Public Service Newsletter

Public Service Newsletter: Monday, January 14, 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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Save the Date!

C-PILO Annual Auction and Benefit

Thursday, January 31, 7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m., Top of the Hill

C-PILO's annual community auction is approaching fast! UNC sports memorabilia, vacation homes, shopping parties, wine tastings, art, ski passes and more than a hundred other items and services will be up for auction. The benefit will feature silent and live auctions, comedians, live music, heavy hors d'oeuvres catered by Top of the Hill. All proceeds from the event support summer public interest grants to UNC Law students.

Tickets cost $12 in advance or $15 at the door, cash or check only, and cover admission and the cost of food. C-PILO volunteers will be selling auction tickets each day during lunch hour from Tuesday, January 15 through Thursday, January 31.

UNC Law 2013 Public Interest Retreat: Friday, February 15

Meet and connect with fellow students and attorneys committed to serving the public interest! UNC Law's 2013 Public Interest Retreat is on Friday, February 15 at the Law School starting at 1:15 p.m. The event will include networking opportunities with public interest alums and topical breakout sessions featuring local practitioners and professors in the areas of consumer protection law, criminal law, education law, environmental law, health law, and immigration law. There will also be a session on affording life as a public interest attorney and an inspiring keynote address. Please see the agenda and register online. The registration deadline is 5 p.m. on February 1. Contact Adrienne Allison in the CSO with any questions.

Events at UNC Law

Criminal Justice Reform Project

Tuesday, January 15, 8:00 a.m.-8:45 p.m., Room 4082

Join Professor Rob Smith & Dean Sylvia Novinsky for a breakfast discussion of Carolina Law's new pilot project that will place up to 8 students in paid summer internships with capital defense organizations nationwide. Donuts and coffee will be provided.

Film Screening of "Vegucated" sponsored by UNC SALDF

Sunday, January 20, 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Room 5046

The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) is supporting the Peace Advocacy Network's 30-day vegan pledge by hosting their kick off event of a free screening of the documentary "Vegucated".

Part sociological experiment and part adventure comedy, "Vegucated" follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks. Lured by tales of weight lost and health regained, they begin to uncover the hidden sides of animal agriculture that make them wonder whether solutions offered in films like "Food, Inc." go far enough. This entertaining documentary showcases the rapid and at times comedic evolution of three people who discover they can change the world one bite at a time.

The event is open to everyone, so please come join us and come watch a great film! You can sign up for the vegan pledge online or email for more info!

Career Corner

Immigration Law Career Panel

Tuesday, January 15, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m., Room 4004

Come hear a panel of immigration practitioners in the area. Learn about career possibilities in public interest immigration, private practice, and government as well. Co-Sponsored by the ILA and the Career Services Office. Pizza will be served.

Environmental Law Career Panel

*Note updated event time: Tuesday, January 15, 5:30-7:00 p.m., Boardroom 5003

The UNC Environmental Law Project (ELP) will host a career panel of regional attorneys specializing in environmental law, with experiences in various sectors, including private firms, nonprofits, and state government. There will be opportunity for Q&A as well as post-event networking. Refreshments will be provided.

Public Interest in Practice: Panel of Public Interest Attorneys

Thursday, January 17, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m., Room 4085

A panel of practicing attorneys will share their insights and experiences in public interest careers. Food will be served.

Roundtable Discussion with Discussion with Phillip Woods (Deputy Director, Consumer Protection Division of NCDOJ) and Cindy Liebes (Southeast Regional Director, FTC)

Thursday, January 17, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m., Room 4082

This event is a chance for students, faculty and staff to learn about the consumer protection work of the NCDOJ, FTC and UNC Law's own Consumer Financial Transactions Clinic, and to discuss the role that students can play in those organizations. This will be an informal discussion. It is a particularly valuable opportunity for any students who are considering an internship or post-graduate employment with the NCDOJ or FTC to connect with senior-level staff in those organizations. All are welcome to attend.

For more information, contact Laura Collins Britton.

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

First OCI Session Dates

  • Friday, January 11: Bidding opens
  • Thursday, January 17: Bidding closes
  • Saturday, January 26: Students will be able to see their selection status
  • Tuesday, January 29 at Noon - January 30: Students will be able to schedule their interview times
  • February 4-8: Interviews will be held at the law school

Important deadlines for the four spring OCI sessions are listed in the 2013 Career Services Timeline.

Upcoming Federal Government Internship Deadlines

  • Department of Commerce Internship: National Oceanic & Atmospheric Admin. (1L & 2L) -- Jan 15
  • Smithsonian Institution Internship (2L) -- Jan 15
  • National Labor Relations Board Internships: Enforcement Litigation, Appellate, and Supreme Court (2L) and Division of Judges (2L) -- Jan 15
  • Inter-American Foundation Internship (1L & 2L) -- Jan 18
  • White House Intern Program (1L, 2L, 3L) -- Jan 27
  • DOT OCG Internship (1L & 2L) -- Jan 30
  • EPA Region 3 (Philadelphia) Summer Clerkship (1L & 2L) -- Jan 31

For additional opportunities in federal government offices around the country, visit the Government Honors & Internship Handbook. (U: ranger, P: cookies)

Other Public Interest Opportunities

31st Annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference

Oregon Law students have been offering the Public Interest Environmental Law Conferences (PIELC) as a service to the world for 30 years. The next one is February 28 through March 3, 2013. You can learn more and register online. The PIELC is the gathering place for public interest environmental lawyers in the US and the globe.

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

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

Divorce Project Training

Tuesday, January 22, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m., Room 4081

Once again, UNC Law Public Service Programs and Legal Aid of North Carolina are partnering to hold a Pro Bono Divorce Project this 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 my supervision.

The following additional dates are important for anyone interested:

  • January 22 from 12-1 p.m.: Basic Training and Information Session
  • January 24 at 6 p.m. "Divorce Clinic"- Clinic date during which students will interview clients and execute pleadings.
  • April 5 from 10 a.m.-noon : "Divorce Judgment Day"- Court date in which students will conduct divorce hearings in the Law School courtroom before an Orange County District Court Judge.

To participate in the Pro Bono Divorce Project you must be able to participate in the training on January 22 from 12-1. You must also be available for the January 24 "Divorce Clinic" and the April 5 "Divorce Judgment Day."

Anyone interested in participating should email Sarah Hill Colwell.


To add items or provide feedback, please contact Sylvia Novinsky, Assistant Dean for Public Service Programs, or Ashley McAlarney, Public Service Fellow.