Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, September 21, 2009

Events at UNC Law


Education Law and Policy Organization Interest Meeting

12:00 - 12:50p, 5046

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) General Interest Meeting

12:00 - 12:50p, 4082


Winter Break Pro Bono Projects Interest Meeting

12:00 - 12:50p, 4085

Project Homeless Connect Training

12:00 - 12:50p, 5048


Carolina Street Law Training Session

12:00 - 12:50p, 4082

Fall Break Pro Bono Project Interest Meeting - Wills Project in Pittsboro, NC

12:00 - 12:50p, 5046

Conference on Race, Class, Gender, and Ethnicity (CRCGE) - General Interest Meeting

12:00 - 12:50p, 4004

Immigration Law Association Know Your Rights Training

12:00 - 12:50p, 5048

Panel Presentation: Careers in State and Local Government

4:00 - 6:00p, 4085

Bar Review: Guest Faculty Bartending at The Crunkleton

7:00 - 10:00p

Featuring: Professor Meyers and John Kasprzak

All tips go to support work of UNC Law student groups' pro bono projects!


C-PILO General Meeting

12:00 - 12:50p, 5048

Careers in Federal Government

12:00 - 12:50p, 4085

Health Law Organization Interest Meeting

12:00 - 12:50p, 4051


Deadline: New Orleans Pro Bono Trip Applications Due at 5:00p

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Save the Date!

Equal Justice Works Student Debt Relief Webinar Series

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, October 7, 12-1:30pm - JUGGLING GENDER/STILL JUGGLING (1992/2007)

For more info:

Wednesday, November 4, 12-1:30pm - GENDERNAUTS (1999)

For more info:

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, visit for details and contact Lauren Felter at

Make sure to also consider signing up for the Fall Break and Winter Break Pro Bono Trips!

Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention - Legal Aid of North Carolina - Pittsboro, NC

Municipal Law & Demolition Liens - Office of the City Attorney - Durham, NC

TREC 2009 Legal Track Project

Racial Justice Act Study - Rich Rosen - UNC School of Law

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

Trial Transcript Review - Center For Death Penalty Litigation - Durham, NC

Hargraves Center - Chapel Hill, NC

Driver's License Restoration Project - NC Office of Indigent Services - Orange County

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

Education Pioneers Fellowship Information Session

Monday, September 28th, 2009, 7:30pm, 2000 McColl Building, Food Provided

Education Pioneers, a national non-profit, creates a pipeline of talent to organizations solving our nation's most critical public education challenges. We recruit professionals from business, law, education, policy and other disciplines to launch careers in education through our selective graduate school Fellowship Program.

Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair

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

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. To register:

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

Three Phases of Justice for the Poor: from Charity to Discretion to Right

Appeared in Jan. - Feb. 2009 Clearinghouse Review Journal of Poverty Law and Policy

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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