Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, September 23, 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

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shield law-a piece of legislation that would protect reporters from having to reveal their confidential sources and unpublished information in courts or other governmental proceedings.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.

Career Corner

"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

The 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

The 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
  • Federal 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): October 11
  • National Labor Relations Board (NLRB): October 15
  • Army Corps of Engineers (USACE): October 15
  • Presidential Management Fellows Program (PMF): October 15 (application opens 10/01)

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: October 1
  • Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC): October 6
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC): October 15

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

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:

  1. understand the options for health insurance in the North Carolina Marketplace
  2. successfully enroll in a health insurance plan
  3. 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.

At this 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

Friday, 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.

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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