public interest

Serving the Public: Perspectives from Legal Services and Private Practice

Monday, November 9, 2009  from 12:00 – 12:50 p.m. in the Courtroom
co-sponsored by PILO and the Office of Career Services

Are you passionate about finding a career that will allow you to serve the public? Come hear from two attorneys who are doing this in very different work settings. Susan Gottsegen is a staff attorney with Legal Aid of NC and a Law Board of Visitors member. John O’Neal is a solo practitioner in Greensboro, whose practice focuses on representing plaintiffs. Both are members of NC Advocates for Justice, an organization whose motto is “Protecting People’s Rights”.

Join us to hear their career stories, the rewards and challenges of their jobs, advice on breaking into the field and their thoughts on several current issues (changes in the legal profession, the mortgage/foreclosure crisis, hot issues in consumer protection, etc.) There will be time for Q&A, so bring your questions!

RSVP in Symplicity by 12:00 noon on Thursday, November 5 to reserve a lunch.

Equal Justice Works Career Fair & Conference – deadline to apply extended

The deadline to apply to employers participating in the EJW Career Fair has been extended to Monday, Sept. 14 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.  Some positions still reflected the original deadline this morning, but has since been fixed. Please remember that the deadline for uploading all resumes and accompanying materials is 11:59 pm EDT today.  Technical assistance will only be available until 5:00 pm EDT today.    Visit the EJW website for more information and links to register for the Career Fair & Conference.

Duke Endowment Fellowship Program

The Duke Endowment is currently accepting applications for its 2010-2012 Fellowship program, a two-year, full-time position for those who recently have completed undergraduate or graduate degrees and who aspire to be leaders in the philanthropic and/or nonprofit sector.  The Endowment is looking for applicants who have demonstrated interest in the nonprofit sector and exhibited leadership potential in their civic and/or professional life.   In addition, applicants for The Duke Endowment Fellowship must be a:
• Past or current resident of North Carolina or South Carolina OR
• Recent graduate of a college or university located in North Carolina or South Carolina
For more information about the program, check out their website and participate in their Webinar for interested applicants on September 29.   Webinar registration will be posted on the web site by September 7.

Career Fair & Conference for students interested in public interest work

Are you interested in public interest work but are having a difficult time finding job opportunities? Then you won’t want to miss out on the 2009 Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair taking place in Washington, DC on October 24 & 25, 2009. Nearly 60 employers have already registered for the Career Fair and are accepting resumes. Submit your resumes soon - the deadline to submit resumes to employers is Friday, September 11. 2009.  Go to the Equal Justice Works website to register and get information about participating employers.

Student Debt Relief Webinar

Getting Your Student Loans Forgiven: How government and nonprofit employees can earn public service loan forgiveness

A must attend for anyone with high student debt working for the government or a nonprofit, this free webinar explains how you can benefit from the College Cost Reduction and Access Act, the most significant law affecting public service in a generation.  From this interactive webinar, you will learn and be able to ask questions about:

  • How to qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness
  • How the new Income-Based Repayment plan works
  • How to figure out how much you can benefit

When: Monday, Aug. 17, 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. EDT (4:30 p.m. CDT, 2:30 p.m. PDT)
Registration: Space is limited, so participants are required to register in advance 
Sponsored by: Equal Justice Works

Public Interest: 2010 Equal Justice Works Fellowship

The 2010 Equal Justice Works Fellowship application is now available.  Recognizing that many obstacles prevent committed attorneys from practicing public interest law, the fellowship program provides financial and technical support to lawyers working on innovative and effective legal projects. The two-year Fellowships offer salary and generous loan repayment assistance; a national training and leadership development program; and other forms of support during the term of the Fellowship.  Applications and all supporting materials are due by September 17, 2009 at 5:00 pm EST.  Here is some helpful advice offered by EJW concerning the preparation of your application: Continue reading »