Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, April 19, 2010

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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."

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


Legal Aid of North Carolina, Farmworker Unit, Summer Internship

The primary work of this intern will be to catalog materials about farmworkers. Most of these materials are pleadings from cases involving substantive issues of farmworker law or common procedural issues related to farmworker cases; some are studies or government reports about work-related problems of farmworkers or the efficacy of laws or rules which purportedly ameliorate those problems. The intern will use his/her legal skills to analyze the pleadings and other materials and create indexes so that these materials can be readily accessed. In addition, the intern will complete at least one research and writing assignment that can be used as a professional writing sample. The intern may also participate in the Unit's outreach program, joining Unit attorneys and paralegals in visiting migrant farmworkers at their labor camp homes on weeknight evenings.

Qualifications: Required: excellent legal research and writing skills; excellent legal analytical skills; strong organizational and computer skills. Spanish-speaking ability is a plus, but is not required.

Compensation: This is an unpaid internship. Students should check with their individual law schools for alternative sources of funding for public interest internships.

Application Deadline: Position is open until May 15. Initial review of applications is May 1. Send cover letter, resume, writing sample, and names/contact information of three references to the Farmworker Unit, Legal Aid of North Carolina, P.O. Box 26626, Raleigh, NC 27611 or via FAX to (919) 856-2187 or email to

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.


Nicholas Institute Associate in Policy and Research

The Nicholas Institute together with faculty and students in the Nicholas School of the Environment are at the leading edge of research and modeling aimed at designing a cost effective national carbon capture and storage (CCS) network to reduce atmospheric carbon and mitigate global warming. The Institute is seeking an Associate in Policy and Research to help build expertise in the federal and state regulatory framework that would govern a national CCS pipeline system and identify gaps in the regulatory structure that represent barriers to implementation.

As part of the CCS team, this associate will focus primarily on analyzing the current legal landscape for CCS, researching policy mechanisms to address gaps in the CCS regulatory framework, and communicating results to a policy audience. In addition to policy research, responsibilities may include the synthesis and review of CCS pipeline modeling and economic analysis, drafting policy memos and reports, coordinating events and workshops, and developing grant proposals. The Associate will work directly with the CCS team in the Durham, NC office.

The Nicholas Institute at Duke University is a nonpartisan institute founded in 2005 to engage with decision makers in government, the private sector, and the nonprofit community to develop innovative solutions to critical environmental challenges.

A graduate degree is required, preferably in law or environmental policy. Applicants should have excellent research and writing skills and must demonstrate the ability to evaluate regulatory structures at the federal and state levels. Applicants should be able to work effectively and flexibly within interdisciplinary teams on complex projects, and be comfortable taking initiative, working independently when the opportunity arises.

To Apply: Please send cover letter, resume, contact information for two professional references, and a writing sample to Kate Claflin at with "Associate in Policy and Research" in the subject line. Applications received by April 23rd will be given priority. Please call 919-681-9647 if you have questions.

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

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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