responsible Lending on a broad range of legal and policy matters. Major duties include legal research and writing in support of the organization's advocacy, coalition-building, legislative, and litigation efforts related to mortgage, payday loans, auto loans, and other types of consumer credit. The intern will also assist with projects and tools related to laws for tax-exempt organizations. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to with the internship title as the subject.

Policy Clerk Internship (paid) with Public Defender Service for D.C.

The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia seeks a talented law student to serve as a legislative/policy clerk for the summer of 2012. The clerk will report to both the Special Counsel to the Director (Legislation) as well as to the General Counsel, and will conduct complex legal research and writing on legal, policy and legislative issues,

Excellent research and writing skills, a demonstrated commitment to public service, and maturity are required. The ideal candidate will have policy, legislative or similar background experience, either through employment or internships. Although we prefer a 2L for this position, talented 1Ls with previous experience are also encouraged to apply. Applications are due March 16, and must be submitted online. Questions? Contact Jennifer Thomas.

The Ackerman Summer Fellowship Program

PBLS is a non-profit Legal Services Program funded by The Charleston County Bar Association and other public and private contributors including the Ackerman Foundation. Our primary mission is to facilitate pro bono legal service by the approximately 2000 attorneys in Charleston County. Students perform research, investigation, pleading preparation, drafting of deeds, wills and health care power-of-attorney documents. PBLS will award six paid Fellowships over two six-week sessions, approximately May 14-June 22 and June 25-August 3. To apply, send your resume and three references, two of whom should be present or former law school professors, to:

Diana Fielding/Pro Bono Coordinator
(Charleston) Pro Bono Legal Services, Inc.
111 Church St.
P.O. Box 1116
Charleston, SC 29402

Phone: 843.854.6456

Planned Parenthood NC Civic Engagement Internship

Are you interested in working for Planned Parenthood? Would you like to be involved in promoting civic engagement? Check out this Civic Engagement Internship!

Don't forget to check PSLawNet and Symplicity for new job postings. Public interest jobs are being posted frequently!

Funding Opportunities

2012 Summer Corps Application is Now Open!

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 are available online now! The deadline to apply is March 23. Please visit EJW's website to learn more.

Apply for a UNC Law Summer Public Interest Grant

Each year summer grants are awarded to students taking unpaid or low-paying summer public interest jobs. Funding for these grants comes from several sources including: CPILO, private funds given through generous donors, law school funds allocated by the Dean, and student organizations that fundraise to support students working in a particular area of interest. The deadline for applying for a summer grant is March 23 at 5 p.m. and students will be notified by April 5. To view and complete the Summer Grant Application visit My Carolina Law. Be sure to check out 10 Tips for Writing a Strong Grant Application.

Questions? Contact Dean Novinsky or Dorsey Bachenheimer.

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.

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

International Public Interest Research

Orrick, Herrington, and Sutcliffe seeks students to assist in a project involving the Indian Right to Information Law that was passed in 2005. Orrick’s Pro Bono Counsel is working with the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) to produce a briefing paper or publication on the issues. CHRI is an independent, non-partisan, international non-governmental organization, mandated to ensure the practical realization of human rights in the countries of the Commonwealth. CHRI's objectives are to promote awareness of and adherence to the Harare Commonwealth Declaration, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and other internationally recognized human rights instruments, as well as domestic instruments supporting human rights in Commonwealth member states.

Some of the clauses in the Indian Right to Information Law in the say that the information may be withheld in the public interest while elsewhere the concept is that it is always in the public interest to give information. All too frequently implementers prevent disclosure citing the exception of 'the public interest' without further explanation.

CHRI is therefore looking for a legal research that would serve as a guidance note to the Indian authorities implementing the law and examining one or more of the themes in the U.S., Canada and UK including the meaning of public interest, the rationale behind something being held back in the public interest, how public interest has been defined by the Supreme Court and high courts, how public interest has been interpreted to relate to security issues, and other themes.

  • Skills Built: Legal Research and Writing
  • Time Commitment: 35 Hours
  • Project Due Date: March 31, 2012
  • Location of Work: Remote Location
  • Area of Law: International Law, International Human Rights
  • Requirements: Open to ALL students

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.

The Office of Law and Social Justice Initiatives at the Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America aims to support students, staff, faculty, and alumni in their efforts to make a lifetime commitment to service for the common good.

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 program:

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!

PSLawNet Online Tutorials

Having trouble starting your job search on PSLawNet? This handy publication walks you through the steps to create an account, search for jobs, and access Career Central.

NC Free Legal Services Budget Woes

Interested in free legal services for NC residents?  NC legal services have taken a big financial hit recently. Find out more.

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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