Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, April 11, 2011

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.

Events at UNC Law

Pro Bono Celebration and Publico Awards Ceremony
Wednesday, April 13, 11:40 a.m. - 12:50 p.m., Rotunda

UNC School of Law's Office of Public Service Programs invites you to the Annual Celebration of Pro Bono and Public Interest as we honor students, faculty, and community attorneys dedicated to public interest and pro bono service.

Refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing you!

NC's "Defense of Marriage" Amendment: What it means for NC and what it means for YOU
Thursday, April 14, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., 5048

Please join Professors Eichner, Lau, Fedders and Savasta-Kennedy, and Terry Phoenix from the UNC LGBTQ Center, for a lunchtime discussion on NC's proposed "Defense of Marriage" Amendment. Who proposed it? What will it say? How will UNC be affected? Is it even constitutional? Come find out! LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED! (And it won't be pizza!)

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

Current Pro Bono Projects

Projects are posted on the Pro Bono Board near the mailboxes and are listed online at http://www.law.unc.edu/studentlife/probono/projects/. Students can sign up for projects on the Pro Bono Board or email Lauren Felter at UNCProBonoProjects@gmail.com.

Pro Bono Celebration and Publico Awards Ceremony

Mark your calendars for the 2010-2011 Pro Bono Celebration and Publico Awards Reception on April 13 at noon in the Rotunda! This annual ceremony celebrates the outstanding pro bono service of students, student groups, faculty, and alumni at UNC Law. Join us for this event!

Street Law Seeking Executive Board for 2011-2012!

Carolina Street Law is now recruiting for its 2011-2012 Executive Board! Carolina Street Law is a program that sends Carolina law students into local middle and high schools for several weeks each semester to teach students a practical, participatory education program that includes elements of law, democracy, and human rights.

Our Leadership Team consists of a Coordinator, Curriculum Chair, Outreach Chair, and Volunteer Chair. If you're interested in any of these leadership positions, please email current Volunteer Chair, Erika Nicole Jones, at enjones@email.unc.edu.

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

Featured Postings for Summer Opportunities

Check out the the postings frequently in the Job Bank and Resume Collects for summer opportunities in states all across the US. New postings are added weekly! See a few recently added postings below!

Summer Research Assistant, Professor Carrie Basas
Chapel Hill, NC

Professor Carrie Basas is seeking an RA for 15 hours a week for seven weeks in May and June. The hours are flexible, but she is looking for a solid 15-hour/week commitment. Work can be done work off-site. Please plan to check in regularly during those seven weeks.

Professor Basas will need assistance with the following three projects:

  • Public sector collective bargaining agreements and disability provisions
  • HIV-stigma in murder sentencing
  • And the beginnings of a project related to health issues facing women in NC's prison system (we will just be collecting surveys at this point in the summer, so any statistical background is a plus)

The ideal candidate would have an interest in disability rights, criminal law, and work law. Background in one or more of those fields would be helpful, but not necessary. To apply, interested candidates should submit a c.v. (with the contact information for 2-3 references) and a cover letter by April 29. Please apply as soon as possible. Send materials to Carrie Basas, Visiting Assistant Professor, basas@email.unc.edu.

Participate in Hofstra Law's Immigration and Border Enforcement Program

Hofstra Law presents the Immigration Law and Border Enforcement Program, an internationally minded intensive program co-sponsored by Hofstra Law School and the National Center for Border Security & Immigration, a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence. The course will be held in El Paso, Texas from Monday, May 23 to Sunday, May 29, 2011. Application date is today, April 11.

Course description:

Immigration Enforcement at the Border, Taught by Professor Rose Cuison Villazor

This course analyzes the ways in which federal immigration officers enforce immigration laws at the border. The course examines, among other areas, the relevant provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act regarding the authority of Border Patrol agents to remove noncitizens at the border; The Secure Fence Act of 2006; federal programs and policies such as Operation Streamline and Secure Border Initiative; Fourth Amendment search and seizure cases; and cases and controversies regarding the increasing movement of the borders inward; and efforts by private citizens to enforce immigration law at the border. Through the study of these laws and relevant cases, the course considers how enforcement of immigration law at the border have led to significant tensions between immigration officers' authority to guard the border on sovereignty and security grounds and the rights of individuals to, among other things, privacy and equal protection under the law. (2 credits)

Featured Postings for Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

Check out the postings frequently in the Job Bank and Resume Collects for opportunities in states all across the US. New postings are added weekly!

Summer Housing

If you are looking for housing this summer, The Association for Legal Career Professionals, also known as NALP, hosts a site for law students who are looking for a summer rental and/or renting their housing for the summer. Start searching at http://nalpexchange.org/home.cfm?CFID=35863430&CFTOKEN=18796325.

Check Symplicity regularly for both summer and post-graduation opportunities.

Summer Funding Opportunities

2011 SABA-DC Public Interest Fellowship Accepting Applications

In association with the North American South Asian Bar Association Foundation, SABA-DC provides financial assistance in the form of summer fellowships to law students working at public interest organizations in the metropolitan D.C. area. The primary purpose of the fellowship is to help fun d student internships with a public interest organization for the benefit of the South Asian community and the metropolitan D.C. area. The number of Fellowships awarded, as well as the amount of each grant, will be determined by the SABA-DC Fellowship Committee and is based on SABA-DC's fundraising efforts and the number of quality applicants it receives. SABA-DC and the NASABA Foundation will be sponsoring up to three fellowship grants in 2011. Fellowship funding is made possible, in part, by generous funding from the NASABA Foundation.

Each applicant must be a current law student in good standing, and must plan to be employed or intern with a public interest organization during the summer of 2011. Public interest law can be practiced in five types of settings: nonprofit organizations; legal services organizations; district attorneys/public defenders ; federal, state, and local government; and public service law firms. SABA-DC considers all of the materials submitted by the applicant, with particular weight given to the applicant's essay. Other factors that SABA- DC may consider include commitment to public service, financial need, academic achievement, and other personal circumstances.

Download the 2011 Public Interest Fellowship Application .

To be considered, all application materials must be postmarked or e-mailed no later than May 1, 2011 to either secretary@sabadc.org or the following address:

South Asian Bar Association Fellowship Application
c/o Mr. Padma Shah
South Asian Bar Association of Washington D.C.
P.O. BOX 65349
Washington, DC 20035

Public Service Resources

Check out the Public Interest Job Search Guide!

The Public Interest Job Search Guide provides practical advice on how to conduct your job or summer internship search, a suggested timeline for all students, a list of resources, and information about public interest law organizations. Access this resource.


To add items or provide feedback, please contact Sylvia Novinsky, Assistant Dean for Public Service Programs, or Mary Irvine, Public Service Fellow.


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