Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, March 30, 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

Innocence Project End of Year Lunch and Elections
Wed 4/1, 12pm, Room 4082
Join the Innocence Project for an end of year lunch to wrap up all the work we have done this year. We will also be holding elections. Contact Sam Bickett at if you are interested in running for President, Vice-President, Treasurer, or if you are interested in being a Case Manager.

ILA Ice Cream Sundae Fundraiser
Wed 4/1, 12pm, Rotunda
Stop by the rotunda for an ice cream sundae made any way you like. Two scoops for two bucks! All proceeds go to the Immigration Law Association's summer grant.

Looking to the Future: Legal and Policy Options for Racially Integrated Education in the South and the Nation
Thurs 4/2, 8am-5:30pm, George Watts Hill Alumni Center
This conference focuses on the future of public education in the wake of the United States Supreme Court's 2007 decision in Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1 (PICS). This conference will heighten scholarly understanding of the PICS decision and promote discussion about immediate and long-term policy options available to school districts across the nation for whom racial integration remains a priority. More than 20 nationally acclaimed social scientists and attorneys will discuss topics including: Making the Case for Integration; Evaluating Socioeconomic Based Assignment Plans; Finding Viable Legal Strategies for Racial Equity post-PICS; Building Political Will for Integrated Schools post-PICS; and Achieving Racial Equity through Strategic Public Policies
For more information visit

Jammin' for Justice
4/2, 5 pm, Local 506
Come out for a night of music and fun! Student bands and the always popular, always amazing faculty band! All proceeds go toward summer grants. Sponsored by CPILO.

"Change Comes Knocking" Documentary Screening for Poverty Awareness Week
Sponsored by the Center on Poverty, Work, and Opportunity
Thurs 4/2, 7pm, Hanes Auditorium
Change Comes Knocking, a vibrant documentary on the North Carolina Fund, will be screened April 2 in the Hanes Art Center Auditorium at UNC. The UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity is co-sponsoring this event, as part of the Campus Y's third annual Poverty Awareness Week. The screening is free and open to the public. Through interviews with key participants and archival footage, Change Comes Knocking captures the promise and upheaval of this transformative time in North Carolina's, and the country's, battle against poverty and injustice.The screening will be followed by a panel and an audience question and answer session.

Public Interest Picnic
Fri 4/3, 4:30pm, Wilson Park, Carrboro
Join fellow public interest classmates, faculty, and staff as we celebrate the end of the semester at Wilson Park in Carrboro on Friday, April 3rd at 4 pm. We'll provide sandwiches, and we ask that you bring drinks, a side, or a dessert to share. All are welcome! Please RSVP at:

Public Interest Pro Bono Celebration
Tues 4/7, 5:30pm, Rotunda
C-PILO, the Pro Bono Program and the Office of Public Service Programs invite you to join us in celebrating our students', faculty and staff pro bono and public interest law accomplishments.
Honoring: C-PILO grant recipients, Pro Bono certificate recipients, Pro Bono Publico award recipients, IOLTA grant recipients, other summer grant recipients, Winston Crisp Student Leader of the Year award, Public Interest Peer Mentor of the Year, and Pro Bono Publico Award recipients.
For more information contact: Sylvia Novinsky, Assistant Dean for Public Service Programs at

Poverty and the Recession in North Carolina: Challenges and Opportunities
Thurs 4/9, George Watts Hill Alumni Center
Sponsored by the Center for Poverty, Work, and Opportunity
Join us as we assemble state and national experts to discuss the effect of the current economic crisis on the poor and near-poor in the U.S. and North Carolina.
Featured speakers include the Honorable Joe Hackney, Speaker of the N.C. House of Representatives and President of the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Honorable Brad Miller, Representative to Congress from North Carolina.

Registration is free to students! Visit for more information and to register.

Public Service News

Democratic Senators Introduce Bill to Increase Legal Services Funding and Lift Restrictions on LSC Attorneys

Summer Employment Opportunities

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

Upcoming Job Bank Deadlines:
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)
Student/Farmworker Alliance- Immokalee, FL (4/1)
US Senator Kay Hagan- Washington, DC (4/1)
Southern Coalition for Social Justice- Durham, NC (4/1)
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 Scott Childs (4/15)
Professor Andrew Chin (4/3)
Professor Charles Daye (4/15)
Professor Victor Flatt (5/1)
Professor Lolly Gassaway (5/1)
Professor Elizabeth Gibson (4/1)
Professor Joe Kalo (3/31)
Professors Joan Krause & Richard Saver (joint RA position) (4/15)
Professor Bill Marshall (3/31)
Professor Ruth McKinney (4/3)
Professor Bob Mosteller (4/1)
Professor Richard Myers (4/21)
Professor Melissa Saunders (4/1)
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

Additional Funding Opportunity for Students Working at Non Profits this Summer:
The Summer Corps program sponsored by Equal Justice Works, a nationwide public interest law organization, is a great opportunity for students to receive additional funding for summer public interest work. The program awards a $1,000 education award voucher after the completion of 300 hours of service at a qualifying legal project at a nonprofit public interest organization. 355 awards are available.
Applications are due by April 1 at 8 pm. For more information, 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

Public Service Resources

"The Power of Networking in a Tough Economy" (February 26, 2009)
CSO Counselors Lynn Boone, Holly Bryan, Maria Mangano, and Louise Harris, Assistant Dean for Alumni and Special Programs, speak to the importance of networking both as a law student and a lawyer, and particularly in a tough economy. To listen to the program, click here.

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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