About the Pro Bono Newsletter
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.
Events at UNC Law
C-PILO Lunch & Learn with LexisNexis
Wednesday, February 24, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 4085
Shanda Lewis will be presenting a lesson on public interest job
searching and researching! The best part is, in addition to
gaining valuable skills and information, you'll earn some research points for yourself
and help C-PILO raise some money at the same time! For the training,
you will be awarded 400 points and asked to donate some of those
points to C-PILO (and shown how to do so). Lunch will be provided. If
you're interested, please log into LexisNexis, click on the "Training at
My School" tab and register for the training under the link provided.
Show Your Love for Pro Bono
Thursday, February 27, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 4004
Stop by room 4004 this Thursday during lunch to show your
love for Pro Bono! Fill up on candy, listen to schmaltzy music, and get your
craft on -- create a thank you note to an attorney doing pro bono in NC.
Summer Funding Opportunities
Public Interest Summer Grant Application Now Open
The Public Interest Summer Grant Application is now open on
My Carolina Law until the deadline on Thursday, March 20 at 11:58 p.m. This
process is open to all Class of 2016, Class of 2015, and December 2015
graduates. Students with questions about the summer grants or application
process can contact Samara Reynolds in the CDO.
Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities
Featured Public Interest Position: Research Assistant, Center on Poverty, Work & Opportunity
Open to 1Ls and 2Ls;
deadline is March 14
The Center on
Poverty, Work and Opportunity is seeking full-time (30 hours/week) RAs for the
summer of 2014. Research will involve issues of poverty and economic justice,
including access to civil justice, economic/statistical research about North
Carolina cities, towns, and regions, child poverty and development, and
homelessness. Some of the work may be policy and social science based, some may
be investigative or journalistic, and some will be legal.
Requirements: Applicants must be
interested in issues related to poverty, particularly in
comfortable working across disciplines and topics
to work independently
willing to work collaboratively with people
affected directly by poverty, other organizations, and policy-makers.
The Center on
Poverty, Work & Opportunity is located in Meadowmont at 323 W. Barbee
Chapel Road in Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3382. It is accessible via bus and
there is free parking on-site.
please email your resume and a cover letter to Joe Polich, Postdoctoral
Research Fellow at the Center. The
deadline to apply is March 14, 2014 and interviews will be conducted at the end
Highlighted Public Interest
Positions on Symplicity
Law Intern, NC Coastal Land Trust (#9134)
Summer Legal Interns, Office of Public Defender of Orange & Chatham Counties (#9156)
Post-Graduate Fellowship, Immigrant Justice Corps (#9196)
Field Attorney, National Labor Relations Board (#9257)
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.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10 (Seattle) Fellowship (3L): February 24
U.S. Postal Service (USPS) Honors Program (3L): February 28
Overseas Private Investment Corporation Internship (1L & 2L): February 28
Dept. of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Internship (1L & 2L): February 28
Dept. of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Departmental Appeals Board Internship (1L & 2L): March 1
Dept. of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Center for Disease Control Internship (1L & 2L): March 3
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 (Atlanta) Internship (1L & 2L): March 3
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Diversity and Civil Rights Internship (1L & 2L): March 3
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.
Unemployment Insurance Benefits Pro Bono Project Training
Friday, February 28, 3:00-5:30 p.m., Room 5042
1Ls, 2Ls and 3Ls are
invited to participate in a pro bono project with Legal Aid of North Carolina’s
Pittsboro office, where students will be representing clients on unemployment
insurance matters before an administrative hearing officer, under the
supervision of a licensed attorney. This is an excellent opportunity for
students to get practical legal experience by preparing for and conducting
To participate in the pro bono project, it's
necessary to attend the training on Friday, February 28 from 3:00-5:30 p.m. if
you did not attend the training last semester.
To sign up for this project and training, please
contact Bridget Warren as soon as
possible--spots are starting to fill up very quickly!
Pro Bono Board Interest Meeting
Monday, March 3, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 4004
Tuesday, March 4, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Room 4004
applicants for the Pro Bono Board are encouraged to attend an open house with
the current Pro Bono Board. The Board will answer any questions applicants have
about the role of the Board, responsibilities of specific positions, and the
applications (cover letter and resume without GPA) are due by Friday, March 7
at 5 p.m.
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.