Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, April 5, 2010

Events at UNC Law

THURSDAY, APRIL 8

Life of a Human Rights Lawyer: A Discussion with Azadeh Shahshahani, 12:00 p.m., 5042

CSO Presents: How I Found My Job After Graduation, 12:00 p.m., 4085

Save the Date!

Weaving a Net of Accountability: Taking on Extraordinary Rendition at the State and Regional Level, April 8-10, 2010

This conference will explore how to achieve accountability for extraordinary rendtion in North Carolina and at the regional level. Register online. For more information, view video featuring UNC Law 3Ls Taiyyaba Qureshi, Paula Kweskin, and Marianne Twu.

Sponsored by Duke Human Rights Center, North Carolina Stop Torture Now, UNC School of Law Immigration and Human Rights Policy Clinic, and Duke University Law School International Human Rights Law Society.

Funding Opportunities

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 will be available starting April 1, 2010 on the Equal Justice Works website.

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

If you are interested in signing up for a project listed below, visit http://www.law.unc.edu/studentlife/probono/projects/ for details and contact Lauren Felter at UNCProBonoProjects@gmail.com.

  • Criminal Law, Racial Justice Act, Center for Death Penalty Litigation - Durham
  • Help Charter School Reinstate Their Charter, Kirkman, Whitford, Brady and Berryman - Morehead City
  • Immigration, U.S. Marine Corps - Beaufort, SC
  • Legal Info Clinic to Help Formerly Incarcerated, NC Prisoner Legal Services - Durham
  • Service of Process N.C. Dept. of the Secretary of State - Raleigh
  • Translators for Post-Conviction/Civil Cases, N.C. Prisoner Legal Services - Raleigh
  • Updated Criminal Defense Motions Manual, NC Advocates for Justices/Lexis - Raleigh
  • Wills for Heroes Project, NC Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division - Greensboro

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES

National Litigation Project Summer Fellowships - Yale Law International Human Rights Clinic

Two summer fellowships are available with the National Litigation Project of the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic at Yale Law School. These fellowships would provide the opportunity to work closely NLP attorneys on all aspects of human rights-related litigation in U.S. courts, particularly claims arising out of counterterrorism policies, both here and abroad.

The NLP Summer Fellows will be active participants in the NLP's work, including (1) litigating the NLP's current docket of complex civil liberties cases ranging from the abuse of immigration authority to justice for torture victims; (2) conducting original research central to ongoing policy debates; and (3) developing public educational materials regarding the impact of U.S. counterterrorism tactics on human rights at the local, national and international levels. Student law interns will work closely with supervising attorneys on all of these matters. In the past, summer interns have participated in all levels, including arguing motions and taking depositions.

Please contact Bing Luo, Program Assistant, for more information. b.luo@yale.edu, 203.436.9114. Interested candidates should provide a resume, transcript and writing sample. Flexible work arrangements may be possible.

US Consumer Product Safety Commission - Legal Intern

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission seeks a legal intern to work with Commission Robert Adler for the summer of 2010 in Bethesda, Maryland. The summer position will be paid at a GS-7 or GS-9 level depending on the intern's experience. The summer intern duties will consist of legal research on issues the Commission has before it and the intern will work directly with Commissioner Adler. Interested students should submit a cover letter and resume for the resume collect period ending on March 29, 2010. Cover letters should be addressed to Commissioner Adler, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 4330 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814.

2010 Summer Workplace Fairness Internship

The National Partnership for Women & Families promotes fairness in the workplace, reproductive health and rights, access to quality affordable health care, and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. The Summer Workplace Fairness Legal Intern will work on equal employment opportunities, such as affirmative action and employment barriers affecting low-income women. Activities include appropriate assistance in monitoring enforcement of federal anti-discrimination laws, advocating for legislation on employment issues, research and writing, representing the National Partnership in coalitions, and educating the public about laws and proposals in the area, including developing fact sheets and other informational materials. Law clerks will also do legal research and writing in support of our monitoring EEOC enforcement, advocacy in support of broad and accurate interpretation of civil rights laws, and amicus litigation.

The internship is unpaid, but is available for course credit and may be full-time or part-time. We welcome interested law students to submit a cover letter, resume, brief writing sample to 2010 Summer Workplace Fairness Legal Internship, National Partnership for Women & Families, 1875 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 650, Washington, DC 20009 or to jobs@nationalpartnership.org.

UNC Law Office of Public Service Programs Service Learning Trips

This May, for the first time, the Office of Public Service Programs will be offering two service learning trips that will offer students the opportunity to gain practical legal experience.

  • Mississippi Center for Justice Trip, May 17-21, 2010
  • Disability Rights NC, May 17-28, 2010

Learn more and download application. Deadline to Apply: April 9, 2010.

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.

POST-GRADUATE OPPORTUNTIES

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, mluecking-sunman@ncpls.org.

Human Right to Housing Fellow, National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (NESRI)

The Housing Fellow will work directly with communities who are part of the Campaign to Restore National Housing Rights. The CRNHR is a national coalition of housing rights organizations and community groups working around the country that is calling on the national government to reclaim its historic commitment to provide decent housing for everyone. The work will be at both a local and a national level. Locally, the Housing Fellow will work with CRNHR communities to support their housing organizing and advocacy goals. Nationally, the Housing Fellow will work with Campaign membership around national advocacy on housing issues, including legislative proposals and policy. More broadly, the Housing Fellow will work to build the human right to housing movement in the United States, and engage with the international community, including the United Nations, around the Campaign'swork. Work responsibilities will include research and writing, coordinating communication and activities between CRNHR members, maintaining CRNHR's website and media relations, arranging logistics, and frequent travel. The position is based in New York, NY.

To apply email a resume, cover letter, short writing sample and three professional references to Tiffany M. Gardner at tiffany@nesri.org. For additional information check listing on Symplicity.

The D.C. Open Government Coalition, Executive Director

The D.C. Open Government Coalition ("DC OGC") seeks to enhance the public's access to government information and ensure the transparency of government operations of the District of Columbia. The Executive Director provides support to the Board of Directors of the DC OGC (which includes the head of government relations of the American Bar Association; representatives from the Washington Post and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press; a former D.C. Councilmember; former journalists, and representatives of local community groups and non-profit organizations) and organizes monthly Board meetings.

The Executive Director has been building a network of interested parties and meeting with representatives of the National Freedom of Information Coalition, the Chamber of Commerce, Public Citizen, local government officials, and various media outlets and we expect that the new Executive Director will continue to build these relationships. The Executive Director also oversees all legal issues relating to the DC OGC, including various corporate and tax filings and the Legal Committee of the DC OGC, which is in the process of being formed and will possibly pursue litigation opportunities in 2010. The Executive Director also works closely with outside counsel to the DC OGC, Ropes & Gray LLP, and is in frequent contact with firm attorneys. The Executive Director actively seeks grant and funding opportunities and is responsible for preparing and submitting grant applications. The Executive Director oversees the DC OGC's projects, which have included a public event regarding the effectiveness of the DC Freedom of Information Act ("DC FOIA") and an audit of the DC government's compliance with the DC FOIA.

The Executive Director position would be a good fit for someone with an entrepreneurial spirit who would enjoy the challenge of overseeing the growth of this new organization. Previous legal experience is not required. For further information, please view the organization's website (www.dcogc.org) or feel free to contact Melissa Davenport at mdavenport@dcogc.com. To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Melissa.

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: http://pslawnet.wordpress.com/.

Equal Justice Works Blog: To read about news and thoughts regarding public interest law, check out the Equal Justice Works Blog at http://equaljusticeworks.wordpress.com/.

Internship and Employment Opportunities in Capital Defense Offices: Berkeley Law's Death Penalty Clinic maintains a website that lists internship and employment opportunities in capital defense offices. Access this resource at: http://www.law.berkeley.edu/capitaldefense.htm.


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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