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.
Save the Date!
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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)
Summer 2013 Public Interest Grant Information Session
February 18 &
February 20, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5048
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
Public Service Events
Join the Center for Civil Rights for HKonJ7
Saturday, February 9, 9:30 a.m., Raleigh
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
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.