Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, September 9, 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

Carolina Health Law Organization/Cancer Pro Bono Project Interest Meeting

Tuesday, September 10, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5042

This is an interest meeting for CHLO (Carolina Health Law Organization) & the Cancer Pro Bono Legal Project. Students who are interested in a the organization and the pro bono project will learn about both and have the opportunity to sign-up for list serves and upcoming training (Powers of Attorney & Advanced Directives).

Community Legal Project Training

Tuesday, September 10, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4004

The Community Legal Project (CLP) is a partnership between UNC Law and the Compass Center in Chapel Hill that gives UNC Law students the opportunity to work with real clients on family law, landlord/tenant law, and domestic violence issues. Students will gain experience in client communication and legal research and writing. Whether you've already volunteered or are a new volunteer, stop by to get prepared to start meeting with clients as early as mid-September. For more information, or if you can't make the meeting but are still interested, contact Leah Arnold or Lauren Powers.

Conference on Race, Class, Gender, and Ethnicity Interest Meeting

Tuesday, September 10, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5048

Join the Executive Committee for the 18th Annual Conference on Race, Class, Gender, and Ethnicity to find out how you can be involved in planning this year's conference!

Labor & Employment Law Society General Interest Meeting

Thursday, September 12, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4004

Come learn more about the Labor & Employment Law Society at our general interest meeting! We will discuss what we do and review upcoming events and pro bono opportunities for this year.

Law Students for Reproductive Justice General Interest Meeting

Thursday, September 12, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4085

Come to the general interest meeting for Law Students for Reproductive Justice. Learn about the events we have planned for the year and how you can be a part of them! Lunch will be served.

UNC Law Innocence Project Interest Meeting

Thursday, September 12, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5046

The UNC Law Innocence Project (R) reviews and investigates claims of actual innocence made by inmates in North Carolina. The fundamental goal of the project is to assist innocent inmates in challenging their wrongful convictions. This project gives students the opportunity to review, investigate, and make recommendations in criminal cases. Students often complete trial transcript summaries and initial review memos that summarize the inmate's case. The project further offers the opportunity to participate in policy and case research.

This meeting is MANDATORY for you to participate in the Innocence Project. At this meeting, there will be general instructions on what to do when working on a case. There will also be confidentiality forms distributed for those interested in participating to sign and return.

Career Corner

Legal Careers in Government Panel

Tuesday, September 10, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4085

A panel of government attorneys from different branches and offices will introduce students to the practice of law in a government setting and discuss their own career development journeys. Contact Samara Reynolds with questions.

Reminder: Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair Registration is Now Open!

Students can now register and apply for interviews at the EJW Career Fair (October 25-26, 2013). If you wish to interview at EJW, you must register and apply no later than 6 p.m. EST on Thursday, September 12. (If you wish to only attend the informal Table Talk periods or the workshop sessions, you can register until Friday, October 11.) DO NOT wait until the last minute to register and apply!

3L Public Interest Job Search Group

Over the next several months, the Career Development Office will be providing a unique opportunity for 3Ls seeking public interest and government employment to gather in small-group sessions to provide peer-to-peer job search support. If you are interested in participating, please complete the group survey by Friday, September 13 to give us feedback about what you hope to gain from a job search group. Contact Adrienne Allison or Samara Reynolds with any questions.

Equal Justice Works Fellowship: Deadline 9/17

Reminder: The Equal Justice Works Fellowship application deadline is September 17. 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 the Equal Justice Works website or contact Adrienne Allison in the CDO.

Presidential Management Fellows Information Session

Monday, September 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m., School of Government Room 2601

This information session will explain what PMF program is, how to apply, and process of selection. The session will involve both in-person presenters and a virtual panel of current and former PMF participants from UNC. Jacob Clauson (Law '10) will be one of the virtual panelists. Contact Samara Reynolds with questions.

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

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 Homeland Security (DHS) Honors Program: September 15
  • Air Force JAG: September 15 first deadline (also 11/15 and 3/15)
  • Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Honors Program: September 15
  • Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) Chief Counsel's Honors Program: September 16
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Honors Program - September 17
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Honors Program: Rolling

Summer 2014 Positions (2L)

  • Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Internship: September 15
  • Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) OIG Externship/Internship: September 16
  • Department of Education Internship: Rolling
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Internship: Rolling
  • Federal Communications Commission Internships (various Bureaus): Rolling
  • U.S. Copyright Office Internship: Rolling
  • Department of Commerce National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Internship: Rolling
  • National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Internships: Rolling

Don't forget to check PSJD and Symplicity for new public interest job postings!

Other Public Interest Opportunities

Public Interest Conference at Emory University School of Law

"Neighbors for Sale: Modern Slavery in Atlanta"

Saturday, September 21, 2013, 10:00 a.m.-4:45 p.m., Emory University School of Law (Atlanta, GA)

The Emory Public Interest Committee (EPIC) invites you to attend its tenth annual conference, "Neighbors for Sale: Modern Slavery in Atlanta," on Saturday, September 21, 2013. Led by keynote speaker Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens, a host of state and local government and non-government organization leaders will assemble to discuss the realities of modern slavery in Atlanta, to share their own stories of modern abolition, and to share how attendees can become involved in the fight against slavery.

Visit the Emory School of Law website to learn more, and please register by Tuesday, September 17. A continental breakfast and boxed lunch will be provided for as many as funding permits on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

"Lawyer on the Line" Pro Bono Project Interest Meeting

Wednesday, September 11, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4085

Come find out about "Lawyer on the Line," a pro bono partnership between UNC Law, Legal Aid of North Carolina, and private attorneys across the state.

Lawyer on the Line asks students to volunteer an hour a week to conduct client interviews over the phone. With training and support from Legal Aid, students will find out about the legal problem that individuals are facing and summarize the legal problem for a private attorney who will provide a consultation with the individual.

This project is great for individuals who want a consistent and steady pro bono project along with people who want to develop their client interviewing skills.

Information Session: Unemployment Insurance Benefits Pro Bono Project

Wednesday, September 11, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4004

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. Training will be held Friday, September 27 from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Pro Bono 1L Class Coordinator Interest Meeting

Thursday, September 12, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5048

The Pro Bono Board will select a member of the Class of 2016 to serve on the UNC Pro Bono Board as 1L Class Coordinator. Come to this interest meeting to find out more about the position and the application process.

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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