Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, January 16, 2012

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.

Save the Date!

Robert M. Cover Public Interest Law Retreat

March 2-4, Sargent Center, Peterborough, NH

This retreat brings together public interest law students and practitioners for a weekend of learning, networking, and fun. This retreat was envisioned by Robert Cover, a Yale Law School Professor and social activist, in order to bring law students together with legal professionals and academics to build networks, discuss the status of public interest law, and learn more about what a public interest legal career is like. The registration deadline is February 16, and is expected to sell out quickly. Find more information about the retreat.

Free Webinar Series: The Summer Public Interest Job Search: Expert Tips on Cover Letters, Resumes, Interviewing, and Networking

This two-part webinar series, cosponsored by NALP and Equal Justice Works, will provide law students with insight on the key elements of the summer public-interest job application process. Attorneys with years of application review experience will highlight do’s & dont's; explain how and why public interest application materials may substantively differ from law firm materials; and explore the dynamics of personal interactions in interviews and networking situations.

Events at UNC Law

Public Interest Retreat at UNC Law!

February 3, UNC School of Law

Come meet and connect with fellow law students who are committed to or are exploring public interest work! This year's retreat will offer opportunities to explore several areas of public interest law in topical break-out sessions with professors and practicing attorneys in the areas public defender & DA work, consumer law, civil rights and environmental law. We will also offer a keynote speaker to get you inspired and a presentation on money management and options for loan repayment programs. Register online now! Questions? Please contact either Meghan or Shonaka. Afterwards, join fellow students for snacks (provided) and happy hour at 7pm at Bailey's (1722 North Fordham Boulevard)!

2012 UNC Conference on Race, Class, Gender, and Ethnicity

February 25, UNC School of Law

Please save the date for the upcoming conference on Race, Class, Gender and Ethnicity at the UNC Law School. This year's conference is entitled "Waking Up From the American Dream: The Sober Reality of Class in America." The Conference will be on Saturday, February 25 and registration opens today. More information and registration materials are available on the conference website.

Attention 2Ls: Info. meeting for 2012-2013 Clinic and Externship programs!

There will be an information meeting at Noon on Monday, February 13 in room 5042 to begin the lottery registration process for the 2012-2013 Clinic and Externship Programs. Students who wish to enroll in a Clinic or Externship for the 2012-2013 academic year MUST attend this important meeting. The lottery registration will close on Monday, February 20th at 4 p.m. Please address any lottery registration questions to the Clinic Business Manager, Melissa Cobb. Information about the online registration/preference selection process may be found online.

Center for Civil Rights Moot Argument

Jan. 19 at noon, room 4085 The Center for Civil Rights recently appealed a decision from the Eastern District of North Carolina denying their motion for relief, which sought a judicial determination that Pitt County Schools’ (“PCS”) 2011-2012 student reassignment contravened the 1970 desegregation orders still governing the district. PCS is one of the few remaining school districts in the country still under a federal desegregation order, and the board’s affirmative duty to show that its actions move the district toward unitary status is at the core of the appeal. In preparation for the Fourth Circuit argument, Managing Attorney Mark Dorosin will be mooted by a distinguished panel of judges including Dean Boger and Professors Brophy, Daye, and Kim. Students are invited to watch the moot argument and participate in post moot discussion on Thursday, Jan. 19, at noon in room 4085. More information can be found on the Center for Civil Rights blog. If you are interested in traveling to Richmond on Jan. 26 to see the argument, please contact Mark Dorosin as soon as possible.

Funding Opportunities

Apply soon for the 2012 Michael Maggio Immigrants' Rights Fellowship!

The Michael Maggio Immigrants' Rights Summer Fellowship was established jointly in 2009 by the America Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law (CHRCL), and the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIP/NLG), to commemorate the life and legal contributions of Michael Maggio. Students must submit a project proposal with an organization willing to host the student for 10 weeks and provide a $1,500 stipend. The $1,500 amount may be paid by the host organization or may be provided by the law student through other means, e.g., law school public interest funding, independent fundraising, etc. The Maggio Immigrants' Rights Fellowship will provide an additional $2,500 stipend for a total award of $4,000. Applications will be accepted through February 1, 2012 and the Fellow will be notified by March 1, 2012. Learn more about the Fellowship and download the application form.

Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship

The Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship will allow U.S. citizens to contribute to the strengthening of the public sector abroad by serving in professional placements within foreign government ministries or institutions while simultaneously carrying out an academic research/study project. Fulbright Public Policy Fellowships will be offered in Bangladesh, Cote d’Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica, Mongolia, Nepal, Nigeria, Thailand, and Tunisia. Candidates must be in receipt of a J.D. degree by the beginning of the Fellowship (Summer/Fall 2012). Applicants must also have at least two years of work experience applicable to public policy-related fields and must demonstrate proficiency in the language of the host country. Applications are due on February 1, 2012. Read the program overview and get more detailed information.

Community Engagement Fellowship

The Carolina Center for Public Service is now accepting applications for the new $2,000 Community Engagement Fellowship program. Fellows are responsible for planning and implementing their projects, but work in collaboration with community partners and faculty mentors who are familiar with their topics or geographic areas. Returning, full-time graduate students (individuals or teams) at UNC are eligible to apply with preference given to interdisciplinary teams of students. Applications are due February 6 by 11:59 p.m. and can be found online. For more information, visit the Center's website.

Other Public Interest Events

What about the Children? Symposium on Children of Incarcerated Parents

February 14, 2012, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Friday Center, Chapel Hill, NC

The Symposium on Children of Incarcerated Parents promises to be an invaluable learning and sharing experience for anyone concerned about the effects on children whose parents are incarcerated, and how we as a community can best serve them. More information, an agenda of events, and registration information are available online.

18th Annual Rebellious Lawyering Conference

February 17-18, 2012, Yale Law School, New Haven, CT

The RebLaw conference is an annual, student-run conference that brings together practitioners, law students, and community advocates from around the country to discuss innovative, progressive approaches to law and social change. This year's keynote speaker will be Gerald Lopez, UCLA law professor and author of "Rebellious Lawyering: One Chicano's Vision of Progressive Law Practice." Find more details about the conference online. You can also find regular updates on the RebLaw's Facebook page.

Minority Health Law Conference

Feb. 24, Friday Center, Chapel Hill

The 33rd Annual Minority Health Law Conference will be held on Feb. 24 at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill. This year’s topic is "Translational Research -- The Road from Efficacy to Equity". The UNC Minority Health Conference is the largest and longest-running student-led health conference in the country. You can find more information and register for the Minority Health Conference on their website.

Stanford Law Symposium

Jan. 28, Stanford Law School, CA

Each year the Levin Center at Stanford Law School hosts a symposium on a substantive topic that brings together academics, practitioners, and law students to reflect on a public interest issue. On January 28th 2012, the Levin Center, along with Stanford Law & Policy Review, will be hosting REDRAWING THE MAPS: REDISTRICTING, RACE, AND REPRESENTATION IN THE NEXT DECADE. Travel stipends might be available for UNC Law students by filling out the Student Activity Fee Request Form. Find more information and RSVP online.

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

Projects are posted on the Pro Bono Board near the mailboxes and are listed online at http://www.law.unc.edu/studentlife/probono/projects/. Students can sign up for projects on the Pro Bono Board or email UNCProBonoProjects@gmail.com.

Pro Bono Board vacancies - apply now!

The Pro Bono Board is accepting applications for two vacant positions for the remainder of the 2011-2012 school year: Public Relations Coordinator and Alumni Outreach Coordinator. All classes are encouraged to apply. This is a wonderful and unique opportunity to take a rewarding leadership role in the law school community. Students offered a position on the board will have the option of renewing their position for the 2012-2013 school year upon board approval, and may still also apply for another position on the board for the next year. If you are interested, please attend the interest meeting on Jan. 18, noon, room 4082 to further explain the application process and answer questions. Applications are due Monday, Jan. 23. Questions? Contact Bethan Eynon, or stop by her office hours on Tuesday, Jan. 17, from 12-1 p.m. in the Pro Bono Office (near the JOLT tables in the Rumpus Room).

Help fight housing discrimination!

Do you have a commitment to civil rights, a flexible schedule, and an interest in playing a vital role in ensuring equal housing opportunities are provided to all? If so, you may be interested in becoming a tester for the Fair Housing Project of Legal Aid of North Carolina. Fair housing testers typically pretend to be looking for an apartment or buying a house. After calling or going to see about a vacancy, testers fill out a detailed report on how they were treated. Legal Aid is looking for a diverse team to help fight housing discrimination, and work toward helping people live wherever they so choose, free from prejudice. Legal Aid pays a small stipend plus mileage for testers travel. Tester training classes are held Dec. 3 (Raleigh) and Dec. 4 (Durham), and there will be other trainings in the future. For more information, please contact Carol Comrie.

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

Legal Aid Society of New York is accepting applications!

Legal Aid Society of NY is accepting applications for summer internships, fellowship positions, and post-graduate employment. Please see their website for more information. Applications must be sent to attorneyjobs@legal-aid.org, unless otherwise directed, and be addressed to Mr. Ricardo Granderson. The deadlines for applications are as follows:

  • January 31, 2012 is the deadline for Criminal applicants; applications for Civil and Juvenile Rights will be accepted on a rolling basis.
  • Interns must apply during the specific seasons: Summer (October 15-March 15), Fall (July 15-September 15), Spring (October 15 - January 15): all intern applicants must apply through internships@legal-aid.org .
  • Fellowship applications for the 2013 Fall Class must be submitted by July 1, 2012 and applications should be submitted to fellowships@legal-aid.org.

Summer Internship with the NC Dept. of Justice

The DOJ handles issues that affect every aspect of state government and the lives of countless North Carolinians. Serving as a summer intern gives students an opportunity to work alongside some of the state’s very best attorneys to see first-hand the challenges our lawyers and citizens face. More information on the DOJ internship program can be found online. Applications must be received by Feb. 3 at 5 p.m.

Spring On-Campus Interviews

Many public interest employers have already signed up to interview students on campus this spring for open summer internship positions. Below are a few of the participating organizations - log in to Symplicity for the full OCI schedule with deadlines and employers.

  • Center for Death Penalty Litigation - Durham, NC
  • Southern Coalition for Social Justice - Durham, NC
  • Center for Death Penalty Litigation - Durham, NC
  • District Attorney, District 15A, Alamance County - Graham, NC
  • NC Coastal Land Trust - Wilmington, NC
  • Charlotte City Attorney's Office - Charlotte, NC
  • Disability Rights NC - Raleigh, NC
  • Legal Services of Southern Piedmont - Charlotte, NC
  • Social Security Administration - Philadelphia, PA
  • ...and more!

Deadlines for On-Campus Interviews

Make sure to pay attention to the bidding deadlines for all OCI job opportunities!

  • Session 2 (Feb. 6-Feb. 10): Bidding opens Jan. 13 and closes Jan. 19
  • Session 3 (Feb. 13-Feb. 17): Bidding opens Jan. 20 and closes Jan. 26
  • Session 4 (Feb. 20-Feb. 24): Bidding opens Jan. 27 and closes Feb. 2
  • Session 5 (Feb. 27-Feb. 29): Bidding opens Feb. 3 and closes Feb. 9

Don't forget to check PSLawNet and Symplicity frequently for new job postings!

Career Corner

Free Debt Relief Webinars

Equal Justice Works’ Educational Debt Relief program offers free webinars to provide important information about repaying student loan debt for those preparing for a career in the public service field. These webinars cover the fundamentals of federal student loans, enrolling in and maximizing the advantages of the Income-Based Repayment (IBR) plan, qualifying for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF), and finding and pursuing loan repayment assistance programs (LRAPs).

Latino Affairs/Hispanic National Bar Association networking event

The Latino Affairs Committee of the NC Bar Association and the Hispanic National Bar Association are holding their 3rd Annual Law Student networking and mentoring event on Jan. 21, 8:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. This event will take place at the NC Bar Center (8000 Weston Parkway, Cary NC), and will cover important topics such as interviewing, cover letter drafting, and networking. RSVP to Dean Novinsky by Wednesday, Jan. 18 to attend!


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