Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, March 17, 2014

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Events at UNC Law

ACS Documentary Screening: "The State of Arizona"

Tuesday, March 18, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 4085

The American Constitution Society will host a lunch hour screening of the documentary, "The State of Arizona," a look at Arizona's recent crackdown on illegal immigration. Lunch will be provided!

About the flim: this vérité documentary captures the explosive emotions and complex realities behind Arizona’s headline-grabbing struggle with illegal immigration. Tracking the year after Arizona passes SB1070, its controversial “papers please” law, the film tells the stories of Arizonans on all sides of this divisive issue and depicts a state and its people testing the edges of our democratic values.

ELP Coal Ash Lunch Talk

Tuesday, March 18, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 5046

The event will feature two speakers - one introducing the fundamentals of what coal ash is and the other discussing some of SELC's coal ash litigation and the recent Dan River spill. Lunch provided.

ILA Screening of "Harvest of Dignity"

Monday, March 24, 11:50 a.m.-12:55 p.m., Room 4004

As part of National Farmworker Awareness Week, the UNC Immigration Law Association will be screening the documentary "Harvest of Dignity," followed by a discussion with Raul Gamez, who was involved in the film.

"Harvest of Dignity" highlights the existence of American dream-deprived immigrants, as well as American citizens who are trapped by a system of servitude, mimicking circumstances recognized in even the earliest days of agricultural collectives. In fact, inhumane living conditions in connection to modern farms arguably harken back to slave quarters in the Pre-Civil War Era South.

SALDF Student Pet Photo Contest

Monday, March 24-Friday, March 28, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Rotunda

UNC Law's Student Animal Legal Defense Fund will be hosting our first ever Student Pet Photo Contest. We will collect pictures of students' pets, and then have a vote (by donations) to determine the cutest/awesomest/cuddliest pet. The way this works is that we will have a table in the rotunda every day during the week of March 24 through March 28, and each pet photo entered will have a correlating jar on that table. Students, faculty, and staff members will drop money into the jars to vote. At the end of the week, the pet with the highest total will be declared the winner.

75% of the proceeds will go to a local animal non-profit group, and 25% will fund our Animal Law Symposium in the Spring of 2015. Additionally, there will be a $15 Phydeaux gift card for the winning student to treat their pet to great food or toys.

We would love to get your help with this! If you would like to participate, please provide me with a picture of your pet (any species!) by Friday, March 21. Just drop off a 4x6 picture of your pet in 3L Joseph Strader’s mailbox. Please let me know the name of your pet as well as your name and class year (you can include this information on the back of the picture). You are welcome to submit more than one pet if you would like.

Summer Funding Opportunities

Public Interest Summer Grant Application Deadline: Thursday, March 20, 11:58 p.m.

The Public Interest Summer Grant Application is now open on My Carolina Law until the deadline on Thursday, March 20 at 11:58 p.m. This process is open to all Class of 2016, Class of 2015, and December 2015 graduates. Students with questions about the summer grants or application process can contact Samara Reynolds in the CDO.

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

Upcoming Government Deadlines

Below is a sampling of upcoming deadlines for federal government honors programs (3Ls) and summer 2014 internship programs (1Ls & 2Ls). Information about each program can be found on individual department websites, as well as in the Government Honors and Internship Handbook online. If you have questions, need application assistance, or would like to be added to the govcareers email list for relevant announcements, please contact Samara Reynolds, Government Career Counselor in the CDO.

  • International Trade Administration Internship (1L & 2L): March 30
  • Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Wireless Telecommunication Internship (1L & 2L): March 31

Other Public Interest Events

CLE Opportunity: Representing Victims of Domestic Violence in Custody Cases

Wednesday and Thursday, April 9 and 10, NC Bar Center (Cary)

This interactive, two-day training provides custody law and litigation skills for practicing attorneys that enables them to more effectively, ethically, and holistically represent victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking in child custody cases.

Please see the event brochure for more information. Law students who are members of the NCBA may register and attend.

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

Projects are posted on the Pro Bono Board near the mailboxes. Students can sign up for projects on the Pro Bono Board or email

Stand with Students Training

Friday, March 21, 2:45-4:45 p.m., Boardroom 5003

Stand with Students is a new pro bono project that will launch next fall. In an effort to stem the school-to-prison pipeline, law students will advocate for K-12 students facing suspension/expulsion at administrative hearings. This training is the first of two that will be required for participation in the project (the second will be held in August). Attorneys from Legal Aid's Advocates for Children's Services will cover the basics of North Carolina law involving school discipline and student's rights. Following this training, students will have the opportunity to shadow clinical students who are already conducting these sorts of cases, in order to learn more about the logistics and strategies involved in these cases.

Nominate someone for a Pro Bono Publico Award

Each year, the UNC School of Law Pro Bono Program celebrates the outstanding pro bono service of its community by soliciting nominations for students, student groups, faculty, and alumni who have demonstrated outstanding pro bono work. Recipients of the Pro Bono Publico Awards are honored at our annual Public Interest Reception and their stories are published in our Annual Report. This year’s reception will be held on Wednesday, April 9, at 12 p.m. in the Law School Rotunda. Award nominations may be submitted by any member of the UNC Law community, alumni, and any legal organization.

Please consider nominating someone you know who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to pro bono work. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, March 28, at 5 p.m. Only nominations submitted through the online survey form will be considered. You may nominate more than one person or group. Please submit nominations separately, but you may use the same nomination form.

Contact Program Director James Jolley with questions.

You can read about the awards criteria online and also nominate award recipients online.

To add items or provide feedback, please contact Sylvia Novinsky, Assistant Dean for Public Service Programs, or Ashley McAlarney, Public Service Fellow.

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