Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, August 30, 2010

About the Pro Bono Newsletter

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
Thursday, September 2, 12pm, Room 4082

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls interested in public interest employment! Looking for public interest jobs out of state or summer employment? Please join Dean Novinsky for this information session if you are planning to attend the Equal Justice Works Career Fair in Washington, DC on October 22-23, 2010, or you want to hear more about it. During the session, we will discuss the Career Fair and registration process. Students who attended last year will also be there to talk about their experiences. Registration for the Career Fair is scheduled to open on August 30. The deadline to submit resumes to employers is September 24, 2010. More information can be found at or you can contact Sylvia Novinsky, Assistant Dean for Public Service Programs.

Booktalk: Professor Maxine Eichner on "The Supportive State: Families, Government, and America's Political Ideals"
Thursday, September 16, 4 pm, Boardroom

Professor Maxine Eichner will talk about her new book "The Supportive State: Families, Government, and America's Political Ideals,"just published by Oxford University Press. Light refreshments will be served. Please come help celebrate this accomplishment!

Save the Date!

Providing Legal Assistance in Low-Income, Rural Communities in the South
Friday, September 10, 12 pm, The Center for the Study of the American South, 410 East Franklin Street

As part of a week-long discussion of the impact of Hurricane Katrina, pro bono students will discuss their partnership with the UNC Center for Civil Rights, Legal Aid of North Carolina, the Mississippi Center for Justice, and legal offices in New Orleans to help deliver pro bono legal services to low-income families. This event is RSVP only. Please contact if you wish to attend. This event is part of a week-long exhibition called The Art of Storytelling. As part of the series, on Thursday, September 9 at 6:00 pm, an opening reception will be held where Dean Bowler will read from State Street. More information about the events.

"The Unfinished Work": Advancing New Strategies in the Struggle for Civil Rights
November 1-2, Friday Center for Continuing Education

Join the UNC Center for Civil Rights, its co-conveners and nation's most talented attorneys, advocates and scholars for a national conference dedicated to the life and career of civil rights pioneer, Julius L. Chambers. This two-day conference will unite practitioners, researchers, policymakers, community activists and students to examine the most p...romising strategies for pursuing equity and eliminating discrimination in public education, housing, democratic representation, employment and criminal justice. Issues in these areas remain at the forefront of today's civil rights struggle and while new trends in engagement, organizing and advocacy have shifted the ways we challenge racial and socioeconomic segregation and discrimination, the inequalities that these age-old problems create remain largely the same. The solutions to these debilitating issues are not simple, but they are possible to construct.

Join us as we analyze these issues and offer a range of innovative and strategic approaches for: applying the law , pursuing policy change, mobilizing well-informed grassroots activists, and encouraging the scholarly pursuit of public interest-oriented research.

Conference registration opens in mid-September. For conference updates and to join the conference mailing list, email or call 919.843.3921.

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

The Pro Bono Board and partner organizations at the law school and in the community are hard at work preparing projects for the 2010-11 school year. Projects are posted on the Pro Bono Board near the mailboxes and are listed online. For a list of pro bono opportunities, visit

Other Public Interest Opportunities

Law Student Writing Competition

As part of their conference "The Unfinished Work": Advancing New Strategies in the Struggle for Civil Rights in honor of Professor Julius L. Chambers, the UNC Center for Civil Rights invites all law students across North Carolina to compete in an innovative publishing project. Submissions should build on Professor Julius L. Chambers' body of work by discussing a current social justice struggle relevant to North Carolina. Papers may address any combination of legal issues relevant to the modern civil rights movement, including K-12 and higher education; housing and community development; criminal and racial justice; employment; voting rights; and/or economic justice.

Papers should original, unpublished works between 6-10 single spaced pages. The work should begin with a title page and must contain the title of the submission, the student's name, year, school and contact information including street address, phone number(s), and email address. To ensure a blind and impartial evaluation of all papers, writers should include personally identifying information (such as the writer's name or school) only on the submission's title page.Submissions are due via email to Adrienne Davis ( by 5:00 pm on Friday, October 15, 2010. For assistance in shaping a paper topic, students may contact the Center for Civil Rights' Community Development Fellow Peter Gilbert ( or Education Fellow Benita N. Jones (

Nominate a Fellow Student for the PSLawNet Pro Bono Publico Award

PSLawNet is currently seeking nominations for the Pro Bono Publico Award. If you would like to nominate a student who has made exceptional contributions to under-served populations, the public interest community, and legal education by performing pro bono or public service work, send in a nomination form by September 9, 2010. The award winner will be invited to Washington, DC to be honored during an Award Luncheon at NALP's Public Service Mini-Conference on Thursday, October 21, 2010.

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities


  • Relman, Dane & Colfax Summer Associate Positions - Civil Rights Focus
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Summer Internships at Legal Aid of North Carolina
  • K&L Gates Public Interest Fellowship
  • North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission
  • Disability Rights NC
  • District Attorney - New Hanover and Pender Counties


  • Relman Civil Rights Fellowship
  • Equal Justice Works Fellowship
    The Equal Justice Works (formerly NAPIL) Fellowships Program was launched in 1992 to address the shortage of attorneys working on behalf of traditionally under-served populations and causes in the United States and its territories. Recognizing that many obstacles prevent committed attorneys from practicing public interest law, including the dearth of entry-level jobs and daunting educational debts, the program provides financial and technical support to lawyers working on innovative and effective legal projects. The two-year Fellowships offer salary and generous loan repayment assistance; a national training and leadership development program; and other forms of support during the term of the Fellowship. Application and information. Applications for Class of 2011 Fellowships are due on September 15 and interviews will begin in November.

Check Symplicity regularly for both summer and post-graduation opportunities.

Public Service Resources

Starting the job search? Check out the Public Interest Job Search Guide!

The Public Interest Job Search Guide provides practical advice on how to conduct your job or summer internship search, a suggested timeline for all students, a list of resources, and information about public interest law organizations. This resource will be updated soon. Access this resource.

Check out the following additional resources for public interest employment:

International Job Search Resource
Finding and Funding International Public Service Opportunities is a resource updated yearly for students interested in international employment after graduation. The document includes tips about the job search process, a list of international organizations, and a list of legal fellowships. Access this resource.

Federal Legal Employment Opportunities Guide
The Federal Legal Employment Opportunities Guide, published by NALP/PSLawNet, is now available. The guide provides information on where to find federal legal jobs and how to apply. Access this resource.

Resources Available from PSLawNet
PSLawNet is an online clearinghouse of information for students and lawyers to connect with public interest career opportunities and resources.

List of available resources from PSLawNet
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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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