Public Service Newsletter

Public Service Newsletter: Monday, April 1, 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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Events at UNC Law

ELPS Exam Survival Basket Raffle

Monday, April 1 through Friday, April 5, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Rotunda

The Education Law & Policy Society is holding an Exam Survival Basket Raffle! Two baskets containing exam essentials will be raffled off - highlighters, binders, pens, tabs, energy drinks, coffee, and more! ELPS will be tabling Monday, April 1 through Friday, April 5 during the noon hour. Tickets are $1 each - the more you buy, the better your odds! The winner will be notified on Friday, April 5. Support ELPS and win!

SALDF Bake Sale for National Animal Anti-Cruelty Day

Tuesday, April 2, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Rotunda

The UNC SALDF chapter will be selling delicious baked goods to raise awareness about animal cruelty and donate the proceeds to the Animal Legal Defense Fund's Criminal Justice Program.

So please stop by our table, buy some great homemade treats, and support a great cause!

Conference on Race, Class, Gender, and Ethnicity Interest Meeting

Wednesday, April 3, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5052

Are you interested in being part of the organizing committee for next year's Conference on Race, Class, Gender, and Ethnicity? Join this year's organizers to hear about open positions and discuss potential topics for next year's conference. Pizza will be served!

ELPS Elections

Wednesday, April 3, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 3049

Come out and show your support for the candidates running for a position on the ELPS 2013-2014 board! Lunch will be provided.

Innocence Project Elections

Wednesday, April 3, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4085

Innocence Project will be holding its elections during this period for: (1) president, (2) vice president, (3) treasurer/secretary, (4) case managers. Those interested MUST email Brittany Pinkham before the meeting in order to be considered for a position.

Gun Control Policy Discussion

Thursday, April 4, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4004

Policy makers and experts will discuss developments in the debate over gun control, especially in North Carolina and in light of events at Newtown.

The Supreme Court and the Future of DOMA and Gay Marriage

Thursday, April 4, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5042

The American Constitution Society will sponsor an event with Professor Neil Siegel, who will discuss the oral arguments in Hollingsworth v. Perry and United States v. Windsor.

Career Corner

Fall On-Campus Interview Information

As you begin to finalize your plans for the summer, please keep the following dates in mind:

  • On-Campus Interviews begin on Monday, August 12 and will run through Monday, September 30, 2013. No interviews will be scheduled September 2-6.
  • The names of the employers who will be participating in Fall OCIs will be available in Symplicity in early June and bidding will begin in late July. Fall classes begin on Monday, August 26.

Be sure to check your UNC email account in the coming weeks and during the summer as the CSO will be providing you with more details about these important programs via their newsletter.

"How I Found My Job After Graduation" Program for 3Ls

Tuesday, April 9, Noon-12:50 p.m., Room 4085

If you are a 3L seeking a permanent job, you are not alone. On Tuesday, April 9, a panel of 2012 grads will share their stories, their insights, and their advice on the post-graduation job hunt. CSO Director Maria Mangano will also be providing information and handouts on looking for that first legal job after the JD. Come and get ideas, inspiration, and support. There will be time for discussion and questions. Box lunches will be provided! If you would like a lunch, please RSVP to Lindsay Knell by Friday, April 5 at noon and let her know whether you want roast beef, turkey, or vegetarian. You are welcome to attend the event without an RSVP, but if you don't RSVP, lunch might not be guaranteed.

Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

Highlighted Summer & Post-Graduate Job Opportunities

Below is just a sample of the kinds of summer internships and post-graduate opportunities currently posted on Symplicity. Keep checking the job bank as new opportunities are added nearly every day!

Summer Internships

  • Public Defender - District 15B Orange/Chatham Counties (Hillsborough, NC). Preference for rising 3Ls who can be certified under the third year practice rule, but rising 2Ls are encouraged to apply. See Symplicity posting #7859 for details. Open until filled.
  • Summer RA positions with various professors, including public interest-related research positions.

Post-Graduate Opportunity

The District of Columbia's Capital City Fellows (Washington, DC) Program

The Capital City Fellows Program (CCFP) is a mayoral initiative to attract recent graduates of graduate degree programs who are interested in public service to work for the city of Washington, DC. Selected Fellows are appointed for 18 months during which they may complete three six-month rotations in different city agencies within the government operations, health and human services, public safety and justice, planning and economic development or education clusters. See Symplicity posting #7852 for details. Deadline: May 18, 2013.

Other Public Interest Opportunities

Public Interest Peer Mentees: Nominate Your Mentor for Mentor of the Year!

Nominations due Friday, April 5

As part of the Annual Celebration of Pro Bono & Public Interest on April 10, we will honor this year's Public Interest Mentor of the Year. Please contact Adrienne Allison before Friday, April 5 with questions or for a copy of the nomination form.

Other Public Interest Events

An Evening for Peace

Friday, April 26, 6:00-8:30 p.m., Hill House (900 S. Duke St., Durham)

The Elna B. Spaulding Conflict Resolution Center (CRC) announces its Second Annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction fundraiser, An Evening for Peace.

The CRC is a non-profit founded in Durham in 1968 and dedicated to the advancement of peaceful conflict resolution. Its mission is to help people resolve conflict through communication, cooperation, and understanding through both adult and juvenile programs. The CRC offers a variety of services to the Durham community, including District Court and Medicaid Appeal mediation services, mediation training and education, and peer mediation programs for schools. The CRC also provides truancy court for Durham Public Schools using trained volunteer truancy court judges.

An Evening for Peace will feature a wine tasting, appetizers, desserts, and entertainment. The silent auction will include items such as a weekend cabin at a NC mountain retreat, local art and ceramics, designer handbags, a gourmet chocolate cake, and a weekend at an oceanfront home on Emerald Isle. The Conflict Resolution Center is also seeking additional items for donation to the silent auction. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door.

For tickets, donations, sponsorships, or to learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact Executive Director, Grace Marsh, at 919.680.4575. Further information on The Elna B. Spaulding Conflict Resolution Center can be found online.


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