Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, April 12, 2010

Events at UNC Law


Pro Bono/Public Interest Celebration, 5:30 p.m., Rotunda


Top Ten Tips for Successful Summer in Public Interest Office . . . and What to Avoid, 3:00 p.m., 4051

Save the Date!

Webinar: Top Ten Tips for a Successful Summer Internship in a Public Interest Office . . . and What to Avoid

On Wednesday, April 14th at 3:00pm EDT, NALP and the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) are presenting "Top Ten Tips for a Successful Summer Internship in a Public Interest Office... and What to Avoid." This free webinar will help law students make the most of their summer experiences in civil legal services organizations and public defenders' offices by offering concrete tips from both public interest attorneys with extensive experience in supervising law students and law school public interest advisors who counsel students on maximizing professional development opportunities.

The webinar will be led by Jennifer Thomas, Director of Legal Recruiting for the D.C. Public Defender Service, and Phyllis Holmen, Executive Director of the Georgia Legal Services Program.

Register: The webinar will be offered live on April 14th and archived for later viewing. All students and law school career professionals who are interested in participating on April 14th should e-mail Kevin Mills, Director of Membership at NLADA at, and provide your full name, e-mail address, and a phone number. Please type "Student Webinar" in the email subject line.

National Center for Adoption Law and Policy Summer Institutes

The National Center for Adoption Law & Policy is a multi-purpose training, resource, and advocacy center that is committed to improving child welfare and adoption practices and policies so that all children can have healthy, safe, and permanent homes.

We are pleased to announce that the application for our 2010 Summer Institutes is now available. Any student interested in adoption and child welfare topics should consider registering for either (or both!) the Interdisciplinary Child Welfare Institute or the Summer Adoption Law Institute, which are organized by the National Center for Adoption Law & Policy at Capital University Law School.

The Interdisciplinary Child Welfare Institute (ICWI) will take place July 26-30 and the Summer Adoption Law Institute (SALI) will take place August 2 - 6 at Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio. Both courses are dynamic, one-week intensive two credit hour classes. SALI will provide a comprehensive
foundation of adoption and child protection law

Registration and Additional Information:

Funding Opportunities

Additional Funding Cycle: Summer Grant Application Available Now - DEADLINE APRIL 19, 2010

An additional funding cycle has been added. The application can be accessed through My Carolina Law. To view the application, visit My Carolina Law, select the "Student Life" tab and then select "Summer Grant Application" and then select "Summer 2010".

Please be sure to fill out the general application and attach all required documents (resume without grade information; offer letter; and essay). Note: You MUST have an offer from a public interest employer by the application deadline in order to apply for a grant. Questions? Please contact Sylvia Novinsky, Assistant Dean for Public Service Programs. Deadline to submit application is April 19 at 5:00 p.m.

Equal Justice Works Summer Corps 2010 - $1,000 Education Award Vouchers

Equal Justice Works is pleased to announce the launch of Summer Corps 2010. Summer Corps is an AmeriCorps-funded program that in 2010 will provide 577 law students with the opportunity to earn a $1,000 education award voucher for dedicating their summer to a qualifying legal project at a nonprofit public interest organization. The application is available on the Equal Justice Works website. Deadline: April 16.

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

If you are interested in signing up for a project listed below, visit for details and contact Lauren Felter at

  • Criminal Law, Racial Justice Act, Center for Death Penalty Litigation - Durham
  • Emergency Planning Project, Disability Rights NC - Raleigh
  • Guardianship Project, Disability Rights NC - Raleigh
  • Immigration, U.S. Marine Corps - Beaufort, SC
  • Immigration/Right to Counsel, J.A.G. Marine Corps - Camp Lejune
  • Legal Info Clinic to Help Formerly Incarcerated, NC Prisoner Legal Services - Durham
  • Wake County Board of Education Document Review, Center for Civil Rights - Chapel Hill
  • Wills for Heroes Project, NC Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division - Greensboro

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities


Fair Trial Initiative Internship

The Fair Trial Initiative (FTI) is seeking a rising 2L or 3L law student for a full-time, unpaid summer internship. FTI is a non-profit organization in Durham that is dedicated to ensuring fairness for indigent defendants facing the death penalty. The internship is research-based and does not promise client contact. One research project will involve assisting with capital post-conviction research on racial bias in jury selection, charging, and sentencing in Pitt County and Moore County. Tasks will include searching courthouse records, reviewing transcripts, compiling data charts, and collecting other data to support claims of racial discrimination. The second project will involve detailed research regarding how victims' services are provided to survivors of homicide in North Carolina and in numerous other states. Predominant tasks will be online research and data collection. Some contact with victims' services advocates may be included.

In addition to the responsibilities described above, rising 3L applicants who are eligible under the third-year practice rule may have the opportunity to try misdemeanor cases in state district court.

Applicants should have ease with working independently to complete research tasks. Applicants should be detail-oriented. Preference will be given to applicants with a demonstrated commitment to public service. Applicants should also have access to a car.

To apply, please e-mail a cover letter and resume to Sarah Anthony at by *this Wednesday, April 14 at 5 p.m.* Please place "Internship Application" in the subject line of the e-mail. In order to allow applicants to apply for funding through UNC Law, there will be a quick turnaround. Applicants will be contacted on Thursday, April 15 and *interviews will be scheduled on Friday, April 16.* Please contact Sarah Anthony if you have any questions at the Fair Trial Initiative at 919-680-2986, ext. 203.

Maryland Legal Aid Internship (Paid)

Maryland Legal Aid is seeking a paid summer intern to work with our Long Term Care Assistance Project (LTCAP). This Project seeks to strengthen the legal services that Legal Aid provides to persons in need of long term care through nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and home and community based services (HCBS). In providing these services, our focus is to assist low income persons to get the long term health care they need in the setting of their choice, whether that is at home, in the community through assisted living, or in a nursing facility.

Summer internship opportunities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing pro se materials on long term care issues to broaden LTCAP's reach.
  • Assisting with intake of new client matters
  • Monitoring regulations, legislative, and policy developments on long term care issues.
  • Providing direct legal services (advice, brief service and/or full representation) in long term care cases, which generally involves nursing home and assisted living involuntary discharges, resident rights, Medicaid Long Term Care eligibility, and home and community based waiver service accessibility.

The internship location will be in the Baltimore City office with a possibility of the Metropolitan Maryland Office in Riverdale, Maryland (in the D.C. suburbs, close to College Park) if that is location preference of applicant. Summer Stipend: $13.00 per hour for 1st and 2nd year students and $15.00 per hour for 3rd year students. Students may work up to 35 hours per week for a maximum of 400 hours during the summer.

Application Deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with those applications received before April 19, 2010 given priority.

Application Materials: Please send resume and cover letter explaining your commitment to advocating for low income persons, health care (particularly long term care), older adults and/or disabled person via e-mail or mail to the contact person. We may ask for a writing sample and references before interviewing.

Application Contact:
Harbour Partesotti, Supervising Attorney

NALP Summer Apartment Exchange

The NALP Summer Apartment Exchange website is now available for students who are summering out of town and/or looking to sublet their apartments during the summer. Visit the website.


N.C. Prisoner Legal Services

North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services, Inc. in Raleigh seeks a motivated, energetic litigator willing to serve as the last champion for the constitutional rights of people incarcerated in North Carolina. Our civil practice focuses on conditions of confinement issues for convicted prisoners and pre-trial detainees including excessive use of force, medical malpractice, and failure to protect cases; among others. The ideal applicant would demonstrate excellent writing and analysis skills, and a substantial lasting interest in advocacy for prisoners. Applicant must either hold a North Carolina law license or be eligible to sit for the state bar examination. Interested attorneys should send a resume, writing sample and letter of interest to: Michele Luecking-Sunman, Staff Attorney, North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services, Inc., 1110 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh, NC 27604,

Make sure to check Symplicity regularly for OCIs with public interest employers.

Public Service Resources

PSLawNet Blog: To access legal news affecting the public interest job market, resources for public interest job seekers, and guest columns from public interest practitioners and career service professionals offering a range of career advice. To check out the blog:

Equal Justice Works Blog: To read about news and thoughts regarding public interest law, check out the Equal Justice Works Blog at

Internship and Employment Opportunities in Capital Defense Offices: Berkeley Law's Death Penalty Clinic maintains a website that lists internship and employment opportunities in capital defense offices. Access this resource at:

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

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