Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, February 18, 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

Information Meeting for 2013-2014 Clinic and Externship Lottery Registration (2Ls)

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.

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.

Fall 2013-2014 Externship and Clinic Q&A for 2Ls

Thursday, February 21, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5048

Externship Q&A for 2L students interested in entering the clinic/externship lottery

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

Equal Justice Works Summer Corps: Be sure to apply early!

The rolling application for the 2013 Equal Justice Works (EJW) Summer Corps program is open until Monday, March 18, 2013, but students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Summer Corps is an AmeriCorps-funded program that will provide 1L and 2L students with the opportunity to earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award for dedicating their summer to a qualifying legal project at a nonprofit public interest organization.

For more information on the Summer Corps program and application process, review EJW's FAQs for applicants.

Other Public Interest Events

Innocence, Racial Justice, and the End of the Death Penalty in North Carolina

Distinguished Speaker Series, Spring 2013

The UNC Center for Civil Rights is proud to co-sponsor the UNC Department of Political Science 2013 Distinguished Speaker Series. These events occur each Wednesday evening at 5:30 p.m. in the Genome Sciences Building on the UNC Campus. Please consider attending as these individuals tell their incredible stories. See the detailed schedule.

This week's speakers (Feb. 20 at 5:30 p.m.) are Glen Edward Chapman and Prof. Pam Laughon. Ed served 15 years on NC's death row for two murders he did not commit. Pam Laughon of UNC-A was an investigator assigned to his defense at trial and subsequently an advocate for his release.

A Tale of Two Law Schools

Wednesday, February 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m., UNC Central School of Law

Join professors and students from NC Central and UNC-Chapel Hill Schools of Law for a panel on the history and relationship between the two law schools. Professors Irving Joyner, Gene Nichol, and Mark Dorosin are slated to participate. For more information please see the event page.

Other Public Interest Opportunities

Alternative Spring Break Conference in Memphis

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. The program will 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. Only 20 students will be accepted on a national level. Read more information on the program and how to apply.

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

Driver's License Restoration Project Activities this Week

Case Prep

Thursday, February 21, 12:00-2:00 p.m., Room 5066

Client Sessions

Sunday, February 24, 11:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Rooms 4051 and 4080


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