Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Thursday, September 18, 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

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.

Public Service News

Presidential Candidates Speak on National Public Service

To see footage, click here.

Save the Date!

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

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!


Immigration Law Association - "Know Your Rights" Pro Bono Project Training
Wed. 9/24, 4-6pm, Room 5048
The Immigration Law Association (ILA) is a student organization devoted to cultivating student interest in the dynamic and fast-changing field of immigration law through guest speakers, networking opportunities, and pro bono work.
In response to federal immigration raids around the country in workplaces and homes, ILA members give presentations all over the Triangle to immigrant groups. The purposes of the presentations are to: let people know that they have legal rights in the U.S. even if they do not have legal immigration status; explain how they can assert their rights in the event of a raid; explain how to protect their ability to apply for a visa or citizenship; and help them prepare if they are vulnerable to deportation.
Come to the pro bono training to learn more about the immigration raids and how you can get involved! The training will be conducted by ILA members and a local immigration attorney.


Street Law Training
Wed. 9/24, 5:30-6:30, Room 5042
Street Law sends law students into local middle and high schools for several weeks each semester to teach practical information about the law and constitutional rights. Students receive pro bono hours for their time. Students must attend the fall training session in order to participate in either semester of Street Law. For more information, email David Wicclair at

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.


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:
Ohio Attorney General's Office (Columbus, OH) (2L & 3L) (due 9/28)
Wake County Public Defender (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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