Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, April 6, 2009

About the Pro Bono Newsletter

The Public Service Newsletter is a weekly publication of the Office of Public Service Programs at UNC School of Law. This newsletter contains up-to-date information regarding public service job opportunities, pro bono opportunities, as well as information on public service events and news at Carolina Law and in the local community.

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Events at UNC Law

National Day of Silence T-Shirt Sales
Mon 4/6-Thurs 4/9, Rotunda, 11:30 am-12:30 pm
In conjunction with National Day of Silence, Lambda will be selling red cotton UNC Lambda/National Day of Silence t-shirts in the Rotunda the weeks of March 30th and April 6th. The t-shirts are $15 each (cash or check). National Day of Silence is Friday, April 17th. Because Friday is a "reading day" at the law school, we will be observing on Wednesday, April 15th. On Wednesday, April 15th everyone should wear their shirt to school and the result will be a profound statement.

NLG Elections
Mon 4/6, 12 pm, Room 4085

Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) Elections
Tues 4/7, 12 pm, Room 4082

Public Interest Pro Bono Celebration
Tues 4/7, 5:30 pm, Rotunda
C-PILO, the Pro Bono Program and the Office of Public Service Programs invite you to join us in celebrating our students', faculty and staff pro bono and public interest law accomplishments.
Honoring: C-PILO grant recipients, Pro Bono certificate recipients, Pro Bono Publico award recipients, IOLTA grant recipients, other summer grant recipients, Winston Crisp Student Leader of the Year award, Public Interest Peer Mentor of the Year, and Pro Bono Publico Award recipients.
For more information contact: Sylvia Novinsky, Assistant Dean for Public Service Programs at

Disability Law Organization Elections
Wed 4/8, 12 pm, Room 4004

Domestic Violence Action Project (DVAP) Elections
Wed 4/8, 12 pm, Room 5054

Race and Religion in the Age of Obama
Wed 4/8, 12 pm, Room 4082
UNC Federalist Society invites the "Weekly Standard's" Terry Eastland for a discussion on the religious and racial legal challenges the Obama and Democratic administration will face and the conservative agenda for the next four years.
Free LUNCH will be served.

Poverty and the Recession in North Carolina: Challenges and Opportunities
Thurs 4/9, George Watts Hill Alumni Center
Sponsored by the Center for Poverty, Work, and Opportunity
Join us as we assemble state and national experts to discuss the effect of the current economic crisis on the poor and near-poor in the U.S. and North Carolina.
Featured speakers include the Honorable Joe Hackney, Speaker of the N.C. House of Representatives and President of the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Honorable Brad Miller, Representative to Congress from North Carolina.

Registration is free to students! Visit for more information and to register.

Water, Race, and Municipal Exclusion: A Discussion of the Landmark Zanesville, Ohio Civil Rights Case
Mon 4/13, 12 pm, Room 5052
The UNC Center for Civil Rights hosts Reed Colfax from Relman & Dane, PLLC and Allen Parnell from the Cedar Grove Institute for Sustainable Communities for a presentation on the landmark Zanesville, Ohio municipal exclusion case and the use of GIS-based evidence. Attorney Reed Colfax and demographer, Allen Parnell, led the case which resulted in a jury awarding $11 million to African American residents who were denied access to water because of race discrimination.

Public Service News

UNC Law Students Work with Legal Aid to Draft Wills for Low-Income, Rural Residents

Summer Employment Opportunities

Upcoming Job Bank Deadlines:
Criminal Appeals Bureau Parole Advocacy Intern- New York, NY (4/10)
Guilford County Public Defender- Greensboro, NC (4/10)
NC Center on Actual Innocence- Durham, NC (4/10)
PSLawNet Project Assistant- Washington, DC (4/10)
New! The Regulator Fund- Washington, DC (Work off-site in NC) (4/14)
Office of Legal Affairs, UNC Charlotte- Charlotte, NC (4/14)
The Florence Project- Florence, AZ (4/16)
New! NC Department of State Treasurer- Raleigh, NC (4/17)
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission- Miami, FL (4/24)
Brooklyn Legal Services- Brooklyn, NY (4/30)
CASA for Children of DC- Washington, DC (5/1)
NC Coastal Land Trust- Wilmington, NC (5/1) Washington, DC (5/15)
UNC Center for Civil Rights- Chapel Hill, NC (5/15)
Council for Children's Rights- Charlotte, NC (Rolling/5/16)

Summer Research Assistantships (See Symplicity for more details)
Professor Alfred Brophy (Accepted until filled)
Professor Caroline N. Brown (4/17)
Professor Scott Childs (4/15)
Professor Charles Daye (4/15)
Professor Victor Flatt (5/1)
Professor Lolly Gassaway (5/1)
Professors Joan Krause & Richard Saver (joint RA position) (4/15)
Professor Richard Myers (4/21)
NC Center on Actual Innocence- Durham, NC (4/10)
Dean Podger Smith (4/16)

For a complete list of employers participating in Spring Recruitment, visit

Expand Your Job Search Beyond Symplicity: Search PSLawNet!
PSLawNet is a great source for summer and permanent positions, both paid and unpaid. Registration is free to UNC Law students and allows you to search for jobs based on practice areas, location, and more. To get started, visit

Summer Funding Opportunities

For summer funding sources, click here.

Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

ABA Section of Taxation Public Service Fellowship Program (8/1)
National Women's Law Center- Washington, DC (8/31)
New! NC Center for Voter Education- Raleigh, NC (4/16)
PSLawNet Fellowship- 2009-2010 (Submit applications AFTER January 14, 2009)
New! Public Justice- Washington, DC (5/12)
UNC Center for Civil Rights Fellowship (7/31)

Postgraduate Opportunities For 2Ls:
Skadden and Equal Justice Works Fellowships- The Center for HIV Law and Policy (6/20)

For more opportunities, check PSLawNet at

Public Service Resources

"The Power of Networking in a Tough Economy" (February 26, 2009)
CSO Counselors Lynn Boone, Holly Bryan, Maria Mangano, and Louise Harris, Assistant Dean for Alumni and Special Programs, speak to the importance of networking both as a law student and a lawyer, and particularly in a tough economy. To listen to the program, click here.

To add items or provide feedback, please contact Sylvia Novinsky, Assistant Dean for Public Service Programs, or Allison Standard, RA, Public Service Programs.

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