Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, March 24, 2014

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. Join our Facebook page Follow us on Twitter

Events at UNC Law

VITA Board Interest Meeting

Tuesday, March 25, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 5048

VITA board members will describe the different board positions available and what those jobs entail. There will also be an interest meeting at the Business School at McColl room 3550 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. if you are unable to make this meeting.

If you are interested in applying to be on the VITA board, please send your resumes without a GPA and a short statement around 250 words or less describing which position(s) you're interested in and why you believe you would be good in that position to Gabby Johnson.

ELP Board Elections

Tuesday, March 25, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 4085

The Environmental Law Project will be hosting elections for the 2014-2015 Board.

Brown v. Board of Education, 60 Years Later

Thursday, March 27, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 4085

Come mark Diversity Week with the Education Law and Policy Society as Professors Gene Nichol and Mark Dorosin discuss the legacy of the landmark Supreme Court decision and school segregation as it continues to exist today.

2014 UNC SALDF Animal Law Symposium

Saturday, March 29, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Rotunda

The third annual UNC SALDF Animal Law Symposium will be held on Saturday, March 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The symposium will feature a keynote speech from Gavin Parsons (Troutman Sanders LLP) on his experience working with the Animal Legal Defense Fund to save Ben the Bear through NCGS 19A.

The symposium will also feature four panels, including the intersection of domestic violence & animal law, current animal law legislation, and a Q&A with animal law attorneys.

The symposium is free for students and $5 for outside community members. A vegan lunch from Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe will be provided. Register online! More information

ELPS Board Elections

Monday, March 31, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 4004

Come vote for next year's ELPS Board members!

Funding Opportunities

2L Scholarship for Virginians: Deadline Friday, March 28 at 5:00 p.m.

The Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association is pleased to announce the Elizabeth Fitzwater Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $2500 to be awarded in May 2014 to a 2L 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 by 5 p.m. on March 28. If you have any questions regarding the Scholarship program, please feel free to contact the Scholarship Chairperson, Beryl Adler, via email or at 757.490.6267.

Curtin Justice Fund Legal Internship Program: Deadline Monday, March 31

The Curtin Justice Fund Legal Internship Program is seeking motivated law student interns to apply for stipends available for the Summer 2014 Program. The Program will pay a $2,500 stipend to three law school students who spend the summer months working for a bar association or legal services program designed to prevent homelessness or assist homeless or indigent clients or their advocates. The application deadline is Monday, March 31, 2014.

Equal Justice America Fellowships: Deadline Monday, April 7

EJA is now offering EJA Summer Fellowships to law students at all of North Carolina's law schools. Fellowships pay up to $4,000 for 10 weeks of full-time work. Application information can be found on the program's website.

To apply, students must line up a placement with an organization in North Carolina that provides civil legal assistance to the poor. The application postmark deadline is April 7, 2014.

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) Seeking Summer Interns

For a full job posting and instructions on how to apply, please see Symplicity posting #9421.

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.

  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9 (San Francisco) Internship (1L & 2L): March 28
  • International Trade Administration Internship (1L & 2L): March 30
  • Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Wireless Telecommunication Internship (1L & 2L): March 31

Other Public Interest Events

C-PILO Fundraiser at Top of the Hill

Monday, March 31, Top of the Hill (Franklin Street)

C-PILO is participating in Top of the Hill's Charity Monday program on March 31. From 11:00 a.m. until Top of Hill closes, C-PILO receives $1 when you purchase the charity beer (to be determined) at TOPO or at Back Bar. Drop in any time, bring your friends, and support C-PILO!

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

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.

Interest Meeting for Center for Civil Rights Summer Pro Bono Projects

Tuesday, April 8, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4004

The Center for Civil Rights will offer two pro bono projects this summer. Come hear more about the projects from the Center's Managing Attorney, Mark Dorosin.

Contact Sylvia Novinsky to sign up. You do not have to attend the interest meeting to sign up. Detailed descriptions of the projects can be found on the calendar posting for this interest meeting on My Carolina Law.

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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