Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Tuesday, September 4, 2012

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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

ACLU General Meeting

Tuesday, September 4, Noon - 12:50 p.m., Room 4082

General body meeting for the ACLU. Meet fellow civil libertarians and find out how to get involved this year. Limited food will be provided for new and old members, so come early!

Child Action Interest Meeting

Tuesday, September 4, Noon - 12:50 p.m., Room 4085

For all those interested in learning more about child advocacy law, current issues, pro bono opportunities and careers in the field, please join us for our general interest meeting. However, if you cannot attend this meeting but would like more information, please contact Lauren Harkey.

Domestic Violence Action Project General Interest Meeting

Wednesday, September 5, Noon - 12:50 p.m., Room 4085

Come learn about the activities DVAP has planned for the year and how to get involved. If you cannot attend but would like more information about the Domestic Violence Action Project please contact Sarah Colwell.

Education Law and Policy Society Meet & Greet

Wednesday, September 5, Noon - 12:50 p.m., Room 5048

Drop in anytime to meet the ELPS board members and representatives from various education law and policy organizations. Information about education law-related pro bono projects will also be provided, and students can begin signing up for these projects.

Innocence Project Preliminary Meeting

Wednesday, September 5, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m., Room 5046

The UNC Law Innocence Project is dedicated to reviewing and investigating the innocence claims made by prisoners incarcerated in North Carolina. The fundamental goal of the project is to assist prisoners in challenging their wrongful convictions, where they exist. The project seeks to give law students the opportunity to review, investigate, and make recommendations on real criminal cases.

C-PILO Kickoff General Interest Meeting

Thursday, September 6, Noon -12:50 p.m., Room 5052

Interested in public interest law? Attend the Carolina Public Interest Law Organization's general interest meeting and learn about volunteering opportunities and exciting events the group will organize.

Career Corner

U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development Legal Honors Program Information Session (2Ls & 3Ls)

Wednesday, September 5, Noon - 12:50 p.m., Room 4004

Information session for interested 2Ls and 3Ls on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's entry-level attorney hiring program. This prestigious 14-month program is an excellent opportunity for a law graduate with a background in public service and an interest in housing and community development. Feel free to bring your lunch to this session.

Presidential Management Fellows Information Session (2Ls & 3Ls)

Wednesday, September 5, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m., 242 Hanes Hall (main campus)

This information session will explain what the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program is, how to apply, and process of selection. Hear from a virtual panel of UNC alums who are current and former PMF participants, as well. Please contact Samara Reynolds in the CSO with questions.

U.S. Navy JAG Information Session (2Ls & 3Ls)

Thursday, September 6, Noon - 12:50 p.m., Room 4004

Information session for students who are interested in applying for summer or full time positions. Bring your lunch, and learn more about the application process and what it is like to practice law as a Navy JAG attorney.

Prior to the session students can educate themselves about the Navy JAG Corps by visiting the U.S. Navy JAG website.

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

Public Interest Positions in Upcoming OCI Deadline

Bids are due on Thursday, September 6 at 11:59 p.m. Check Symplicity for more information.

  • US Army Judge Advocate General's Corps (Fort Bragg, NC)

Upcoming Government Job Deadlines

The following government programs have deadlines coming up in the next few weeks. Details of these programs are provided in the 2012-13 Government Honors & Internship Handbook (U: ranger, P: cookies).

  • Sept. 4 - DOJ Honors Program & Internship
  • Sept. 7 - Department of Interior Honors Program
  • Sept. 14 - FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection 2L Internship
  • Sept. 15 - Air Force JAG (1st Deadline for 3Ls); FTC Bureau of Competition Honors Program & 2L Internship; CIA 2L Internship
  • Sept. 17 - Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) Honors Program

Equal Justice Works Fellowship Deadline

Reminder: The application deadline is September 18. This is an exciting funding opportunity that offers two-year public interest fellowships throughout the nation.

The Equal Justice Works Fellowships Program provides financial and other forms of support to lawyers working on innovative legal projects in nonprofit organizations across the country. The two-year Fellowships offer salary (up to $41,000 annually) and generous loan repayment assistance; a national training and leadership development program; and other forms of support during the term of the Fellowship.

For more information about the Fellowship Program, visit or contact Adrienne Allison in CSO.

Don't forget to check PSJD and Symplicity for new job postings. Public interest jobs are being posted frequently!

Other Public Interest Events

Troy Davis: One Year Later

Wednesday, September 12, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m., NCCU School of Law

NCCU School of Law is hosting a panel discussion entitled "Troy Davis: One Year Later" on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Turner Law Building on NCCU's Campus. Kimberly Davis, Mr. Troy Davis' sister, will be our special guest and keynote speaker to share their story. There will be a panel discussion following featuring attorneys and activists in the area. We hope that you can join us for this special event. Learn more and RSVP for the event.

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

Projects are posted on the Pro Bono Board near the mailboxes and are listed online at Students can sign up for projects on the Pro Bono Board or email

Deferred Action Clinic

Training: Tuesday, September 4, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., Room 5042

You may have heard about the recent policy change that grants "deferred action" to certain undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. before reaching his or her 16th birthday and who were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012.

The Immigration Law Association, the North Carolina Justice Center, the Immigration and Human Rights Policy Clinic, and other organizations are coming together to assist these DREAMERs through a series of legal clinics. These individuals, if successful in their applications, will also receive work authorization, and will likely be eligible for a drivers license. The status is good for 2 years and then, maybe renewable.

If you would like to participate in the Deferred Action Clinic you must attend a training (Sept. 4, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Room 5042; potentially another training on Sept. 13.) There are two clinics coming up: Monday, Sept. 10 and Monday Sept. 17 at the Immaculate Conception Church in Durham. Clinics will run from 4:00-8:00pm and will be led by attorneys from the North Carolina Justice Center.

Please email Melanie Stratton if you want to participate in this project.

Driver's License Restoration Project Interest Meeting

Wednesday, September 5, Noon - 12:50 p.m., Room 5046

The Project's primary goal is to help indigent individuals who reside in North Carolina develop a self-help plan for reinstating their North Carolina driver's licenses following revocation. The training for this project offers an introduction to traffic law and is a wonderful experience, particularly for aspiring public defenders and district attorneys.

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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