Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Thursday, August 7, 2008

Public Service Events

Heels on the Street
Mark your calendars for UNC Law's annual community service event. Heels on the Street will take place on the afternoon of Friday September 5th. Law students will be sent in teams to participate in community service projects throughout Chapel Hill and the Triangle. Watch your email for more information on how you can get involved.

Equal Justice Works Career Fair Registration Now Open!
For those looking for either summer or permanent public interest employment, don't forget that the largest national public interest job fair will take place on October 10 and 11 in Washington, DC. To participate in the Career Fair, resumes must be submitted to employers by Sept. 12th.
To register, follow the steps below:
1. Visit, and click on the link to access EJW's Symplicity website (Note: This is a different Symplicity site from the law school's site.)
2. Register on EJW Symplicity, and verify your registration by email.
3. Click on the "Events" tab and RSVP to attend the Conference and Career Fair. There is an option to cancel your RSVP should you decide not to attend.
4. To search or bid for employers, click on the "Career Fair" tab.
Questions? Email Sylvia Novinsky at

Public Defender Mentor Project Informational Meeting
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 or 962-6107.

Volunteers Needed for Million Meals Service Event
The Graduate and Professional Student Federation is sponsoring a Million Meals Service Event, with the goal of packaging 1 MILLION MEALS on Saturday, August 23rd! The meals will be distributed to crisis-burdened areas and school lunch programs throughout the world.
Who: Graduate and Professional Students
When: Saturday August 23rd, 9am to noon
Where: Fetzer Gym A
Food and Fun: After packaging meals, for those interested, the group will travel to Franklin Street for lunch and socializing
To sign-up, contact Laura Blue at

Lavender Law Conference
The annual Lavender Law Conference, sponsored by the National Lesbian and Gay Law Foundation, is being held in San Francisco on September 4 - 6, 2008. This year marks the 20th Anniversary celebration of Lavender Law, so many special events have been planned for this year's convention. Practicing Attorneys, Scholars, Students, and leading member of the Judiciary will attend this year's events. There is both a Career Fair (with an opportunity to meet with over 150 recruiters) and a Conference. For details on the program, visit:

Job Opportunities on PSLawNet

Postgraduate Fellowships:
For those interested in exploring fellowship opportunities, PSLawNet has a tremendous amount of information - from the basics to more detailed application tips - on its fellowship Background Information and Resources page at

PSLawNet also maintains a deadline calendar for fellowships. The following fellowship applications are due in August:

  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern California (8/8)
  • National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (8/11)
  • Women's Law Project (8/15)
  • Women's Law Project-Pittsburgh (8/15)
  • Public Policy Fellowship Program - Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation (8/15)
  • Skadden/EJW Fellowship Sponsor - Partnership for Children's Rights (PFCR) (8/15)
  • Law Students for Reproductive Justice (8/15)
  • 2008 Frederick B. Abramson Public Interest Fellowship Award - Frederick B. Abramson Memorial Foundation (8/18)
  • Urban Justice Center-Homelessness Outreach and Prevention Project (8/21)
  • Voting Rights Fellow-VRE - Brennan Center for Justice (8/29)
  • Legal Aid Bureau, Inc.-Main Office (MD) (8/31)
  • Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)-Immigrant Justice Project (8/31)

Summer Internships:
PSLawNet is a great source for summer positions, both paid and unpaid. Registration is free to UNC Law students and allows you to search for jobs based on practice areas, location, and more.

Here are just a few of the many job opportunities listed:

  • Institute for Education Equity and Opportunity (IFEEO), Washington, D.C.
  • U.S. Department of Justice- Civil Division, Washington, D.C.
  • Federal Communications Commission- Office of General Counsel, Washington, D.C.
  • Center for Responsible Lending, Durham, NC and Washington, D.C.
  • Law Students for Reproductive Justice, Oakland, CA
  • International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), New York, NY
  • ACLU of New York, New York, NY
  • Institute for Policy Studies (several areas of interest), Washington, D.C.
  • National Center for Transgender Equality, Washington, D.C.
  • Farmworker Justice, Washington, D.C.
  • Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC), Charlottesville, VA
  • American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), Washington, D.C.
  • US Department of Homeland Security, San Francisco, CA
  • Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN), Washington, D.C.
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Washington, D.C.
  • National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Public Health Internship, Washington, D.C.
  • ACLU of Tennessee, Nashville, TN
  • American Federation of Teachers, Legislative Intern, Washington, D.C.
  • Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Women and Foreign Policy Internship, New York, NY
  • Fair Elections Legal Network, Washington, D.C.
  • Human Rights Campaign (HRC) McCleary Law Fellow, Washington, D.C.
  • University of Michigan Law School- Child Advocacy Law Clinic Bergstrom Child Welfare Fellowship, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Family Defense Center, Chicago, IL
  • Federal Defender's Office- Middle District of Alabama, Montgomery, AL
  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), New York, NY
  • Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights, Washington, D.C.
To see more information and more job postings, go to

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

New! 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

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

Public Interest OCIs:
Phase 2: (bidding ends 8/7)
Legal Aid of NC - Multi-offices (2L & 3L)
Public Defender Service - Washington, DC (2L & 3L)
Naval Legal Service Office Mid-Atlantic (Norfolk, VA) (3L)
UNC School of Government (3L)
Federal Public Defender, Raleigh, NC (2L)

Phase 3: (bidding ends 8/14)
Chesapeake Public Defender - Chesapeake, VA (2L & 3L)

Phase 4: (bidding ends 8/21)
Federal Reserve Board (Washington, DC) (2L & 3L)
Office of the Comptroller of Currency (multiple locations) (3L)
US Army Corps of Engineers (multiple locations) (3L)
US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (Washington, DC) (2L & 3L)
US Securities and Exchange Commission (Washington, DC) (2L & 3L)

Resume Collection: (due 9/14)
Miami-Dade County State Attorney's Office (Miami, FL) (3L)

Phase 5: (bidding ends 8/28)
Office of Chief Counsel, IRS (multiple locations) (2L & 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)

Firms Offering Split Summers:
Along with public interest employers interviewing on campus, there are several law firms offer a split public interest summer program participating in OCIs. These firms allow a summer associate to work part of the summer with a public interest organization and part of the summer with a firm, paying the summer associate a firm salary for the entire summer.
For a list of firms that currently offer split public interest summer experiences, see
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 ( 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

Save the Date!

UNC Heathcare in Search of Platelet Donors
UNC Healthcare's Platelet Donor Program needs your help! Platelets, the part of the blood that helps in the clotting process and prevents bleeding, are in short supply. More than 10 platelet donors are needed daily to meet the transfusion usage of UNC Hospitals; currently there are only 4-6 donors daily. Please contact the Platelet Donor Program to schedule an appointment to donate at 919-966-2370 or
For more information, visit

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

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