Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, September 14, 2009

Events at UNC Law

Death Penalty Project Interest Meeting

Monday, September 14, 12:00 - 12:30p, 4082

Environmental Law Project (ELP) General Meeting

Monday, September 14, 12:00 - 12:50p, 5046

Pro Bono Program New Orleans Trip Interest Meeting

Tuesday, September 15, 12:00 - 1:00p, 4085

Domestic Violence Action Project General Interest Meeting

Tuesday, September 15, 12:30 - 1:00p, 4082

C-PILO Interest Meeting

Thursday, September 17, 12:00 - 12:50p, 5048

Immigration Law Association Information Session

Thursday, September 17, 12:00 - 12:50p, 4082

Innocence Project Training Session

Thursday, September 17, 4:00 - 6:00p, Boardroom

Community Reinvestment Act Panel

Thursday, September 17, 5:30 - 7:00p, 5042

Join the UNC Center for Banking and Finance, the UNC Center for Civil Rights and the UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity for a re-evaluation of the role of the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) in the mortgage meltdown.

The CRA, a federal law designed to prevent financial institutions from discriminating against low- and moderate-income clients, was blamed by some commentators in the aftermath of the housing crash as a major reason for the increase in risky subprime mortgages. Our distinguished panelists will address that charge, as well as explore ways it should be modified in light of recent events.


Chris Kukla, Senior Counsel for Government Affairs, Center for Responsible Lending

Peter Skillern, Executive Director, Community Reinvestment Association of North Carolina

Paul Stock, Executive Vice President and Counsel, North Carolina Bankers Association (NCBA)

Mark Dorosin, Senior Attorney for the Center for Civil Rights, will moderate.

Save the Date!

2008 Peggy Browning National Law Students Workers' Rights Conference

The Peggy Browning Fund will be holding its annual National Law Students Workers' Rights Conference on October 16-17, 2009 at the National Labor College in Silver Spring, Maryland. This is a tremendous opportunity for students interested in workers' rights. The Conference begins on Friday evening with a reception, dinner, film presentation and discussion. On Saturday, you will have the opportunity to attend workshops on all aspects of workers' rights and labor law. For more information and a registration form, see

UNC Law may select up to three students to attend the conference. Students interested in attending should have a demonstrated interest in either workers' rights issues or public interest law. Additionally, the Peggy Browning Fund will cover the conference fee, as well as on-site meals and lodging expenses, for one student from UNC Law (all students are responsible for a registration fee of $25 and transportation costs). The other two students will have to pay a conference fee and lodging expenses, in addition to the registration fee and transportation costs.

If you are interested in attending the conference, please contact Sylvia Novinsky, Assistant Dean for Public Service Programs, by Friday, September 18 at or at 962-7813.

Equal Justice Works Student Debt Relief Webinar Series

Getting Your Student Loans Forgiven: How government and nonprofit employees can earn Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Monday, September 14, 12:00p - 1:15p EDTOR Thursday, September 24, 5:30p - 6:45p EDT

Public Service Loan Forgiveness and Loan Repayment Assistance Programs from A to Z

Thursday, October 1, 5:30p - 6:45p EDT OR Monday, October 5, 12:00p - 1:15p EDT

Counseling Students and Graduates About Income-Based Repayment and Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Tuesday, October 6, 12:00p - 1:15p EDT

Space is limited, so participants are required to register at

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 and 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

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Helping to Advocate Violence Ending Now - Volunteer Opportunity

The Office of the Dean of Students, the Interpersonal Violence Prevention Coordinator, and the Carolina Women's Center offer HAVEN (Helping to Advocate Violence Ending Now) training opportunities throughout the semester. HAVEN helps UNC Faculty, Staff, and Students learn how to respond in a meaningful way to sexual and relationship violence in our campus community and to become informed allies. By attending HAVEN training, you help to create multiple safe spaces around the campus for Carolina students to obtain information, engage in discussion, and receive referrals.

You will leave the training with basic information about sexual and relationship violence, how to respond in a helpful way, what resources are available on campus, and what you can do about sexual violence in the Carolina community. You will receive a sign for your door which identifies you as a HAVEN member.

Training schedules and registration information are available at

For more information, please contact Ashley Fogle at

Funding Opportunities

Interested in a part-time civil rights fellowship during the school year?
Calling for Applications for the School Year 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 $1500 (minus taxes) per semester.

"The Pollitt Fellowship gave me the opportunity to meet one on one with an amazing attorney who guided me through each step of exciting research projects on current, local civil rights issues in North Carolina. The hours were flexible, and the work manageable (especially around exam time). I would highly recommend applying for this externship if you are looking for a valuable off-campus activity to enrich your law school experience ."

Natasha El-Sergany '10, Pollitt Fellow 2008-2009

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 Friday, September 18. 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.

Address cover letters to: Katherine Lewis Parker, ACLU of North Carolina, P.O. Box 28004, Raleigh, NC 27611

Please see Sylvia Novinsky with any questions.

2Ls Only: Early Decision Public Interest Summer Grant will be available

The School of Law will be awarding a limited number of public interest summer grants to 2Ls in the fall.

Applications will be available in mid October and will be due on in early November. Students must have an offer from a public interest employer to receive a grant.

Please note: 2Ls will be eligible to apply for public interest summer grants in the spring of 2010 as well.

Please see Sylvia Novinsky with any questions.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Civil Rights and Property
UNC Center for Civil Rights - Carrboro, NC

The Center For Civil Rights has several projects available in the fall:

Contact: Mark Dorosin

1. Prepare and conduct a community presentation on options for property tax exemptions for residents of a legislatively annexed community in Halifax County; prepare handouts and assist residents with completing required documents; will require travel to evening community meeting in Roanoke Rapids, NC on TBD date.

Time / Due Date: 10-15 hours by Nov. 1
Requirements: Open to all students

2. Interview two potential clients regarding heirs' property matter; collect information and follow-up with title research, identification of other owners, and emerging legal issues. Prepare memo to be submitted to the Heirs Property Resource Coalition.

Date: ongoing
Time Commitment: 15-20 hours
Requirements: 2L or 3L

3. Research the rules regarding the introduction of a local bill during the short session of the NC General Assembly.

Time/ Due Date: 10 hours due by Sept. 30
Requirements: Open to all students

4. Review documents provided by the Dept. of Transportation regarding the impact of three proposed routes of a state maintained highway; research and prepare memo regarding the economic impact of the proposed routes and assist in developing strategies to minimize the impact on two historic African American communities.

Time/Date Due: 15-20 hours due by Oct. 16
Requirements: Open to all students

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair

Saturday, October 24 - Sunday, October 25, Washington, D.C., The Omni Shoreham Hotel


Students and alumni will be able to register for the Career Fair, upload their resumes and schedule interviews using Symplicity. Students and alumni will need to create an Equal Justice Works Symplicity account at THIS IS SEPARATE FROM the UNC LAW SYMPLICITY ACCOUNT. The deadline to register and submit bids to employers is September 14, 2009. Employers will review applications and extend interviews from September 15-25.

Public Interest employers from all over the country will attend to hire for summer and postgraduate positions. If you will be interviewing at the conference, you MUST pre-register online to attend. If you decide not to attend you MUST let Sylvia Novinsky know as soon as possible.

Applying early for positions that interest you the most is recommended. This gives employers time to review your application and notify you of an interview opportunity prior to the Career Fair.

If you have questions, please contact either Sylvia Novinsky, Assistant Dean for Public Service Programs, or Meredith Flowe, Public Service Fellow.

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 Webinar 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.

Legal Aid of North Carolina Fellowship Opportunities (2010-11)

DEADLINE: October 30, 2009, 5:00p

Judge Samuel J. Ervin, III Fellowship (2010-11), Morganton, NC

Clifton W. Everett, Sr. Community Lawyer Fellowship (2010-11), Gastonia, NC

Clifton W. Everett, Sr. Community Lawyer Fellowship (2010-11), Ahoskie, NC

Visit Legal Aid of North Carolina's website for details and to see if additional fellowship opportunities are posted:

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, Public Service Fellow.

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