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
Public Address by Professor Lawrence Lessig
Monday, March 4, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Rotunda
On March 4, the UNC Center for Media Law
and Policy will host a public address by Professor Lawrence Lessig, the Roy L. Furman
Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, and director of the
Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University.
The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will tackle one of the
most challenging problems we face: corruption in politics. How have good
people, with good intentions, allowed our democracy to be co-opted by outside
interests, weakening our institutions and especially public trust in those
institutions? What role has the media played in this weakening and what should
be its role going forward?
Please join us on March 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the law school's rotunda when
Prof. Lessig will discuss how we can root out corruption in our politics and
restore faith in the Fourth Estate's role as a watchdog of government. For more information on the event, please visit the Center for Media Law
and Policy's event
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.
Education Law and Policy Society 2013-2014 Board Positions Interest Meeting
Wednesday, March 6, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4082
Interested in serving on the ELPS board for the 2013-2014
academic year? Come out to our interest meeting on Wednesday, March 6,
2013 in classroom 4004 to learn more information about available board
positions, and the application process. We look forward to seeing you
Environmental Law Project Board Election Interest Meeting
Wednesday, March 6, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4085
ELP will hold an interest meeting for all students
considering running for a position on next year's Board. Current Board members
will speak about their positions, and there will be time for Q&A and
mingling. Refreshments will be served.
The Federalist Society and ACS Present: "The Most Significant Case of the Term: Shelby v. Holder and the Voting Rights Act" with Christian Adams
Wednesday, March 6, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5046
Shelby v. Holder is one of the most significant case of the
current U.S. Supreme Court term, and perhaps the most significant case in
years. It will decide the limits of federal control over state elections
and how much the South has changed since 1964. Learn the fact and myths
about the case which many believe will strike down one portion of the Voting
Rights Act of 1965.
Check out the calendar posting for this event for biographical
information about the featured speaker.
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!
Wage Theft in North Carolina
Thursday, March 21, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5046
Following the release of their research on wage theft in North Carolina,
Professor Deborah Weissman and Sabine Schoenbach of the North Carolina
Justice Center will discuss the character, depth and severity of this
issue for North Carolina workers. Sponsored by the UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity.
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.
Highlighted Summer Internships
Check out Symplicity for full details.
Legal Aid (Atlanta, GA)
Appeals Project (New Orleans, LA)
Interest-Related Research Assistant positions with UNC Law professors
Summer Public Interest Grant Deadline: March 21
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.
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.
Novinsky or Adrienne
Allison for questions about grants.
Other Public Interest Events
"Exonerating the Innocent: Correcting for Human Error in Our Justice System"
Wednesday, March 6, 4:00 p.m., School of Government
Please join the UNC School of Government's Carolina Society
for Future Leaders and MPA Program for a lecture by Christine
Mumma, executive director of The N.C. Center for Actual Innocence.
out the calendar posting for this event for biographical
information about the featured speaker.
Mental Health Documentary Film Premiere: "Of Two Minds"
Wednesday, March 27, 7:00 p.m., Varsity Theater (Franklin
OF TWO MINDS is an award-winning
feature documentary that explores the extraordinary lives, struggles and
successes of a few of the over five million Americans living with bipolar
disorder. Personal stories of harrowing events, medical mazes, discrimination
and the effects of social stigma blend together to create a compelling look at
a generation coming out of the "bipolar closet." OF TWO MINDS puts an
authentic human face on bipolar disorder, providing an intimate, sometimes
painful, sometimes painfully funny look at those who live in its shadows...our
parents and children, our friends and lovers...and ourselves.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Lisa Klein,
Writer, Director, and Co-Producer of this film and local members of the Mental
Health community. This event is hosted by Accessible Minds, LLC.
Admission is free, however, seating is limited. Reservation tickets will be
collected at the door and will receive priority seating. Learn more and
reserve your tickets.
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.
Guardian Ad Litem Training Interest Meeting
Tuesday, March 5, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Boardroom 5003
Child Action is hosting a meeting for Nicole Roman, the
District Administrator for the Guardian Ad Litem program in Orange and Chatham
counties, to speak to law students interested in learning about training to
become a guardian ad litem.
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.