Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, February 17, 2014

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Save the Date!

Have you registered for the 2014 Public Interest Retreat?

Are you in law school to make a difference? Meet and connect with fellow students and attorneys committed to serving the public interest! UNC Law's 2014 Public Interest Retreat is on Friday, February 21 at the UNC Student Union starting at 2:45 p.m. The event will include networking opportunities with public interest student alums and topical breakout sessions featuring local practitioners and professors in the areas of civil rights law, consumer protection law, criminal law, environmental law, health law, and immigrant's rights. There will also be a session on affording life as a public interest attorney and an inspiring keynote address. Please see the agenda and register online. The registration deadline has been extended to 5 p.m. tomorrow, February 18. Contact Adrienne Allison or Ashley McAlarney with any questions.

Summer Funding Opportunities

Public Interest Summer Grant Info Session

Tuesday, February 18 and Thursday, February 20, 2014, Noon - 12:50 p.m., Room 5046

Learn about the summer grant application process including tips on how to make your application stronger! Please note that attendance at only one session is necessary.

Events at UNC Law

Race and the Law Speaker Series: Moral Monday Trials

Wednesday, February 19, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 5046

NCCU School of Law Professors Scott Holmes and Irving Joyner and Attorney David Neal will speak about their experience representing Moral Monday arrestees. The attorneys have experienced both success and defeat in the District Court trials. They will discuss the unique issues presented in the Moral Monday cases including the legal theory of the cases and the reason for differing outcomes. Race and the Law Speaker Series is sponsored by the UNC Center for Civil Rights.

Immigration Law Association Meeting

Thursday, February 20, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 5048

General body meeting for the Immigration Law Association. Food will be provided.

2014 Annual Conference on Race, Class, Gender and Ethnicity

Saturday, February 22, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Rotunda

The 2014 Conference on Race, Class, Gender and Ethnicity will be "Captive Audience: Incarceration and the Family." It will be held in the Rotunda of Van Hecke-Wettach Hall on Saturday, February 22.

The United States has one of the highest incarceration rates in the world, with nearly two and a quarter million individuals housed in state or federal prisons at the end of 2011. A great many of these prisoners--the vast majority of whom are men--have families: partners, children, and extended family members living outside prison walls and yet, at the same time, captive to the prisoner’s sentence.

This year, UNC School of Law’s Conference on Race, Class, Gender, and Ethnicity will explore the myriad social dynamics implicated by incarceration’s destabilized families, including both causes of the destabilization and their results.

The Conference will invite speakers from the law, the academy, and the advocacy world to share their expertise on diverse topics such as how our war on drugs has contributed to mass incarceration and the destabilization of poor families, the way our education system continues to fail children and adolescents, how incarceration further (and permanently) divides immigrant families, the psychological effect of solitary confinement on individuals and their families, the way incarceration destabilizes and reorders community and family economies, and how families of North Carolina prisoners will adapt in our new political and social climate.

Registration for the conference is now open. Participation is free for all area students, $20 for community members/non-area students/non-CLE attorneys (although no one will be turned away for lack of funds), and $100 for CLE applicants.

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

EJW AmeriCorps JD: Summer Applications Now Open

The Americorps JD (formerly Summer Corps) summer application process is now under way! Applications will be accepted through April 15, but students are encouraged to apply ASAP. AmeriCorps JD provides 1L and 2L students with the opportunity to earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award for dedicating their summer to serving veterans of victims of disaster for at least 20% of the required 300 hours of service. Summer work must be hosted by a nonprofit, state or local government agency, or academic institution.

3Ls: Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities Currently Posted on Symplicity

The following opportunities for 3Ls are currently posted on Symplicity. Please see the posting on job bank for more information.

  • Staff Attorney with Atlanta Legal Aid Society (Decatur, GA); Symplicity job posting #9161.
  • Staff Attorney with Virginia Legal Aid Society (Danville, VA); Symplicity job posting #9162.
  • Entry Level Attorney with the The City of Chicago Department of Law (Chicago, IL); Symplicity job posting #9117
  • Public Policy Fellow with The ACLU (Raleigh, NC); Symplicity job posting #9104
  • Post-Graduate Fellowship, Immigrant Justice Corps; Symplicity job posting #9196

Highlighted Public Interest Positions on Symplicity

  • Summer Intern, NC Innocence Inquiry Commission (#9205)
  • Summer Law Clerk, The Humane Society (#9181)

Upcoming Government Deadlines

Below is a sampling of upcoming deadlines for federal government honors programs (3Ls) and summer 2014 internship programs (1Ls & 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.

  • Federal Communications Commission (FCC) International Bureau – Strategic Analysis and Negotiations Division Internship (1L & 2L): February 22
  • U.S. Postal Service (USPS) Honors Program (3L): February 28
  • Dept. of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Internship (1L & 2L): February 28

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.

Cancer Project Opportunities

The Cancer Project is currently accepting applications for its leadership board positions (6) until February 27. All 1Ls and 2Ls that are interested are encouraged to apply. Time commitments among positions vary. Past participation in the project is NOT required. Email applications to Jason Jones or place them in his student mailbox.

The Cancer Project also has spots available for their February 25 Community Education Presentation from 10:30 a.m.-noon at the UNC Cancer Hospital.

Lastly, the Cancer Project has spots available for their February 28 Cancer Clinic, 8:00 a.m.-noon at the UNC Cancer Hospital.

Contact Jason Jones with questions about any of these opportunities.

Spanish Speakers Needed

Friday, March 7, 2014 is 4ALL Statewide Service Day

The seventh annual 4ALL Service Day will be held on Friday, March 7, 2014 across North Carolina. The 4ALL Service Day is a program of the North Carolina Bar Association Foundation in conjunction with the North Carolina Bar Association. On March 7, 2014, North Carolina lawyers join forces and take calls from the public at eight call centers throughout North Carolina. These volunteers provide legal information and referral resources to the callers with North Carolina related matters.

Spanish-speaking law students (or attorneys) are needed to cover the phones at the Cary call center on Friday, March 7. There are shifts from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; 11:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.; and 2:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. Volunteers are especially needed for the last shift. If interested, sign up online.


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