Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, September 12, 2011

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

Constitution Day Address by Professor Gene Nichol

Friday, September 16, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., Rotunda

Each year on September 17th, U.S. universities take time to celebrate and commemorate the day on which the Constitution of the United States was signed. This year, because the 17th falls on a Saturday, Constitution Day will be observed on Friday, September 16th. Constitution Day presents an opportunity to reflect upon the deeper meanings of the Constitution and the hopes it embodies for the future of the country and the world. For the past several years, UNC School of Law has served as host of the University of North Carolina's Constitution Day celebration. We are pleased to do so once again this year. Please join us on Friday, September 16th at noon in the Rotunda for this occasion.

This year's Constitution Day address will be delivered by Professor Gene R. Nichol, Boyd Tinsley Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Center on Poverty, Work & Opportunity. Please join us for Professor Nichol's talk and for light refreshments.

The Constitution and Gay Marriage

Wednesday, September 21, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., 5052

Special program on gay marriage sponsored by the UNC Center on Law and Government. Representative Paul Stam and Evan Wolfson will serve as guest speakers.

Representative Paul Stam ('75) is a Republican member of the North Carolina General Assembly representing the state's 37th House district, including constituents in Wake County. Stam, from Apex, has had a general law practice since 1976 with the law firm of Stam, Fordham & Danchi, P.A. (and predecessor firm of Holleman & Stam) with emphasis on real estate litigation, titles, municipal law, and constitutional litigation.

Evan Wolfson is an American civil rights attorney and advocate. Wolfson is founder and executive director of Freedom to Marry, a group favoring same-sex marriage in the United States. Wolfson also wrote the book Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality, and Gay People's Right to Marry.

Public Interest Peer Mentor Program - Brown Bag Lunch Meet-up!

Wednesday, September 28, 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m., Boardroom 5003

Mentors and mentees: join us for the welcoming event of the Public Interest Peer Mentor Program! Take this opportunity to meet your mentor or mentee as well as other UNC Law students interested in a career (or exploring a career) in public interest! Bring a lunch and we'll provide drinks and desserts. We'll email you before the event with the name of your mentor/mentee match! Look forward to meeting you there!

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development General Information Session

Wednesday, September 28, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Career Services Office, 4055

Linda Cruciani (JD '85) and Susan Campbell (JD, MRP '98) will be in the Career Services Office to meet with third-year students to discuss the entry level attorney hiring program at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Linda is Deputy General Counsel for Operations in the headquarters office in Washington, D.C. Susan is Chief Counsel in the Greensboro, NC office. Come by to meet and talk with these two great alums.

Read further for more information about the HUD Legal Honors Program. The deadline for application is Friday, October 28, 2011. If you have any questions, please contact Holly Bryan in the CSO at or 919.843.9918.

Other Public Interest Events

Jobs with Justice Interest Meeting

Thursday, September 15, 7:00 p.m., Raleigh YWCA, 554 E. Hargett Street

Join other interested individual at an interest meeting about Jobs for Justice, a national coalition of labor unions and religious, civil rights, women's, student, farm, immigrants' rights, and community organizations working together at the local level to defend and expand the rights of working people. JwJ has mobilized thousands to address of host of issues including corporate greed, the right to organize and bargain collectively, globalization, living wage legislation, and the right to family-supporting full time jobs.

Currently there are 47 coalitions in 26 states and organizers are hoping to create North Carolina Jobs for Justice. Erica Smiley, the Southern Regional Field Director of Jobs with Justice and members of Triad Jobs with Justice will be there to talk about the organization. For more information, contact Nick Wood at 919.616.0889 or

UNC Public Service Fair

Wednesday, September 21, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., The Pit near UNC Student Stores

Attend the UNC Public Service Fair to learn about volunteer and internship opportunities with area nonprofits! While there, pick up lunch from Hunger Lunch for $3 - all you can eat beans, rice, and cornbread. All proceeds benefit a sustainable nutrition project in a developing community. For more information, contact the Carolina Center for Public Service at

NC NAACP CLE: Education, Expectations, and Incarceration: A Look at How Resegregation, High-Stakes Testing, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline Marginalize our Children

Wednesday, October 12, 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., High Point, NC

The NC NAACP will host the Fifth Annual Romallus O. Murphy CLE in High Point, NC this fall. Four hours of CLE have been requested from the North Carolina State Bar. Registration and lunch will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the CLE will last from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, call NC NAACP at 1.866.NC.NAACP or visit their website at

The Appalachian Public Interest Environmental Law (APIEL) Conference

October 20-23, University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, TN

Registration is now open for the 2nd annual Appalachian Public Interest Environmental Law (APIEL) conference at the University of Tennessee College of Law. APIEL welcomes law and policy students, attorneys, community activists, scientists, and policy experts for a weekend of workshops and panels focused on exchanging information and fostering collaboration on the most critical environmental justice issues of our time.

Topics include: the basics of mountaintop removal and strip mining; citizen enforcement of Tennessee water law; future of coal in the Tennessee Valley; "Lands Unsuitable for Mining": citizen victories; mountaintop removal mining and public health; creating mineral tax trust funds for economic diversification; activist-attorney relations; "know your rights" as activists and as the attorneys who represent them.

The APIEL conference hopes to create a common ground for community organizers, lawyers and researchers to communicate, educate each other and have fun. For students, APIEL is a chance to network with leading lawyers, professionals, and community activists whose are fighting for environmental justice and economic transition in central Appalachia. A complete list of workshops and panels will soon be available at

The attendance fee for the conference is $65 for Thursday through Sunday, which includes pizza on Thursday night. All other meals, transportation and lodging are the responsibility of the participant. Participants who are only attending part of the conference may pay by the day. Please note that need-based conference registration scholarships can be applied for through your registration form, and they will be granted on a first-come-first-serve basis to those who qualify.

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Other Public Interest Opportunities

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Apply for the Pollitt Fellowship at the ACLU in Raleigh!

This fellowship was established in 1992 to honor the work of retired UNC Law Professor Dan Pollitt. Professor Pollitt was a long time board member of the North Carolina ACLU and is an ardent member of the civil rights movement. This fellowship provides a UNC law student with an opportunity to work for social and economic justice in North Carolina. Each year one 2L or 3L Carolina Law student receives the Daniel Pollitt school year fellowship that allows the student to work at the ACLU in Raleigh approximately 10-12 hours per week each semester. The exact schedule is worked out between the recipient and the Executive Director of the ACLU; some work may be done remotely. The recipient will be paid $1,500 (minus taxes) per semester. If interested, please submit your resume, transcript, cover letter, and a short writing sample (in hard copy or by email) to Sylvia Novinsky, Assistant Dean for Public Service Programs by this Monday (TODAY!), September 12 at 5:00 p.m. A small pool of applicants will be submitted to the ACLU which will make the final decision on the recipient. The main criteria upon which Fellowship selection is based are interest in civil rights and a demonstrated commitment to social justice. Top half of the class is preferred. Address cover letters to: Katherine Lewis Parker, ACLU of North Carolina, P.O. Box 28004, Raleigh, NC 27611. Contact Dean Novinsky if you have any questions.

Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities


Check Symplicity frequently for new Job Bank postings and OCI offerings!

Fellowships, Fellowships, Fellowships!

Many fellowship applications have opened. For detailed information on the various fellowship opportunities available nationwide, check out the Guide to Postgraduate Legal Fellowship Programs. Many fellowships and their deadlines are listed in the Job Bank on Symplicity as well. Interested students should meet with a counselor in the Career Services Office to discuss.

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

Current Pro Bono Projects

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

Individual Projects:

  • Interviewing, Research, and Document Review Assistance, Glenn, Mills, Fisher, & Mahoney P.A. - Durham, NC
  • National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) Research AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women - Washington D.C.

Group Projects:

  • Divorce Pro Bono Project - attend meeting on Tuesday, September 13, 12:00 p.m., 4004
  • Driver's License Restoration Project - attend meeting on Tuesday, September 13, 12:15 p.m., 4082
  • Immigration Law Know Your Rights Project - attend training on Wednesday, September 14, 12:00 p.m., 4085
  • Education Law and Policy Society Know Your Rights Project - attend training on Wednesday, September 14, 5:00 p.m., 4085

Upcoming Pro Bono Events

Fall Break Wills Project Interest Meeting

Wednesday, September 21, 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m., 4085

Attend this interest meeting to learn more about the Fall Break Wills Trip and how to apply!

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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