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
ELP Film Screening of "In Organic We Trust"
Wednesday, February 27, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5048
The Environmental Law Project (ELP) will be screening a
portion of the new film "In Organic We Trust" with an introduction by
the film's Director over Skype. Local, sustainable food from Vimala's will be
served for lunch.
Film Description: "In Organic We Trust" is an eye-opening food documentary that follows
Director/Producer Kip Pastor on a personal journey to answer commonly asked
questions about organic food: What exactly is organic? Is it really better, or
just a marketing scam? The film digs deep with farmers, organic
certifiers, scientists, and organic critics to explore the content beneath the
label and the truth behind the marketing. It takes a balanced approach to clear
up misconceptions about organic food while highlighting practical solutions that
are transforming the way we grow and eat. Learn more on the film's website.
E-Verify: Impacts on Employees and Employers
Tuesday, March 5, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4085
The Labor & Employment Law Society is hosting three
attorneys (Nicola Ai Ling Prall from Jackson Lewis
who practices employment law and employment-based immigration law, Jill
Biltstein from NC State who is responsible for NC State's compliance with
E-Verify, and Yesenia Polanco-Galdamez from Fayad Law who works with E-Verify
specifically with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival recipients) who will
speak about the background of E-Verify, how it works, and its implications for
employees and employers, and then answer questions. Lunch will be provided.
The War on Working People in NC and Beyond: Why Labor Law Matters
Tuesday, March 5, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5042
The UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity will host
MaryBe McMillan, Secretary-Treasurer of the North Carolina State AFL-CIO, and
Liz Shuler, National AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer, for a discussion of the
legislature's war on labor in pushing for devastating cuts to unemployment
Check out the calendar posting for this event for information
on the speakers.
Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities
Equal Justice Works Summer Corps: Be sure to apply early!
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.
more information on the Summer Corps program and application process, review
EJW's FAQs for
Government Internship Handbook
Remember to check the Government
Honors & Internship Handbook (u: ranger, p: cookies) for a list of
federal government agency internships sorted by application deadline.
Funding Opportunity for Unpaid Communications-Related Summer Internships
The Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) Foundation will award
stipends to law students employed as unpaid summer interns in positions with
the FCC and
other Federal, state and local government agencies with a connection to the
communications industry (i.e., broadcasting, cable television,
telephony, satellite, wireless, and information technology).
Applications must be emailed or post-marked by Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Visit
the program's website for eligibility and application
Other Public Interest Events
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
Rodriguez at 40: Exploring New Paths to Equal Educational Opportunity
Friday, March 8, 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m., University of Richmond School of Law
This conference will explore the condition of public education 40 years
after San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez, 411 U.S.
1 (1973). The Rodriguez case, considered one
of the major civil rights setbacks in recent decades, held that the federal
constitution did not guarantee a right to education. The conference will bring
together scholars, educators, and practitioners to examine the state of
educational opportunity in the United States, to offer a critique of the
effectiveness of existing efforts to advance equal educational opportunity and
to develop and analyze novel approaches to achieving this important national
Learn more and register.
Disability Law Symposium at UCLA Law
March 22-23, 2013, UCLA School of Law
The goal of the symposium is "including disability" in legal and policy
discourses. Disability is a part of human experience yet it is often neglected
or overlooked in these discourses. We seek to provide a forum for academics,
practitioners, students, and the community to share ideas and discuss important
issues to the disability community, particularly from a multicultural
Learn more and register.
Institute for Justice's Annual Law Student Conference
26-28, 2013, Washington, D.C.
The Institute for Justice
is now accepting applications for its 2013 Law Student Conference. IJ's annual
law student conference, which is open to first and second year law students,
will be held Friday, July 26 to Sunday, July 28, 2013 at the George Washington
University in downtown Washington, DC.
Law students interested in applying for the annual law student conference
can find an application online. Application deadline: April 1,
Current Pro Bono Opportunities
Pro Bono Board Interest Meeting
Tuesday, March 5, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4004
Interest meeting for those interested in applying for a Pro
Bono Coordinator Position for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Exciting Pro Bono Opportunity: On-Campus Wills Clinic
Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24
The UNC Black Law Students Association (BLSA), in
conjunction with the Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ) and the
Marian Cheek Jackson Center, will conduct a free wills and advance directives
clinic on Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24.
This pro bono event will afford Carolina Law students an opportunity
to draft wills, healthcare directives, and power of attorney letters for
underprivileged clients in the Northside community. Students who participate in this project will
be eligible to receive pro bono credit for their hours of service and
training. Space is limited, so priority will be given to
those who sign up first!
What? Preparation of wills, power
of attorneys, health care power of attorneys, and living wills
When? Mandatory Training:
Thursday March 21 (evening); Clinics: Saturday, March 23 & Sunday,
March 24 (9 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
Where? UNC Law School
(conference rooms: exact locations TBD)
Pro Bono Hours? Awarded for
mandatory training and clinic. You must be available to
participate on both 3/23 & 3/24.
by Friday, March 15
Alex Bryant & Gina LeBlanc
you have any questions
project is independent of the Pro Bono Spring Break Wills Trip.