Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, September 16, 2013

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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

Constitution Day

Tuesday, September 17, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Rotunda

Celebrate the Constitution of the United States by attending a timely discussion about the presidential and congressional authority to authorize military actions short of war, with a focus on Syria. Scott L. Silliman '68, adjunct professor of law at UNC and expert in national security and military law, will present "The Constitution, the War Powers Resolution and the Use of Force in Syria." Light refreshments will be served

ELP EJ Summit and Pro Bono Interest Meeting

Wednesday, September 18, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4082

The Environmental Law Project will hold a meeting on Wednesday, September 18 at noon to discuss an exciting new pro bono opportunity to work with Earthjustice and SELC attorneys on an environmental justice case protesting the re-permitting of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) in North Carolina.

The first part of the project involves interviewing potential Title VI complainants at the upcoming North Carolina Environmental Justice Network's EJ Summit on October 18 and 19 (Fall Break). Students will attend the summit (scholarships are available), participate in interview training by Earthjustice attorneys on the morning of October 18 and will then conduct interviews with North Carolina residents who have been affected by the operations of CAFOs.

Interested students will have also have the chance to participate in the CAFO matter throughout the fall and continuing into the spring, so even if you are unable to attend the EJ summit over Fall Break, you are encouraged to attend the meeting. Come join us to learn more about this exciting opportunity!

Immigration Law Association Interest Meeting

Wednesday, September 18, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 3049

The Immigration Law Association is a student organization devoted to cultivating student interest in the dynamic and fast-changing field of immigration law. ILA sponsors guest speakers on various topics concerning immigration; raises money to provide summer grants to students working in public interest immigration work; assists in developing and coordinating immigration-related pro bono projects; and provides professional development and networking opportunities for those pursuing a career in immigration law.

American Constitution Society and Constitution in the Classroom Interest Meeting

Thursday, September 19, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5046

Come learn about American Constitution Society and Constitution in the Classroom with us on Thursday. Lunch will be provided!

C-PILO Local Volunteer Training

Thursday, September 19, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4004

Students interested in volunteering with C-PILO will receive training on soliciting donations from local businesses. Please attend if you would like to volunteer with C-PILO for the Annual Auction or if you received a C-PILO specific public interest summer grant for the 2013 summer.

Career Corner

Presidential Management Fellows Information Session

Monday, September 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m., School of Government Room 2601

This information session will explain what PMF program is, how to apply, and process of selection. The session will involve both in-person presenters and a virtual panel of current and former PMF participants from UNC. Jacob Clauson (Law '10) will be one of the virtual panelists. Contact Samara Reynolds with questions.

Judges and their Clerks

Friday, September 20, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4085

Curious about post-graduate judicial clerkships? Judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and their clerks will be on hand to talk about what clerks do and what judges look for in clerkship candidates. All students are invited, but 2Ls should especially make an effort to attend, since 2Ls will apply next spring for federal clerkships that will begin in September 2015.

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

K&L Gates Public Interest Fellowship Program (2Ls): deadline 10/04

The K&L Gates Public Interest Fellowship Program will award one successful candidate a fellowship to spend eight weeks of the summer working at the Education Law Center of Pennsylvania. Applications for the summer 2014 fellowship are due by Friday, October 4. Symplicity posting #8251.

Upcoming Government Deadlines

Below is a sampling of upcoming deadlines for federal government honors programs (3Ls) and summer 2014 internship programs (2Ls). Information about each program can be found on individual department websites, as well as in the Government Honors and Internship Handbook online. If you have questions, need application assistance, or would like to be added to the govcareers email list for relevant announcements, please contact Samara Reynolds, Government Career Counselor in the CDO.

Postgraduate Positions (3L)

  • Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) Chief Counsel's Honors Program: September 16
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Honors Program - September 17
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Honors Program: Rolling
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): September 30
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC): September 30
  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel Judicial Law Clerkship: September 30
  • Navy JAG: October 4, INCLUDING having conducted in-person interview in Norfolk, VA (apply ASAP!)

Summer 2014 Positions (2L)

  • Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) OIG Externship/Internship: September 16
  • Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC): September 23 (deadline moved up!)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 (Kansas City): September 30
  • Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC): October 6 - deadline extended!

Other Public Interest Events

"Sowing Struggle: Social Movements and the Future of Corn in Tlaxcala, Mexico"

Thursday, September 19, 7:00-8:00 p.m., FedEx Global Education Center Room 4003 (main campus)

Luz Rivera Martinez, co-founder and lead organizer of Consejo Nacional Urbano Campesino (CNUC) will speak about her 20 years of experience in women's, peasant and labor movements and her efforts to demand government accountability, defend family farms and to resist the use of GMO seeds. She will also shed light on her involvement in build inspiring, community-based autonomous projects. She will be accompanied by Stuart Schussler of the Mexico Solidarity Network.

Food will be served. Sponsored by: The UNC School of Law Human Rights Policy Seminar; The UNC Immigration Law Association, The UNC Institute for the Study of the Americas; and the UNC Center for Global Initiatives.

See more at the UNC Global website.

Animal Law Workshop

Tuesday, September 24, 6:15-7:15 p.m., North Carolina Central School of Law (Durham, NC)

The NCCU Animal Law Organization is hosting a workshop on Tuesday, September 24 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at the NCCU School of Law, featuring Holly Stiles with Disability Rights NC. Ms. Stiles will be speaking on the Americans with Disabilities Act and compliance issues related to service animals. Please email Tracy Turner at NCCU if you plan to attend or have any questions.

Other Public Interest Opportunities

NC Advocates for Justice Naturalization Clinic

Saturday, October 5, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Raleigh, NC

This clinic will prepare volunteer attorneys, law students, and community advocates/allies to provide assistance to those applying for low-income fee waivers of the naturalization application (normally costs $680). This clinic is part of a nationwide campaign called "Ya Es Hora" focused on registering immigrant voters in swing states. One must be naturalized to vote, thus the need for the naturalization clinic. Learn more about "Ya Es Hora" on the campaign's website.

There will be a free 3-hour CLE and information session (with an ethics hour) on Wednesday, October 2 for volunteers. Students who would like to volunteer must be members of NCAJ (membership is free) and can visit the NCAJ website to register.

Please email Jennifer Segnere if you are interested in participating or have any questions.

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

Projects are posted on the Pro Bono Board near the mailboxes. Students can sign up for projects on the Pro Bono Board or email

Lawyer on the Line Training

Tuesday, September 17, 5:00-7:00 p.m., Room 5048

Participants must attend training to participate in this pro bono project.

Lawyer on the Line asks students to volunteer an hour a week to conduct client interviews over the phone. With training and support from Legal Aid, students will find out about the legal problem that individuals are facing and summarize the legal problem for a private attorney who will provide a consultation with the individual.

This project is great for individuals who want a consistent and steady pro bono project along with people who want to develop their client interviewing skills.

Lambda Pro Bono Meeting

Thursday, September 19, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4081

Learn about the Lambda health care power of attorney workshop and how you can participate. Students can also sign up at this meeting to table with Lambda at NC Pride on Saturday, September 28. The training date for the pro bono project will be on Tuesday, October 22 at noon in Room 4085, and attendance at the training session is mandatory to work with clients. The workshop will be held on Monday, October 28 at 6:00 p.m.

Network with Pro Bono Alumni!

Friday, September 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m., The Crunkleton (Franklin Street)

All students are welcome to mingle and network with UNC Alums at the Crunkleton on Friday, September 20 from 6:30 to 8:30. These alumni work in a variety of settings ranging from public interest to government, solo practitioners to big private firms. Despite these differences, they are united by their passion for pro bono work, and look forward to meeting you. Email James Jolley if you have any questions. (Cash bar; appetizers from Med Deli will be provided).

Cancer Project Pro Bono Training: Substantive Law

Sunday, September 22, 10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Room 5042

This training will cover the substantive law, ethics and sensitivity materials for the Cancer Pro Bono Legal Project. All students who wish to participate in the project are invited to attend.

Navigator Pro Bono Project Information Session

Monday, September 23, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4004

Information Session for new Pro Bono Project involving implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

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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