Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, March 25, 2013

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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.

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Events at UNC Law

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.

Immigration Law Board Election Session

Monday, March 25, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5046

Come vote for the new ILA Board.

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund Election Info Session

Monday, March 25, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4004

If you are interested in running for an officer position for the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, come to this meeting to learn about the organization or how our election works! This meeting is not mandatory- and if you cannot attend but have any questions- you can email Zach Ferguson.

The positions you can run for are: President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Pro Bono Coordinator, Publicity Chair, and Symposium Chair.

You must email Zach Ferguson announcing what office you intend to run for no later than March 30. The election will be held the following Monday on April 1 at 12pm. If there are no contested positions, there will be no election meeting.

Advocating for Children of Incarcerated Parents: Panel with Our Children's Place

Tuesday, March 26, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4085

Child Action will host a brown bag lunch panel led by Melissa Radcliff, Executive Director of Our Children's Place on issues surrounding children of incarcerated parents. This local nonprofit is committed to advocating for the children of incarcerated parents and ensuring their well-being. She plans to educate students on issues surrounding parenthood while incarcerated and the effects on children of incarcerated parents. Professor Rich Rosen and Professor Barbara Fedders will join the panel to discuss advocating for the children of those behind bars.

Apply for a C-PILO Officer Position

Applications due Tuesday, March 26, 5:00 p.m.

C-PILO is accepting applications for officer positions on next year's board. To apply, please email C-PILO President Zack Kohn your resume(without GPA or class rank) and a cover letter indicating the position(s) you are applying for and a 2-3 paragraph statement explaining why you are a good candidate for the position(s) you selected. Officer positions include President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Alumni Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator, and Community Outreach Coordinator. Email Zack Kohn with any questions.

Environmental Law Project Board Elections

Wednesday, March 27, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4085

ELP will hold elections to select the members of next year's Board. Lunch will be provided.

The Method Behind the Madness: A Roundtable Discussion on the Pedagogy of Legal Education with Prof. Jon McClanahan

Wednesday, March 27, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 3045A

Join the Education Law and Policy Society for an informal roundtable discussion on law school pedagogy and instructional methods that are used to teach the law, and the ramifications of those methods. Lunch will be provided!

Voices of Diversity: Challenges, Roadblocks and Triumphs in the Legal Workplace

Wednesday, March 27, 5:30 p.m., Room 4085

Join the UNC Law Student Bar Association Multicultural and Diversity Committee for a reception and program titled, "Voices of Diversity: Challenges, Roadblocks and Triumphs in the Legal Workplace." A diverse panel of lawyers will speak about their personal experiences and diversity in the workplace. Panelists will include judges, attorneys in private firms, government lawyers, and judicial clerks! View the panelists who are currently scheduled to appear and RSVP online.

Questions? Contact the Committee at

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.

Career Corner

How to Make the Most of Your Summer

Tuesday, March 26, Noon-12:50 p.m., Room 4004

Be more than just the average intern or summer student! Learn how to prep effectively for your summer experience, make a great impression on your colleagues, get the most value out of your professional or academic endeavor, and close out the summer smoothly with a concrete follow-up strategy.

"How I Found My Job After Graduation" Program for 3Ls

Tuesday, April 9, Noon-12:50 p.m., Room 4085

If you are a 3L seeking a permanent job, you are not alone. On Tuesday, April 9, a panel of 2012 grads will share their stories, their insights, and their advice on the post-graduation job hunt. CSO Director Maria Mangano will also be providing information and handouts on looking for that first legal job after the JD. Come and get ideas, inspiration, and support. There will be time for discussion and questions. Box lunches will be provided! If you would like a lunch, please RSVP to Lindsay Knell by Friday, April 5 at noon and let her know whether you want roast beef, turkey, or vegetarian. You are welcome to attend the event without an RSVP, but if you don't RSVP, lunch might not be guaranteed.

Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

Higher Education Law Fellow at UNC General Administration (Chapel Hill, NC)

The University of North Carolina General Administration, Division of Legal Affairs, invites applications for its one-year Fellowship in Higher Education Law under the direction of the General Counsel in the Legal Affairs Division. The Fellowship is designed to provide broad exposure to a diverse, varied and active public higher education law practice. See Symplicity posting #7795. Deadline: April 5, 2013.

Funding Opportunities

Scholarships Available

Deadline: March 29

The School of Law is now accepting applications for several scholarship opportunities for the Fall 2013 - Spring 2014 academic year, including scholarships for students pursuing careers in public interest law. To determine if you qualify, log on My Carolina Law to view the different scholarships and their criteria. The application is due March 29.

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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