About the Pro Bono Newsletter
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.
Public Service News
Summer Public Interest Grant Deadline: Thursday, March 21 @ 5:00 p.m.
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 21, 2013 at
5:00 p.m. and students will be notified by April 1. 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.
Novinsky or Adrienne
Allison for questions about grants.
Events at UNC Law
Traditional and Nontraditional Legal Careers in Education
Monday, March 18, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4085
ELPS and CSO are hosting Dean Mosteller of UNC Law, Kelly
Podger Smith of Smith Anderson, and Professor Dana Thompson Dorsey of UNC's
School of Global Studies in a career panel focusing on traditional and non
traditional legal careers in education.
Book Drive for Asheville Prison Books Program
March 18-28, Rumpus Room
The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) is running a book
drive from March 18-28 to support the Asheville Prison Books Program,
which ships books to prisoners throughout NC, SC, TN, and GA. The
program has specifically requested legal dictionaries and legal aid materials.
Labeled boxes will be in the Rumpus Room and in the Rotunda.
Pro Bono Food Truck Rodeo
Tuesday, March 19, 11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m., CSO Parking Lot
Come out for a delicious lunch! 10% of proceeds go to the
Pro Bono Program!
C-PILO Officer Interest Meeting
Thursday, March 21, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4085
Interested in applying for a CPILO officer position? Come learn more about the application
process from the current officers. Lunch
will be provided!
Wage Theft in North Carolina
Thursday, March 21, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5046
theft takes money out of the pockets of workers, their families and
communities. It creates an uneven playing field that favors bad actors and
penalizes employers that follow the law. Sometimes the amounts stolen are
small, but the overall impact of wage theft is huge.
law school's Immigration/Human Rights Policy Clinic and the NC Justice Center
have both recently published reports on wage theft in North Carolina. Come hear
Professor Deborah Weissman and Sabine Schoenbach discuss their findings and
Picking Empty Pockets
(UNC Immigration/Human Rights Policy Clinic report)
Wage Theft in North Carolina:
The Hidden Crime Wave Robbing Workers and Communities
Rights Project, NC Justice Center)
Environmental Law Course Advising Session
Monday, March 25,
12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4085
Professors Flatt and Savasta-Kennedy will discuss with
students which environmental law-related courses will be available over the
next two years so that students can plan and register accordingly. 2Ls and 3Ls
will also be available to offer advice and insight to the course selection
process and to answer questions about classes.
Other Public Interest Events
Jammin' For Justice
Saturday, March 23, 8:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m., Local 506 (Carrboro)
Support public interest law and listen to great music performed by local artists, UNC law faculty, and students on Saturday March 23 from 8 p.m.-midnight at Local 506 in Chapel Hill. The cover fee is $5 and all proceeds from this C-PILO sponsored event go directly to funding summer public interest grants.
Genres of music will vary from rock to bluegrass to folk to blues to R&B. Some of the featured acts include Dean Doug Edmunds' "The Stars Explode" and Dean Brian Lewis' "The Carrborators." For more information about the event please contact CPILO President Zachary Kohn.
Other Public Interest Opportunities
Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association Scholarship Deadline
March 25, 5:00 p.m.
The Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association Foundation is
pleased to announce the Elizabeth B. Fitzwater Memorial Scholarship in the
amount of $2,500 to be awarded in May 2013 to a deserving second year law
student who demonstrates a strong interest in practicing law in the public
service/public interest sector in the south Hampton Roads area of Virginia, and
who meets the criteria established by the Selection Committee. Applications
are due no later than 5 p.m. on March 25, 2013.