Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, March 31, 2014

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Events at UNC Law

ELPS Board Elections

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

Come vote for next year's ELPS Board members!

ELP Environmental Law Course Advising

Monday, March 31, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 4082

Professor Hornstein and ELP will introduce the environmental law courses offered at UNC, as well as classes which may be helpful if you are interested in learning more about or pursuing a career in environmental law.

Career Corner

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

Thursday, April 3, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 4085

If you are a 3L seeking a permanent job, you are not alone. On Thursday, April 3 there will be a presentation and discussion, How I Found My Job After Graduation. A panel of 2012 and 2013 grads will share their stories, insights, and advice on the post-graduation job hunt. The CDO 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.

Lunch will be served. To RSVP and order lunch please contact Sadie Vo by March 31 at

Questions? Please contact Maria Mangano at

Lunch for this program is generously sponsored by Special Counsel .

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

O'Neill Institute Accepting Applications for 2014-2015 Fellows

The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law is seeking exceptionally qualified candidates to serve as O’Neill Institute Law Fellows. Housed at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., the O’Neill Institute is a leading research institute for health law. For more details about O’Neill and its ongoing work please visit the Institute's website.

Applications should be submitted online by Friday, April 25, 2014 and must include: CV, cover letter, writing sample, professional references, official law school transcripts and other graduate school transcripts (if applicable).

Any questions about the position should be directed via email to the Institute. Read more information on the position online.

1Ls and 2Ls: Mark Your Calendars for Fall OCIs!

  • Bidding begins in July for Fall OCIs. The interviews will take place at the Law School Monday, August 11 through Friday, September 26, 2014. No interviews will be scheduled the week of Labor Day, September 1-5.
  • Employers have begun scheduling their fall OCI dates now, and will continue to do so throughout the summer. You will be able to see the information in Symplicity for employers who have scheduled OCIs starting in late March.
  • Keep in mind that bidding for regional programs and on-campus interviews will take place over the summer and don’t miss these important deadlines.

Funding Opportunities

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 deadline posted on the website is March 24, but it has been extended for UNC students until April 7. Applications must be postmarked by April 7. The application postmark deadline is April 7, 2014.

AmeriCorps JD

This year, the focus of AmeriCorps JD is on providing legal service to veterans. As in past years, law students who participate have the opportunity to earn a $1,175 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award - a voucher for educational expenses - for dedicating 300 hours of service to a qualifying legal project with legal aid organizations, veterans’ law clinics, veterans treatment courts, and state or local government agencies.

The deadline for applications is April 15, and the 300 hours must be completed by August 31, 2014.

Other Public Interest Events

C-PILO Fundraiser at Top of the Hill: TONIGHT!

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, Plott Hound Pale Ale, at TOPO or at Back Bar. Drop in any time, bring your friends, and support C-PILO!

Public Interest Peer Mentees: Nominate Your Mentor for Mentor of the Year

As part of the Annual Celebration of Pro Bono & Public Interest on Wednesday, April 9, we will honor this year’s Public Interest Mentor of the Year.  All mentees will receive an email today with the nomination form and are encourage to nominate their peer mentors!

Nominations are due to Dean Novinsky by Friday, April 4.

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

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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