Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, March 2, 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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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

Public Service News

ABA pushes for 1000-lawyer legal corps, increased federal funding for legal services attorneys.

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:
25th Judicial District- Family Court Administrator- Hickory, NC (3/15)
New! Georgia Legal Services, Farmworkers Unit- Atlanta, GA (4/5)

Upcoming Job Bank Deadlines:
Center for Internet and Society- Sanford Law School (3/2)
New! Judge James C. Fox- Wilmington, NC (3/6)
Howard University School of Law- Civil Rights Clinic Fellowship- Washington, DC (3/6)
San Diego County Office of the Public Defender- San Diego, CA (3/6)
National Health Law Program- Chapel Hill, NC (3/6)
Legal Aid of NC- Winston-Salem, NC (3/9)
New! NC Innocence Inquiry Commission- Raleigh, NC (3/13)
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission- Office of Enforcement- Washington, DC (3/13)
National Women's Law Center- Washington, DC (3/13)
US Patent and Trademark Office- Washington, DC (3/13)
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)
New! American Friends Service Committee (3/31)
ACLU- San Diego, CA (3/31)
ACLU San Diego & Imperial Counties- San Diego, CA (3/31)
Southern Coalition for Social Justice- Durham, NC (4/1)
Deadline Change! NC Center on Actual Innocence- Durham, NC (4/10)
PSLawNet Project Assistant- Washington, DC (4/10)
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)

NEW!! 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 Ken Broun (3/24)
Professor John Conley (3/17)
Professor Maxine Eichner (3/24)
Professor Deborah Gerhardt (3/5)
Professor Tom Hazen (3/24)
Professor Lisa Lukasik (3/24)
Professor Saule Omarova (3/19)
Professor Richard Rosen (3/24)
Professor Bill Turnier (3/24)
Professor Mark Weidemaier (3/10)
Professor Deborah Weissman (3/24)
UNC Juvenile Justice Clinic (4/1)

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 Now Available Online!
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. Applications are due March 20, 2009.
Questions? Please contact Sylvia Novinsky or Lindsey Guice Smith in CSO.

Outside Funding Sources on Symplicity:
Federal Communications Bar Association Foundation Stipend (3/6)
James B. McMillan Public Service Summer Fellowships (3/18)

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)
San Diego County Office of the Public Defender Fall Post-Bar Program (3/6)
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission- Office of Enforcement- DC (3/13)
Koch Associate Program- Washington, DC (Due 3/16)
UNC Center for Civil Rights Fellowship (Due 7/31)
National Women's Law Center - Washington, DC (Due 8/31)

For more opportunities, check PSLawNet at

Save the Date!

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.

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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