Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, October 28, 2013

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Events at UNC Law

2L Information Session for Early Decision Summer Public Interest Grants

Tuesday, October 29, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5042

The 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 for 2Ls. Contact Dean Novinsky, Adrienne Allison, or Samara Reynolds with questions.

Pro Bono Barbeque Lunch

Tuesday, October 29, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., CDO Parking Lot

Join the Pro Bono Program and your classmates on Tuesday, October 29 for a BBQ sponsored by Carolina Dining Services. Lunch will be $5 a plate, and proceeds will fund students serving unmet legal needs in the Cherokee Indian reservation and Asheville area through the Cherokee Trip. Join us at the CDO lot and bring an appetite!

DVAP Documentary Screening

Wednesday, October 30, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5046

DVAP will be screening a short documentary for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Food will be provided!

Immigration Law 101

Friday, November 1, 2:30-5:30 p.m., Room 4085

Professors Weissman and Bishop will introduce some fundamental concepts of American immigration law, such as the variety statuses visas that exist and the consequences of criminal convictions for immigrants seeking to adjust their status.

Democracy and American Campaign Finance: A Discussion of McCutcheon v. F.E.C.

Tuesday, November 5, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4085

On November 5, at noon, the UNC Poverty Center and the Carolina Law chapters of the American Constitution Society and the American Civil Liberties Union will host a discussion on the United States Supreme Court’s upcoming case, McCutcheon v. FEC. McCutcheon, exploring whether the aggregate limit on contributions to federal candidates and parties is constitutional, may be the Court’s most significant campaign reform decision since Citizens United. Two of the nation’s leading experts on election law and the first amendment will speak:

Guy-Uriel Charles, Charles S. Rhyne Professor of Law, Duke University

Guy-Uriel Charles is the founding director of the Duke Law Center on Law, Race and Politics. He is an expert in and frequent public commentator on constitutional law, election law, campaign finance, redistricting, politics, and race. He joined Duke Law's faculty in 2009; he previously was the Russell M. and Elizabeth M. Bennett Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School.

William P. Marshall, William Rand Kenan Distinguished Professor of Law, University of North Carolina

William (Bill) Marshall is currently the Kenan Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina. Marshall was Deputy White House Counsel and Deputy Assistant to the President of the United States during the Clinton Administration. He has also served as the Solicitor General of the State of Ohio. Marshall has published extensively on freedom of speech, freedom of religion, federal courts, presidential power, federalism, and judicial selection matters. He teaches civil procedure, constitutional law, election law, first amendment, federal courts, freedom of religion, the law of the presidency, and media law.

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

Highlighted Summer Internship Opportunities

Below is an example of the kind of public interest summer internships currently posted on Symplicity. Keep checking the job bank as new opportunities are added nearly every day!

Upcoming Government Deadlines

Below is a sampling of upcoming deadlines for federal government honors programs (3Ls) and summer 2014 internship programs (2Ls). Information about each program can be found on individual department websites, as well as in the Government Honors and Internship Handbook online. If you have questions, need application assistance, or would like to be added to the govcareers email list for relevant announcements, please contact Samara Reynolds, Government Career Counselor in the CDO.

3L Honors Programs & Full-Time Positions

  • Army JAG: November 1
  • Air Force Jag: Novermber 15 (deadline 2 of 3 this year)

2L Summer Internships

  • Army JAG: November 1
  • Department of State General Student Internship: November 1
  • National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA): November 1
  • Rolling Summer Internship Deadlines: Department of Education, EPA Regional offices, U.S. Coastguard, U.S. Copyright Office, EEOC Office of Federal Operations, FCC (various bureaus), Federal Election Commission, IRS, National Labor Relations Board, U.S. Office of Government Ethics, Small Business Administration, USAID, and MORE!

Other Public Interest Events

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on Campus

Thursday, October 31, 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Room 1114 Student and Academic Services Building (SASB) North

The following event is for student veterans, so please share this information with student veterans that you know! Staff members from the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center will be in 1114 Student and Academic Services Building (SASB) North from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2013. These staff members will be available to answer student veterans’ questions about medical and other benefits and eligibility. Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) Program staff members will be available as well. A Common Access Card (CAC) reader is also now available for use in the Office of the Dean of Students.

Academic Advising, the Office of the Dean of Students, the University Registrar, and Student Accounts will also be available for veteran students on a walk-in basis in the following locations:

  • Office of the Dean of Students – 1106 SASB North
  • Office of the University Registrar (VA Certifying Official) – Third Floor SASB North
  • Academic Advising (undergraduate) – 1119 SASB North
  • Student Account Services – 2215 SASB North

If you have questions, please contact Brian Papajcik, Assistant Dean of Students, or call 919.966.4042.


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