Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, March 16, 2009

About the Pro Bono Newsletter

The Public Service Newsletter is a weekly publication of the Office of Public Service Programs at UNC School of Law. This newsletter contains up-to-date information regarding public service job opportunities, pro bono opportunities, as well as information on public service events and news at Carolina Law and in the local community.

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Events at UNC Law

CRCGE (Conference on Race Class Gender and Ethnicity) Elections and Topic Discussion
Tues 3/17, 12pm, Room 3049
Elections will be held for co-chairs for conference committees on the 09-10 team. The meeting will also include a discussion of a topic for next year's conference.

ELP (Environmental Law Project) Board Elections
Tues 3/17, 12pm, Room 5042

CSO Presents: "How I Got My First Job as a Prosecutor"
Tues 3/17, 12pm, Room 4004
Join CSO for a panel of recent alums who are working as prosecutors. Panelists will include: Corey Atkins '08, Meredith Bishop '07, Melanie Bridge '05, Justin Eason '07, and Boz Zellinger '07.
For more information, email Lindsey Guice Smith in CSO.

Lambda General Meeting
Wed 3/18, 12pm, Room 4004
Join us to discuss upcoming Lambda events, and to vote for next year's officers.

How To Arrest a Head of State
Wed 3/18, 12pm, Room 4085
The International Criminal Court (ICC) can issue arrest warrants but has no police force to carry them out. How can it best accomplish its aims and bring perpetrators of gross human rights violations to justice? Professor Noah Weisbord from Duke University will discuss this issue. Pizza will be served.

Presentation on The Employee Free Choice Act
Sponsored by the National Lawyers Guild at UNC
Thurs 3/19, 12pm, Room 5052

UNC Law alumnus Nick Wood will be presenting a short video on the Employee Free Choice Act, followed by a discussion on the current state of labor law and the details of the proposed labor law reform.

National Lawyers Guild Annual Southern Regional Conference- REGISTER NOW!
Fri-Sat 3/20-21
The National Lawyers Guild will hold its annual Southern Regional Conference. On Friday afternoon, a CLE and student workshop will be held. On Saturday, a variety of panels will take place.
You can register at
For additional information, please contact Miriam Haskell.

Immigration Law Attorney Panel
Mon 3/23, 12pm, Room 4082
Local attorneys working in Immigration and Migrant Advocacy Law will discuss their career paths and their work. Refreshments will be served.

Disability Law Organization Panel Discussion on the Amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act
Tues 3/24, 12pm, Room 4082

Glen Edward Chapman: Released from Death Row after 14 Years for Murders He did not Commit
Tues 3/24, 12pm, Room 4085
Erroneously charged with the murders of two women, Glen Edward Chapman spent 14 years on death row. UNC-Asheville psychology professor Dr. Pam Laughon served as a mitigation specialist, working for years to get Ed out of prison. Last year, Ed became the seventh inmate freed in North Carolina due to wrongful conviction. Come hear Glen Edward Chapman and Dr. Pam Laughon tell their story of how sloppy police investigations, ineffective counsel, and numerous other roadblocks led to the incarceration of an innocent man.
Lunch will be provided.

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

Pro Bono Publico Awards: Call for Nominations
Each year, the UNC School of Law Pro Bono Program celebrates the outstanding pro bono service of students, student groups, faculty, and alumni at the Pro Bono Public Awards and Public Interest Reception. This year's reception will be held April 7, 2009 at 5:30 p.m. Award nominations may be submitted by any member of the UNC Law community, alumni, and any legal organization. Please submit nominations to Katie Carmon, Director of the Pro Bono Program, at Nominations will be accepted until March 17, 2009 at midnight.
To download the Nomination Form and Award Descriptions, visit

Information Session for 2009-2010 Pro Bono Board Positions
Mon 3/23, 12pm, Room 4004

Public Service News

Immigration and Human Rights Policy Clinic Report Receives National and International Recognition

The Immigration/Human Rights Policy Clinic Report entitled The Policies and Politics of Local Immigration Enforcement Law: 287(g) Program in North Carolina has been nationally and internationally recognized. Contributors to the report include 3L students Catherine Currie and Evelyn Griggs as well as 2008 graduates Katherine Bandy, Jill Hopman, Nicole Jones, Rashmi Kumar, Marty Rosenbluth, and Christina Simpson.

The report, which was released in mid February will be considered in a thematic hearing on immigration detention and removal issues before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington, D.C. on March 20, 2009. It was also submitted to the House Committee on Homeland Security and the Department of Justice. The Special Rapporteur on the Rights of All Migrants has also asked to use the policy brief in his report to the Inter-American Commission.

Summer Employment Opportunities

Interested in Legal Aid?
Legal Aid of North Carolina has 24 offices across the state. While most of the offices do not participate in our On-Campus Interviewing program, many have unpaid legal interns each summer. If you are interested in working at a particular Legal Aid office you are encouraged to contact the specific office directly with your resume and cover letter. A list of the offices can be found at Though there is no set deadline, you are encouraged to submit your materials as soon as possible as many of these offices only take one summer intern. Please feel free to set up an appointment with a CSO counselor if you would like your resume and/or cover letter reviewed.

Upcoming Resume Collect Deadlines:
Georgia Legal Services, Farmworkers Unit- Atlanta, GA (4/5)

Upcoming Job Bank Deadlines:
Legal Services of Southern Piedmont - Charlotte, NC (3/16)
Koch Internship Program- Washington, DC (3/16)
University of Vermont Office of General Counsel- Burlington, VT (3/20)
Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center- El Paso, Texas (3/28)
NALP/PSLawNet Summer Publications Coordinator (3/30)
American Friends Service Committee (3/31)
ACLU- San Diego, CA (3/31)
ACLU San Diego & Imperial Counties- San Diego, CA (3/31)
NEW! US Senator Kay Hagan- Washington, DC (4/1)
Southern Coalition for Social Justice- Durham, NC (4/1)
NC Center on Actual Innocence- Durham, NC (4/10)
PSLawNet Project Assistant- Washington, DC (4/10)
NEW! Office of Legal Affairs, UNC Charlotte- Charlotte, NC (4/14)
NEW! The Florence Project- Florence, AZ (4/16)
NEW! CASA for Children of DC- Washington, DC (5/1)
NC Coastal Land Trust- Wilmington, NC (5/1)
UNC Center for Civil Rights- Chapel Hill, NC (5/15)
Council for Children's Rights- Charlotte, NC (Rolling/5/16)

Summer Research Assistantships (See Symplicity for more details)
Professor Tamar Birckhead (4/1)
Professor Lissa Broome (3/18)
Professor Alfred Brophy (Accepted until filled)
Professor Caroline Brown (4/17)
Professor Ken Broun (3/24)
Professor Scott Childs (4/15)
Professor Andrew Chin (4/3)
Professor John Conley (3/17)
Professor Charles Daye (4/15)
Professor Maxine Eichner (3/24)
Professor Barbara Fedders (4/10)
Professor Victor Flatt (5/1)
Professor Elizabeth Gibson (4/1)
Professor Tom Hazen (3/24)
Professor Joe Kalo (3/31)
Professors Joan Krause and Richard Saver (4/15)
Professor Lisa Lukasik (3/24)
Professor Bill Marshall (3/31)
Professor Ruth McKinney (4/3)
Professor Bob Mosteller (4/1)
Professor Eric Muller (3/25)
Professor Richard Myers (4/21)
Professor Saule Omarova (3/19)
Professor Richard Rosen (3/24)
Professor Melissa Saunders (4/1)
Professor Bill Turnier (3/24)
Professor Deborah Weissman (3/24)
Career Services Office (4/9)
UNC Juvenile Justice Clinic (4/1)
NC Center on Actual Innocence (4/10)

For a complete list of employers participating in Spring Recruitment, visit

Expand Your Job Search Beyond Symplicity: Search PSLawNet!
PSLawNet is a great source for summer and permanent positions, both paid and unpaid. Registration is free to UNC Law students and allows you to search for jobs based on practice areas, location, and more. To get started, visit

Summer Funding Opportunities

2009 Summer Grant Application Due Friday March 20
To view the application, visit Please be sure to fill out the general application and attach all required documents (resume without grade information, offer letter, and essay). Note: You MUST have an offer from a public interest employer by the application deadline in order to apply for a grant.
Questions? Please contact Sylvia Novinsky or Lindsey Guice Smith in CSO.

Outside Funding Sources on Symplicity:
James B. McMillan Public Service Summer Fellowships (3/18)

NC Bar Association Minority Fellowship in Environmental Law, Application Due 3/27
This environmental law fellowship position provides $5,000 for students taking positions in public or nonprofit sector environmental law organizations. The fellowship is open to all first and second year law students from underprivileged and disadvantaged backgrounds, including minorities and students from households with limited resources. The fellowship requires a minimum eight week commitment.
For more information and an application, visit

For more summer funding sources, click here.

Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

Postgraduate Opportunities On Symplicity:
PSLawNet Fellowship, 2009-2010- Washington, DC (Submit applications AFTER 1/14)
UNC Center for Civil Rights Fellowship (Due 7/31)
National Women's Law Center - Washington, DC (Due 8/31)

Postgraduate Opportunities for 2Ls:
Skadden and Equal Justice Works Fellowships- The Center for HIV Law and Policy (6/20)

For more opportunities, check PSLawNet at

Save the Date!

Phone Training on Immigrants Detained in NC with the NC Justice Center
An informal phone training is being provided by the NC Justice Center for community activits, attorneys, and students. The training will be held Friday, March 20th at 11am. Please RSVP to with "Training" in the subject line and your complete contact information to receive the call-in instructions.

Immigrants Raising Citizens: The Second Generation's First Years of Life
Sulzberger Distinguished Lecture featuring Hirokazu Yoshikawa
3/25, 3:30-5pm, Terry Sanford Institute, Duke University
This event is free and open to the public, but attendees must register by March 18. For more information and to register, visit

Family Violence Prevention Center Volunteer Training
Begins March 31
The Family Violence Prevention Center of Orange County is seeking volunteers to participate in the agency's spring training. The training will provide volunteers with a broad base of knowledge and skills that will allow them to assist victims of domestic violence as hotline advocates, child care providers, court advocates and community educators. To learn more or to obtain an application, contact Colleen Duffy at or (919) 929-3872, or stop by the agency's office at 201 E. Rosemary St. in Chapel Hill (corner of Rosemary and Henderson).

Southern Coalition for Social Justice Training
Interested in human rights? Passionate about immigration issues? The Southern Coalition for Social Justice is working on a project to investigate racial profiling at traffic checkpoints in the Triangle area, particularly against members of immigrant communities. Volunteers from the University and the community will be trained as "checkpoint monitors" who will go to checkpoints and record demographic data about the drivers being stopped and how they are treated. A training will take place Saturday, March 21. Online registration is available at For more information, contact Katie Byerly at

One Week Intensive Course at Interdisciplinary Child Welfare Institute
5/18-22, Capital University Law School, Columbus, OH
Open to law and graduate social work students from universities nationwide, the Interdisciplinary Child Welfare Institute (ICWI) will help students develop a mutual understanding of complex child and family issues from both law and social work perspectives. In addition to learning about critical child welfare topics, students will have the opportunity to hone real world practice skills through dynamic exercises and gain insight from panelists and guest lecturers.
For more information, visit
Note: This course may be used for credit at UNC School of Law.

Public Service Resources

Looking for a Public Interest Job in North Carolina?
Check out CSO's new resource, the North Carolina Public Interest Employer Handbook. The handbook contains information on employers in North Carolina grouped by region and practice area and is available in hard copy in the CSO Library and on My Carolina Law.

Join the American Immigration Lawyers Association
AILA is the national association of over 11,000 attorneys and law professors who practice and teach immigration law. Students interested in Immigration Law can join AILA and take advantage of its numerous benefits. To join AILA, one can either download the student membership application form and submit it to the address indicated on the form, or apply online by creating a myAILA account. Membership dues are $50 for one year and are prorated for portions of a year.
For more information, visit AILA's website at Application forms can be found at

To add items or provide feedback, please contact Sylvia Novinsky, Assistant Dean for Public Service Programs, or Allison Standard, RA, Public Service Programs.

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