Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Thursday, July 24, 2008

About the Pro Bono Newsletter

This is our first UNC School of Law Public Service Newsletter for the 2008-2009 year! This newsletter will contain 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. This year we have a new look - hope you like it!

If you would like to receive the public service newsletter directly to your email (and you did not receive the newsletter last year), please contact Allison Standard, RA for Public Service Programs at

Please let us know what you would like to see in the newsletter!

Allison Standard '09
Research Assistant, Public Service Programs

Sylvia Novinsky
Assistant Dean for Public Service Programs

Public Service Events

Lavender Law Conference
The annual Lavender Law Conference, sponsored by the National Lesbian and Gay Law Foundation, is being held in San Francisco on September 4 - 6, 2008. This year marks the 20th Anniversary celebration of Lavender Law, so many special events have been planned for this year's convention. Practicing Attorneys, Scholars, Students, and leading member of the Judiciary will attend this year's events. There is both a Career Fair (with an opportunity to meet with over 150 recruiters) and a Conference. For details on the program, visit:

The Path to Becoming a Public Defender
July 26, 8am-5pm
Washington, DC
Mini conference for law students interested in exploring careers in indigent criminal defense, featuring career, skills and substantive tracks and speakers from defense offices throughout the US.
The George Washington University Law School
2000 H Street NW
Cost: Free

Public Service News

Four Carolina Law Students Named to Summer Corps 2008:
Congratulations to Tilde Carbia, Natasha El-Sergany, Vivian Intermont, and Chavi Khanna, named as 2008 Summer Corps members! Summer Corps is sponsored by Equal Justice works, and members represent 125 Equal Justice Works law schools from around the nation. For more information about the Summer Corps program, visit

Summer Corps 2008 Members:
Tilde Carbia (3L): Capital Post-Conviction Project of Louisiana, New Orleans, LA
Natasha El-Sergany (2L): North Carolina Justice Center, Raleigh, NC
Vivian Intermont
(2L): Legal Aid Society of New York - Brooklyn Office of the Juvenile Rights Practice, Brooklyn, NY
Chavi Khanna
(3L): The Lawyers' Committee on Civil Rights Under Law, Washington, DC

IRS Clarifies Rule for Tax Payments on Law School Loans that are Forgiven
Law schools that were concerned their students might have to pay taxes on loans that are forgiven got some reassurance from the Internal Revenue Service last month that students don't have to claim the erased loans as income.
In a IRS revenue ruling, the agency clarified that the privilege of not claiming the erased loans as income doesn't apply only to students who go into the nursing, medical and teaching professions, as suggested by a 2006 tax court opinion, but rather also includes the legal profession.
Specifically, the IRS clarification says that a law school graduate can work for a public interest or community service organization, a legal aid office or clinic, a prosecutor's office, a public defender's office or another local, state or federal government office and qualify for avoiding taxes on the loan write-off.

To read the full article, click here.

PSLawNet Gets a New Look!
PSLawNet, a free resource for all Carolina Law students, has updated their website with more user-friendly features as well as new information and resources. Opportunities in the database include internships (fall, spring, and summer), postgraduate fellowships, and a wide variety of permanent positions. PSLawNet includes over 11,000 organizational profiles for nonprofit, government, and other public interest employers spanning the globe. PSLawNet is also a great source to find outside funding sources for unpaid or low-paying internships. Visit to get started!

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

On Campus Interviews

The following public interest employers will be interviewing on campus:

Phase 2: (bidding ends 8/7)
Legal Aid of NC - Multi-offices (2L & 3L)
Public Defender Service - Washington, DC (2L & 3L)
Naval Legal Service Office Mid-Atlantic (Norfolk, VA) (3L)
UNC School of Government (3L)
Federal Public Defender, Raleigh, NC (2L & 3L)

Phase 3: (bidding ends 8/14)
Chesapeake Public Defender - Chesapeake, VA (2L & 3L)

Phase 4: (bidding ends 8/21)
Federal Reserve Board (Washington, DC) (2L & 3L)
Office of the Comptroller of Currency (multiple locations) (3L)
US Army Corps of Engineers (multiple locations) (3L)
US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (Washington, DC) (2L & 3L)
US Securities and Exchange Commission (Washington, DC) (2L & 3L)

Resume Collection: (due 9/14)
Miami-Dade County State Attorney's Office (Miami, FL) (3L)

Phase 5: (bidding ends 8/28)
Office of Chief Counsel, IRS (multiple locations) (2L & 3L)

Phase 6: (bidding ends 9/4)
US Air Force JAG Corps (Seymour Johnson Air Force Base) (2L & 3L)

Resume Collection: (due 9/28)
Ohio Attorney General's Office (Columbus, OH) (2L & 3L)

Firms Offering Split Summers:
Along with public interest employers interviewing on campus, there are several law firms offer a split public interest summer program participating in OCIs. These firms allow a summer associate to work part of the summer with a public interest organization and part of the summer with a firm, paying the summer associate a firm salary for the entire summer.
For a list of firms that currently offer split public interest summer experiences, see

Split Summer Program with Sutherland
Sutherland will interview on-campus August 21st for their DC & Atlanta offices for summer associate positions. In addition to their traditional associate program, Sutherland offers an alternative program combining seven to eight weeks at Sutherland with three to four weeks at: nonprofit organizations serving pro bono clients, community or public service programs, or judicial, government or corporate internships. You may also submit a proposal to custom design your own program. This option, which offers pay for the full period, encourages you to diversify your summer experience and support our community. Bid through Symplicity from 7/25-7/31.

Summer 2009 and Entry Level Positions with the U.S. Department of Justice
Application Deadline 9/2/08:
The application deadline is midnight eastern time on Tuesday, September 2, 2008 for the Summer Honors Intern Program and the entry level Attorney General's Honors Program. For more information and application materials, see the USDOJ Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management site ( If you were not able to attend the USDOJ information session held April 8th, the audio of the session is available here. If you have questions or would like assistance with your application, please contact Kim Silver in the CSO at 919-843-8848 or

Equal Justice Works Career Fair
For those looking for either summer or permanent public interest employment, don't forget that the largest national public interest job fair will take place on October 10 and 11 in Washington, DC. A variety of employers participate, including non profits, prosecutor and public defender offices, government agencies and private law firms. We will forward more information as it becomes available this summer. In the meantime, continue to check the Equal Justice Works site at or contact Sylvia Novinsky at

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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