Public Service Newsletter

Public Service Newsletter: Monday, February 11, 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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Events at UNC Law

Ronald Cotton and Jennifer Thompson: Mistaken IDs in the Criminal Justice System

Monday, February 11, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5042

In 1984, Ronald Cotton was arrested for two rapes he did not commit. In 1985, he was convicted. Ten years later, in 1995, Ronald Cotton was exonerated through DNA analysis that proved another man to be the rapist. In 1984, Jennifer Thompson was raped. When presented with a photo lineup, she identified Ronald Cotton as her attacker. They have since reconciled and have become close friends. In 2010, they wrote a book -- the New York Times Bestseller, Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption.They will tell their compelling stories, talk about how Mistaken IDs are one of the leading causes of wrongful convictions, and the need for reform.

UNC Law's Public Interest Retreat

Friday, February 15, 1:15-5:00 p.m., Various law school classrooms

Reminder to all pre-registered students: the retreat is this Friday! Registration will be from 12:45-1:15 p.m. in the Rotunda before the event begins. If you will be arriving later to the event from class, please go ahead and pick up your packet earlier during registration. We look forward to seeing everyone!

Lottery Meeting for Clinic and Externship Program

Monday, February 18, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5042

Students who wish to enroll in a Clinic or Externship for the 2013-2014 academic year MUST attend this important meeting. Information to register for the lottery will be given out at this meeting. The lottery registration will close on Monday, February 25 at 3 p.m.

17th Annual Conference on Race, Class, Gender & Ethnicity "Body as Battleground: Why the Law Continues to Fail Women"

Saturday, February 23, 2013, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

This year's conference brings together legal scholars, activists, and practitioners to explore the reality beneath the rhetoric of the war on women. Panelists will contrast the narrow scope of the current political discourse with the complex reality of what women from all cross-sections of American society face on a daily basis. They will explore not only the legal battles fought by and for women in the twenty-first century, but also discuss how discourse and disparity shapes women's identity and people's perception of women. Most importantly, panelists will consider what steps can be taken to shape our legal, political, and cultural worlds to ensure real and lasting equality for women. Participation is free for all area students and lunch is included. Register online today!

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

Advocates for Children's Services Summer Internship (1Ls & 2Ls)

Symplicity ID: 7577

Advocates for Children's Services (ACS) is a statewide project of Legal Aid of North Carolina and housed in the Durham LANC office. The mission of ACC is to advocate for the idea that at-risk children are rights-bearing citizens who should receive the services they are promised by law. ACS' current focus is on the school-to-prison pipeline and school push out crisis in North Carolina. Practice areas of the project include education law, constitutional law, civil rights, delinquency/juvenile law, and disability law .

ACS is currently accepting applications for a summer legal intern until March 3. Check out Symplicity to learn more!

Funding Opportunities

Summer 2013 Public Interest Grant Information Session

Monday, February 18 & Tuesday, February 19, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5048

Will you be working in unpaid public interest employment this summer? If so, come to this information session! This is open to current 1Ls and 2Ls interested in applying for a summer grant for unpaid public interest work for Summer 2013. This meeting will give you all you need to know about the application process and summer funding. Information sessions will be held on Monday, February 18 and Tuesday, February 19 from 12:00 p.m.-12:50 p.m. in room 5048. Grant applications are due March 21, and recipients will be notified on April 1. Questions? Contact Dean Novinsky or Adrienne Allison.

Public Service Events

Human Rights Week 2013

The Center for Civil Rights is a co-sponsor of The Campus Y's Human Rights Week 2013. Read about daily events throughout the week. Nadine Strossen, the first woman to serve as the ACLU president, will deliver the keynote address for the week of events on Wednesday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m. at the Nelson Mandela Auditorium in the FedEx Global Education Center on main campus.

Our Children's Place Hosts "Mothers of Bedford" Screening

Tuesday, February 12, 6:30 p.m., Meredith College (Raleigh)

"Mothers of Bedford" is a 90-minute feature length documentary that follows five women incarcerated in the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in New York and looks at their lives through the lens of motherhood. A Q&A session with Jenifer McShane, the film maker, will follow the screening. We are hosting this event as a way to continue raising awareness about children of incarcerated parents.

Get additional details and purchase tickets.

Other Public Interest Opportunities

University of Memphis Law School's Alternative Spring Break Conference

March 11-15, 2013

The University of Memphis Law School is again holding its annual Alternative Spring Break Conference, this year from March 11-15, 2013. This time we have expanded the program to include eight specialized tracks in which law students from around the country will have the opportunity to perform community service and participate in classes on substantive law topics. The tracks are:

  • Advance Directives
  • Family Law (Pro Se Divorce)
  • Immigration-Knoxville (with UT)
  • Immigration-Memphis (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)
  • Research and Writing: Nonprofit Management
  • Research and Writing: Human Trafficking
  • Research and Writing: Economic Justice
  • Criminal Defense: Street Court for the Homeless

More information on how to apply.

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

Constitution in the Classroom: General Interest Meeting

Thursday, February 14, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4085

Come learn about the Constitution in the Classroom event (sponsored by ACS). We will discuss how every semester UNC law students go into local classrooms to raise awareness of fundamental constitutional principles. As law students we have a resource that we can share with students: our knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution. By spending as little as one hour teaching in a middle school classroom, you can excite young minds about their constitutional rights and responsibilities all while receiving pro bono credit. Come here what this semester's event will entail. Free lunch will be provided!


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