Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, February 4, 2013

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UNC Law 2013 Public Interest Retreat: Registration Deadline Extended

Meet and connect with fellow students and attorneys committed to serving the public interest! UNC Law's 2013 Public Interest Retreat is on Friday, February 15 at the Law School starting at 1:15 p.m. The event will include networking opportunities with public interest alums and topical breakout sessions featuring local practitioners and professors in the areas of consumer protection law, criminal law, education law, environmental law, health law, and immigration law. 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. on Friday, February 8. Contact Adrienne Allison in the CSO with any questions.

Events at UNC Law

Pro Bono Week

Monday, February 4-Friday, February 8

Stop by the Pro Bono table during lunch to learn more about pro bono, to sign up for volunteer opportunities, and to log your hours. UNC Law Pro Bono Program coffee mugs will be provided to students who participate during the week. On Monday, February 4, you'll find a Pro Bono Passport in your mailbox with instructions on how to earn "stamps." Earn 7 stamps throughout the week, and you'll be the proud owner of a new coffee mug.

Activities this week include:

Free Cookies!

Monday, February 4, 11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Rotunda

Stop by the Pro Bono table during lunch to learn more about pro bono, to sign up for volunteer opportunities, log your hours, and get a free cookie.

Pro Bono Project Fair

Tuesday, February 5, 11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Rumpus Room

Want to explore new ways to get involved with pro bono? Stop by the Pro Bono Project Fair in the Rumpus Room during lunch.

Lasagna Lunch

Wednesday, February 6, 11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Rotunda

Buy a slice of lasagna from 411 West for $5 during lunch in the Rotunda.

Pro Bono Alumni Panel

Thursday, February 7, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4004

Come hear UNC Law alums discuss pro bono work, including how they used pro bono work while at UNC to help them get a job!

Deadline to turn in items for MLK Day of Service Food Drive

Tuesday, February 5, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Rotunda

In the spirit of the national MLK Day of Service, from Tuesday, January 22 - Tuesday, February 5, BLSA will be holding a food drive on behalf of TABLE, Inc., a 503(c)(3) non-profit hunger relief organization based in Carrboro. TABLE focuses exclusively on childhood hunger. Every week TABLE puts healthy food, including fresh produce, directly into the hands of over 150 Chapel Hill & Carrboro elementary school children who would otherwise go hungry on weekends and other times of the year when free school meals are unavailable.

Please contact either Gina LeBlanc or Alex Bryant if you have any questions. Many thanks!

Ronald Cotton and Jennifer Thompson: Mistaken IDs in the Criminal Justice System

Monday, February 11, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5042

In 1984, Ronald Cotton was arrested for two rapes he did not commit. In 1985, he was convicted. Ten years later, in 1995, Ronald Cotton was exonerated through DNA analysis that proved another man to be the rapist. In 1984, Jennifer Thompson was raped. When presented with a photo lineup, she identified Ronald Cotton as her attacker.

They have since reconciled and have become close friends. In 2010, they wrote a book -- the New York Times Bestseller, Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption.

They will tell their compelling stories, talk about how Mistaken IDs are one of the leading causes of wrongful convictions, and the need for reform.

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

Bergstrom Child Welfare Law Summer Fellowship

The Bergstrom Child Welfare Law Summer Fellowship is committed to inspiring the best and brightest law students to pursue careers in child welfare law. Through the fellowship, students gain experience and insight into the field and provide much needed services to various child welfare offices specializing in representing children, parents, and social service agencies. After attending a three-day training session at the end of May at Michigan Law, fellows spend at least 10 weeks at their placements. Please refer to the program's website for more details; applications are due by February 11, 2013.

1L Summer Opportunities with The Legal Aid Society of New York

The Legal Aid Society of NY is accepting applications for 1L summer interns. To apply, please email a resume and cover letter in PDF format. Applicants should indicate in the subject line of the email the name of the Practice Area to which they would like to apply: Civil Practice, Criminal Practice, or Juvenile Rights Practice. Deadline: February 15, 2013.

In partnership with The Legal Aid Society and the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys, which represents the Society's staff attorneys, the Attorneys of Color Caucus at Legal Aid (ACLA) is leading a new pilot mentoring project for law student interns of color. The goal of this project is to enhance recruitment of diverse law student interns and staff attorneys. ACLA pairs law students with mentors who are staff attorneys of color, who can provide participating student interns with support during their internships at Legal Aid and in the recruitment process.

Upcoming Government Internship Deadlines

  • Comptroller of the Currency -- Law Department Summer Legal Internship (02/08/13)
  • FCC -- International Bureau Strategic Analysis & Negotiations Division Student Internship (02/08/13)
  • Securities & Exchange Commission -- Summer Honors Law Program (02/08/13) -- 1L only

For additional opportunities in federal government offices around the country, visit the Government Honors & Internship Handbook. (U: ranger, P: cookies)

Funding Opportunities

Summer 2013 Public Interest Grant Information Session

February 18 & February 20, 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.

Public Service Events

Join the Center for Civil Rights for HKonJ7

Saturday, February 9, 9:30 a.m., Raleigh

The Center for Civil Rights will be participating in the HKonJ7 march on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. We invite students to walk with us and the Center for Poverty at HKonJ and show support for organizations and policies working to support social justice across the state. This is an inspiring event and a great way to show support for social justice in North Carolina. Learn more about the HKonJ 14-point agenda.

The Centers will provide transportation from the law school to Raleigh and back. If you would like a ride, please RSVP to the Center for Civil Rights by Tuesday, February 5, 2013. We will leave Chapel Hill around 8:30 a.m. and return around 1:00 p.m.

NC NLG is also recruiting legal observers for HKonJ7. If you would like to serve as a legal observer please contact Vanessa Lucas.

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

Cancer Pro Bono Project: Know Your Rights Training Presentation Public Viewing

Tuesday, February 5, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5054

This is a public viewing of the Cancer Pro Bono Legal Project - Know Your Rights Training Presentation for Insurance Rights.

Apply for the Spring Break Wills Project Trip

Deadline: Wednesday, February 6, 11:59 p.m.

Be sure to apply online for the spring break wills project trip!

Please email Kelly and Munashe with any questions.


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