Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, January 28, 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's Annual Auction and Benefit is Thursday evening!

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 Monday through Thursday of this week.

UNC Law 2013 Public Interest Retreat: Registration Deadline Friday!

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

Spring Break Pro Bono Interest Meeting

Wednesday, January 30, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4085

The Pro Bono Board will present information on the Pro Bono Trip and other Pro Bono projects that will take place over Spring Break. Students who are interested in going on the trip or signing up for a project should plan to attend.

Former Guantanamo Prosecutor to Talk about Torture and Intelligence

Thursday, January 31, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5042

Col. Morris D. Davis served in the U.S. Air Force from 1983 to 2008. He was the chief prosecutor for the military commissions at Guantanamo Bay from 2005 to 2007. Davis resigned that position because he objected to the use of evidence obtained by torture and political interference in the trials. Davis is currently a national security and military law commentator and a professor at Howard University School of Law.

The lecture is free and open to the public and pizza will be served. Sponsored by the Immigration/Human Rights Policy Clinic.

Career Corner

Criminal Practice in a Small Setting: A Panel Discussion Sponsored by the PD Mentor Project

Thursday, January 31, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4004

Students interested in a career as a public defender may also be interested to learn how to practice criminal law in a small private practice. Join us for a panel of criminal lawyers who practice in a small or solo setting and who will share nuts-and-bolts information about private criminal practice.

The PD Mentor Project aims to provide law students interested in public defense with a source of information and support, an established link to relevant faculty, and a means of identifying other students with similar interests and aspirations. The Project also connects UNC Law students with North Carolina's public defenders and with UNC Law alumni working in PD offices nationwide.

Lunch will be provided. For more information, contact Professor Tamar Birckhead via email; at 919.962.6107; or stop by the clinical suite (office #3059) and speak with her in person.

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

Internships and Fellowships with Public Policy Organizations

The 2013 Public Policy Handbook, published by the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, is now available online. The Handbook currently contains information about 231 employers who are offering 256 internship and 39 fellowship programs, with new opportunities being adding throughout the year. In addition to opportunities in the Washington, DC area and New York City (where a majority of public policy organizations are headquartered), the Handbook also includes information about opportunities in 25 other states. You can find a link to the Handbook, and the user name and password to access it online, at My Carolina Law - Career Services - Job Search.

Summer Internship Opportunity: Pisgah Legal Services

Deadline: Friday, February 1

Pisgah Legal Services is still accepting applications for summer 2013 interns! This nonprofit law firm is dedicated to the pursuit of justice by providing legal assistance and advocacy to help low-income people in Western North Carolina to meet their basic needs to improve their lives. The organization has offices in Asheville, Hendersonville, and Spindale, North Carolina. They are prepared to make offers of employment quickly so selected students may apply for UNC's summer public interest grant funding before the deadline. View Symplicity posting #7441 for more information, including application instructions.

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.

Other Public Interest Opportunities

Public Justice Scholarship

Intent to enter deadline: January 31, 5:00 p.m.; Essay submission deadline: March 31

The Public Justice Foundation is holding its annual Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice contest. This year's topic is: "Is Democracy for Sale? Have Citizens United's holdings run amok? Legal challenges left to Super Pacs? Can funding disclosure be required?"

The winner of the essay contest will receive $5,000, a free 2013 Public Justice Foundation Student Membership, and their essay will be featured on the Public Justice website and in the nationally disseminated Public Justice newsletter. The contest is open to all law students that are currently enrolled in a U.S. accredited law school. The intent to enter deadline is January 31, 2013, and the essay submission deadline is March 31, 2013.


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