Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, April 13, 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. If you are not currently receiving this newsletter and would like to subscribe, please email Allison Standard at

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Events at UNC Law

National Day of Silence
Wed 4/15
Lambda Law Students Association will be observing National Day of Silence and all are encouraged to wear their National Day of Silence t-shirts. Because Friday is a reading day at the law school, the day will be observed on Wednesday, April 15th.

Dean Smith and Professor Myers to Guest Bartend at The Crunkleton
Wed 4/15, 7-10pm,
Dean Kelly Podger Smith and Professor Richard Myers will be "guest bartending" at The Crunkleton. Two experienced bartenders will be assisting them so, don't worry, if you order something complicated, Dean Smith and Professor Myers won't mess it up!
All of the tips received during the event will go toward the Class of 2009 Gift- The "Miss Betty" Building Fund. All students are invited to celebrate the last day of classes, to support the Class of 2009 Gift and to remember Miss Betty. No cover- all tips will benefit the Class of 2009 Gift.

287(g) Immigration Panel
Thurs 4/16, 5:30-8pm, Room 5042
This panel on immigration issues in North Carolina and beyond will feature:

  • Paul Cox, Associate Staff for Homeland Security Appropriations, Office of U.S. Rep. David Price
  • Hannah Gill, Institute of the Americas, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Mai Nguyen, City and Regional Planning, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Deborah Weissman, UNC School of of Law

Public Service News

Working in a Public Interest Internship this Summer? Interested in Mentoring a Like-Minded Incoming Student?

Apply to be a Public Interest Peer Mentor! The program matches each 2L or 3L mentor with a 1L who has expressed an interest in public interest law. Events and activities will be held throughout the year, and mentors are expected to meet one on one with their assigned 1L. While the time commitment to participate is minimal, the impact it can have is great, and all public interest students are encouraged to apply!
Applications are due to Allison Standard at or Sylvia Novinsky, Assistant Dean for Public Service Programs at snovinsk@email.unc.eduby Friday, May 1.

For a copy of the application, please visit

Summer Employment Opportunities

Note: This will be the last Public Service Newsletter of the semester, but job postings will continue to be added on Symplicity. Please be sure to check Symplicity for the most updated postings.

Upcoming Job Bank Deadlines:
The Regulator Fund- Washington, DC (Work off-site in NC) (4/14)
Office of Legal Affairs, UNC Charlotte- Charlotte, NC (4/14)
New! Illinois Legal Aid Online- Chicago, IL (4/15)
The Florence Project- Florence, AZ (4/16)
New! Brooklyn Legal Services- Brooklyn, NY (4/16)
NC Department of State Treasurer- Raleigh, NC (4/17)
New! International Peace Operations Association- Washington, DC (4/17)
New! Equal Employment Opportunity Commission- Miami, FL (4/24)
New! Bentley University, General Counsel's Office- Waltham, MA (4/28)
New! ABA Commission on Immigration Law Clerk- Washington, DC (4/30)
Brooklyn Legal Services- Brooklyn, NY (4/30)
New! Bridging Nations- Washington, DC (5/1)
New! Deep River Mediation- Pittsboro, NC (5/1)
CASA for Children of DC- Washington, DC (5/1)
NC Coastal Land Trust- Wilmington, NC (5/1)
New! Public Defender's Office- District 29B- Hendersonville, NC (5/6)
New! Nevada Legal Services- Las Vegas, NV (5/8) Washington, DC (5/15)
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 Alfred Brophy (Accepted until filled)
Professor Caroline N. Brown (4/17)
Professor Scott Childs (4/15)
Professor Charles Daye (4/15)
Professor Victor Flatt (5/1)
Professor Lolly Gassaway (5/1)
Professors Joan Krause & Richard Saver (joint RA position) (4/15)
Professor Richard Myers (4/21)
Dean Podger Smith (4/16)

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

Second Phase of 2009 Summer Grant Applications
In response to the economic downturn, Dean Boger authorized additional funding for the 2009 Summer Grant Program, which closed on March 20th. Some additional funding has since become available and a second phase for Summer Grant applications is needed. Phase II of the Summer Grant Program is now open!

The 2009 Summer Grant Application is available online. To view the Application, visit My Carolina Law, select the "Student Life" tab, and then select "Summer Grant Application." Please complete the general application and attach all required documents (e.g., resume without grade information, offer letter, and essay). All Phase II applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on May 4, 2009.

If you submitted a Summer Grant Application during the first phase (which closed on March 20th) and did not receive a full grant, your application will automatically be transferred and considered for additional funding during Phase II. You may supplement or revise your Summer Grant Application, but you need not start from scratch and submit an entirely new Application.
If you have any questions, please contact Sylvia Novinsky, Assistant Dean for Public Service Programs, or Tammy Bouchelle in CSO.

For more summer funding sources, click here .

Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

ABA Section of Taxation Public Service Fellowship Program (8/1)
National Women's Law Center- Washington, DC (8/31)
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)

Organizations Willing to Host 3Ls whose Law Firm Start Dates Have Been Delayed:
Institute for Justice- Washington, DC (5/1)
Legal Aid Justice Center- Charlottesville, VA (5/8)

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

New Equal Justice Works Online Resource on CCRAA and Student Debt
Equal Justice Works has launched a new web resource regarding student debt. The College Cost Reduction and Access Act - legislation that forgives student debt and limits monthly loan payments - becomes fully effective on July 1, 2009. Signed into law nearly two years ago, the College Cost Reduction and Access Act (CCRAA) will now help thousands of recent graduates cope with student debt and enter public service.

To help college graduates and their advisors understand, qualify and take advantage of benefits under the CCRAA, Equal Justice Works has developed a free online resource center that provides a comprehensive overview of its provisions as well as many practical tools including simple checklists, calculators, lists of loan repayment assistance programs, FAQs and podcasts.

To visit the resource center, 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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