Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, September 2, 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

Domestic Violence Advocacy Project Interest Meeting

Tuesday, September 3, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5046

Come learn more about our upcoming events, pro bono projects (for all years), and how to get involved with DVAP this year! Refreshments will be provided.

Public Interest Mentor Program Kickoff Meeting

Tuesday, September 3, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4085

This is the initial meeting of the 2013-2014 Public Interest Mentor Program. Mentors and mentees will meet each other and learn about the resources available to support them on their path to a public interest career. For more information, contact Adrienne Allison, Public Interest Career Counselor.

Education Law and Policy Society Meet and Greet

Tuesday, September 3, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5048

Come to our welcome back Meet and Greet event! Drop in anytime between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to meet the ELPS board members and participants. Find out more about ELPS and sign up for some education law-related pro bono projects.

Carolina Public Interest Law Organization (C-PILO) Welcome Meeting

Wednesday, September 4, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4085

C-PILO helps provide grants to students who accept summer internships in the public sector that are low-or non-paying; facilitates a network of support for students interested in pursuing public interest law; exposes the law school community to public interest law; and encourages students to pursue careers in the public sector. Come to the welcome meeting to learn how you can get involved!

Death Penalty Project Interest Meeting

Wednesday, September 4, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5042

Come learn more about the Death Penalty Project. We are an organization that was founded for the purpose of fostering a community that is more conscious of the effect of the death penalty on society. We will begin working on outreach, planning events, and organizing pro bono opportunities. Please bring your own lunch!

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) First Meeting

Thursday, September 5, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5046

The Carolina Law ACLU promotes discussion and awareness of civil liberties issues with the goal of safeguarding the civil liberties of members of the community. UNC Law ACLU is a chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, which is an affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union

Child Action General Interest Meeting

Thursday, September 5, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4004

Child Action will be hosting a general interest meeting for those interested in learning more about pro bono opportunities available through the organization, particularly the Guardian Ad Litem Program and the Mock Trial with the School of Social Work.

Teen Court General Interest and Welcome Meeting

Thursday, September 5, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4085

Please join us to learn more about our organization and how you can get involved. Pizza will be served. If you are unable to attend but would like more information, please email Kerry Boehm.

Media Law Society General Interest Meeting

Friday, September 6, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4082

Interested in Media Law? Come join the UNC Media Law Society for a General Interest meeting and enjoy a free lunch on us! We will introduce the board members, discuss what media law is, and give you information on our upcoming events -- including First Amendment Day, networking events, and a media law movie night!

Environmental Law Project Symposium Research Training

Friday, September 6, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 3049

Professor Hornstein will give students a brief introduction to environmental law research. This is for students who have signed up with the Environmental Law Project to write a paper for the symposium.

Career Corner

U.S. Navy JAG Information Session

Wednesday, September 4, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4004

A U. S. Navy JAG Corps representative will provide information for students who are interested in applying for summer or full time positions. Learn about the application process and what it is like to practice law as a Navy JAG attorney. Contact Samara Reynolds with questions.

Reminder: Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair Registration is Now Open!

Students can now register and apply for interviews at the EJW Career Fair (October 25-26, 2013). If you wish to interview at EJW, you must register and apply no later than 6 p.m. EST on Thursday, September 12. (If you wish to only attend the informal Table Talk periods or the workshop sessions, you can register until Friday, October 11.) DO NOT wait until the last minute to register and apply! Join the CDO for an information session about the Conference & Career Fair on August 27 (Room 5052).

3L Public Interest Job Search Group

Over the next several months, the Career Development Office will be providing a unique opportunity for 3Ls seeking public interest and government employment to gather in small-group sessions to provide peer-to-peer job search support. If you are interested in participating, please complete the group survey by Friday, September 13 to give us feedback about what you hope to gain from a job search group. Contact Adrienne Allison or Samara Reynolds with any questions.

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

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)

  • Department of Justice (DOJ) Honors Program: September 3
  • Department of the Interior (DOI) Honors Program: September 5
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Honors Program: September 15
  • Air Force JAG: September 15 first deadline (also 11/15 and 3/15)
  • Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Honors Program: September 15
  • 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

Summer 2014 Positions (2L)

  • Department of Justice (DOJ) Internship: September 3
  • Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Summer Program: September 6
  • Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Internship: September 15
  • Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) OIG Externship/Internship: September 16
  • Department of Education Internship: Rolling
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Internship: Rolling
  • Federal Communications Commission Internships (various Bureaus): Rolling
  • U.S. Copyright Office Internship: Rolling
  • Department of Commerce National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Internship: Rolling
  • National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Internships: Rolling

Don't forget to check PSJD and Symplicity for new public interest job postings.

Other Public Interest Events

Roundtable Discussion: Intervention in Syria? Problems, Prospects, and Contexts

Tuesday, September 3, 5:00-6:30 p.m., FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium (main campus)

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faculty and members of the military will speak briefly at the beginning from their own specialty and experience, followed by a wide-ranging Q&A with the audience. UNC Law Professor Mark Weisburd will take part in this discussion.

Sponsored by the Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense and the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations. For more information, please contact Shai Tamari.

Free parking available from 5:00 p.m. at the McCauley Parking Deck under the Global Education Center (Pharmacy Lane).

Kenan-Flagler Dean's Speakers Series: Bill Johnson, President and CEO of the Tennessee Valley Authority

Thursday, September 19, 5:30 p.m., Koury Auditorium, Kenan-Flagler Business School

Appointed by the TVA board of directors in November, 2012, Johnson is responsible for leading the nation's largest public utility toward its vision of low-cost and cleaner energy.

Please RSVP to this free lecture. Free parking will be available in only the business school parking deck.

If you have questions about this event, please contact Katie Hall.

UNC Law Review Symposium: Health Care Decisions in the New Era of Health Care Reform

Friday, October 4, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Kenan Center, Kenan-Flagler Business School

This symposium will consider both the promise and limitations of recent reform efforts, highlighting the important issues that are likely to emerge as the health care system tries to improve decision making.

Those interested in attending the Symposium can find more information and register online by October 2. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email Anna Tison or Laura Krcmaric.

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

Pro Bono Program Annual Report

Learn more about UNC Law's Pro Bono Program and its accomplishments in the past school year in the 2012-2013 annual report. Check the Pro Bono Board and website along with this newsletter for ways to get involved this 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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