Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, February 25, 2013

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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 benefits.

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!

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.

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 Opportunities

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 information.

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 goal.

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 perspective.

Learn more and register.

Institute for Justice's Annual Law Student Conference

July 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, 2013.

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.
  • Sign up online by Friday, March 15
  • Contact Alex Bryant & Gina LeBlanc if you have any questions
  • *Note: this project is independent of the Pro Bono Spring Break Wills Trip.

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