Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, September 30, 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

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 federal courts.

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.

Career Corner

"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

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.

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

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)

  • 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
  • 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 online 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"

Save the Date: November 25, 2013, 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Carroll Hall, Freedom Forum Conference Room (main campus)

On November 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

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.

When: Friday, 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 to reserve your spot.

Still have questions? Be sure to attend the next BLSA general body meeting, next Wednesday, 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."

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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