Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, November 18, 2013

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Events at UNC Law

Center for Civil Rights Race & the Law: Leandro Today

Monday, November 18, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5046

Mark Dorosin, Center for Civil Rights Managing Attorney, discusses where Leandro stands today. Mark will provide updates on recent activity in the three decades old education case including a hearing on November 13, 2013.

The Center continues to represent Plaintiffs-Intervenors Charlotte NAACP in the Hoke County v. State of NC ("Leandro" case). Leandro holds that each child has a constitutional right to the opportunity for a "sound basic education."

The State of Indigent Defense, 50 Years after Gideon

Monday, November 18, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5048

2013 marks the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright, requiring courts to provide counsel to indigent defendants in criminal cases. Today, as a result of underfunded, under-resourced, and overworked public defenders, many have questioned if indigent defendants are truly receiving any substantive legal representation at all. Professor Rob Smith will lead a discussion on the current state of indigent defense, and propose ways to fix what many believe to be a broken system drastically in need of reform.

Winter Break Pro Bono Project Kick Off

Wednesday, November 20, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Rumpus Room

Floating event for 1L Winter Break Project Participants and their peer mentors to meet and share resources and tips for a successful WBP experience!

American Indian Heritage Month Speaker

Thursday, November 21, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4004

NALSA and the Pro Bono Program will be co-hosting Amy Locklear Hertel, Director of the American Indian Center, in an event about current issues facing American Indian populations within the legal system, specifically: sovereignty, best practices for engaging American Indian communities and how to meet the legal needs of American Indian communities.

Holiday Angel Adoption

The Class of 2016 is facilitating a Holiday Angel Adoption on behalf of UNC Law. We are adopting the "wishlists" of children at Carrboro Elementary School whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts. Our goal is to raise $2,000 with which we hope to sponsor 8-12 children. Please help by donating $5 by cash, checks (made out to UNC Student Bar Association), or credit card (in the Rotunda). We are collecting contributions from Wednesday, 11/13 through Thursday, 11/21. Look for our table in the Rotunda at lunch; students walking around with Santa hats; and donation boxes on UNC Law staff desks.

We are also inviting volunteers (including faculty and staff) to help purchase, wrap or possibly deliver gifts: contact Billy Piontek> to find out how you can help.

Career Corner

1L Workshop: Your Public Interest Job Search

Thursday, November 21, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5046

This program will help 1L students navigate summer public interest employment options. We will review essential topics to help you feel prepared to start your summer public interest job search, including how to research employers, job search timing, application materials, and summer funding. Contact Adrienne Allison with any questions.

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

Upcoming Government Deadlines

Federal Government

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.

2L Summer Internships

  • Executive Office of the President, Office of Science & Technology Policy: December 9
  • EPA Office of Administrative Law Judges Summer Clerkship: December 13
  • 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!

State Government

North Carolina State Government Internship Program

The State Government Internship Program offers students compensated professional work experience in state government that integrates education, career development and public service. Paid summer internships are available in locations across the state. Opportunities exist in numerous fields of study, and interns will also participate in seminars, tours or other activities designed to broaden their perspective of public service and state government. Interns will earn a stipend of $8.25 per hour and work 40 hours per week for 10 weeks in the summer. All internships will begin on May 27, 2014 and conclude on August 1, 2014.

The 2014 State Government Internship Program Booklet describing all available rules and opportunities is now online. To be eligible for the program, a student must be a permanent North Carolina resident with an overall grade point average of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale. Applicants must be continuing their education in the fall following their participation in the program. To qualify for a position designated for law interns, a student must have completed at least one year of law school before the beginning of the internship. Selection is based on a review of applications by the Council, student interviews with prospective supervisors, academic records, participation in extracurricular activities and interest in state government. For more information, please visit the Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office online or by phone at 919.807.4400. For ongoing information and updates about the State Government Internship Program, subscribe to the program listserv.

NOTE FROM THE CDO: Internships of particular interest to law students include the following postings: 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 13, 14, 16, 63, 65, 68, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 83, 84, 85, 90, 91, 94. Position descriptions can be found in the online program booklet. Deadline for applications is December 16, however 1Ls should not submit application materials until December 1, per NALP regulations.

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

Projects are posted on the Pro Bono Board near the mailboxes. Students can sign up for projects on the Pro Bono Board or email UNCProBonoProjects@gmail.com.

Winter Break Pro Bono Projects Still Available!

There is still time to sign up for a winter break project. Students should whether they want to sign-up for a project by Monday, November 25 so that they can make contact with the attorney before the end of classes.

Sign-ups are now a first-come, first serve online process. Here are the easy to follow steps to snag a project:

  1. Check out the updated list of remaining projects that your class pro bono coordinator emailed out last week or email them to ask for a copy of the list.
  2. Next, visit the sign-up website to claim a project.
  3. Winter Break Projects Coordinator Ramona Baker will then leave a contract and project description in your mailbox. You must complete the orange contract and return that to Ramona's mailbox before taking any action on the project.

Please e-mail Ramona Baker with any questions.


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