Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Thursday, August 25, 2011

About the Pro Bono Newsletter

Welcome back! 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.

Events at UNC Law

Equal Justice Works Career Fair Information Session

Tuesday, August 30, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., 4082

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls Interested in Public Interest Employment! This Info Session will discuss the Equal Justice Works Career Fair (for national public interest organizations) and registration process. Students who attended last year will also be there to talk about their experiences.

Career Fair: Registration for the Career Fair is now open. The deadline to submit resumes to employers is September 12, 2011. Registration is $25 per student. For information on how to register for the Conference and Career Fair, please visit

Contact Sylvia Novinsky, Assistant Dean for Public Service Programs, if you have any questions about the career fair.

CPILO General Interest Meeting

Tuesday, September 1, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., 4085

Come learn about CPILO, Carolina Public Interest Law Organization, and how to get involved this year.

Welcome Back Ice Cream Social with Career Services

Wednesday, September 7, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Rotunda

Stop by the Rotunda to make yourself an ice cream sundae and meet or get reacquainted with the Career Services Office staff!

Other Public Interest Opportunities

Sign up for the Public Interest Peer Mentoring Program!

The School of Law offers a Public Interest Peer Mentor Program that matches first-year students interested in public interest work with like-minded second- and third-year students. Students are matched up based on practice areas of interest, among other factors.

Mentors meet with their mentees on an individual basis throughout the year and serve as a resource to help with the transition to law school, share experiences and answer questions about public interest careers. The program also schedules a variety of group social activities each year, including the Annual Chili Dinner, brown bag lunches, a spring picnic and other events.

Application can be found at Mentors should return their applications by Friday, September 2. Mentors, 2Ls, and 3Ls: please encourage any public interest minded 1Ls you meet to sign up as well!

Apply for the 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 $1,500 (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 Monday August 29. 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, P.O. Box 28004, Raleigh, NC 27611. Contact Dean Novinsky if you have any questions.

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

Current Pro Bono Projects

Projects are posted on the Pro Bono Board near the mailboxes and are listed online at Students can sign up for projects on the Pro Bono Board or email

Upcoming Pro Bono Events

Pro Bono Food Truck Rodeo

Thursday, September 8, 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Clinic Parking Lot

Take a study break, get some good eats, and help raise money for the Fall, Winter, and Spring Break pro bono trips!

Divorce Pro Bono Project Info Session

Tuesday, September 13, 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m., 4004

Join coordinators of the Divorce Pro Bono Project to learn more about this pro bono opportunity! Training will be on the evening of Thursday, September 22 and client meetings will take place on Monday, September 26. For more information, contact

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

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