Public Service Newsletter

Public Service Newsletter: Monday, March 18, 2013

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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.

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Public Service News

Summer Public Interest Grant Deadline: Thursday, March 21 @ 5:00 p.m.

Each year summer grants are awarded to students taking unpaid or low-paying summer public interest jobs. Funding for these grants comes from several sources including: CPILO, private funds given through generous donors, law school funds allocated by the Dean, and student organizations that fundraise to support students working in a particular area of interest.

The deadline for applying for a summer grant is March 21, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. and students will be notified by April 1. To view and complete the Summer Grant Application visit My Carolina Law. Be sure to check out 10 Tips for Writing a Strong Grant Application.

Contact Dean Novinsky or Adrienne Allison for questions about grants.

Events at UNC Law

Traditional and Nontraditional Legal Careers in Education

Monday, March 18, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4085

ELPS and CSO are hosting Dean Mosteller of UNC Law, Kelly Podger Smith of Smith Anderson, and Professor Dana Thompson Dorsey of UNC's School of Global Studies in a career panel focusing on traditional and non traditional legal careers in education.

Book Drive for Asheville Prison Books Program

March 18-28, Rumpus Room

The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) is running a book drive from March 18-28 to support the Asheville Prison Books Program, which ships books to prisoners throughout NC, SC, TN, and GA. The program has specifically requested legal dictionaries and legal aid materials. Labeled boxes will be in the Rumpus Room and in the Rotunda.

Pro Bono Food Truck Rodeo

Tuesday, March 19, 11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m., CSO Parking Lot

Come out for a delicious lunch! 10% of proceeds go to the Pro Bono Program!

C-PILO Officer Interest Meeting

Thursday, March 21, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4085

Interested in applying for a CPILO officer position? Come learn more about the application process from the current officers. Lunch will be provided!

Wage Theft in North Carolina

Thursday, March 21, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5046

Wage theft takes money out of the pockets of workers, their families and communities. It creates an uneven playing field that favors bad actors and penalizes employers that follow the law. Sometimes the amounts stolen are small, but the overall impact of wage theft is huge.

The law school's Immigration/Human Rights Policy Clinic and the NC Justice Center have both recently published reports on wage theft in North Carolina. Come hear Professor Deborah Weissman and Sabine Schoenbach discuss their findings and policy suggestions.

Picking Empty Pockets (UNC Immigration/Human Rights Policy Clinic report)

Wage Theft in North Carolina: The Hidden Crime Wave Robbing Workers and Communities (Workers' Rights Project, NC Justice Center)

Environmental Law Course Advising Session

Monday, March 25, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4085

Professors Flatt and Savasta-Kennedy will discuss with students which environmental law-related courses will be available over the next two years so that students can plan and register accordingly. 2Ls and 3Ls will also be available to offer advice and insight to the course selection process and to answer questions about classes.

Other Public Interest Events

Jammin' For Justice

Saturday, March 23, 8:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m., Local 506 (Carrboro)

Support public interest law and listen to great music performed by local artists, UNC law faculty, and students on Saturday March 23 from 8 p.m.-midnight at Local 506 in Chapel Hill. The cover fee is $5 and all proceeds from this C-PILO sponsored event go directly to funding summer public interest grants.

Genres of music will vary from rock to bluegrass to folk to blues to R&B. Some of the featured acts include Dean Doug Edmunds' "The Stars Explode" and Dean Brian Lewis' "The Carrborators." For more information about the event please contact CPILO President Zachary Kohn.

Other Public Interest Opportunities

Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association Scholarship Deadline

Monday, March 25, 5:00 p.m.

The Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association Foundation is pleased to announce the Elizabeth B. Fitzwater Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $2,500 to be awarded in May 2013 to a deserving second year law student who demonstrates a strong interest in practicing law in the public service/public interest sector in the south Hampton Roads area of Virginia, and who meets the criteria established by the Selection Committee. Applications are due no later than 5 p.m. on March 25, 2013.


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