Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, September 17, 2012

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.

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Reminder to 2L and 3L Summer Grant Recipients: Log Your C-PILO Volunteer Hours!

Any students who have already completed volunteer hours are reminded to log their hours online. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Ashley McAlarney with any questions.

Events at UNC Law

C-PILO Local Donations Committee Meeting

Wednesday, September 19, Noon-12:50 p.m., Room 4004

Training and Orientation Meeting: The Local Donations Committee will discuss our local donations collections efforts and prepare people to contact local businesses about contributing to C-PILO's annual auctions.

Environmental Law Project (ELP) Lexis Training

Wednesday, September 19, Noon-12:50 p.m., Room 3049
Thursday, September 20, Noon-12:40 p.m., Room 5054

Lexis training with Professor Hornstein for symposium papers.

Screening of NC Poverty Tour Documentary

Monday, September 24, Noon-12:50 p.m., Room 4004

Screening of film documenting the NC Poverty Tour. Discussion by Professor Nichol will follow the screening. Sponsored by UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity and Office of Public Service Programs.

Career Corner

Boosting Your Government Job and Internship Search

Tuesday, September 18, Noon-12:50 p.m., Boardroom 5003

Interested in job and internship opportunities within federal, state, or local government? Attend this session for an inside look into government hiring trends, where and how law students and graduates find positions, and tips for gearing your search towards a government audience. Contact Samara Reynolds in the CSO with questions.

Judges and their Clerks Panel Discussion (open to all students)

Thursday, September 20, Noon-12:50 p.m., Room 4085

Come hear from federal and state court judges and their current clerks about judicial clerkships. Learn what judges like to see in clerks, what clerks do on a daily basis, types of cases they hear, and ask questions of sitting judges and their current clerks. This event is part of the Judicial Clerkship Series sponsored by the Career Services Office.

Connecting Like a Champ

Monday, September 24, Noon-12:50 p.m., Room 4085

Whether you are exploring career paths or searching for jobs, the concept of "networking" will likely pop up as a suggested strategy. When done right, networking serves as an active, genuine, and mutually beneficial exchange of information. And it's not as complicated or awkward as it may seem. Attend this interactive session to gain tips on making the most of the people around you, building professional relationships and keeping them going strong. Soon, you'll be connecting like a champ. Contact Samara Reynolds in the CSO with questions.

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

New OCI Employer/Session Added

(2Ls) Public Defender - District 26 - Mecklenburg County (Charlotte, NC)

Session: 2012 Fall OCI - Sept 27 & 28

  • Bidding: Fri., Sept 14 - Wed, Sept 19
  • Selection Status: Mon, Sept 24
  • Selected Students Schedule Interview Times: Tue, Sept 25 - Wed, Sept 26
  • Interview Date: Fri, Sept 28

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 (U: ranger, P: cookies).

  • Sept. 17 - Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Honors Program (see Symplicity posting #6798)
  • Sept. 17 - Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) Honors Program Sept. 21 - FCC Honors Program
  • Sept. 28 - HUD Honors Program
  • Sept. 30 - FDIC Honors Program; Federal Reserve Board 2L Internship

Other Public Interest Events

Public Interest Law Conference at Emory School of Law

The Emory Public Interest Committee (EPIC) is delighted to announce their conference entitled "And Justice for All - Criminal Justice in the South." The conference will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2012, at Emory University School of Law, and it will broadly track the core stages a criminal defendant goes through as s/he moves throughout the justice system: pre-trial, trial, and post-conviction. The conference seeks to engage participants in a meaningful and balanced dialogue concerning the flaws within the Southern justice system, as well as possibilities for alternatives and reform.

Information is available online, and registration is open now. There is no fee to attend (small charge for those seeking CLE credits), but registration is requested in order to plan for materials and meals. Please email the conference co-chairs (Anam Ismail and Steve Justus) if you have any questions.

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

Driver's License Restoration Project Trainings This Week

  • Tuesday, September 18, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Room 5048
  • Thursday, September 20, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Room 5048

Voting Rights Project Mandatory Training

Wednesday, September 19, Noon-12:50 p.m., Room 5046

Students who sign up for the ACLU Voting Rights Project must attend this mandatory training by Allison Riggs of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice. Participants will learn about the Voting Rights Act and be given a run-down of procedures and protocols for giving the presentations at local high schools.

ACS Constitution in the Classroom Training

Wednesday, September 19, Noon-12:50 p.m., Room 4085

Training for ACS Constitution in the Classroom, which is a pro bono project where students go to middle schools and teach children about the constitution.

DVAP "Know Your Rights" Project Training

Sepptember 19, 5:45-7:30 p.m., Room 3049

DVAP will host a monthly domestic violence focused "Know Your Rights" presentation hosted by two law students on the first Thursday of the month. This training session is mandatory for students interested in hosting these presentations but is also open to students interested in learning the basics of domestic violence law in NC. A guest speaker from the Compass Center for Women and Families will be presenting on their role as a victim advocate and current issues in DV law. Dinner will be provided. If you would like to attend, please e-mail Lauren Harkey by September 17.

Election Protection Voter Education Training

Thursday, September 20, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Room 4085

Training for the Voter Education Outreach Project with the Center for Civil Rights.

ILA Deferred Action Training with Professor Weissman

Monday, September 24, 12-12:50 p.m., Room 5048

This will be part one of a two-part training that is required for anyone who wants to participate in the Deferred Action Clinics being put on by the ILA, the Immigration and Human Rights Policy Clinic, and the North Carolina Justice Center. The training will teach students how to assist clients who are applying for Deferred Action. Clinics are happening now and will continue to run throughout the year.

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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