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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.
Events at UNC Law
Center for Civil Rights: Race and the Law Series
Tuesday, October 23, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 4004
The UNC Center for
Civil Rights presents Race & The Law: Corum
v. University of North Carolina.
A discussion of the landmark case that established a civil
rights cause of action under the North Carolina State Constitution featuring
speakers Dr. Al Corum & civil rights attorney John Gresham of Tim
Fulton Walker & Owen.
In 1992 the North Carolina Supreme Court recognized a direct
cause of action under the North Carolina Constitution for violations of rights
protected by the state constitution. Learn how an Appalachian State professor
& a dedicated lawyer opened a new venue for civil rights advocacy in North
Carolina Law Democrats Present: Karen Popp, Former Legal Counsel to President Clinton
Tuesday, October 23, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Courtroom 4081
Karen Popp, former legal counsel to the president and
current partner at Sidley Austin, will be joining us to talk about charting a
high level career path in public service, the election generally, and helping
to run this year's nominating convention. Ms. Popp is a former federal
prosecutor in New York and lawyer in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S.
Department of Justice and Associate White House Counsel to President Clinton.
U.S. Foreign Policy and Global Reproductive Health Access
Wednesday, October 24, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 4085
Law Students for Reproductive Justice has invited Patty Skuster
and Jamila Taylor from IPAS to discuss how US foreign
policy affects reproductive rights globally - particularly access to safe
abortion services, contraception and HIV prevention.
Presentation by King's College Law Professor and BBC Commentator Maleiha Malik on anti-Muslim Prejudice in Europe and the U.S.
Wednesday, October 24, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 5046
Maleiha Malik's research and
outreach focuses on minority rights in instances when tradition and secular
modernity are in conflict. She is the go-to commentator on the topic for
the BBC. Her research interests include jurisprudence and
legal theory, feminist theory and discrimination law.
This presentation explores anti-Muslim prejudice in Europe and the USA. It
argues that it is important to understand the long standing tropes that cause
us to misunderstand present day manifestations of Islam amongst European and
American Muslims. This talk also examines the political mobilization
against European and American Muslims that has been systematically organized
through links between US and European political actors and institutions.
Carolina Law Democrats and Obama for America Voter Protection Training
Wednesday, October 24, 5:00-7:00
p.m., Room 5042
On the campaign, voter protection generally fulfills two
functions: 1) monitoring state policies that will affect voter rights
and turnout, and 2) recruiting and training volunteer lawyers to
watch over individual polling locations. This year we're expecting up
to 40% of the legal volunteer spots to be filled by law students. Please join us if you would like to be apart of this important service.
Indigenous Land Rights in Belize with Guest Speaker Cristina Coc
Friday, October 26, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 5042
Cristina Coc discusses the recent successes and ongoing struggles of the Maya in securing rights to ancestral lands in the Central American nation. She is the Executive Director of the Julian Cho Society, which promotes social justice, human rights, and sustainable development in Belize. Her work advocating for ancestral land rights of indigenous people has brought her to the highest courts of her nation, where, in 2007, the Chief Justice ruled in favor of Maya communities.
Free pizza will be served. This event is sponsored by the Immigration Law Association, the International and Comparative Law Organization, the Immigration/Human Rights Policy Clinic, and the Institute for the Study of the Americas.
Immigration Law 101
Friday, October 26, 3:00-6:00 p.m., Room 4085
Come learn the
basics of immigration law from our own esteemed Professor Deborah Weissman!
Professor Weissman will go over the immigration code, constitutional issues of
immigration law, recent developments in immigration and much more. Food will be
ELPS and Child Action Career Panel: Traditional and Nontraditional Careers in Education Law
Tuesday, October 23, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 5046
with community leaders in education.
Careers in Health Law
Wednesday, October 24, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Boardroom 5003
Interested in exploring careers in health law? Come meet
local attorneys from various areas of health law, including, the NC AG's
office, UNC hospitals, a private firm, the NC legislature, and in-house pharma.
Food will be provided. Sponsored by the Carolina Health Law Organization. Space
is limited, so please RSVP by October 22 to Jeremy Freifeld.
Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities
Upcoming Government Job Deadlines
The following government programs
have deadlines coming up in the next few weeks. Details of these programs and other opportunities are
provided in the 2012-13 Government Honors & Internship Handbook (U: ranger, P: cookies).
Summer Internships (2L)
- Federal Bureau of
Investigation (FBI) - October 22
- Army Judge Advocate General
(Army JAG) - November 1
- Department of Veterans
Affairs - November 1
- Department of State - November 2
Post-Graduate Opportunities (3L)
- Army Judge Advocate General
(Army JAG) - November 1
Be sure to check Symplicity this
week for public interest summer and post-graduate job opportunities! Another
great resource is PSJD.
Summer Job Spotlight: 2013 Ella Baker Summer Internship Program (1Ls and 2Ls)
Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) is a non-profit legal and
educational organization dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights
guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights. The Ella Baker Summer Internship Program is part of CCR's new Social Justice Institute (SJI), an
innovative training institute for social justice law students and lawyers
created in partnership with the Bertha Foundation.
About the Program
created the Ella Baker Summer Internship Program in 1987 to honor the legacy of
Ella Baker, a hero of the civil rights movement, and to train the next
generation of social justice lawyers.
work under the direct supervision of attorneys and are given high-quality
assignments and periodic feedback. Interns also participate in weekly
educational seminars. Topics range from litigation skills, theories of social
change, and guest lectures by noted local organizers & activists. Interns'
responsibilities may include: legal research & writing for domestic and
international litigation, factual investigation, client & witness
interviews, policy/legislative research, and participation in client and
community meetings. In addition, students are provided opportunities to attend
court proceedings, community and client meetings, view films about social
justice issues, and attend other law related panels and events.
Application Information and Deadlines
complete an online application. 2L
applicants must upload their applications by November 11, 2012. 1L applicants must upload their applications by
December 15, 2012. Visit the application link to learn more details about the internship.
Summer Funding Opportunities
Early Decision Summer Grant Information Session
October 30, 12-12:50 p.m., Room 5042
School of Law will be awarding a limited number of public interest summer
grants to 2Ls in the fall. Come hear about this early funding opportunity.
Early decision summer grant applications are due by Friday, December 7, 2012. Please note:
this program has been moved from Tuesday, November 6 to Tuesday, October 30.
Other Public Interest Events
"The Rosenwald Schools" Documentary Screening and Discussion with Director Aviva Kempner
Thursday, October 25, 7:00 p.m.,
Sonja Haynes Stone Center (main campus)
Aviva Kempner will be on hand to
introduce the work in progress version of The Rosenwald Schools at the
University of North Carolina's Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and
History in Chapel Hill. North Carolina was the state that built the most
Rosenwald schools. The event is free and open to the public and is part of the
Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film, which highlights interesting
films and provides a venue for discussion and debate. The event is sponsored by the
Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, the Center for the Study of the American
South at UNC, and the UNC African and African American Studies Department.
You can read more about the
screening at the Stone Center's website and
view the event flyer.
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.
Lambda Law Healthcare Power of Attorney Clinic Mandatory Training
Training: Tuesday, October 23, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 4085
Thursday, October 25, 5:00-10:00 p.m., Room 4085
This is Lambda
Law's Annual Healthcare Power of Attorney Clinic. In order to
participate please come to the mandatory training on Tuesday, October
Election Protection Hotline Signups
Tuesday-Thursday, October 23-25, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Rotunda
On Election Day law students will
operate a North Carolina call center from the law school for voters across the
state to dispense information and record irregularities at voting polls.
Interested students must attend the training and will learn:
- relevant election law
- how to address voter concerns
- how to work the call system.
Interested students may sign up in
the rotunda, or email Gina LeBlanc.