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.
Events at UNC Law
Media Law Society: A Panel Discussion on the Federal Shield Law
Tuesday, September 24, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5052
Come join UNC Law's Media Law Society on First Amendment Day for a panel
discussion on the proposed Federal Shield Law. Free lunch will be served.
In May of this year, the Associated Press revealed that the Department of
Justice had, without prior notice or negotiation, subpoenaed phone records from
the organization's journalists. In light of this event, Congress renewed
efforts to pass a federal shield law-a piece of legislation that would protect
reporters from having to reveal their confidential sources and unpublished
information in courts or other governmental proceedings.
Come to the event to hear a panel discussion on the pros and cons of
instituting a federal shield law. The panel will also discuss whether the
shield law should be limited to reporters working for traditional news outlets
or whether it should also protect bloggers, student journalists and other
non-traditional reporters. Read the panelists' biographies and learn more
on the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy website.
"Public Interest in Practice" Career Panel
Wednesday, September 25, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4085
A panel of public interest attorneys will share their insights and
experiences from their legal careers: Amily McCool ('08), Legal Aid of North
Carolina; Chris Brook ('05), ACLU of North Carolina; Deonte Thomas ('05), Wake
County Public Defender's Office.
Pizza will be served. Questions? Contact Adrienne Allison.
U.S. Army JAG Information Session
Thursday, September 26, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4004
U. S. Army JAG Corps representative, Cpt. Michael Hayden, will provide information for students who are interested in learning about
summer or full time positions. Questions? Contact Samara Reynolds in the CDO.
U.S. Department of State Information Session
Friday, September 26, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4004
Diplomat-in-Residence Julie Ruterbories will provide
information on legal and other relevant careers within the State Department, as
well as the Foreign Service and Civil Service Officer application processes,
and the State Department's Summer Internship Program. Ms. Ruterbories will be
available for drop-in advising in the CDO after her info session from 1-3 p.m.
Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities
EJW Conference and Career Fair: conference registration deadline 10/11
Equal Justice Works Career Fair will be held Oct 25-26, 2013 near Washington, DC.
There is still time to register for informational Table Talk and workshop
sessions. Questions? Contact Adrienne Allison.
K&L Gates Public Interest Fellowship Program (2Ls): deadline 10/04
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)
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): September 30
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!)
Department of Labor (DOL):
National Labor Relations Board (NLRB):
Army Corps of Engineers (USACE):
Presidential Management Fellows Program (PMF):
October 15 (application
Summer 2014 Positions (2L)
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC): September 23 (deadline moved up!)
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 (Kansas City): September 30
Federal Reserve Board:
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC):
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC):
Public Service News
"The State of Exclusion: An Empirical Analysis of the Legacy of Segregated Communities in North Carolina"
The UNC Center for Civil Rights has released a new report on
the first phase of their Inclusion Project that documents the impacts of
racial exclusion in communities across North Carolina
with focuses on housing, education, environmental justice, political exclusion
and access to infrastructure. You can read the report and learn
more at the project's website.
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 UNCProBonoProjects@gmail.com.
Healthcare Navigator Project Interest Meeting
Monday, September 23, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4004
Legal Aid of North Carolina seeks volunteers to help
individuals and families understand and enroll in the new health insurance
options made available by the Affordable Care Act.
Healthcare Navigators will provide one-on-one assistance to help consumers:
- understand the options for health insurance in the North Carolina Marketplace
- successfully enroll in a health insurance plan
- determine if they
are eligible for financial assistance to pay for health insurance
Additionally, Navigators will participate in group enrollment events at sites
such as libraries, churches, and community health fairs.
Pro Bono Fall Breakthrough Interest Meeting
Tuesday, September 24, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5048
Come find out
about Fall Breakthrough, a two-day event sponsored by the Pro Bono Program.
Fall Breakthrough will take place at the law school and surrounding communities
on Thursday, October 17 and Friday, October 18. Fall Breakthrough will
introduce participants to local attorneys, allow participants to explore unmet
legal needs in the local area, and give participants an opportunity to engage
in on-site pro bono service.
interest meeting, members of the Pro Bono Board will present more information
about the event and be available for questions.
Unemployment Insurance Pro Bono Project Training
September 27, 1:00-4:00 p.m., Room 4085
2Ls and 3Ls are invited to participate in a new pro bono project,
between Legal Aid of North Carolina's Pittsboro office, where students will be representing
clients on unemployment insurance matters before an administrative hearing
officer, under the supervision of a licensed attorney. Please email Bridget Warren
to sign up.