Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, April 4, 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.

Events at UNC Law

"How I Found My Job After Graduation" Program for 3Ls
Tuesday, April 5, 12:00 p.m. - 12:50 p.m., 4085

If you are a 3L seeking a permanent job, you are not alone. On Tuesday, April 5 there will be a panel presentation and discussion, "How I Found My Job After Graduation." A panel of recent grads will share their stories, their insights, and their advice on the post-graduation job hunt. CSO Director Maria Mangano will also be providing information and handouts on looking for that first legal job after the JD. Come and get ideas, inspiration, and support.

There will be time for discussion and questions. Box lunches will be provided! Please RSVP to Lindsay Knell at knell@email.unc.edu if you will be attending and let her know whether you want roast beef, turkey, or vegetarian. You can come without an RSVP, but if you don't RSVP, we can't guarantee a lunch. Our panel will include the following alumni:

  • Lawrence Cameron ('10), Wake County DA's Office, Raleigh, NC
  • Jina Dhillon ('10), National Health Law Program, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Tod Leaven ('10), NC Prisoner Legal Services, Raleigh, NC
  • Dane Scalise ('10), Faison & Gillespie, Durham, NC
  • Giovanni Seawood Wade ('08), Schwartz & Shaw, PLLC, Raleigh, NC
  • Gus Willis ('10), Wake County PD's Office, Raleigh, NC

Lunch is generously sponsored by Special Counsel, the nation's largest legal staffing firm, with offices in Raleigh and Charlotte.

Southeastern Minority Job Fair Information Session
Wednesday, April 6, 12:00 p.m. - 12:50 p.m., 4082

The annual Southeastern Minority Job Fair (SEMJF) Information Session will take place at noon on Wednesday, April 6 in 4082. Maria Mangano and Lynne Boone will discuss the SEMJF registration, application, employer selection and interviewing processes. SEMJF is a large, off-campus interview program that takes place in Atlanta the last weekend in July. The program attracts a sizable number of schools and employers throughout the southeast. Historically, impressive numbers of Carolina Law students have secured interviews and received offers through this program. In addition, information about a number of other diversity off-campus interview programs that will take place this summer across the country will be covered.

Geographic locations for these programs include Boston, Delaware, San Francisco, and Virginia to name but a few. Among these programs are those that target and/or encourage students from a variety of different backgrounds to participate, including ethnic and racial minorities, LGBT students, disabled students and women. Please note that employers who participate in SEMJF, and many of the other diversity programs, are from a wide range of practice settings including law firms, government agencies, corporations and public defenders' offices. The Information Session will be of particular importance to 1L diversity students since the majority of interview slots at these off-campus interview programs are for current 1Ls.

Illness and Punishment: Treatment of Women Inmates in North Carolina
Monday, April 11, 12:00 p.m. - 12:50 p.m., 5046

Law Students for Reproductive Justice hosts a discussion of current health conditions for Women Inmates in North Carolina Prisons. Professor Carrie Basas will speak on her health survey of women in prisons, her motivations for this research and the links that may exist between illness and punishment. LSRJ will also discuss the shackling of pregnant inmates in North Carolina prison's during labor and delivery.

Pizza will be served.

Pro Bono Celebration and Publico Awards Ceremony
Wednesday, April 13, 11:40 a.m. - 12:50 p.m., Rotunda

UNC School of Law's Office of Public Service Programs invites you to the Annual Celebration of Pro Bono and Public Interest as we honor students, faculty, and community attorneys dedicated to public interest and pro bono service.

Refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing you!

Other Public Interest Events

Charlotte Law Public Interest Law Society (PILS)/Pro Bono Program Saturday Service Day
Saturday, April 9, 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Charlotte School of Law

The Saturday program allows law students from across the state to network and chat about public interest work being performed across the state. The Saturday Service Day will also give free student training for the Beazer Restitution Fund clinics, Charlotte Law's signature service project that may be applicable to Beazer Homes located in your communities! See: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2010/11/19/1849344/homeowners-get-help-to-tap-into.html.

Agenda for the day: enjoy a free lunch, network and hear about law student public interest work from across the state (11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.), receive Beazer Restitution Fund training (1 p.m. to 2 p.m.), participate in a legal service project (Beazer Restitution Fund Clinic) that afternoon from 2 to 4pm, and enjoy a day near the heart of downtown Charlotte!

This Saturday event will be held at the Charlotte School of Law--for directions: http://www.charlottelaw.edu/about/aboutcontent.aspx?id=52. To participate, confirm by March 25, 2011 if you can attend. If you have any additional questions, call 704.971.8590 or email slew@charlottelaw.edu.

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

Current Pro Bono Projects

Projects are posted on the Pro Bono Board near the mailboxes and are listed online at http://www.law.unc.edu/studentlife/probono/projects/. Students can sign up for projects on the Pro Bono Board or email Lauren Felter at UNCProBonoProjects@gmail.com.

Pro Bono Celebration and Publico Awards Ceremony

Mark your calendars for the 2010-2011 Pro Bono Celebration and Publico Awards Reception on April 13 at noon in the Rotunda! This annual ceremony celebrates the outstanding pro bono service of students, student groups, faculty, and alumni at UNC Law. Join us for this event!

Announcing the Pro Bono Board for 2011-2012!

  • Faculty Supervisor: Dean Novinsky
  • Director: Bethan Eynon
  • 3L Class Coordinator: Carla Hermida
  • 2L Class Coordinator: Meriwether Evans
  • Alumni Outreach Coordinator: Danielle Gonderinger
  • Attorney Projects Coordinator: Yolanda Fair
  • Group Projects Coordinator: Elizabeth Morgan
  • New Projects Development Coordinator: Lauren Cranford
  • Public Relations Coordinator: Jaha Avery
  • Special Trips Coordinator: Adam Parker
  • Special Trips Coordinator: Andrew Brown
  • Winter/Spring Break Coordinator: Shonaka Ellison

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 Intern, Medical-Legal Partnership
Chapel Hill, NC

Summer Intern will work with the Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) Program of Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC) to assist in the development of a strategic plan to implement a new Medical-Legal partnership between LANC, UNC Children's Hospital, and the UNC Law School.

This collaboration is in its early stages and the Summer Intern will play a pivotal role in assessing the needs, capacities, and priorities of each of the three major collaborators. The goal of this work is to help to design a sustainable MLP program that is responsive to the needs of the collaborating organizations and their shared patients and clients.

Demonstrated commitment to legal advocacy for low-income families. Project development experience. Interest and/or background in public health, health care delivery, and the role of legal services in addressing the social determinants of health. Experience with collecting and synthesizing information from a variety of sources and drafting recommendations. Travel is required. Prior experience with Legal Aid of North Carolina or a similar organization would be a plus.

Start date is May 27, 2011. $3,500 stipend for 10 weeks.

Summer Intern - the United States Bankruptcy Administrator's Office
Wilson and Raleigh, NC

The Bankruptcy Administrator's Office is offering an unpaid internship for both its Wilson and Raleigh offices. In your cover letter, please specify which office location you prefer (if any). The duties associated with this internship are as follows:

  1. Assists Staff Attorneys in the review of financial condition of Chapter 11 cases and prepares reports, correspondence and documents as directed with recommended action to appropriate supervisor. Participates in the examination of debtor's books, records, and internal controls under direct supervision.
  2. Provides support to higher-level positions in monitoring and examining monthly operating reports; financial statements; pleadings and court documents and other duties related to the supervision of the administration of Chapter 11 cases.
  3. Assists in the review of Chapter 7 individual cases for presumptive abuse by the debtor. Compiles and collects supportable documentation. Enters data and information in office's computerized database system.
  4. Prepares necessary documents as requested. Drafts non-routine documents that may require research and analysis.
  5. Performs legal research and analysis and communicates results to the Bankruptcy Administrator or Staff Attorneys orally or in writing; recommends appropriate action.
  6. Performs data entry functions, provides administrative support by scanning, copying, filing, and locating files and documents as requested by higher level positions.

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! See a few recently added postings below!

Higher Education Law Fellowship - University of North Carolina - Office of University Counsel
Chapel Hill, NC

UNC-Chapel Hill's Office of University Counsel is currently accepting applications for at least two higher education law fellowships with the Office of University Counsel and at least one additional higher education law fellowship that may be assigned to or work closely with the system-level legal office at UNC General Administration (also located in Chapel Hill). They are interested in receiving applications from graduating students (Class of 2011) as well as graduates from the Class of 2009 and 2010, especially those who have completed clerkships or related fellowships. A detailed posting with information about how to apply is in the Job Bank. An estimated start date could be as early as July for those who have already passed the bar (or are not planning to take it this year), or in mid- to late-August for those sitting for the July bar. Carolina Law grads who have worked as University Counsel Fellows in the past learned a lot and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Salary expected to be between $40,000 - 48,000.

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 http://nalpexchange.org/home.cfm?CFID=35863430&CFTOKEN=18796325.

Check Symplicity regularly for both summer and post-graduation opportunities.

Summer Funding Opportunities

Apply for Equal Justice Works Summer Corps 2011

Summer Corps is an AmeriCorps-funded program that in 2011 will provide 700 law students with the opportunity to earn a $1,132 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award for dedicating their summer to a qualifying legal project at a nonprofit public interest organization. To learn more about the program please visit the new Summer Corps webpage. The application will be available on the website beginning on March 16 and must be completed by April 5.

Program highlights for and changes for 2011 include:

  • Larger Education Award: The amount of the education award has increased from $1,000 to $1,132 in 2011.
  • More Opportunities: More Summer Corps funding opportunities mean more opportunities for law students to get involved in the public interest field. The 2011 Summer Corps program will be our largest class to date.
  • Summer Corps Standouts Awards and Publicity: The Summer Corps Standout Program was started in 2009 to recognize members for their innovative approach to meeting the needs of an underserved or marginalized person or community. Winners received an article promoting their service on our public interest blog and more!
  • Improved Efficiency: The paperwork requirements have been drastically reduced to further improve the service experience. The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award is now available electronically and students are able to apply the voucher soon after they finish their service. Please check to make sure your law school is able to accept electronic transfers from the National Service Trust. If your school is not yet registered, please visit the Segal Education Award website.
  • The National Service Movement: National service is as important as ever and law students play an important role in bridging the justice gap. Summer Corps members have consistently reported that their summer internships solidified their commitment to public interest law, while reigniting their passion for the legal profession.

Public Service Resources

Check out the Public Interest Job Search Guide!

The Public Interest Job Search Guide provides practical advice on how to conduct your job or summer internship search, a suggested timeline for all students, a list of resources, and information about public interest law organizations. Access this resource.


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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