Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, September 24, 2012

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.

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Reminder to 2L and 3L Summer Grant Recipients: Log Your C-PILO Volunteer Hours!

Any students who have already completed volunteer hours are reminded to log their hours online. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Ashley McAlarney with any questions.

Events at UNC Law

Food Truck Rodeo

Tuesday, September 25, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Lower Parking Lot

Join the UNC Pro Bono Program for the bi-annual Food Truck Rodeo in the lower parking lot (near the CSO). Trucks in attendance will include: Big City Sandwiches, Captain Poncho's Tacos, Local Yogurt, Chirba Chirba, Only Burger, and Kona Ice. Your support helps send UNC Law students on pro bono trips across N.C. during winter and spring break.

ELP Legislative Update: Environmental Law in NC

Wednesday, September 26, 12 - 12:50 p.m., Room 4085

Join ELP for a legislative update from Robin Smith, NC DENR Assistant Secretary for the Environment (and UNC Law alum), and Bill Cary, NC DENR General Counsel. Robin and Bill will be discussing the current state of environmental law in North Carolina, including developments from this summer (such as fracking), ongoing issues, and predictions for the near future.

Career Corner

U.S. Department of State Information Session

Tuesday, September 25, 12 - 12:50 p.m., Room 4082

Diplomat-in-Residence Julie Ruterbories will provide information on legal and other relevant careers within the State Department, as well as the Foreign Service and Civil Service Officer application processes, and the State Department's Summer Internship Program. Interested 2Ls and 3Ls will also have the opportunity to speak with Ms. Ruterbories individually after the session on a first-come, first-served basis from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in Room 4074. Contact Samara Reynolds in the CSO with questions.

U.S. Army JAG Information Session (2Ls & 3Ls)

Thursday, September 27, 12 - 12:50 p.m., Room 4004

U. S. Army JAG Corps representative, Cpt. Dan Osborne, will provide information for 2L & 3L students who are interested in applying for summer or full time positions. Bring your lunch, and learn more about the application process and what it is like to practice law as an Army JAG attorney.

Please bring a current copy of your resume to the information session with you. Cpt. Osborne will also be conducting interviews on-campus Thursday, September 27, 2012.

Other Public Interest Opportunities

U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association Scholarship

The Bar Association is offering a scholarship of up to $5,000.00 to at least one law student with a demonstrated commitment to public service.

Details about the scholarship, including eligibility requirements and application guidelines, are contained in the attached flyer, and can also be found on the Bar Association's website. The deadline for applications is October 31, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.

Legal Aid's Farmworkers Witness for Justice Program

Volunteers with the Witness for Justice program will spread awareness to the public about the injustices faces by migrant farm workers- isolation, poor working and housing conditions, and access problems. If members of the community accompany us to the labor camps, they may better understand these conditions and their consequences and pave the way for greater access of the community into the labor camps. Volunteers will also serve as witnesses to the isolation and injustices suffered by farm workers. FWU modeled this program after the organization "Witness for Peace," which has been instrumental in bringing peace to Latin America since the 1980s through volunteer participation.

Volunteers will accompany at least two staff members of the Farmworker Unit of Legal Aid of NC to several camps on each outreach trip. Outreach will be from Monday-Thursday, 6 p.m. to (at the latest) 10 p.m. during the months of harvest (May-November). If volunteers speak the language(s) spoken at the camp, they will talk with workers about their work, about the harvest, about themselves, etc. Volunteers will be building relationships with their neighbors in these camps, and also assisting the lawyers and paralegals in giving presentations about workers' rights.

Volunteers do not need to speak Spanish, although many farm workers do. If volunteers do not speak the language spoken at the camp, they are still very welcome to accompany as witnesses. Sturdy shoes and clothes that are weather appropriate should be worn. It is recommend that volunteers dress in layers, as sometimes it is cold outside but warm in the labor camps. Meetings are generally at at the Downtown Raleigh Legal Aid Office at 5:30 p.m. Please contact Libby Gatti for more details.

Other Public Interest Events

"Law and Politics on the Edge: North Carolina's Latest Chapter in Redistricting"

Thursday, September 27, 4:30 p.m, 39 Graham Memorial Hall (Main Campus)

Lecture by UNC Law Professor Kareem Crayton
Presented by the UNC Center for Study of the American South. Learn more.

The Courage Project: A Call for All Allies

The Courage Project, sponsored by UNC's Project Dinah, is an empowering photo gallery project and a celebration of solidarity among all whom have supported the healing, witnessed, or survived sexual or interpersonal violence.

The project will feature a photo and testimonial gallery that will share the stories of those that have been affected by violence. The vision of the project is to display the stories of men and women who want to speak out and help create an empowering image of solidarity.

Participants will be photographed and their portrait will be displayed at the Union Gallery form October 15-November 15, caring through relationship violence awareness month.

If you, your partner, or your friend is interested in participating, please email Project Dinah by October 1.

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

Projects are posted on the Pro Bono Board near the mailboxes and are listed online at http://www.law.unc.edu/studentlife/probono/projects/. Students can sign up for projects on the Pro Bono Board or email UNCProBonoProjects@gmail.com.

Driver's License Restoration Project Trainings This Week

  • Tuesday, September 25, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., Room 5048

ILA Deferred Action Training with Professor Weissman

Wednesday, September 26, 12 - 12:50 p.m., Room 4004

This is part two of a two-part training that is required for anyone who wants to participate in the Deferred Action Clinics being put on by the ILA, the Immigration and Human Rights Policy Clinic, and the North Carolina Justice Center. The training will teach students how to assist clients who are applying for Deferred Action. Clinics are happening now and will continue to run throughout the year.

Note: Justice Matters (a local, faith based organization that focuses on immigration and human trafficking issues) will also be hosting a training on Thursday, 9/27 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Duke School of Law, Room 3041. Dinner will be served and you must register in advance. Register online. This will be a CLE for practicing attorneys, so it may be a good opportunity to network with attorneys and Duke students who are interested in immigration.

Cancer Patient Power of Attorney Project

Thursday, September 27, 12:00 - 12:50 p.m., Room 4085

The Carolina Health Law Organization (CHLO) and the Pro Bono Program are working in collaboration with UNC and Duke Hospitals on a Power of Attorney Project for cancer patients in North Carolina. Students will work with attorneys to prepare Powers of Attorney, Healthcare Powers of Attorney, and Living Wills. This project will alleviate the stress of medical and financial decision-making for individuals and families already stretched thin by low resources and the hardships of cancer treatment. This project will begin in January, and students who wish to participate must attend two intensive training sessions, which will include legal skills and sensitivity training.

Interest Meeting: Thursday, September 27 at noon in Room 4085.

The deadline to sign up is 6:00 p.m. on Monday, October 1. Email Jodi Schur to sign up by 6:00 p.m. on Monday, October 1.

Mandatory Training: Friday, October 5 at 4:00 p.m. at Duke Law School.


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