Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, March 22, 2010

Events at UNC Law


Pro Bono Board Interest Meeting, 12:00 p.m., 4082


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

Save the Date!

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.

Weaving a Net of Accountability: Taking on Extraordinary Rendition at the State and Regional Level, April 8-10, 2010

This conference will explore how to achieve accountability for extraordinary rendtion in North Carolina and at the regional level. Register online. For more information, view video featuring UNC Law 3Ls Taiyyaba Qureshi, Paula Kweskin, and Marianne Twu.

Sponsored by Duke Human Rights Center, North Carolina Stop Torture Now, UNC School of Law Immigration and Human Rights Policy Clinic, and Duke University Law School International Human Rights Law Society

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.

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

If you are interested in signing up for a project listed below, visit for details and contact Lauren Felter at

  • Criminal Law, Racial Justice Act, Center for Death Penalty Litigation - Durham
  • Immigration, U.S. Marine Corps - Beaufort, SC
  • 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


US Consumer Product Safety Commission - Legal Intern

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission seeks a legal intern to work with Commission Robert Adler for the summer of 2010 in Bethesda, Maryland. The summer position will be paid at a GS-7 or GS-9 level depending on the intern's experience. The summer intern duties will consist of legal research on issues the Commission has before it and the intern will work directly with Commissioner Adler. Interested students should submit a cover letter and resume for the resume collect period ending on March 29, 2010. Cover letters should be addressed to Commissioner Adler, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 4330 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814.

UNC Law Office of Public Service Programs Service Learning Trips

This May, for the first time, the Office of Public Service Programs will be offering two service learning trips that will offer students the opportunity to gain practical legal experience.

  • Mississippi Center for Justice Trip, May 17-21, 2010
  • Disability Rights NC, May 17-28, 2010

Learn more and download application. Deadline to Apply: April 9, 2010.

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.


Human Right to Housing Fellow, National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (NESRI)

The Housing Fellow will work directly with communities who are part of the Campaign to Restore National Housing Rights. The CRNHR is a national coalition of housing rights organizations and community groups working around the country that is calling on the national government to reclaim its historic commitment to provide decent housing for everyone. The work will be at both a local and a national level. Locally, the Housing Fellow will work with CRNHR communities to support their housing organizing and advocacy goals. Nationally, the Housing Fellow will work with Campaign membership around national advocacy on housing issues, including legislative proposals and policy. More broadly, the Housing Fellow will work to build the human right to housing movement in the United States, and engage with the international community, including the United Nations, around the Campaign'swork. Work responsibilities will include research and writing, coordinating communication and activities between CRNHR members, maintaining CRNHR's website and media relations, arranging logistics, and frequent travel. The position is based in New York, NY.

To apply email a resume, cover letter, short writing sample and three professional references to Tiffany M. Gardner at For additional information check listing on Symplicity.

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:

Public Service News

UNC Law Spring Break ENC Pro Bono Trip, Sun Journal, March 15, 2010

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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