Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, April 7, 2014

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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. Join our Facebook page Follow us on Twitter

Events at UNC Law

Employment and Non-Discrimination Act Discussion

Tuesday, April 8, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 4085

Dean Hirsch will discuss the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would protect employees on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, and the implications it would have in North Carolina if it passed. Pizza will be served.Organized by the Labor and Employment Law Society.

Immigration Law Association Elections

Tuesday, April 8, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 4082

Come vote and decide who will be on the new ILA board!

Public Interest Law & Pro Bono Celebration

Wednesday, April 8, 11:45 a.m.-1:00 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.

Summer grant recipients and pro bono award recipients will be recognized.

Lunch catered by Mediterranean Deli will be served. We look forward to seeing you!

Questions? Contact Sylvia Novinsky, Assistant Dean for Public Service Programs.

Conference on Race, Class, Gender and Ethnicity 2015 Interest Meeting

Wednesday, April 9, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 5042

Join the CRCGE to kick off discussions about our 2015 conference! Pizza will be served.

The Economics of the ACA: A Discussion with Dr. David Podoff

Thursday, April 10, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 5042

Join the American Constitution Society and the Carolina Health Law Organization for a discussion with Dr. David Podoff, currently an Adjunct Professor in the Public Policy Institute of Georgetown University, as well as in the Department of Public Policy at UNC, on the macroeconomic implications of the Affordable Care Act in light of the most recent statistics released by the Congressional Budget Office.

Dr. Podoff will be presenting, discussing, and answering questions with the help of moderator Professor Daniel Gitterman, the Thomas Willis Lambeth Distinguished Chair in Public Policy and Senior Fellow at the Global Research Institute at UNC.

Funding Opportunities

Additional Public Interest Summer Grant Application Cycle Now Open

Due to an increase in summer grant funding this year, the committee is able to open up one more application cycle for those who received internship offers after March 20. This smaller cycle will be referred to as "Summer 2014" and has the same instructions as Spring 2014. This application cycle opens Monday, April 7 and the deadline is Sunday, May 4 at 11:58 p.m. Grant recipients will be notified on Wednesday, May 7.

Questions? Contact Samara Reynolds in the CDO.

To view and complete the Summer Grant Application visit My Carolina Law.

Public Interest Grant Recipient Mandatory Meeting

Monday, April 14 OR Thursday, April 17, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5042

Grant recipients from the fall early decision cycle and spring decision cycle are required to attend 1 of 2 mandatory meetings which will take place on Monday, April 14 and Thursday, April 17.

Please contact Dean Novinsky with any questions.

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

Upcoming Government Deadlines

Below is a sampling of upcoming deadlines for federal government honors programs (3Ls) and summer 2014 internship programs (1Ls & 2Ls). Information about each program can be found on individual department websites, as well as in the Government Honors and Internship Handbook online. If you have questions, need application assistance, or would like to be added to the govcareers email list for relevant announcements, please contact Samara Reynolds, Government Career Counselor in the CDO.

  • Florida Attorney General – Volunteer Internship Program: April 14
  • Office of the Governor Texas – Texas Governor’s Fellowship Program: April 15
  • Arkansas Office of the Attorney General – Law Clerk Program: April 30

O'Neill Institute Accepting Applications for 2014-2015 Fellows

The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law is seeking exceptionally qualified candidates to serve as O’Neill Institute Law Fellows. Housed at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., the O’Neill Institute is a leading research institute for health law. For more details about O’Neill and its ongoing work please visit the Institute's website.

Applications should be submitted online by Friday, April 25, 2014 and must include: CV, cover letter, writing sample, professional references, official law school transcripts and other graduate school transcripts (if applicable).

Any questions about the position should be directed via email to the Institute. Read more information on the position online.

Other Public Interest Events

APPLES Alternative Breaks Rural Communities Talk with Kim Pevia

Wednesday, April 9, 6:00-7:00 p.m., Student Union Room 3408 (main campus)

The APPLES Alternative Breaks - Rural Communities program will host guest speaker Kim Pevia from 6 - 7 p.m. April 9 in the Student Union, room 3408. As head of the Pembroke Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Lumbee Native American tribe and a certified life coach, Kim Pevia will share her experience growing up and engaging in community development in a low-income, rural county in North Carolina. Come to gain insight into challenges and assets of rural communities and how to be involved.

Conference on Comparative Juvenile Justice

Interested students are invited to a conference to be held at the Student Center on April 10-12. Distinguished speakers from the U.S., England/Wales, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Canada, and India will discuss the problems faced by juvenile justice systems around the world.

Learn more about the conference at its webpage. The programs for the main conference (4/11 – 4/12) and the student conference (4/10), hosted and moderated by the UNC International and Comparative Law Organization are also available online.

Please email Lance Westerlund to reserve a spot if you are interested in attending.

One Act Hosts Bystanders Skills Training on Identity-Based and Sexual Harassment

Wednesday, April 16, 5:00-7:00 p.m., Student Union Room 2422 (main campus)

One Act will host a two-hour follow-up program to its bystander skills training called Beyond Bullying: How Bystanders Can Prevent Identity-Based and Sexual Harassment. The next training is scheduled for 5 -7 p.m. April 16, in the Student Union, room 2422. Food will be provided. RSVP via email by Wednesday, April 9.

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

Projects are posted on the Pro Bono Board near the mailboxes. Students can sign up for projects on the Pro Bono Board or email

Interest Meeting for Center for Civil Rights Summer Pro Bono Projects

Tuesday, April 8, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4004

The Center for Civil Rights will offer two pro bono projects this summer. Come hear more about the projects from the Center's Managing Attorney, Mark Dorosin.

Contact Sylvia Novinsky to sign up. You do not have to attend the interest meeting to sign up. Detailed descriptions of the projects can be found on the calendar posting for this interest meeting on My Carolina Law.

Innocence Project Case Review Meeting

Tuesday, April 8, 5:00-6:30 p.m., Room 5003

This is the end-of-semester meeting for students who worked on cases for the Innocence Project in Spring of 2014 to review those cases with the NCCAI.

Naturalization Clinic Training

Wednesday, April 9, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Room 4004

Juliana Cabrales, NC Program Manager of Civic Engagement with the NALEO Educational Fund will be facilitating a training session for law students participating in the Naturalization Clinic to be held on Saturday, April 11. The training will focus on the Application for Naturalization, N-400 Form, and its recent changes. More specifically, Ms. Cabrales will be covering how to fill out the form, how to identify red flags, what the eligibility requirements are, and will be covering best practices for the group processing model for these naturalization clinics.

To add items or provide feedback, please contact Sylvia Novinsky, Assistant Dean for Public Service Programs, or Ashley McAlarney, Public Service Fellow.

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