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
Tuesday, September 17, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Rotunda
Celebrate the Constitution of the United States by attending
a timely discussion about the presidential and congressional authority to authorize
military actions short of war, with a focus on Syria. Scott L. Silliman '68,
adjunct professor of law at UNC and expert in national security and military
law, will present "The Constitution, the War Powers Resolution and the Use of
Force in Syria." Light refreshments will be served
ELP EJ Summit and Pro Bono Interest Meeting
Wednesday, September 18, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4082
Environmental Law Project will hold a meeting on Wednesday, September 18 at
noon to discuss an exciting new pro bono opportunity to work with Earthjustice
and SELC attorneys on an environmental justice case protesting the
re-permitting of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) in North
The first part
of the project involves interviewing potential Title VI complainants at the
upcoming North Carolina Environmental Justice Network's EJ Summit on October 18
and 19 (Fall Break). Students will attend the summit
(scholarships are available), participate in interview training by Earthjustice
attorneys on the morning of October 18 and will then conduct interviews with
North Carolina residents who have been affected by the operations of
Interested students will have also
have the chance to participate in the CAFO matter throughout the fall and
continuing into the spring, so even if you are unable to attend the EJ summit
over Fall Break, you are encouraged to attend the meeting. Come
join us to learn more about this exciting opportunity!
Immigration Law Association Interest Meeting
Wednesday, September 18,
12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 3049
The Immigration Law Association is a student organization
devoted to cultivating student interest in the dynamic and fast-changing field
of immigration law. ILA sponsors guest speakers on various topics concerning
immigration; raises money to provide summer grants to students working in
public interest immigration work; assists in developing and coordinating
immigration-related pro bono projects; and provides professional development
and networking opportunities for those pursuing a career in immigration law.
American Constitution Society and Constitution in the Classroom Interest Meeting
Thursday, September 19, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5046
about American Constitution Society and Constitution in the Classroom with us
on Thursday. Lunch will be provided!
C-PILO Local Volunteer Training
September 19, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4004
in volunteering with C-PILO will receive training on soliciting donations from
local businesses. Please attend if you would like to volunteer with C-PILO for
the Annual Auction or if you received a C-PILO specific public interest summer
grant for the 2013 summer.
Presidential Management Fellows Information Session
Monday, September 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m., School of Government
This information session will explain what PMF program is, how to
apply, and process of selection. The session will involve both in-person presenters and a
virtual panel of current and former PMF participants from UNC. Jacob Clauson
(Law '10) will be one of the virtual panelists. Contact Samara Reynolds with questions.
Judges and their Clerks
Friday, September 20, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4085
Curious about post-graduate judicial clerkships? Judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and
their clerks will be on hand to talk about what clerks do and what judges look
for in clerkship candidates. All students are invited, but 2Ls should
especially make an effort to attend, since 2Ls will apply next
spring for federal clerkships that will begin in September 2015.
Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities
K&L Gates Public Interest Fellowship Program (2Ls): deadline 10/04
K&L Gates Public Interest Fellowship Program will award one successful
candidate a fellowship to spend eight weeks of the summer working at the Education Law Center of Pennsylvania.
Applications for the summer 2014 fellowship are due by Friday, October 4. Symplicity posting #8251.
Upcoming Government Deadlines
Below is a sampling of upcoming deadlines for federal government
honors programs (3Ls) and summer 2014 internship programs (2Ls). Information
about each program can be found on individual department websites, as well as
in the Government Honors and
Internship Handbook online. If you have questions, need application
assistance, or would like to be added to the govcareers email list for relevant
announcements, please contact Samara
Reynolds, Government Career Counselor in the CDO.
Postgraduate Positions (3L)
of the Currency (OCC) Chief Counsel's Honors Program: September 16
Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Honors Program - September 17
Revenue Service (IRS) Honors Program: Rolling
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): September 30
Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC): September 30
Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel Judicial Law Clerkship: September 30
Navy JAG: October 4, INCLUDING having conducted in-person interview in Norfolk, VA (apply ASAP!)
Summer 2014 Positions (2L)
of Health and Human Services (DHHS) OIG Externship/Internship: September
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC): September 23 (deadline moved up!)
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 (Kansas City): September 30
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC): October 6 - deadline extended!
Other Public Interest Events
"Sowing Struggle: Social Movements and the Future of Corn in Tlaxcala, Mexico"
Thursday, September 19, 7:00-8:00
p.m., FedEx Global Education Center Room 4003 (main campus)
Martinez, co-founder and lead organizer of Consejo Nacional Urbano Campesino (CNUC) will
speak about her 20 years of experience in women's, peasant and labor movements
and her efforts to demand government accountability, defend family farms and to
resist the use of GMO seeds. She will also shed light on her involvement in
build inspiring, community-based autonomous projects. She will be accompanied
by Stuart Schussler of the Mexico Solidarity Network.
will be served. Sponsored by: The UNC
School of Law Human Rights Policy Seminar; The UNC Immigration Law Association,
The UNC Institute for the Study of the Americas; and the UNC Center for Global
See more at the UNC Global website.
Animal Law Workshop
September 24, 6:15-7:15 p.m., North Carolina Central School of Law (Durham, NC)
The NCCU Animal Law Organization is hosting a workshop on Tuesday, September 24
from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at the NCCU School of Law, featuring Holly Stiles
with Disability Rights NC. Ms. Stiles will be speaking on the Americans with
Disabilities Act and compliance issues related to service animals. Please
email Tracy Turner at NCCU if you plan to attend or
have any questions.
Other Public Interest Opportunities
NC Advocates for Justice Naturalization Clinic
Saturday, October 5, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Raleigh, NC
will prepare volunteer attorneys, law
students, and community advocates/allies to provide assistance to those
applying for low-income fee waivers of the naturalization application
(normally costs $680). This clinic is part of a nationwide campaign
called "Ya Es Hora" focused on registering immigrant voters in swing
states. One must be naturalized to vote, thus the need for the
naturalization clinic. Learn more about "Ya Es Hora" on the campaign's website.
There will be a free 3-hour CLE and information session (with an ethics hour) on Wednesday, October 2 for volunteers. Students who would like to volunteer must be members of NCAJ (membership is free) and can visit the NCAJ website to register.
Please email Jennifer Segnere if you are interested in participating or have any questions.
Current Pro Bono Opportunities
Projects are posted on the Pro Bono Board near the mailboxes. Students can sign up for projects on the Pro Bono Board or email UNCProBonoProjects@gmail.com.
Lawyer on the Line Training
Tuesday, September 17, 5:00-7:00 p.m., Room 5048
Participants must attend training to participate in this pro
Lawyer on the Line asks students to volunteer an hour a week to conduct
client interviews over the phone. With training and support from Legal Aid,
students will find out about the legal problem that individuals are facing and
summarize the legal problem for a private attorney who will provide a
consultation with the individual.
This project is great for individuals who want a consistent and steady pro
bono project along with people who want to develop their client interviewing
Lambda Pro Bono Meeting
Thursday, September 19, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4081
Learn about the Lambda health care power of attorney workshop and how you can
participate. Students can also sign up at this meeting to table with Lambda at NC Pride on Saturday, September 28. The training date for the pro bono project will be on Tuesday, October 22 at
noon in Room 4085, and attendance at the training session is mandatory to work
with clients. The workshop will be held on Monday, October 28 at 6:00 p.m.
Network with Pro Bono Alumni!
Friday, September 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m., The Crunkleton (Franklin Street)
All students are welcome to mingle and network with UNC Alums at the
Crunkleton on Friday, September 20 from 6:30 to 8:30. These alumni work
in a variety of settings ranging from public interest to government,
solo practitioners to big private firms. Despite
these differences, they are united by their passion for pro bono work,
and look forward to meeting you. Email James Jolley if you have any questions. (Cash bar; appetizers from Med Deli will be provided).
Cancer Project Pro Bono Training: Substantive Law
Sunday, September 22, 10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Room 5042
This training will cover the substantive law, ethics and
sensitivity materials for the Cancer Pro Bono Legal Project. All students who
wish to participate in the project are invited to attend.
Navigator Pro Bono Project Information Session
Monday, September 23, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4004
Information Session for new Pro Bono Project involving
implementation of the Affordable Care Act.