Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, September 10, 2012

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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

Immigration Law Association General Interest Meeting

Monday, September 10, Noon - 12:50 p.m., Room 4004

Come meet the Board and find out what upcoming events, pro-bono projects, and speakers are planned for the year.

General Interest Meeting for the Carolina Health Law Organization

Tuesday, September 11, Noon - 12:50 p.m., Room 5046

If you have an interest in Health Law, come learn about what UNC's health law organization has in store for the year. If you have any questions, or can't make it but would like to be added to the listserv, email Jeremy Freifeld.

Meet the Center for Civil Rights

Tuesday, September 11, Noon - 12:50 p.m., Room 4085

Center for Civil Rights staff/attorneys will be on hand to present information on the Center's work and answer questions. A special emphasis will be on this semester's signature pro bono opportunity: ELECTION PROTECTION!

Interest Meeting for the 17th Annual Conference on Race, Class, Gender, and Ethnicity

Wednesday, September 12, Noon - 12:50 p.m., Room 4082

Each spring, the CRCGE hosts a one-day, academic conference where scholars and activists from across the state and nation gather to examine a contemporary legal issue through a social justice perspective. Come join us for pizza and learn how you can be a part of the only entirely student-run progressive conference at UNC Law each year.

Interest Meeting for the Teen Court Assistance Program

Wednesday, September 12, Noon - 12:50 p.m., Room 4085

This will be a general interest meeting for the Carolina Teen Court Assistance Program. We will be hosting Ms. Amy Fischer from the Orange County Teen Court Program. She will discuss opportunities for involvement with the Orange County Teen Court. We will also discuss opportunities to assist with the Chatham County Teen Court Program.

Environmental Law Project (ELP) Fall Kickoff Meeting

Thursday, September 13, Noon - 12:50 p.m., Room 5046

UNC Environmental Law Project's first meeting of the year. Learn about upcoming ELP events, environmental pro bono opportunities, and the 2013 Environmental Law Symposium. Lunch will be provided.

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund Interest Meeting

Monday, September 17, Noon - 12:50 p.m., Room 4082

Join the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund and hear about our work in the field of animal law. It's an exciting, growing field of law and we have a very active chapter. Amazing vegan food will be served! Also feel free to check to learn more on our website!

Constitution Day

Monday, September 17, Noon - 12:50 p.m., Rotunda

Celebrate the Constitution of the United States by attending a discussion of the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case Fisher v. University of Texas, concerning the affirmative action admissions policy of the University of Texas at Austin. The discussion will include John Boger, dean of UNC School of Law and Wade Edwards Distinguished Professor of Law; Charles Edward Daye, Henry Brandis Professor of Law and Deputy Director of the UNC Center for Civil Rights; and Mark Dorosin, Senior Managing Attorney, and Elizabeth M. Haddix, staff attorney, at the UNC Center for Civil Rights. Light refreshments will be served.

Career Corner

Southern Poverty Law Center 2013 Summer Legal Internship

Montgomery Alabama - Symplicity ID 6771

The Southern Poverty Law Center offers summer internships to exceptional second year law students who possess strong academic backgrounds, excellent research and writing skills, and a commitment to public interest law. The Center is a national non-profit organization dedicated to reducing bigotry and oppression through education and litigation. Our Legal Department focuses on cases involving the rights of children, prisoners, immigrants, the LGBT community, victims of hate crimes, and issues affecting economically disadvantaged communities.

Summer interns assist Center attorneys, advocates, and paralegals with significant legal research and writing, field investigations, outreach, and public policy advocacy.

Interns receive $700.00 per week. Start dates are somewhat flexible, but interns are expected to begin sometime in early June 2013. A minimum commitment of ten weeks is expected. For more information, check Symplicity and the Center's website.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Louis D. Brandeis Post-Grad Fellowship

Washington, DC (not yet posted in Symplicity)

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a new federal agency devoted to safeguarding the economic strength and vitality of America's families, seeks to hire its 2013 class of Louis D. Brandeis Fellows to participate in its attorney honors program.

During the two-year program, Brandeis Fellows will be given increasingly complex assignments designed to build their legal skills and increase their ability to support the CFPB's mission. Brandeis Fellows will have opportunities for rotational assignments both within the CFPB and at other federal agencies, including the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Upon successful completion of the two-year program, Brandeis Fellows will presumptively be converted to permanent positions.

Apply online by September 17, 2012. Alternatively, please visit the agency's website to find the announcement posted under Washington, DC opportunities.

Careers in Government Panel (all class years)

Wednesday, September 12, Noon - 12:50 p.m., Room 4004

Learn from UNC Law alumni about their career paths and current roles in federal, state, and local government, as well as advice they have for students interested in pursuing opportunities in government. Contact Samara Reynolds in the CSO with questions.

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

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).

  • Sept. 14 - FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection 2L Internship
  • Sept. 15 - Air Force JAG (1st Deadline for 3Ls); FTC Bureau of Competition Honors Program & 2L Internship; CIA 2L Internship
  • Sept. 17 - Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) Honors Program
  • Sept. 21 - FCC Honors Program

Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair

The Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair will be held October 26-27, 2012 in Arlington, VA. This is the premiere national event for public interest law students and legal employers, including national nonprofit organizations, public defenders, legal aid offices, and federal government agencies. The cost to attend the EJW Conference & Career Fair is $25.

For students who wish to bid for interviews at the Career Fair, the deadline for bidding is NEXT THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 13 AT 6:00 p.m. Read more information about registration and bidding.

For students who wish only to attend the Conference and participate in the informal "Table Talk" event with employers, the deadline for registration is October 11.

Any student interested in a public interest, social justice, and/or government career should consider attending!! Please contact Adrienne Allison, Public Interest Career Counselor, with any questions.

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

Other Public Interest Events

UNC's Center for the Study of the American South Programs this Fall

"Law and Politics on the Edge: North Carolina's Latest Chapter in Redistricting"

Thursday, September 27, 4:30 pm, 39 Graham Memorial Hall (Main Campus)

Lecture by UNC Law Professor Kareem Crayton. Learn more.

"In This Timeless Time: Living and Dying on Death Row in America"

Documentary photography on view through the fall semester at the Center

Lecture and reception to follow in November. Learn more.

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

Training for Divorce Pro Bono Project

Thursday, September 13, Noon - 12:50 p.m., Room 4004

UNC Law Public Service Programs and Legal Aid of North Carolina are partnering to hold a Pro Bono Divorce Project this Fall. Students will have the opportunity to represent low-income clients in simple divorces. They will interview clients, draft pleadings, and conduct divorce hearings.

Future important dates (attendance mandatory):

  • September 19 from 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.: "Divorce Clinic" in which students will interview clients and execute pleadings.
  • Friday, November 16 beginning at 10 a.m.: "Divorce Judgment Day" in which students will conduct divorce hearings in the Law School courtroom before an Orange County District Court Judge.

Anyone interested in participating should email Dean Novinsky.

Training for Call4ALL Helpline Pro Bono Project

Thursday, September 13, 5:15 - 7:15 p.m., Room 5046

Legal Aid of NC Helpline is a great opportunity to gain interviewing experience while providing a much needed service. This is an ongoing project that requires a minimum commitment of 1 hours per week. Student volunteers will perform telephone interviews/screening to complete online financial eligibility forms and obtain brief facts about legal problems so LANC may determine whether a full interview is needed. Students may conduct these telephone interviews in any location so long as the call will be confidential.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Dean Novinsky.

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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