Events at UNC Law
Pro Bono Open House
Thursday 9/4, 12pm, Room 4085
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
Friday 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
Wednesday 9/10, 4:30-6pm, Room 5042
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
Thursday 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 email@example.com or 962-6107.
Federal Government Jobs Information Session
Friday 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday 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 email@example.com for more info or to RSVP.
"The United States and Cuba: Rethinking Reengagement"
Friday, September 26 and Saturday September 27
The Institute for the Study of the Americas (ISA) is hosting a conference on the theme, "The United States and Cuba: Rethinking Reengagement." The conference is conceived around the imperative of advocacy, to advance the logic of a new national debate leading ultimately to the normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba. Planned for September 2008, on the eve of national elections in the United States and the fiftieth anniversary of the triumph of the revolution in Cuba, the conference is designed to provide a venue in which to examine the wisdom and contemplate the strategies leading to an improvement of relations between Washington and Havana. Saturday's conference events will cover legal issues and an afternoon session will be moderated by UNC Law's Deborah Weissman. Attendance is free and open to the public.
For more information, visithttp://isa.unc.edu/cuba/cuba.asp.
Lecture by the Authors of Asylum Denied
Wednesday 10/1, Rotunda, 12pm and Tuesday 9/30, 7pm, FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium
David Ngaruri Kenney and Philip Schrag, authors of the new book Asylum Denied, will be speaking about the issues raised in their book. The book, which has been getting wonderful reviews, is the story of Kenney's journey from persecution in Kenya to struggling his way through the U.S. immigration system.
Save the Date!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, (919) 929-3872 or stop by the agency's office at 201 East Rosemary St in Chapel Hill (corner of Rosemary and Henderson).
Torture and Interrogation: Have We Gone too Far?
Friday and Saturday 9/12-13, Hyde Hall
The event will kick off on Friday night with a dramatic performance by torture survivor Hector Aristizábal. Saturday features a day-long series of prestigious speakers, including Congressman David Price. This program explores the ethical issues raised by the methods of interrogation practiced by the U.S. government, addressed from perspectives and disciplines ranging from psychology, law, philosophy and government. The event is free and open to the public.
For more information, visit http://parrcenter.unc.edu/events/seminars/fall2008/interrogation/
Thomas Willis Lambeth Lecture in Public Policy: "Public Policy, Public Opinion, and the Public Good" by W. Hodding Carter III
Tuesday 9/16, 5:30pm, Gerrard Hall (next to South Building)
For more information on Carter, click here.
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.
"Advancing the Consensus: 60 Years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights"
October 16-18, 2008, Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, GA
The conference will explore the Universal Declaration in light of 60 years worth of successes and difficulties as well as looking forward to the next 60 years of the Human Rights Movement. In particular, this conference will focus on three areas where the UDHR and the Human Rights framework are being challenged in our contemporary world: globalization, environmentalism, and religion. The conference will feature, among many other great speakers, Nobel Laureates Jimmy Carter and Shirin Ebadi as well as University of Warwick Professor of Globalization and Development, Upendra Baxi.
Information is available at www.law.emory.edu/advancingtheconsensus, and registration should open shortly. Email Stacy Tolos at email@example.com with 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), and Sarah Preston, Legislative Director (email@example.com).
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:
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.
- 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!
Spots are limited, so please contact Laura Stephens Chipman at firstname.lastname@example.org immediately if you are interested in participating in training this fall.
Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities
Clifton W. Everett, Sr. Community Lawyer Fellowship (2009-10)
Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC) is seeking applications for the Clifton W. Everett, Sr. Community Lawyer Fellowships for 2009-10. The fellowships will be placed in LANC's Advocates for Children's Services office (located in Durham, NC) and LANC's Farmworker Unit office (located in Raleigh, NC). The Everett Fellowships are entry-level, one-year, staff attorney positions.
Each Everett Fellow will be responsible for handling a general caseload in the traditional areas of poverty law practice and focusing on clients who live in rural areas. Types of cases could involve housing, employment, consumer, domestic and public benefit issues.
The positions are open until filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply by November 3, 2008. For more info, click here.
Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair
Just a reminder, 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. For questions, please contact Dean Novinsky.
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 www.abanet.org/tax/awards/publicservice.
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 www.law.georgetown.edu/wlppfp.
Public Interest OCIs:
Resume Collection: (due 9/14)
Miami-Dade County State Attorney's Office (Miami, FL) (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 (www.usdoj.gov/oarm). 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 email@example.com.
Public Service Resources
NYU Public Defender Handbook
NYU Law has created a new Public Defender Handbook for students looking for public defender internships and post-graduate jobs. You can download the Handbook from PSLawNet at
The Handbook has two main sections: 1) FAQ's about the hiring process for internships and permanent jobs, with very specific examples of simulations and hypothetical questions; 2) a listing and brief description (e.g., application process, training provided, etc.) of the major public defender offices that regularly hire post-graduate attorneys.
Equal Justice Works Blog
To read about news and thoughts regarding public interest law, check out the Equal Justice Works Blog at http://equaljusticeworks.wordpress.com/.