Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, August 27, 2012

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.

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Events at UNC Law

Equal Justice Works Career Fair Info Session

Tuesday, August 28, Noon - 12:50 p.m., Room 4085

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls interested in public interest employment! This info session will discuss the Equal Justice Works Career Fair and registration process. Students who attended the fair last year will be there to talk about their experiences. Registration for the fair is now open and the deadline to submit resumes to employers is September 13. If you are a 3L attending the mandatory fall externship orientation during this time, please contact Adrienne Allison for program handouts.

USDOJ Info Session on Honors and Summer Law Intern Programs

Wednesday, August 29, 12:00 - 12:50 p.m., Room 4004

Assistant U.S. Attorney Banu Rangarajan will be presenting information to interested 2Ls and 3Ls on the US Department of Justice's Attorney General's Honors Program (post-graduate) and Summer Law Intern Program. The application deadline for both programs is September 4th. This presentation is a great opportunity to learn about the ins and outs of the DOJ application process, for this year or next. For general information on either program, visit the DOJ's recruitment website or contact Samara Reynolds, the CSO's Government Career Counselor.

Pro Bono 1L Kickoff

Wednesday, August 29, 12:00 - 12:50 p.m., Room 5048

Come learn about UNC Law's Pro Bono Program! 

Student Organization Fair

Thursday, August 30, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Rotunda

Come learn about the many student organizations at UNC Law and find out about upcoming events!

Welcome Back Ice Cream Social!

Thursday, August 30, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Rotunda

Please join the Career Services Office for a free ICE CREAM SOCIAL in honor of our returning 2Ls and 3Ls and our new 1Ls. Build your own sundae and visit with fellow students and law school staff.

National Lawyers Guild Legal Observers Training

Friday, August 31, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 4082

This is a mandatory training for everyone interested in legal observing at the Wall Street South March on the DNC this Sunday, September 2nd and any days during the DNC.

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

Public Interest Positions in Upcoming OCI Deadline

Bids are due on Thursday, August 30 at 11:59 p.m. Check Symplicity for more information.

  • United Family Services (Charlotte, NC)
  • United States Attorney's Office-Eastern District of North Carolina (Raleigh, NC)
  • ACLU-Capital Punishment Project (Durham, NC)
  • District Attorney-District 10-Wake County (Raleigh, NC)
  • District Attorney-District 5-New Hanover & Pender Counties (Wilmington, NC)
  • Public Defender-District 10-Wake County (Raleigh, NC)

Upcoming Government Job Deadlines

The following government programs have deadlines coming up in the next few weeks. Details of these programs are provided in the 2012-13 Government Honors & Internship Handbook (U: ranger, P: cookies).

Summer 2013

  • Environmental Protection Agency - Region 9 Volunteer Intern Program (Unpaid, Deadline early Sept.)
  • Government Accountability Office - Office of General Counsel Summer Associate Program (Paid, Deadline 09/01/12)
  • Department of State - Office of the Legal Advisor (Civil) Summer Intern Program (Unpaid, Deadline 09/01/12)


  • Department of State - Office of the Legal Advisor (Civil) 3-Year New Attorney Program (Paid, Deadline 09/01/12)

Don't forget to check PSJD and Symplicity for new job postings. Public interest jobs are being posted frequently!

Other Public Interest Opportunities

Workers' Rights Conference

The Peggy Browning Fund will be holding its annual National Law Students Workers' Rights Conference on October 12-13, 2012 at the National Labor College near Baltimore, Maryland. For more information and a registration form, see the Fund's website. UNC Law may select up to three students to attend the conference. For one UNC Law student, the Peggy Browning Fund will cover the conference fee (above the $25 registration), as well as on-site meals and lodging expenses. Students interested in attending should have a demonstrated interest in either workers' rights issues or public interest law. If you are interested in attending the conference, please contact Dean Novinsky no later than Friday, August 31.

Consider Serving as a Public Interest Peer Mentor!

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.

Upperclass students interested in serving as public interest peer mentors should fill out the Public Interest Peer Mentor application and return it to Adrienne Allison by Friday, September 7.

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

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

Wills for Heroes Project

The Young Lawyer's Division of the North Carolina Bar Association is seeking law students to assist in ther upcoming Wills for Heroes event in Rocky Mount. The project will be conducted on Saturday, September 8th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Rocky Mount, NC. Students may choose to attend the morning session from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the afternoon session from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., or both. Participants will have the opportunity to assist attorneys in drafting wills and powers of attorney for local first responders. This is a fantastic opportunity to log pro bono hours and to network with North Carolina attorneys. If you are interested, please register online.

Pro Bono Program Annual Report

Learn more about UNC Law's Pro Bono Program and its accomplishments in the past school year in the 2011-2012 annual report. Check the Pro Bono Board and website along with this newsletter for ways to get involved this year!

Public Service News

PSLawNet is becoming PSJD!

PSLawNet is the premier career center and jobs database for law students and lawyers on public service career paths. On August 27, PSLawNet will become PSJD, a redesigned website that retains all of PSLawNet's content but that adds easier navigation, enhanced searching, and new tools for job-seekers and employers alike. PSLawNet users will be able to log in to PSJD with existing PSLawNet login credentials, and the job-seeker "email alerts" will continue uninterrupted.

"Top 10 Things I Learned about Public Defender Hiring at the PATH Conference"

Read reflections from this year's Public Defender Advocacy, Hiring, and Training Conference. The conference occurs every summer, so look for information about it spring editions of the this newsletter as well as the CSO newsletter. Interested students are also invited to visit the CSO to talk more about applications for public defender positions.

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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