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Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, April 16, 2012

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Other Public Interest Events

Health and Human Rights Lecture

April 16, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., UNC School of Social Work

The UNC Center for Bioethics and the UNC Global Health Institute are proud to announce the inauguration of a new annual lecture on Health and Human Rights, aimed at fostering dialogue on issues of ethics, justice and health care across the many organizations and programs in NC whose work intersects these themes.

Professor Sofia Gruskin, Director of the Program on Global Health and Human Rights, will discuss the conceptual underpinnings, methods, and goals of human rights approaches to global health issues. This lecture is Monday, April 16 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building auditorium (UNC School of Social Work, 325 Pittsboro Street). A reception will follow the presentation.

Southeast Community Land Trust Conference

April 17 & 18, Durham Convention Center

Please join the Southeast Community Land Trust (SECLT) for a lecture by Shirley Sherrod and the Annual SECLT Conference. Ms. Sherrod’s keynote address is Tuesday, April 17 from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., and will follow a welcome from Mayor Pro-Tempore Cora Cole-McFadden. The Conference is Wednesday, April 18 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Both events are to be held at Durham Convention Center, 301 W. Morgan Street, Durham, NC. Online registration will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17.

Wanna be a Public Defender?

July 28, 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Georgetown University Law Center

The free Public Defender Advocacy, Training & Hiring (PATH) biennial conference for law students committed to, or interested in exploring careers in, indigent criminal defense will take place at Georgetown University Law Center on Saturday, July 28, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. The conference is put on by Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. Register online soon - seats will go quick!

Institute for Justice Conference

June 22-24, George Washington University in DC

The Institute for Justice engages in cutting-edge litigation and advocacy on behalf of individuals whose most basic rights are denied by the government-like the right to earn and honest living, private property rights, the right to free speech and educational choice. The Institute for Justice is now accepting applications for 2012 Law Student Conference. IJ's annual law student conference is open to first and second year law students will be held June 22 to June 24 at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. More information and the application are available online.

Become a Witness for Justice: Visit a Migrant Labor Camp

The Farmworker Unit's Witness for Justice (WFJ) program introduces students and members of the community to migrant farmworkers who live in isolated labor camps around North Carolina and lack contact with the larger population. Volunteers accompany staff members and take notes on camp demographics, take pictures, hand out brochures and interact with workers. Contact Kate for more information.

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

Check out these recent PI postings on Symplicity!

  • Justice Fellow at Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (Washington, D.C.)
  • Legal Intern at ACLU Equality Center, Disability Rights (various locations)
  • Legal Intern at Environmental Defense Fund (Raleigh, NC)
  • Public Policy Intern at NC Center for Nonprofits (Raleigh, NC)
  • Summer Intern at Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund (Atlanta, GA)
  • Legal Internship at Food & Water Watch (Washington, DC)

Summer 2012 RA Position Available with Professor Kathryn Sabbeth

Professor Sabbeth seeks research assistants for Summer 2012. Subject areas of research will include civil rights, employment discrimination, and other areas of public interest work, particularly focusing on the role of public interest lawyers in society. Full-time or part-time (30 or 15 hrs), and full or split summer (12 or 6 weeks) are possible. Please reply directly to Professor Sabbeth with a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and transcript.

Don't forget to check PSLawNet and Symplicity for new job postings. Public interest jobs are being posted frequently!

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

Projects are posted on the Pro Bono Board near the mailboxes and are listed online at Students can sign up for projects on the Pro Bono Board or email

Motion to Dismiss Research and Drafting

NicholsonPham seeks a student to research and help draft a motion to dismiss in a child custody case. The student would research NC law on what constitutes “changed circumstances” for the purposes of a motion to modify.

  • Skills Built: Legal Research and Writing
  • Time Commitment: 4 Hours
  • Project Due Date: May 4, 2012
  • Location of Work: Remote Location
  • Area of Law: Criminal Law
  • Requirements: Open to ALL students

If you are interested in pro bono projects, please sign up on the bulletin board or e-mail

Save the Date!

Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair

Save the date for the Equal Justice Career Fair this fall. This year, the conference and career fair will be held on Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27 in Arlington, VA. Travel and accommodation information is now available online. Find more information online, and check back frequently for updated event and accommodation information. This is an event you don't want to miss!

Public Interest Blog Spotlight

Looking for an interesting and inspiring new blog?

Each week we will highlight a different blog that covers information relevant to public interest law students and attorneys.

With Housing and Justice for All is the blog for the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless. This blog aims to disseminate important information to the community about issues affecting those experiencing homelessness in D.C., as well as efforts being undertaken by WLCH to combat-and ultimately end-homelessness.

Public Service Resources

Free LexisNexis® access for PI summer work

ASPIRE provides all students and graduates (including December 2011 graduates) engaged in verifiable 501(c)(3) public interest work, free access to federal and state cases, codes, regulations, law reviews, Shepard's® Citation Service and Matthew Bender® treatises on Lexis. Students need to complete the Registration Form to get started. Please refer to this flyer for additional details and to make available to students.

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

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