Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Thursday, August 21, 2008

Events at UNC Law

Equal Justice Works Career Fair Info Session
8/28, 12pm, Room 4004
2Ls and 3Ls interested in the Equal Justice Works Career Fair should plan to attend this session discussing the Career Fair and registration process. Students who attended last year will also be there to talk about their experiences.
  • Career Fair: Over 75 employers have already registered for the Career Fair and are currently accepting resumes. Submit your resumes soon, as interview slots fill up early. The deadline to submit resumes to employers is September 12, 2008. For information on how to register for the Conference and Career Fair, please click here.
  • Registration: Each school receives a number of free registrations. Please contact Sylvia Novinsky for more info or attend the EJW Info Session. Once registered, students must be approved by Dean Novinsky to receive a free registration.
Pro Bono Open House
9/4, 12pm, Room TBD
Come hear about all of the ways to get involved with pro bono work. Hear from student organizations who sponsor pro bono projects, students who have done pro bono work, and learn what projects are available and how to find something that suits your interests!

Heels on the Street
9/5, 12-5pm
UNC Law's annual Heels on the Street will take place on Friday September 5th. Lunch will be served at the law school at 12, and participants will leave at 1 to work at community service placements including the Salvation Army, PTA Thriftstore, Friends of DSS, Pennies for Change, Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House, and more. To celebrate the day of hard work, SBA will host a Bar Review at He's Not Here that evening.

Pro Bono Panel: Discussing Reform of NC's Mental Health System
9/10, 4:30-6pm, Room TBD
The Pro Bono Program presents a panel discussion on the reform of North Carolina's mental health system. The topics discussed will include the context for state reform in 2001, the results of the 2001 reform, and the resulting on-going questions about reform.
Interested in pro bono? Interested in policy? Interested in mental health and disability law? Interested in being an informed citizen and practitioner in our state? If so, please be sure to attend.

Public Defender Mentor Project Informational Meeting
9/11, 12pm, Room 4004
The mission of the UNC Public Defender Mentor Project is to provide law students interested in public defense with a source of information and support, an established link to relevant faculty, and a means of identifying other students with similar interests and aspirations. At this organizational meeting, we will discuss the Project's resources and its programs for the year. Law students who worked for PD offices over the summer, including the D.C. Public Defender Service and the Wake County PD's Office, will speak about their experiences and answer questions. Bring your lunch, and we'll provide dessert!
If you cannot attend the meeting or have questions about the PD Mentor Project, please contact Professor Tamar Birckhead at or 962-6107.

Federal Government Jobs Information Session
9/12, 12pm, Room 4085
Attorneys from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Reserve Bank (and more) will be here to discuss the application process, daily life as a government attorney, and more.
Questions? Contact Kim Silver in the CSO at

Disorientation 2008
9/13, 4pm, 1025 West Main Street, Carrboro
Sponsored by the UNC Law National Lawyers Guild and other student groups
Do you see injustice everywhere and want to do something about it? Please join other lawyers, activists and UNC law students working in social justice for a cookout, games, and inspiration. Your presence will help remind law students that public interest lawyering is rewarding, compelling and essential.
Email Miriam, Tana or Travis at for more info or to RSVP.

Save the Date!

Women's Equality Day
Tuesday, 8/26, 11-2, Polk Place-Wilson Library
The Women's Center is hosting Women's Equality Day, a celebration to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment. Stop by for cake, information on voter registration, inspiring films, and other goodies!

Family Violence Prevention Center of Orange County: Volunteer Training
Volunteers are needed to participate in the agency's fall volunteer training scheduled to begin on Sept. 9. The training is designed to help volunteers assist victims of domestic violence as hotline advocates, child care providers, court advocates, and community educators. Ten sessions will be conducted over four weeks. To learn more or to obtain an application, contact Colleen Duffy at, (919) 929-3872 or stop by the agency's office at 201 East Rosemary St in Chapel Hill (corner of Rosemary and Henderson).

Tuesday 9/23, 6pm, Location TBA
Participate in an interactive panel discussion on racism, sexism, and ageism in media coverage of the 2008 presidential election. Learn practical skills for interpreting campaign messages and images that will help make you a more informed consumer of political news and advertising.  Hosted by the Women's Center.

2008 Peggy Browning National Law Students Workers' Rights Conference
The Peggy Browning Fund will be holding its annual National Law Students Workers' Rights Conference on October 17-18, 2008 at the George Meany Center for Labor Studies in Silver Spring, Maryland. This is a tremendous opportunity for students interested in workers' rights. The Conference begins on Friday evening with a reception, dinner, film presentation and discussion. On Saturday, you will have the opportunity to attend workshops on all aspects of workers' rights and labor law. For more information and a registration form, see

UNC Law may select up to three students to attend the conference. Students interested in attending should have a demonstrated interest in either workers' rights issues or public interest law. Additionally, the Peggy Browning Fund will cover the conference fee, as well as on-site meals and lodging expenses, for one student from UNC Law (all students are responsible for a registration fee of $25 and transportation costs). The other two students will have to pay a conference fee and lodging expenses, in addition to the registration fee and transportation costs.

If you are interested in attending the conference, please contact Sylvia Novinsky, Assistant Dean for Public Service Programs, no later than August 22 at or at 962-7813.

Fall Fellowship Opportunities

Interested in a part-time civil rights fellowship during the school year?
Calling for Applications for the School Year Pollitt Fellowship at the ACLU in Raleigh!

This fellowship was established in 1992 to honor the work of retired UNC Law Professor, Dan Pollitt. Professor Pollitt was a long time board member of the North Carolina ACLU and is an ardent member of the civil rights movement. This fellowship provides a UNC law student with an opportunity to work for social and economic justice in North Carolina.

Each year one 2L or 3L Carolina Law student receives the Daniel Pollitt school year fellowship that allows the student to work at the ACLU in Raleigh approximately 10-12 hours per week each semester. The exact schedule is worked out between the recipient and the Executive Director of the ACLU; some work may be done remotely. The recipient will be paid $1500 (minus taxes) per semester.

If interested, please submit your resume, transcript, cover letter, and a short writing sample (in hard copy or by email) to Sylvia Novinsky, Assistant Dean for Public Service Programs by Wednesday, August 27. A small pool of applicants will be submitted to the ACLU which will make the final decision on the recipient. The main criteria upon which Fellowship selection is based are interest in civil rights and a demonstrated commitment to social justice. Top half of the class is preferred.
Address cover letters to: Katherine Lewis Parker, ACLU of North Carolina, PO Box 28004, Raleigh, NC 27611. Contact Dean Novinsky if you have any questions.

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

ACLU School to Prison Pipeline Research Project
ACLU of North Carolina seeks a law student for an extensive pro bono project involving the School to Prison Pipeline in North Carolina. The student will perform guided research on the school to prison pipeline, a widely accepted label for the nationwide increase in students being channeled out of public schools and into the juvenile justice system and alternative schools, with a is proportionate effect on students of color, students with disabilities and students with disadvantaged economic backgrounds. Using cues from national and state studies and reports of the pipeline, the student will research and create a report on the situation in North Carolina, detailing the "stops" along the pipeline and offering some recommendations for addressing this issue in the state. Elements of the report will then be used in the ACLU's legislative and racial justice programs, and work used in actual publications will be attributed to the student (get your name in print on an ACLU report!).

Students will not be required to travel to Raleigh regularly. There is no minimum class level required, and the student will be expected to work around 120 hours. Please submit applications of interest (including a cover letter, resume, short (about 5 pages) writing sample, and transcript) to Rebecca Headen, Racial Justice Project Coordinator (, and Sarah Preston, Legislative Director (

DVAP 50B Pro Bono Project for 3Ls
DVAP's 50B Project trains and facilitates 3L students in the representation of domestic violence victims in temporary protective order hearings in Orange and Chatham counties.

Here's how it works:

  • Sign up and attend lunch meeting (TBA).
  • Come to 2 evening training sessions
  • Participate in a mock trial in October for feedback and practice a hearing
  • Sign up for the dates YOU want to take cases based on your schedule
  • 1 week before the hearing date, receive details and a supervising attorney to help you
  • Interview your client
  • Stand up before a judge and advocate for your client!
Anyone with experience in the domestic violence field is welcome, but it is NOT required or necessary! Participants must have taken or be enrolled in trial ad, evidence, and professional responsibility. If there is space available, 2Ls will be considered for training who will have completed 3 semesters of law school and have the appropriate prerequisites. These students would be eligible to be practice certified and take cases in the Spring. Volunteers are also needed to be witnesses in our mock trials. It's a fun, low-commitment way to help out the program and have free dinner.

Spots are limited, so please contact Laura Stephens Chipman at immediately if you are interested in participating in training this fall.

Job Opportunities on PSLawNet

Postgraduate Fellowships:
For those interested in exploring fellowship opportunities, PSLawNet has a tremendous amount of information - from the basics to more detailed application tips - on its fellowship Background Information and Resources page at

PSLawNet also maintains a deadline calendar for fellowships. The following fellowship applications are due in August:

  • Urban Justice Center-Homelessness Outreach and Prevention Project (8/21)
  • Voting Rights Fellow-VRE - Brennan Center for Justice (8/29)
  • Legal Aid Bureau, Inc.-Main Office (MD) (8/31)
  • Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)-Immigrant Justice Project (8/31)

Summer Internships:
PSLawNet is a great source for summer 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 see more information and job postings, go to

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

Public Service Fellowship Award Program from the ABA Section of Taxation
The Public Service Fellowships are open to recent J.D. and LL.M. graduates and judicial clerks who commit to working in tax-related public interest, non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations for two years. Applicants must select and arrange employment with those organizations prior to applying for the Fellowship, and must confirm that their work will involve taxation or the administration of tax law. Up to two Fellowships will be awarded each year, and the Section will fund the salary, benefits and law school debt service (when applicable) for each award recipient. The Section is now accepting applications for the 2009 Fellowships, with a deadline of October 15, 2008.
Detailed information and a downloadable application is available at

Women's Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program in D.C.
The Women's Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program offers fellowships for public interest lawyers from across the United States who are committed to advancing women's rights throughout their careers. During the fellowship year, participants gain invaluable experience by working on women's issues in Washington, D.C. with a public interest organization or governmental agency and by participating in educational and professional development opportunities provided by WLPPFP. The deadline for applications for the 2009-2010 Women's Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program is October 31, 2008.
For more information and an application, visit

Public Interest OCIs:
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)

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

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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