Public Service Newsletter

Public Service Newsletter: Monday, January 21, 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

Race & The Law Series

Tuesday, January 22, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4004

As part of its ongoing series, the UNC Center for Civil Rights is hosting a presentation by veteran civil rights attorney Adam Stein. He will discuss his career as a civil rights lawyer. Bring your lunch and desert will be provided. Mr. Stein will discuss his early days of civil rights litigation in North Carolina including founding the first integrated law firm in the state with Julius Chambers and James E. Ferguson II. Mr. Stein successfully litigated countless civil rights cases over the years. He continues to practice law today with Tin Fulton Walker & Owen.

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

Apply for the 2013 Summer Criminal Justice Reform Project!

Deadline: 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 24

Carolina Law's new pilot project will place 8 students in paid summer internships with capital defense organizations nationwide. The application can be accessed through My Carolina Law: click on the "Student Life" drop-down menu, and then clicking on "Summer Projects."

Email Dean Novinsky with any questions.

Equal Justice Works Summer Corps Applications Open

The application for the 2013 Equal Justice Works (EJW) Summer Corps program opened on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, and will continue on a rolling basis until the application closes on Monday, March 18, 2013. Summer Corps is an AmeriCorps-funded program that will provide 1L and 2L students with the opportunity to earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award for dedicating their summer to a qualifying legal project at a nonprofit public interest organization.

For more information on the Summer Corps program and application process, review EJW's FAQs for applicants. Also, be sure to attend one of EJW's upcoming webinars in which members of EJW's Federal Programs team will discuss in detail the Summer Corps program and how to create a successful application. Viewers will be able to ask questions during the webinar. Students can register to attend the February 13 webinar on EJW's website.

Reminder: Current OCI Session Dates

  • Friday, Jan 18: Bidding opens
  • Thursday, Jan 24: Bidding closes
  • Saturday, Feb 2: Students will be able to see their selection status
  • Feb 5 at noon - Feb 6: Students will be able to schedule their interview times
  • Feb 11 - 15: 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

  • 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

Summer Internships with U.S. Department of Justice agencies and U.S. Attorney's Offices (most open to both 1L & 2L) -- Deadlines for these programs vary widely.

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

NCDOJ Attorney General's Summer Internship Program: Deadline January 25!

The North Carolina Department of Justice (NCDOJ) Attorney General's Office handles issues that affect every aspect of state government and the lives of North Carolina residents. Internships are offered in ~30 diverse sections/divisions. Serving as a legal summer intern gives students an opportunity to work alongside some of the state's very best attorneys and see first-hand the challenges our lawyers face. Though the internships are not paid, the experience gained from working with the state's attorneys and from participating in a variety of related events is invaluable. Both 1Ls and 2Ls are eligible to apply. Application materials and full section descriptions are posted on the program's website. Application Deadline: January 25, 2013 (5 p.m., via email).

Other Public Interest Opportunities

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Food Drive January 22-February 5

In the spirit of the national MLK Day of Service, BLSA will be holding a food drive on behalf of TABLE, Inc., a 503(c)(3) non-profit hunger relief organization based in Carrboro. BLSA representatives will be on-hand collecting the following food items in the Rotunda during the lunch hour every Monday - Thursday beginning on Tuesday, January 22. Anyone who donates 5+ of the following items will receive a free MLK Day of Service t-shirt!*:

  • Canned Tuna or Chicken
  • Peanut Butter (14 oz)
  • Chicken Vegetable Soup
  • Canned Tomato Sauce
  • Instant Oatmeal Packets
  • Healthy Breakfast Bars
  • Canned Beans - black or baked
  • Raisins or Trail Mix
  • Packaged Healthy Snacks
  • Low-Fat Granola Bars
  • Canned Corn, Green Beans, or Carrots
  • Canned Spaghetti with Meatballs or Ravioli
  • Canned Fruit or Non-Perishable Fruit Cups
  • Noodle Dishes (macaroni & cheese; boxed pasta)
  • Pretzel or Goldfish Packets/ Graham Cracker Boxes
  • Juice Boxes (preferably 100% juice, multi-pack)
  • Non-Refrigerated Chocolate Milk Boxes

Please - no glass containers or over-sized items.

Please contact either Gina LeBlanc or Alex Bryant should you have any questions. Many thanks!

*Sponsored by BarBri. Quantities are limited.

Information Meeting for 2013-2014 Clinic and Externship Lottery Registration

Monday, February 18, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5042

Mark the date on your calendars! Students who wish to enroll in a Clinic or Externship for the 2013-2014 academic year MUST attend this important meeting. Information to register for the lottery will be given out at this meeting. The lottery registration will close on Monday, February 25 at 3 p.m.

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.

Second Training for Cancer Legal Pro Bono Project

Saturday, January 26, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Room 5046

Second (and final) training for the Cancer Legal Pro Bono Project at UNC Hospital. In order to attend you must: 1) Have attended the first training in October or reviewed the video of the training; 2) Complete an online training for UNC Hospital volunteers; 3) Review materials from first training. Questions? Contact Jodi.


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