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Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, March 4, 2013

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Events at UNC Law

Public Address by Professor Lawrence Lessig

Monday, March 4, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Rotunda

On March 4, the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy will host a public address by Professor Lawrence Lessig, the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will tackle one of the most challenging problems we face: corruption in politics. How have good people, with good intentions, allowed our democracy to be co-opted by outside interests, weakening our institutions and especially public trust in those institutions? What role has the media played in this weakening and what should be its role going forward?

Please join us on March 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the law school's rotunda when Prof. Lessig will discuss how we can root out corruption in our politics and restore faith in the Fourth Estate's role as a watchdog of government. For more information on the event, please visit the Center for Media Law and Policy's event page.

E-Verify: Impacts on Employees and Employers

Tuesday, March 5, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4085

The Labor & Employment Law Society is hosting three attorneys (Nicola Ai Ling Prall from Jackson Lewis who practices employment law and employment-based immigration law, Jill Biltstein from NC State who is responsible for NC State's compliance with E-Verify, and Yesenia Polanco-Galdamez from Fayad Law who works with E-Verify specifically with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival recipients) who will speak about the background of E-Verify, how it works, and its implications for employees and employers, and then answer questions. Lunch will be provided.

The War on Working People in NC and Beyond: Why Labor Law Matters

Tuesday, March 5, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5042

The UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity will host MaryBe McMillan, Secretary-Treasurer of the North Carolina State AFL-CIO, and Liz Shuler, National AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer, for a discussion of the legislature's war on labor in pushing for devastating cuts to unemployment benefits.

Check out the calendar posting for this event for information on the speakers.

Education Law and Policy Society 2013-2014 Board Positions Interest Meeting

Wednesday, March 6, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4082

Interested in serving on the ELPS board for the 2013-2014 academic year? Come out to our interest meeting on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 in classroom 4004 to learn more information about available board positions, and the application process. We look forward to seeing you there!

Environmental Law Project Board Election Interest Meeting

Wednesday, March 6, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4085

ELP will hold an interest meeting for all students considering running for a position on next year's Board. Current Board members will speak about their positions, and there will be time for Q&A and mingling. Refreshments will be served.

The Federalist Society and ACS Present: "The Most Significant Case of the Term: Shelby v. Holder and the Voting Rights Act" with Christian Adams

Wednesday, March 6, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5046

Shelby v. Holder is one of the most significant case of the current U.S. Supreme Court term, and perhaps the most significant case in years. It will decide the limits of federal control over state elections and how much the South has changed since 1964. Learn the fact and myths about the case which many believe will strike down one portion of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Check out the calendar posting for this event for biographical information about the featured speaker.

Pro Bono Food Truck Rodeo

Tuesday, March 19, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., CSO Parking Lot

Come out for a delicious lunch! 10% of proceeds go to the Pro Bono Program!

Wage Theft in North Carolina

Thursday, March 21, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5046

Following the release of their research on wage theft in North Carolina, Professor Deborah Weissman and Sabine Schoenbach of the North Carolina Justice Center will discuss the character, depth and severity of this issue for North Carolina workers. Sponsored by the UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity.

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

Equal Justice Works Summer Corps: Be sure to apply early!

The rolling application for the 2013 Equal Justice Works (EJW) Summer Corps program is open until Monday, March 18, 2013, but students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Summer Corps is an AmeriCorps-funded program that will provide 1L and 2L students with the opportunity to earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award for dedicating their summer to a qualifying legal project at a nonprofit public interest organization.

For more information on the Summer Corps program and application process, review EJW's FAQs for applicants.

Government Internship Handbook

Remember to check the Government Honors & Internship Handbook (u: ranger, p: cookies) for a list of federal government agency internships sorted by application deadline.

Highlighted Summer Internships

Check out Symplicity for full details.

  • Atlanta Legal Aid (Atlanta, GA)
  • Capital Appeals Project (New Orleans, LA)
  • Public Interest-Related Research Assistant positions with UNC Law professors

Funding Opportunities

Summer Public Interest Grant Deadline: March 21

Each year summer grants are awarded to students taking unpaid or low-paying summer public interest jobs. Funding for these grants comes from several sources including: CPILO, private funds given through generous donors, law school funds allocated by the Dean, and student organizations that fundraise to support students working in a particular area of interest.

The deadline for applying for a summer grant is March 21, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. and students will be notified by April 1. To view and complete the Summer Grant Application visit My Carolina Law. Be sure to check out 10 Tips for Writing a Strong Grant Application.

Contact Dean Novinsky or Adrienne Allison for questions about grants.

Other Public Interest Events

"Exonerating the Innocent: Correcting for Human Error in Our Justice System"

Wednesday, March 6, 4:00 p.m., School of Government

Please join the UNC School of Government's Carolina Society for Future Leaders and MPA Program for a lecture by Christine Mumma, executive director of The N.C. Center for Actual Innocence.

Check out the calendar posting for this event for biographical information about the featured speaker.

Mental Health Documentary Film Premiere: "Of Two Minds"

Wednesday, March 27, 7:00 p.m., Varsity Theater (Franklin Street)

OF TWO MINDS is an award-winning feature documentary that explores the extraordinary lives, struggles and successes of a few of the over five million Americans living with bipolar disorder. Personal stories of harrowing events, medical mazes, discrimination and the effects of social stigma blend together to create a compelling look at a generation coming out of the "bipolar closet." OF TWO MINDS puts an authentic human face on bipolar disorder, providing an intimate, sometimes painful, sometimes painfully funny look at those who live in its shadows...our parents and children, our friends and lovers...and ourselves.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Lisa Klein, Writer, Director, and Co-Producer of this film and local members of the Mental Health community. This event is hosted by Accessible Minds, LLC.

Admission is free, however, seating is limited. Reservation tickets will be collected at the door and will receive priority seating. Learn more and reserve your tickets.

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

Pro Bono Board Interest Meeting

Tuesday, March 5, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4004

Interest meeting for those interested in applying for a Pro Bono Coordinator Position for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Guardian Ad Litem Training Interest Meeting

Tuesday, March 5, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Boardroom 5003

Child Action is hosting a meeting for Nicole Roman, the District Administrator for the Guardian Ad Litem program in Orange and Chatham counties, to speak to law students interested in learning about training to become a guardian ad litem.

Exciting Pro Bono Opportunity: On-Campus Wills Clinic

Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24

The UNC Black Law Students Association (BLSA), in conjunction with the Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ) and the Marian Cheek Jackson Center, will conduct a free wills and advance directives clinic on Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24. This pro bono event will afford Carolina Law students an opportunity to draft wills, healthcare directives, and power of attorney letters for underprivileged clients in the Northside community. Students who participate in this project will be eligible to receive pro bono credit for their hours of service and training. Space is limited, so priority will be given to those who sign up first!

  • What? Preparation of wills, power of attorneys, health care power of attorneys, and living wills
  • When? Mandatory Training: Thursday March 21 (evening); Clinics: Saturday, March 23 & Sunday, March 24 (9 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
  • Where? UNC Law School (conference rooms: exact locations TBD)
  • Pro Bono Hours? Awarded for mandatory training and clinic. You must be available to participate on both 3/23 & 3/24.
  • Sign up online by Friday, March 15
  • Contact Alex Bryant & Gina LeBlanc if you have any questions
  • *Note: this project is independent of the Pro Bono Spring Break Wills Trip.

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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