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
The Judicial Vacancy Crisis: Sponsored by ACS
Tuesday, October 1, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5048
The American Constitution Society will host a lunchtime
lecture by Professor Michael Gerhardt on the judicial vacancy crisis in the
Child Action Interest Meeting
Wednesday, October 2, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4004
Child Action is a student organization
devoted to recognizing the many legal needs of children, promoting child
advocacy as a potential career path, and providing support to students who are
interested in learning more about child advocacy law, current issues, and
careers in the field.
Death Penalty Project Meeting: The State of the Death Penalty in NC
Thursday, October 3, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5042
Join the Death Penalty Project for our second meeting! Meet
our two new board members, sign up for exciting pro bono and volunteer
opportunities, and learn about upcoming events. An attorney for the Center for
Death Penalty Litigation will give a brief presentation on the current state of
the death penalty in North Carolina. Feel free to bring your own lunch.
"Professors in Practice" Brown Bag Series: Civil Litigation
Tuesday, October 1, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4085
Bring your lunch and your questions for this brown bag lunch
with Professors Burk, Sabbeth, Weidemaier, and Wilson who will share their
experiences in civil litigation practice. Questions? Contact Adrienne Allison.
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.
Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities
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)
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 (Kansas City): September 30
Federal Reserve Board:
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC):
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC):
Rolling Summer Internship Deadlines: U.S. Department of Education, EPA Regional offices,
U.S. Copyright Office, EEOC Office of Federal Operations, FCC (various
bureaus), Federal Election Commission, IRS, National Labor Relations
Board, U.S. Office of Government Ethics, Small Business Administration,
USAID, and MORE!
Other Public Interest Events
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
by October 2. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email
Anna Tison or Laura Krcmaric.
Race to End Domestic Violence
Saturday, October 5, 5:00-7:00 p.m., Finley Golf Course
October is domestic violence awareness month, so join us for
DVAP's annual 5K. Register early--$20 to run, $15 for just a t-shirt. Look for
us tabling in the rotunda the weeks before. Registration is now open online. Contact Amanda Colley with questions.
Join us for dinner and drinks afterward!
First Amendment Law Review Symposium: New York Times v. Sullivan, 50 Years Later
Saturday, October 12, 9:15 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Wilson Library,
Pleasants Family Room (main campus)
The First Amendment Law Review will
host its annual symposium in Chapel Hill, NC, on October 12, where
scholars from across the country will participate in a discussion
focused on the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark ruling
in New York Times v. Sullivan.
This year's Sullivan Symposium will host two panels of First
Amendment and media law scholars including Bruce Brown, Vincent Blasi, Ronald
Cass, Stuart Benjamin, George Wright, and Ashley Messenger. The event will
begin with a keynote address by Ken Paulson (President and CEO of the First Amendment Law Center), followed by a 30 minute Q&A. The
morning panel will then examine the impact of the Sullivan decision on
the media, while the afternoon panel will discuss its broader implications on
First Amendment jurisprudence. Lunch will be provided for all registered
attendees. Attendees can register online.
Please direct all questions concerning this event to Candra Baizan.
Sponsored by the UNC School of Law; UNC School of Journalism; UNC Center for
Media Law and Policy; American Constitution Society; UNC Student Congress
"Poverty, Partnerships and the Public Good: A Call for Engagement by North Carolina Institutions"
the Date: November 25, 2013, 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Carroll Hall, Freedom Forum Conference Room (main campus)
25, the UNC Poverty Center and the Program on Public Life will
convene a set of intimate discussions to explore obligations, strategies and
opportunities for various North Carolina advocates, service providers,
institutions, programs, universities and funders - private and public - to
address the challenges presently faced by poor and low income North
Carolinians. Additional event details and registration information will be available
in the coming weeks. Please contact Mary Irvine if
you have any questions.
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.
Fall Breakthrough Interest Meeting
Wednesday, October 2, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4082
Come find out
about the Pro Bono Board's exciting new pro bono initiative over Fall Break.
We're calling it Fall Breakthrough. This is a second interest meeting for
Fall Breakthrough, and if you attended the first interest meeting, there is no
need to attend this session as well.
Remember, online registration is due by Friday, October 4 at 5 p.m.
BLSA Expungement Mobile Clinic
Interest Meeting Wednesday, October 2, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5046
The UNC Black Law Students Association (BLSA), in conjunction with Legal Aid
of North Carolina and the Moore County Department of Health and Human Services
will conduct a free expungement clinic on Friday, November 1.
What: Conducting client intake interviews and consulting with legal
aid staff attorneys to make a determination of eligibility for your clients.
Food will be provided for the clinic and training.
November 1 is the date of the clinic (All day). October 24 is the
date of the mandatory training (4:45 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.).
Where: Vocational Rehabilitation Services Unit of the Moore County
Department of Human Health and Services (DHHS) in Moore County, North Carolina.
Who: Everyone! This opportunity is available to all Carolina Law
students of all years!
Ready to commit!? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot.
Still have questions? Be sure to attend the next BLSA general body meeting,
October 2 and hear from Professor Erika Wilson on why a project
like this is so important! You'll also have an opportunity to ask questions to
our pro-bono chairs on specific details about the project.
DVAP Ex-Parte Project Interest Meeting
Thursday, October 3, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4004
UNC Law's Domestic Violence Action Project will be kicking
off a brand new pro bono project during the fall semester. Come learn how you
can help victims of domestic violence fill out and file paperwork for orders of
protection in Orange and Chatham counties. The project is open to all years and
shifts can be done during the school year or winter break.
Pro Bono Divorce Project
Once again, UNC Law Public Service Programs and Legal Aid of North Carolina
are partnering to hold a Pro Bono Divorce Project this Fall and Spring.
Students will have the opportunity to represent low-income clients in simple
divorces. They will interview clients, draft pleadings, and conduct divorce
hearings under attorney supervision.
Please note that this project is open only to 2L and 3L students.
The following additional dates are important for anyone interested:
October 23, 12:00-1:00 p.m.: Basic Training Session
October 29 from 5:30-8:00 p.m.: "Divorce Clinic" in which
students will interview clients and execute pleadings.
Friday, February 28 beginning at 11:00 a.m.: "Divorce Judgment Day" in
which students will conduct divorce hearings in the Law School courtroom before
an Orange County District Court Judge.
Anyone interested in participating should email Dean Novinsky.
To participate in the Pro Bono Divorce Project you must be able to
participate in the training on October 23 from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. You must also
be available for the October 29 "Divorce Clinic" and the February 28 "Divorce Judgment Day."