Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Thursday, September 11, 2008

About the Pro Bono Newsletter

The Public Service Newsletter is a weekly publication of the Office of Public Service Programs at UNC School of Law. This newsletter contains up-to-date information regarding public service job opportunities, pro bono opportunities, as well as information on public service events and news at Carolina Law and in the local community.

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Events at UNC Law

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

Disorientation 2008
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 for more info or to RSVP.

Carolina Public Interest Law Organization (C-PILO) Meeting
Mon. 9/15, 12pm, Room 4085

National Lawyers Guild Brown Bag Lunch
Tues. 9/16, 12pm, Room 5042
Join the UNC Law National Lawyers Guild and hear from Mark Dorosin and Leah Aden from the UNC Center for Civil Rights.

A Discussion of Covering:  A Hidden Assault on our Civil Rights
Tues. 9/16, 12pm, Room 4082
A discussion of the book Covering, a history of gay rights and assimilation, by Kenji Yoshino led by Professor Maxine Eichner. Lunch Provided.

Sen. Ellie Kinnaird, Politics, Legislation, and the Constitution
Thurs. 9/18, 12pm, Room 4082

Sponsored by American Constitution Society

Public Interest Law Potluck
Thurs. 9/18, 7pm, Law School Rotunda

Want to learn more about public interest law? Want to meet more people at the law school who share your passion for helping others? Want to share your experiences with other students?
Join fellow public interest minded students, faculty, and staff for a potluck celebrating the start of a new year of public service programming!

If you can, bring a dish to share. We'll provide the paper products and drinks. Email Allison Standard at with questions.

North Carolina's Invisible Poor:  Who are they and what can we do to help?
Mon. 9/22, 12pm, Room 4004
Join us in our brown bag lunch program to hear from Heather Hunt, associate director of the Center on Poverty, Work & Opportunity and Hazel Mack-Hilliard, senior managing attorney, Legal Aid of NC. The goals of the panel are to educate students about the demographics of North Carolina's poor and to educate students on what poverty law is about and what legal aid lawyers do on a day-to-day basis to help. Sponsored by the Office of Public Service Programs and the CSO.  Please see Sylvia Novinsky with any questions.

"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, visit

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!

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 

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, and registration should open shortly.  Email Stacy Tolos at with any questions.

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

Pro Bono Winter Break Interest Meeting
Tues. 9/16, 12pm, Room 4085
Learn how you can get involved with pro bono work over the winter break.  Learn all about sign-ups, projects that are available, how to create your own project, and how you can get involved even if you are going to be in another state!

New Orleans Winter Break Trip Meeting
Thurs. 9/18, 12pm, Room 4085
Each winter break, the Pro Bono Program and participating interested students head down to New Orleans, LA to help with post-Katrina legal issues.  Come join the Pro Bono Board to hear about the New Orleans trip, how to sign up, and how to participate in the amazing work still left to be done in the Big Easy!

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 (, and Sarah Preston, Legislative Director (

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:

  • 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!
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.

Spots are limited, so please contact Laura Stephens Chipman at 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

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:

Resume Collection:
Miami-Dade County State Attorney's Office (Miami, FL) (3L) (due 9/14)
Ohio Attorney General's Office (Columbus, OH) (2L & 3L) (due 9/28)

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

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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