Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, August 31, 2009

Events at UNC Law

Equal Justice Works Career Fair Information Session
Thursday 9/3, 12pm, Room 4004
If you are planning to attend the Equal Justice Works Career Fair, October 24-25, 2009, in Washington, D.C. this please join Dean Novinsky for this information session. Learn everything you need to know about registering and successfully navigating Equal Justice Works. To learn more about Equal Justice Works:

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 9/4, 12-5pm
UNC Law's annual Heels on the Street will take place on Friday September 4th. 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 from 5:00 - 9:00pm.

Pro Bono Kick-Off
Friday 9/11, 12-1:00 pm, 4085
Come join the Pro Bono Board to learn everything you need to know about how to get involved with the Pro Bono Program at UNC Law. If you have questions, please email Seema Kakad, the Director of the Pro Bono Board, at Want to join the pro bono listserv? Email Shelly Anand at

Save the Date!

Undocumented Immigrants in America: Access to Higher Education

September 10, 6:30 - 9:30p, Auditorium, Fed Ex Global Education Center

A panel of experts, including Paul Cuadros, will explore the ethical dimensions of the immigration policy reform debate and will aim to reframe the discussion by highlighting the range of viewpoints on immigration reform. Sponsored by the Parr Center for Ethics and the Center for Global Initiatives.

More details:

Moderator: Deborah Wessiman, Reef C. Ivey II Distinguished Professor of Law, Director of Clinical Programs School of Law

Carolina Women's Center, Brown Bag Lunch Film Series - Fall 2009: U.S. Interpretations of Gender

All screenings to be held in the Carriage House at the Carolina Women's Center, 215 W. Cameron Avenue (one block west of the Carolina Inn). All screenings take place on Wednesdays from 12-1:30pm. For more info please contact

Wednesday, September 9, 12-1:30pm - GIRL TROUBLE (2004)

Shot over a period of four years, Girl Trouble documents the compelling personal stories of three teenage girls entangled in San Francisco's failing juvenile justice system.

Stephanie is pregnant and has a warrant for running away from a group home. Shangra is torn between taking care of her mother, who is homeless and struggling with drug addiction, and taking care of herself. Sheila, whose father and siblings have been in and out of jail, risks arrest and jail time by selling and using drugs. GIRL TROUBLE is an intimate look at the compelling personal stories of three teenagers entangled in San Francisco's juvenile justice system. These girls, and many like them, aren't just at-risk - they are in deep trouble.

For more info:

Wednesday, October 7, 12-1:30pm - JUGGLING GENDER/STILL JUGGLING (1992/2007)

JUGGLING GENDER is a loving portrait of Jennifer Miller, a lesbian performer who lives her life with a full beard. Miller works as a performance artist, circus director, clown and as the "bearded lady" in one of the only remaining sideshows in America. JUGGLING GENDER explores the fluidity of gender and raises important questions about the construction of sexual and gender identity. STILL JUGGLING is a new video with Jennifer Miller fifteen years later, discussing family and religion, gender and the beard, the side show then and now, life as an artist, and Circus Amok.

For more info:

Wednesday, November 4, 12-1:30pm - GENDERNAUTS (1999)

An illuminating and compassionate look at the world of transgender identity, as seen through portraits of some of San Francisco's leading gender mixers. Whether by birth or by choice, sometimes with the assistance of hormones or surgical prostheses, we meet those who blur the lines of male and female.

For more info:

2009 Conference of the National Latino/a Law Association

September 24-26, 2009, Chicago, Illinois

The conference is being hosted by DePaul University College of Law on September 24-26, 2009 in Chicago. The conference will feature professional development workshops, as well as panels that address current legal issues affecting the Latino community. Conference attendees will also benefit from our Employment and LLM Fair, as well networking events and opportunities to enjoy the city's cultural sights. In addition, a community service event will give attendees a chance to make a positive contribution to a Chicago-based social service organization.

Attached please find a copy of our conference registration brochure. Also, to obtain more information about the conference and to register, please visit our website at If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by phone at (312) 362-5145 or e-mail at

Conservation Symposium

October 29, 2009, 9:00a - 3:00p, Botantical Garden Education Center

The Chatham Conservation Partnership and the North Carolina Botanical Garden are co-sponsoring a Conservation Symposium on Thursday, October 29 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Theme of the symposium is "Conservation: From Concept to Commitment - Creating a shared vision and building support." The morning session will feature speakers Eric Freyfogle, an environmental law professor, and Richard Klein, a community action consultant. The afternoon session will feature a panel discussion with local community leaders and conservation experts, moderated by Gary Phillips. The symposium will be held in the Botanical Garden's new LEED certified Education Center on the University of North Carolina campus in Chapel Hill. More details about the symposium and how to preregister will be available soon.

Eric Freyfogle is Professor of Law with the University of Illinois College of Law. His book, Why Conservation is Failing and How It Can Regain Ground, outlines what he considers to be conservation's core tasks: clarify a broadly defined goal that promotes good land use; define a vision of private land ownership; craft mechanisms for collective action; address arrogance, ignorance, and burdens of proof; address conservation and social justice; and learn from history and environmental change. For more information about Eric Freyfogle, go to

Richard Klein is president of Community & Environmental Defense Services (CEDS), which uses the "Politically Oriented Advocacy" approach to land development issues. Developed based on their extensive research, this approach helps expand public support for growth management, increase volunteer support for grass-roots groups, and improve effectiveness of citizens and leaders. Mr. Klein is author of How To Win Land Development Issues. For more information about Richard Klein, go to

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

If you are interested in signing up for a project listed below, please contact Lauren Felter at

Immigrants' Rights Violations
ACLU of North Carolina - Raleigh, NC

The ACLU of North Carolina seeks 1-2 Spanish-speaking law student(s) to assist in investigation related to immigrants' rights violations and racial profiling, as well as some intake of potential clients. Students would have the opportunity to interact with clients.

Contact: Rebecca Headen (Racial Justice Project Staff Attorney)
Time Commitment: 20 hours during the fall semester
Location of Work: Visit Raleigh office a few times during the semester; hours are flexible, within 9 am - 7 pm weekdays.
Area of Law: Civil Rights
Project Due Date: ASAP
Requirements: 2L or 3L; Must be fluent in Spanish. Must have completed Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, and RRWA.

Responding to Navy Draft Environmental Impact Statement
Southern Coalition for Social Justice - Durham, NC

The Navy wants to build an Outlying Landing field in Gates, Camden, and Currituck counties in northeastern North Carolina. We represent communities in Gates County opposed to this siting decision and need assistance preparing for the publication of the Navy's Draft Environmental Impact Statement and then reviewing and responding to it once it is published.

Contact: Chris Brook
Time Commitment: 5 hours/week
Location of Work: Student's choice (some time spent on-site to get started and to review progress)
Area of Law: Environmental Law
Project Due Date: 11/20/2009
Requirements: 1L, 2L, or 3L. It would help if a student has taken Environmental and Administrative Law prior to taking on this project, but this is not an absolute necessity.

Battered Immigrant Project
Legal Aid of North Carolina - Durham, NC

Our project assists immigrant victims of domestic violence with submitting applications for immigration status. Students assist with client interviews, affidavit preparation, document indexing, legal research and presentation of legal/factual arguments to show applicants qualify for the relief sought.

Contact: Hope Williams
Time Commitment:
Location of Work: On-site
Areas of Law: Domestic Violence Law; Immigration

Immigration/Social Security Research
Legal Aid of North Carolina - Raleigh, NC

Students are needed to reseach the intersection of Social Security regulations with immigration status to determine whether two clients are eligible for benefits. Additional details on the cases are available. Project hours are a rough estimate.

Contact: Jennifer Simmons
Time Commitment: 10 hours (rough estimate)
Location of Work: Student's choice
Project Due Date: 10/2/2009
Requirements: 2L; No required courses, but immigration might be helpful.

Domestic Violence Protective Orders - NC
Legal Aid of North Carolina - Raleigh, NC

Law student is needed to identify, and do a short summary of, every NC appellate opinion on Chapter 50B domestic violence protective orders since 1999. The purpose of this is for inclusion in a training manual for attorneys representing plaintiffs in 50B proceedings.

Contact: Suzanne Chester
Time Commitment: 10-15 hours before 10/15/09
Area of Law: Women's Issues
Location of Work: Remote
Requirements: 3L; Strong legal research and writing skills are important for this project. An interest in family law and domestic violence issues would also be useful.

Domestic Violence Protective Orders - Nationwide
Legal Aid of North Carolina - Winston-Salem, NC

Legal Aid needs a student who can research the law of all of the states regarding ex parte domestic violence protective orders and provide a written explanation of how each state handles a violation of said order.

Contact: Valene Franco or Stephanie Goldsborough
Time Commitment: Approximately 25 hours
Location of Work: Student's choice
Requirements: Open to all students. Students need to be able to research effectively.

Walk-In Legal Clinic
N.C. Prisoner Legal Services - Raleigh, NC

Law students will volunteer at a 2-hour walk-in clinic and meet with customers who come in for consultations with volunteer attorneys. Students will be on site to meet with customers and take their initial information on why they are in need of assistance. Clinic is a great opportunity to develop interviewing and client-intake skills.

Contact: April Giancola and Ken Butler
Time Commitment: 2 1/2 hours per clinic
Dates: 10/17/09 and 10/31/09; 3-6 students needed for each clinic
Location of Work: On-site at clinic
Requirements: Open to all students.

Trial Transcript Review
Center for Death Penalty Litigation - Durham, NC

Students are needed to assist in capital trial by reviewing and digesting trial transcript.

Contact: Shelagh Kenney
Time Commitment: 30 total hours to be completed by 10/30/09
Location of Work: Student's Choice
Requirements: Open to all students.

Jury Selection Transcript Review
Center for Death Penalty Litigation - Durham, NC

Students are needed to review jury selection transcript for capital trial. CDPL attorneys work primarily on post-conviction cases for inmates currently on death row.

Contact: Shelagh Kenney
Time Commitment: 60 total hours to be completed by 11/30/09
Location of Work: Student's Choice
Requirements: Open to all students.

Witness Interviews
Center for Death Penalty Litigation - Durham, NC

Through this project, students will have the opportunity to accompany attorneys for interviews with witnesses at correctional facilities. The assignment will require travel to correctional facilities in various parts of the state. The students will not incur any expenses

Contact: Shelagh Kenney
Time Commitment: 15 total hours to be completed by 11/30/09
Location of Work: Remote Location
Requirements: Open to all students

TREC 2009 Legal Track Project

The project involves state of the art research into search and retrieval methods used by lawyers in e-discovery. Phase I involves documents from past tobacco litigation; Phase II involves the public Enron data set. The TREC effort and an open letter to the legal profession urging involvement with the Legal Track have been cited in at least two leading e-discovery opinions. There is also a 2007 commentary issued by The Sedona Conference? on the subject of search and information retrieval used in e-discovery, referencing the TREC Legal Track research project as an important endeavor for the profession, and a series of three international workshops that have discussed the results. The TREC Legal Track continues to represent truly cutting-edge research.

Contact: Jason Baron, Director of Litigation at the National Archives and Records Administration and Co-Chair of The Sedona Conference
Time Commitment: 20-40 hours in a volunteer phase; Students may do either one or both phases
Volunteer Phases: Phase I: 8/18 - 9/18; Phase II: 9/21 - 10/9
Location of Work: Anytime online (24/7) at the student's convenience
Requirements: Open to all students

Racial Justice Act Study
Rich Rosen - UNC School of Law

The study is in response to the recently passed NC Racial Justice Act, which allows a defendant to establish using statistical evidence that a death sentence was pursued or given due to racial bias. If a judge agrees that racial bias played a role, the judge could limit the sentence to life in prison. Students will be asked to perform various data collection tasks on the cases we are compiling from several sources including the internet, local libraries, and courthouses. Students participating in the project are required to attend a training scheduled for Friday, September 11, 2009.

Contact: Jennifer Marsh
Time Commitment: 10-15 hours per week
Project Due: Rolling deadlines through March 2010
Location of Work: Student's choice
Areas of Law: Civil Rights, Criminal Law
Requirements: 2L or 3L

Education - Integration and School Districts
UNC Center for Civil Rights - Carrboro, NC

Pro bono students will assist CCR staff with the following projects:

  1. Organizing dialogues around race, integration, and school assignment in an eastern NC community
  2. Monitoring/recording "day in the life" home-to-school/school experiences of low-income students in a northeastern NC school district facing school closings and transportation issues
  3. Legal research regarding possible consolidation of several adjacent NC school districts.

Students will also assist in planning a conference on education policy and voluntary school integration.

Contact: Benita Jones
Time Commitment: Maximum of 5 hours/week
Project Due: Projects are ongoing and students can commit to work for the Fall and/or Spring semester(s)
Location of Work: Student's choice; if on-site, days of the week are flexible
Areas of Law: Education and Civil Rights
Requirements: Open to all students; Skills needed: investigation, document review, community education, interviewing, client-intake, and research.

Newspaper Article Research
Center for Death Penalty Litigation - Durham, NC

The Center for Death Penalty Litigation is looking for a student who can go through old microfilms/fiche of the News and Observer and other area newspapers to locate an article important to a capital case. The date of publication is not known, but it has been narrowed to the range of years that the article likely would have been published.

Contact: Kelley DeAngelus
Time Commitment: 20 total hours by September 22
Project Dates: September 1 - September 22
Location of Work: Remote location
Areas of Law: Capital trials, Criminal Law
Requirements: Open to all students

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

Presidential Management Fellows Info Session
Friday 9/4, 12:30-1:30pm, School of Government, 2401

For anyone interested in working in the the federal government, in D.C., or across the country, faculty from the School of Government are holding an information session on the Presidential Management Fellows program September 4th at 12:30 in room 2401 (School of Government Building). Brown bag. Maureen Berner will be hosting along with fellow PMF alumna and SOG faculty member, Aimee Wall (J.D., MPH).

The PMF Program is a two-year fellowship to attract graduate students to management-track careers in federal government. Law students should apply in the fall of their third year. The application period is expected to open October 1, 2009 and close October 15 (though in recent years the application period has started later).

For more information about the program or assistance with your application, contact Kim Silver in the CSO at 919.843.8848 or

Duke Endowment Fellowship (2010 - 2012)

The Duke Endowment is currently accepting applications for its 2010-2012 Fellowship program, a two-year, full-time position for those who recently have completed undergraduate or graduate degrees and who aspire to be leaders in the philanthropic and/or nonprofit sector.

The Endowment is looking for applicants who have demonstrated interest in the nonprofit sector and exhibited leadership potential in their civic and/or professional life. In addition, applicants for The Duke Endowment Fellowship must be a: Past or current resident of North Carolina or South Carolina OR recent graduate of a college or university located in North Carolina or South Carolina.

For more information about the program: The Endowment will also be hosting a Websinar on September 29 for interested applicants. Registration will be posted on our Web site by September 7. If you have any questions about the Fellowship, please contact Leah N. Hambright at or 704-969-2126.

Make sure to check Symplicity regularly for OCI with public interest employers.

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. FAQs 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

Public Service News

Agencies ramp up student loan repayments

Carlene McNulty, UNC Law Alumna Named "Tar Heel of the Week" . . . She believes her clients are always right, and proves it

To add items or provide feedback, please contact Sylvia Novinsky, Assistant Dean for Public Service Programs, or Meredith Flowe, RA, Public Service Programs.

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