Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, March 15, 2010

Events at UNC Law


Fighting for Life in the Death-Belt, 12:00 p.m., 4082

Group Exit Counseling for Student Loan Borrowers, 12:00 p.m., 5042

Public Interest Mentor Program Dessert Potluck, 5:30 p.m., Rumpus Room


Acting Ambassador from South Africa, "Reforming the UN Security Council," 12:00 p.m., 5052

Applying for Judicial Clerkships: A Nuts and Bolts Presentation for 2Ls, 12:00 p.m., 4085

Summer Pro Bono Trips Info Session: Mississippi Center for Justice and Disability Rights NC, 12:00 p.m., 4004


Group Exit Counseling for Student Loan Borrowers, 12:00 p.m., 5042



The Banking Institute, Charlotte, NC, Register Online

Save the Date!

School of Social Work and Law Annual Mock Trial and Courtroom Training, March 20

Sponsored by the North Carolina Child Welfare Education Collaborative, this event is designed to prepare social work students entering the child welfare workforce for court testimony as well as prepare law students for practice in the family courtroom.

The highlight is a mock court experience with law students as the Social Services or family attorneys, and the social work students testifying to simulated case situations. Law students will be advised during the mock trial by attorneys who currently practice as Department of Social Services attorneys or attorneys of parents involved in the family court system. Afternoon sessions include a presentation by SAYSO an advocacy group of youth in foster care as well as a presentation on personal safety.

To register contact Lisa Cauley at

Disproportionate Representation of Minority Children in the Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice and School Systems (2010 NCBA Juvenile Justice and Children's Rights Section Annual Meeting), March 26, 2010

We all know that too many of North Carolina's children of color have been suspended from school, or are in foster homes and detention centers. We invite not only attorneys, but social workers, court counselors, school personnel and other child advocates to attend this CLE conference to learn from each other about how we can address this important issue. Register online.

Getting Your Student Loans Forgiven: How Government and Nonprofit Employees Can Earn Public Service Loan Forgiveness, March 31, 12:00-1:30 p.m.

A must attend for anyone with high student debt working for the government or a nonprofit, this free webinar explains how you can benefit from the College Cost Reduction and Access Act, the most significant law affecting public service in a generation.

From this interactive webinar, you will learn and be able to ask questions about: How to qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness, How the new Income-Based Repayment plan works, and How to figure out how much you can benefit. Register online.

Funding Opportunities

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


National Tribal Court Law Clerk Program

The University of Colorado Law School is pleased to announce the National Tribal Court Clerkship Program for the Summer 2010. Law clerks have aided federal and state judges for more than a century by providing legal and administrative assistance. Very few tribal judges, however, have enjoyed the benefit of a law clerk's services. Through the National Tribal Court Law Clerk Program, we hope this will change. Tribal Court judges need assistance over the summer with substantive legal research and writing, and the goal of this program is to send law students from around the country to these courts for summer clerkships.

Although the positions are unpaid, students will be able to earn academic credit subject to meeting the requirements set forth by the student's law schools. Students should apply to judges and courts directly pursuant the job posting's instructions, and not through CU Law School or the website itself. Visit the website.

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.

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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