Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, November 12, 2012

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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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Reminder to 2L and 3L 2012 Summer Grant Recipients: Log C-PILO Volunteer Hours!

Any students who have already completed volunteer hours are reminded to log their hours online. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Ashley McAlarney with any questions.

Events at UNC Law

CRCGE Fall 2012 Film Festival

"Miss Representation," Monday, November 12, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Room 5046
"The Invisible War," Tuesday, November 13, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Room 5048
"A Sentence for Two," Wednesday, November 14, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Room 5046
"Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria," Thursday, November 15, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Room 5046

This November, in advance of the 2013 conference "Body as Battleground: Why the Law Continues to Fail Women," the Conference on Race, Class, Gender & Ethnicity is partnering with Women in Law, the Domestic Violence Action Project, Child Action, the UNC Center for Media Law & Policy, Law Students for Reproductive Justice, and the Lambda Law Students Association, to present a week long documentary film festival, showcasing award-winning films about contemporary legal issues that implicate women's rights. This festival will create opportunities for students, faculty, and community members to think critically about women's issues as a lead-in to February's conference.

Dinner will be provided each night of the festival. For more information on the films, check the law school calendar online or the Facebook event.

Career Corner

3L Public Interest Job Search Group: First Meeting

Tuesday, November 13, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 5054

Are you searching for post-graduate public interest or government employment? Are you looking for a supportive place to get career advice, new ideas, and access to relevant resources? Are you stressed about your job search and in need of encouragement?

Over the next few months, the Career Services Office will be providing a unique opportunity for 3Ls seeking public interest and government employment to gather in small group sessions to provide peer-to-peer job search support.

Please see the attached flyer for more information about the goals, content, and logistics of the 3L Public Interest Job Search Group. If you are interested in participating, please:

  • Complete this survey to give us feedback about what you are looking to gain and what day of the week and time is best for you to meet regularly.
  • Attend the first meeting of the 3L Job Search Group on Tuesday, November 13 at Noon in Room 5054.

Questions? Contact Adrienne Allison or Samara Reynolds in the CSO.

1L Workshop: Your Public Interest Job Search

Monday, November 19, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 5042

This program will help 1L students navigate summer employment options in the public sector. We will review essential topics to help you get started on your summer public interest job search, including how to research employers, job search timing, application materials, and summer funding. Questions? Contact Adrienne Allison in the CSO.

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

Spotlight Job: Pisgah Legal Services Legal Intern (Symplicity #7102)

Pisgah Legal Services is a nonprofit law firm 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. Please visit their website for more information about the type of civil law programs that they offer to residents of Western North Carolina.

*IMPORTANT NOTE FOR 2Ls: Pisgah Legal Services is committed to trying to accommodate 2L applicants who would like to apply for UNC Law Early Decision Public Interest Grants. If you are a 2L interested in this early decision funding, the deadline for applying to Pisgah is November 26 at 10:00 a.m. Pisgah will select 2L applicants for interviews via Skype on Friday, November 30. (Skype interviews can be held in the CSO.) Pisgah will make offers by 5:00 p.m. on November 30 so that selected students will have sufficient time to prepare their grant applications by UNC's deadline of December 7. Please see Adrienne Allison in CSO with any questions.

The deadline for all other applicants -- 1L students and 2L students not planning to apply for Early Decision funding -- is February 1, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. Remember that 1Ls may not submit application materials until December 1, 2012.

For more information on this job, check out the job bank on Symplicity!

Upcoming Government Deadlines

Details on the opportunities listed below, as well as postings for other summer and post-graduate positions with state and/or federal government employers can be found in the Government Honors & Internship Handbook (U: ranger, P: cookies). We encourage you to check the Handbook regularly for new opportunities and updated information.

Summer Internships (2L)

  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission Internship - November 15 (deadline moved up from December 15!)
  • DHHS Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Internship - December 7
  • EPA Office of Admin Law Judges Summer Honors Clerkship - December 7
  • National Nuclear Security Administration Internship - December 15
  • Dept of Commerce International Commission Internship - December 28
  • DHHS Departmental Appeals Board Internship - December 31

Post-Graduate Opportunities (3L)

  • Air Force Judge Advocate General (JAG) Active Duty - November 15

Other Public Interest Events

Hidden Voices 2012 Benefit and Hometown Premiere of "Dar He: The Lynching of Emmett Till"

Friday, November 16, Events from 5:00-8:30 p.m., Varsity Theater (Franklin Street)

Since 2003, Hidden Voices has collaborated with underrepresented communities to create award-winning works that combine narrative, mapping, performance, music, digital media, animation, and interactive exhibits to engage audiences and participants in explorations of difficult issues.

Please join honorary host Frank Stasio, Vimala Rajendran, Mike Wiley, the filmmakers of Dar He, and Hidden Voices as we celebrate 10 years and raise funds to support the 2012 work with veterans, students, teachers, and juvenile justice.

For more information on the film screening, ticket prices, and the Hidden Voices project, visit their website.

Other Public Interest Opportunities

Environmental Justice Workshop

Tuesday, November 13, 7:00 p.m., Stone Center (main campus)

Led by environmental justice advocates and activists from Halifax County, the workshop will explore the history of the environmental justice movement in Tillery, NC. Attendees will also discuss strategies and tips about working in justice movements.

Tuesday's workshop is the 2nd event in the Stone Center's newly created "Education for Action" workshop series. In partnership with several local organizations, the series brings advocates and activists to the UNC campus to talk about contemporary social justice issues and strategies for organizing in communities. Activists focusing on politics, environmental justice and social justice movements will host workshops to talk about their activities and give workshop attendees tips on how to work with and within social justice movements. The goal of the series is to re-set ideas about activism and engagement; to understand what it means to work in solidarity with communities that are engaged in struggle; and to make connections between movement oriented work and positive change.

All "Education for Action" workshops and events are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will also be served. For more information on this event, the "Education for Action" series or RSVP, please visit on Facebook, send an email or call 919.962.9001. The Stone Center is located on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill, just past the Bell Tower on South Road.

RebLaw (Rebellious Lawyering) Conference 2013

Registration is now open for the 19th Annual RebLaw ("Rebellious Lawyering") Conference!

RebLaw 2013 will be held at Yale Law School on the weekend of February 22-23. Participants can register online.

RebLaw will feature nearly two dozen panels and workshops, including:

  • Grassroots Chinese Legal Reform
  • Connecticut Juvenile Justice Reform
  • Immigration Detention and the Legitimacy Crisis at Our Border
  • Rethinking Eyewitness Identification Evidence
  • From the Inside Out: A Faith Based Approach to Social Justice
  • Child Sex Trafficking in the United States
  • Access to Justice and Human Rights in International Investment Law
  • The Future of Collective Bargaining
  • "From Baghdad to Bayview": The Militarization of Urban Policing
  • Contraception Access, Advocacy and Litigation
  • Lawyering for Social Enterprise: The Legal Landscape of Alternative Corporate Structures and Triple-Bottom-Lines
  • and more!

You can find more details on the conference online. Check out the Facebook page for regular updates.


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