Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, April 8, 2013

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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.

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Events at UNC Law

Annual Celebration of Pro Bono and Public Interest

Wednesday, April 10, 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.

Career Corner

"How I Found My Job After Graduation" Program for 3Ls

Tuesday, April 9, Noon-12:50 p.m., Room 4085

If you are a 3L seeking a permanent job, you are not alone. On Tuesday, April 9, a panel of 2012 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! RSVPs for lunch at the event were due last Friday, but students are still welcome to attend the event without an RSVP, although lunch might not be guaranteed.

Info Session on Post-Graduate Fellowships

Thursday, April 11, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4082

Post-graduate fellowships are an important avenue for students pursuing public interest employment. Adrienne Allison, CSO Public Interest Career Counselor, and Sylvia Novinsky, Assistant Dean for Public Service, will discuss various type of fellowships, application deadlines and procedures, and resources for researching fellowship opportunities.

This program will be particularly helpful to 2Ls, since deadlines for post-graduate fellowships are commonly in the fall of 3L year.

Fall On-Campus Interview Information

As you begin to finalize your plans for the summer, please keep the following dates in mind:

  • On-Campus Interviews begin on Monday, August 12 and will run through Monday, September 30, 2013. No interviews will be scheduled September 2-6.
  • The names of the employers who will be participating in Fall OCIs will be available in Symplicity in early June and bidding will begin in late July. Fall classes begin on Monday, August 26.

Be sure to check your UNC email account in the coming weeks and during the summer as the CSO will be providing you with more details about these important programs via their newsletter.

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

Summer Research Assistant Position--Coastal Law

The NC Coastal Resources Law, Planning and Policy Center is seeking a law student this summer to assist in researching legal, scientific and policy issues of importance to coastal North Carolina. The position is for 30 hours a week for six weeks, usual law school research assistant pay. Any student interested should contact Lisa Schiavinato, the center's co-director. Please include a current resume and a writing sample. Visit online for more information about the coastal center and its activities.

Are you registered on PSJD?

If you are pursuing a public interest career path, registration with is a must. PSJD is a major clearinghouse of public interest job listings for both summer and permanent jobs, as well as fellowships. Carolina Law is a subscriber, which enables our students and alumni to have full access to PSJD's employer organization profiles and job listings. PSJD also has a wealth of information about funding opportunities and fellowships, both domestic and international. Register today!

Other Public Interest Events

"Racial Justice and Environmental Sustainability: Lessons from the Shore"

Center for the Study of the American South Hutchins Lecture
Thursday, April 11, 4:30-6:00 p.m., University Room, Hyde Hall (main campus).

A scholar interested in the social, legal, and environmental history of beaches, coastal property, and waterfront real estate development in the United States, Dr. Andrew Kahrl examines how coastal areas both reflect and constitute relations of power, of tensions between human and environmental exploitation. His talk will trace the rise of southern beach resorts and coastal real estate from the perspective of the African American communities who once lived, worked, and played along these shores, and who have increasingly succumbed to the combined forces of man and nature. These ideas are more fully explored in his book The Land was Ours: African American Beaches from Jim Crow to the Sunbelt South, published this spring by Harvard University Press. Learn more.

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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