Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, March 23, 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

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.

New Frontiers for Education Policy and Law After No Child Left Behind
Tues 3/24, 12pm, Room 5046
Professor Brown from the school of Education to give a lecture on No Child Left Behind.

The Conviction of Lee Wayne Hunt and the Limits of the Attorney-Client Privilege
Wed 3/25, 12pm, Room 4004
Lee Wayne Hunt is currently serving two life sentences plus 20 years for the murders of Lisa and Roland Matthews. Jerry Cashwell was Hunt's co-defendant in the 1986 trial for the murders. In 2004, Staples Hughes, North Carolina's Appellate Defender and a UNC Law graduate, revealed that Cashwell, one of his former clients who had since committed suicide, confessed 20 years ago that Hunt was not involved in the murders and that he was the sole killer of the Matthews. In 2007, Hunt -- represented by UNC Professors Ken Broun and Rich Rosen -- moved for a new trial based on the FBI's use of misleading and unreliable bullet-lead analysis. The request was denied, but NC Superior Court Judge Jack Thompson found that Staples Hughes could be sanctioned for violating the attorney-client privilege. Although the disciplinary complaint against Mr. Hughes was later dismissed, the NC Supreme court refused to hear an appeal of the lower court's decision, and Lee Wayne Hunt is still in prison.
Please join us for a conversation about this compelling case with NC Appellate Defender Staples Hughes, Professor Ken Broun, and Professor Rich Rosen. Introduction by Peggy Abrams, President of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (formerly the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers).

Sponsored by the UNC Public Defender Mentor Project and the CSO, the event is open to the public. Cookies and drinks will be served. Please contact Professor Tamar Birckhead at 962-6107 or for details.

Public Interest Fellowship Information Session for 2Ls
Wed 3/25, 12pm, Room 5054
This information session is for 2Ls interested in pursuing postgraduate public interest fellowships.

Questions? Contact Kim Silver in the Career Services Office or Sylvia Novinsky, Assistant Dean for Public Service Programs.

LSRJ Post Election Reproductive Justice Event
Wed 3/25, 12pm, Boardroom

Viewing of the film "Corridor of Shame"
Wed 3/25, 4-7pm, Room 5042
A film about the conditions of South Carolina Public Schools. A discussion of the film will take place at its conclusion.

Brown Bag Lunch with Professor Eichner, sponsored by WIL
Thurs 3/26, 12pm, Boardroom
Discussion of current status of women in the legal profession, presented by Professor Eichner.

National Mental Health Awareness Day, Sponsored by DLO
Thurs 3/26, 12pm, Rotunda
Awareness about National Mental Health Day from DLO. Free goodies!

Careers in Environmental Law-An ELP Event for Undergraduates and Law Students
Thurs 3/26, 3:30-4:30pm, Room 5046
The Environmental Law Project is hosting an afternoon event for undergraduates and law students on careers in environmental law. Law students that have worked in a variety of environmental careers (public interest, government, non-profit, private practice, and more) will participate in a panel discussion. Panel participants will discuss their experience in various environmental law settings, explain their background, and describe why they chose to pursue a career in environmental law, as well as take questions.
Light refreshments will be served.

Immigration 101
Fri 3/27, 12-3:30pm, Room 3049
Professor Weissman and Sejal Zota of the UNC School of Government will give a crash course in the basics of Immigration Law. This will be very helpful to students working in immigration law over the summer or after graduation and also to students working in fields that often overlap with immigration, such as criminal law, domestic violence law, and children's advocacy. Pizza will be served.
Please sign up at

Safe Zone Training
Fri 3/27, 1-5pm, 5048
The Safe Zone program is a symbol of this University's commitment to diversity and inclusiveness. The purpose of Safe Zone is to create a network of allies for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, and allied (LGBTQIA) students. The desired goal for the Safe Zone program is ultimately to make the University community a safer and more supportive place for people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.
For more information, please contact Kelley Gondring ( or Dan Rose (

Murphy Lecture: Commissioner Christine Griffin from the EEOC
Mon 3/30, 12pm, Rotunda

Was Lochner Right? Natural Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment - Featuring Randy Barnett!
Mon 3/30, 12pm, Room 5042
UNC Federalist Society presents Randy Barnett, author of Con Law and Contracts textbooks will be speaking on Lochner and a conservative/libertarian understanding of natural/unenumerated rights. The answer may surprise you!

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

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

Public Service News

3L Tana Liu-Beers Earns Prestigious Equal Justice Works Fellowship

Summer Employment Opportunities

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

Upcoming Job Bank Deadlines:
New America Foundation- Los Angeles, CA (3/27)
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! Student/Farmworker Alliance- Immokalee, FL (4/1)
US Senator Kay Hagan- Washington, DC (4/1)
Southern Coalition for Social Justice- Durham, NC (4/1)
New! Guilford County Public Defender- Greensboro, NC (4/10)
NC Center on Actual Innocence- Durham, NC (4/10)
PSLawNet Project Assistant- Washington, DC (4/10)
Office of Legal Affairs, UNC Charlotte- Charlotte, NC (4/14)
The Florence Project- Florence, AZ (4/16)
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 (4/3)
Professor Alfred Brophy (Accepted until filled)
Professor Caroline N. Brown (4/17)
Professor Ken Broun (3/24)
Professor Scott Childs (4/15)
Professor Andrew Chin (4/3)
Professor Charles Daye (4/15)
Professor Maxine Eichner (3/24)
Professor Victor Flatt (5/1)
Professor Lolly Gassaway (5/1)
Professor Elizabeth Gibson (4/1)
Professor Tom Hazen (3/24)
Professor Joe Kalo (3/31)
Professors Joan Krause & Richard Saver (joint RA position) (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 Richard Rosen (3/24)
Professor Melissa Saunders (4/1)
Professor Bill Turnier (3/24)
Professor Deborah Weissman (3/24)
NC Center on Actual Innocence- Durham, NC (4/10)
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

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

ABA Section of Taxation Public Service Fellowship Program (8/1)
Justice at Stake Campaign- Washington, DC (4/1)
National Women's Law Center- Washington, DC (8/31)
New! NC Center for Voter Education- Raleigh, NC (4/16)
PSLawNet Fellowship- 2009-2010 (Submit applications AFTER January 14, 2009)
New! Public Justice- Washington, DC (5/12)
UNC Center for Civil Rights Fellowship (7/31)

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!

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).

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

Equal Justice Works Podcasts on Student Loan Debt
Looking for more information about student loan debt and forgiveness programs? Equal Justice Works has produced the following materials to help:

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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