Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, April 18, 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.

This will be the last issue for the Spring 2011 semester. Good luck on exams and have a great summer!

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

Current Pro Bono Projects

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 Lauren Felter at

Publico Awards

Congratulations to the Pro Bono Publico Award recipients!

  • Graduating Pro Bono Students of the Year: Rob Lamb and Angie Spong
  • 3L Pro Bono Student of the Year: Lauren Gebhart
  • 2L Pro Bono Student of the Year: Mary Irvine
  • 1L Pro Bono Student of the Year: Adam Parker
  • Pro Bono Alumna of the Year: Mandy Hitchcock '07
  • Pro Bono Faculty Member of the Year: Professor Lau

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 Jeff Hirsch
Chapel Hill, NC

Incoming Professor Jeff Hirsch is looking for a research assistant this summer. The position will be for 30 hours a week, although a split summer will be considered. Labor and employment interest and experience is preferred, but not absolutely necessary. There will be two main projects. The first project will involve research on various countries' termination laws and any data on the operation of those laws that's available.

The second project will involve research for a new labor law textbook.

Anyone interested should send a resume and brief cover letter to Prof. Hirsch at:

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

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 fund 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 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

Debt Webinar from Equal Justice Works

Equal Justice Works offers periodic seminars for law students, particularly those with public interest aspirations, about how to manage student debt. The next webinar, Easing the Burden of Educational Debt: Income-Based Repayment 101, will be on Tuesday, April 21, from 2:00 to 2:30 p.m. Sign up online.

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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