News Archive 2005
July 1, 2005 - June 30, 2006
|Study Break Friday with David Greene '91 of the First Amendment Project, Oakland, CA|
Duke Law Alumnus David Greene '91 will be here for his alumni reunion this weekend and would be happy to meet with you about public interest careers generally and his work with the First Amendment Project in Oakland, CA in particular. We will have a coffee and tea session in the Burdman Lounge at 3:00 Friday afternoon, April 21.
The First Amendment Project is a nonprofit organization providing legal and educational resources on free speech, free press and freedom of petition issues to our core constituency of activists, journalists and artists.
For more information, see the First Amendment Project website http://www.thefirstamendment.org/about.html
From the website:
David Greene, Executive Director and Staff Counsel, has significant experience litigating First Amendment issues in state and federal courts and is one of the country's leading advocates for and commentators on freedom of expression in the arts. Mr. Greene also serves on the Northern California Society for Professional Journalists Freedom of Information Committee, the steering committee of the Free Expression Network, is the project director of the Free Expression Network-West, is a lecturer at San Francisco State University, and serves on advisory boards for several arts organizations across the country.
In addition, he was a founding member of the Internet Free Expression Alliance, and has written and lectured extensively on free expression and the arts and other areas of First Amendment Law, including as a contributor to the International Encyclopedia of Censorship. David previously served as program director of the National Campaign for Freedom of Expression where he was the principal contributor and general editor of the NCFE Quarterly and the principal author of the NCFE Handbook to Understanding, Preparing for and Responding to Challenges to your Freedom of Artistic Expression. He is a 1991 graduate of Duke University School of Law.
|Posted: April 19, 2006|
|Lives in Transition: Refugee Children's Photography|
On April 5, 2006, at 12:15 p.m., Room 4047, the Duke Law Refugee Asylum Support Project (RASP) and the Office of Public Interest and Pro Bono are sponsoring a slideshow and lecture on Refugee Children's photography. Lunch served.
Details: A multimedia exhibition of artwork by young refugees from around the world, "Lives in Transition: Expressions of Refugee Youth" features more than 70 photographs as well as writings, recordings, and quilts by refugee youth from Afghanistan, Burma, Colombia, Iraq, Somalia, the Sudan, and Togo.
"Lives in Transition" was created by Duke alumnus Shinpei Takeda. Takeda founded the AjA Project, a San Diego-based nonprofit dedicated to providing innovative media arts and photography-based educational programs for refugee youth, in partnership with National Geographic and under cosponsorship of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Takeda will present a talk on his encounters with refugee children and a slideshow of refugee children photography in connection with a larger exhibit at the Smith Center, running from April 6-May 14.
Contact: Tadhg Dooley , firstname.lastname@example.org
|Posted: April 5, 2006|
|Post-Graduate Fellowships Information Session 3/31/2006|
Time: 11:15 a.m., Room 4040
This program is a repeat of one offered recently by Dean Spruill and Tia Barnes, and is being held for those who notified us of a conflict, as well as any law student who wishes to attend.
Who should attend?
|Posted: March 29, 2006|
|Info Session on Southern Justice Spring Break Mission Trip - Feb. 6, 12:10, room 4172|
It's time to plan an incredible spring break! The last call-out meeting for the Southern Justice Spring Break Trip is Monday, February 6, in Room 4172 at 12:10 pm. Travel to New Orleans to help hurricane victims put their lives back together; to Mississippi to push for juvenile justice and civil rights; to Appalachia to assist coal miners with black lung claims or legal aid; or to Atlanta to fight against the death penalty and other reforms of the criminal justice system. We may even have an opportunity for you as far south as Hawaii. You'll contribute to our southern community, get hands-on legal experience, and be inspired and motivated by the extraordinary people who do this work everyday. Some of our organizations have limited spots, so reserve now or come to the meeting to hear what it's all about.
To ask about a spot or make a commitment to one ahead of Monday's meeting, contact co-directors email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Below is a description of each of the organizations to which you can contribute:
Prestonsburg, Kentucky (Appalachia):
As far as logistics, we have a small budget to help with some of your expenses, and it will be allocated as best as possible to cover some transportation and housing. In every city, we strive to set up home stays for you with alumni and students. We want to keep your out-of-pocket expenses as low as possible. In addition, many organizations plan outings and events for their spring break interns.
|Posted: January 31, 2006|
|Public Interest Retreat Grows Larger Than Ever!|
|About 65 Duke Law students are attending an overnight retreat in the woods on Friday & Saturday, Feb. 3-4, 2006, with faculty/administrators. They will hear inspiring keynote speaker John Rosenberg, and alumni speakers John Coburn '95, Maya Horton '99, Chris Kang '01, Dawn Murphy-Johnson '04, and Amy Pope '01, reflect on their future as lawyers and professionals, and enjoy the community of students & alumni devoted to public service.|
|Posted: January 31, 2006|
|Women Judges Forum on Feb. 9|
|Women judges, including Judges Linda McGee & Wanda Bryant from the NC Court of Appeals and District Court Judges Marcia Morey and Pat DeVine, discuss what it is like being a female judge in today's political and legal environment. A wine, water, and cheese reception begins at 4:30 p.m.; then each judge will present her story of the barriers she faced and the encouragements she received in aspiring to her position. Informal questions and discussion will follow, including questions about clerkships. Burdman Lounge. Co-sponsored by the Office & Board of Public Interest & Pro Bono and the Women Law Students Association.|
|Posted: January 31, 2006|
|Summer Fellowship Info Exclusive to Duke Law Students Plus Job Hunting Advice|
Summer Fellowships Available Only for Duke Law Students (note new Fulghum Fellowship)and Advice on the Job Search for Sponsoring Organizations and Employers with Paying Positions
|Posted: December 8, 2005|
|Summer Public Interest Fellowship Application Distribution & Info Session Jan. 13, 2006, 12:10 p.m., Room 4045|
|Applications will be distributed for summer public interest fellowships available only to Duke Law students, including Burdman, Steckley/Weitzel, Carroll/Simon, International Development, and IOLTA (due March 24 at noon). In addition, representatives of other fellowship programs (Stanback environmental fellowships, PILF Fellowships, Howrey, and the new Fulghum Legal Aid Fellowship) will review all the Duke Law fellowships available.|
|Posted: December 6, 2005|
|Fall Enrollment in Pro Bono a Record!|
|This fall, a record 281 students enrolled in 382 pro bono placements. The 382 placements are: 215 1Ls, 114 2Ls(including a 2L transfer from New Orleans!), 41 3Ls, 7 LL.M.s, 3 Exchange Students and 2 SJDs. The figure for the 1L class is larger than the class size itself, because most of the class participated and some signed up for more than one placement. The 382 placements include 54 in individual placements, 22 in the GAL program, 5 in the GAL Litigation Project, 84 in RASP, 4 in Street Law, 126 in VITA, 10 in Domestic Violence, and 77 in the Innocence Project.|
|Posted: December 1, 2005|
|Stanback Fellowships of $4000 for Duke Law Students to Do Summer Environmental Work|
The Stanback Fellowships are offered by the Nicholas School to Duke Law students - even to those who do not have an environmental background. There are well over 100 placements and usually more than 10 of them are law-related. This year's organizations and process has just been posted at: http://www.env.duke.edu/career/stanback2006/index.html.
For more info, contact Glenda Lee, Stanback Program Coordinator, Career Services at the Nicholas School, 613.8079, email@example.com.
|Posted: November 30, 2005|
|Program on the Basics of Finding Summer Public Interest Employment and Funding|
|Those who wish to review the basics of summer public interest employment (fellowships and locating a placement)before the winter holiday break can attend an informal session with Carol Spruill, Associate Dean for Public Interest & Employment, and Tia Barnes, Director of Public Interest and JD Advising in Room 4044, on Monday, November 28, at 3:00. (Early in the spring semester, we will have a more formal program where we will describe all the fellowship programs, hand out applications for the Burdman/Steckley-Weitzel/Carroll-Simon and IOLTA Fellowships, and invite representatives of the Stanback Environmental Fellowship and PILF to tell about those fellowships, etc.)|
|Posted: November 18, 2005|
|Public Interest Alumni/Student Reception - Triangle Area - November 17, 2005|
|Please join us for our first Public Interest Alumni/Student Reception - Triangle Area on November 17, 2005 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Joe and Jo's, 427 W. Main Street, Durham. Duke Law students and faculty are invited to mix and mingle with each other and with alumni in the triangle area who are working in the public sector or have been supportive of public interest at Duke Law or in the community. (Hors d'oeuvres available; cash bar.) Sponsored by the Office and Student Board of Public Interest and Pro Bono. Contact Chris Kocher'06, Board Social Director for more information.|
|Posted: November 11, 2005|
|Informal Chat with Jonathan Abram - Hogan & Hartson’s Former Pro Bono Partner-in-Charge|
|On Tuesday, November 8, 2005, the Office & Board of Public Interest and Pro Bono is sponsoring an informal coffee and chat with Jonathan Abram, a partner at Hogan & Hartson who formerly served as the Pro Bono Partner-in-Charge. His pro bono practice has covered many areas of public interest law, including civil rights, immigration reform, religious freedom, First Amendment rights, and representing death row and other inmates. He also represented the plaintiff class in the Denny's Restaurant public accommodation litigation, which led to the largest public accommodation settlement ever.|
|Posted: November 7, 2005|
|Faculty Lives in Public Service Features Prof. Catherine Fisk|
|On November 8, 2005 at 12:10 PM (Room 4048) the Office of Public Interest and Pro Bono presents the first event of the 2005-06 Faculty Lives in Public Service series featuring Professor Catherine Fisk. Her many public service activities include being VP of the Board of the ACLU in Southern California; being active in the AFL-CIO Lawyers' Coordinating Committee; working as a staff attorney at the Civil Appellate Division of the US Dept. of Justice and the Ninth Circuit; and arguing numerous appeals on a pro bono basis while being a law professor. (Pizza served; bring own beverage.) For more information, contact the Faculty Lives Co-Directors Julia Kohen and Josh Kaye.|
|Posted: November 7, 2005|
|Table Talk Peer-to-Peer Counseling during Summer Public Interest Employment Recognition Day|
(On November 3, 2005 at noon in the Blue Lounge.)
As part of the Recognition Day, students who worked in the public sector in the past two summers will be available in the Blue Lounge(arranged by topic table) to tell all interested students (and especially 1Ls) about their summer job, how they got it, and how they financed it. New this year -- a law firm pro bono table. Pizza and sodas served to those participating. Topic tables this year are: Civil Rights and Legal Aid; Criminal Law; Environmental Issues; Federal & State Clerkships; State Attorney General and City & County Attorney's Offices; U.S. Attorney's Office and Department of Justice; Federal Government Agencies; Miscellaneous; and Pro Bono in Law Firms.
|Posted: November 2, 2005|
|Breakfast Honors 79 Duke Law Students for Public Sector Work in Summer 2005|
Thusrday, Nov. 3, 2005 is Duke Law Public Interest Summer Employment Recognition Day during which Duke Law honors the 79 Duke Law students (identified so far) who worked last summer in the non-profit and government sectors. The Alumni & Development Office is sponsoring a breakfast (invitation only), and at lunch, many of those honored will return to the Blue Lounge for "Table Talk" (see separate annoucement) giving peer career advise to other students.
The names of the honorees follow:
Civil Rights & Legal Aid
|Posted: November 2, 2005|
|Public Interest Alumni/Student Reception in DC in Conjunction with Equal Justice Works|
A Duke Law Alumni/Student Reception will be held in DC on Friday, October 28, 2005, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. at The Child Harold, which is located at 1610 20th Street NW, Washington, D.C. in Dupont Circle.
We are having this event in conjunction with the Equal Justice Works (EJW) Public Interest Career Fair and Conference. In addition to alumni, we are inviting students from Duke Law School who are interviewing and attending the career fair/conference. This is an informal get together for meeting and greeting.
|Posted: October 24, 2005|
|Your Essays Wanted – About Your Summer Employment in the Public Sector or in Law Firm Pro Bono|
|If you worked this summer in the public sector, or if you worked in a law firm and were given pro bono opportunities, we would like to hear about your experience. We will make these essays available to your fellow students who are seeking information about jobs. The essays could be as short as one long paragraph or as long as a 1-2 page report, and could include where you worked, what you did, what you found especially interesting or what you learned, grant received, etc. In order to use these essays to full advantage as the 1Ls jump into the job search, please submit these to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 28.|
|Posted: October 17, 2005|
|New Pro Bono Opportunity -- The Access to Healthcare Information Project|
The Office of Public Interest & Pro Bono is pleased to announce a new Duke Law pro bono group project related to a timely national issue. Duke alumni John Coburn '94 has just moved back to the area from Chicago. He works for a Chicago-based social entrepreneurial organization that trains nationwide on Social Security and Medicaid issues and is doing much of the training for the massive new federal drug benefit program. John is interested in providing training pro bono to local groups of the elderly and disabled and people with AIDS/HIV who do not understand this huge new federal program (sometimes referred to as Medicaid Part D) and how to get the medicine they need. John has agreed to train interested Duke Law students to do this with him.
If interested, please read on:
The Access to Healthcare Information Project
In 2003, Congress passed and the President signed the largest expansion of a public benefits program in over forty years, the Medicare Modernization Act. The Medicare Modernization Act may be the single most important piece of social service legislation to pass Congress for years to come. The Act creates Medicare Part D, a new prescription drug program for seniors and people with disabilities. Medicare Part D includes a myriad of complex and confusing health care rules. But, because so many people are impacted by this legislation, education out in the community is key. Unfortunately, there are not enough people out there that understand this new benefit and can explain it to others.
The Access to Healthcare Information Project will train you on Medicare Part D and provide you with the materials that you need to go out into underserved communities to help people understand this complex new benefit. Individuals are needed to train both service providers and consumers.
As a group, we can decide what communities we want to target:
Who Should Join this Project?
What is the Time Commitment? Individuals should be willing to spend about 4-6 hours in training. Depending on the group’s wishes, we could spread this out over a few days. After the training, you will do joint presentations with John Coburn until you feel comfortable going out on your own. Then, you can schedule as few or as many trainings as you would like.
What will I be doing? You will be giving about an hour presentation to groups of service providers and/or individuals who receive Medicare. We may also do some one-on-one counseling with individuals to help them fill out applications and choose a drug plan.
Why is this so important? Medicare Part D will fundamentally change the way in which many seniors and individuals with disabilities access prescription drugs. Without the proper information and guidance, many of these individuals will not do what is needed to assure continued continued access to their prescription drugs. You will be providing this important information to them!
Where can I find out more information on Medicare Part D? Visit the Make Medicare Work Coalition’s website at www.makemedicarework.org.
|Posted: October 5, 2005|
|Equal Justice Works Job Fair & Conference -- Information Session: Should 1Ls Attend? (Info for 2Ls & 3Ls as well)|
|Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 3:00, Moot Court Room (4049), we will have a session about the Equal Justice Works Career Fair and Conference -- the largest public interest job fair for law students in the country. The conference and job fair will be in DC October 27 & 28. 2L Erin Gerrard will talk about the benefits of attending Equal Justice Works as a 1L and share her experience from last year. Carol Spruill and Tia Barnes will give discuss the benefits of the Career Fair for second- and third-year students as well as 1Ls. (2Ls and 3Ls unable to attend the info session due to Career Development Days can meet with Carol or Tia individually.) Currently about 140 public interest employers are scheduled to attend. For more information, including the names of the employer organizations, see the Equal Justice Works website at http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/|
|Posted: September 20, 2005|
|Pro Bono Placement List for 2005-2006 Published on Web and New Student Pro Bono Sign-Up, Sept. 15|
Time: 12:10 p.m. Location: Room 3041
The 2005-2006 Pro Bono Placement List is now available on the web. It includes many good placements from prior years and some exciting new ones. You can see it at http://www.law.duke.edu/curriculum/ematerials/probono/probonoplacementlist.pdf
(use the usual login and password)
Everyone coming to today's New Student Pro Bono Sign-Up (Thursday, Room 3041, pizza served), is encouraged to review the list. Placements are available in the following areas: Children, Civil Rights & Liberties, Consumer, Criminal, Domestic Violence, Education, Employment & Labor, Environmental, Health, Housing, Immigration & International, Legal Services and Miscellaneous. Though we can't review orally all these exciting opportunities, we will have representatives of many groups present to answer your questions and to get you enrolled in a pro bono placement. Group representatives expected are: Innocence Project, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), Guardian Ad Litem (GAL), GAL Litigation Project, Housing for New Hope: A Homelessness Study Project, Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Advocacy Project, Refugee Asylum Support Project (RASP), Street Law, Southern Justice Spring Break Mission Trip, Living Wage Project, Truth and Reconciliation Commission and a few more people to tell you about some of the individual placements with community attorneys.
If you would rather review a hard copy of the list, sorted by subject matter, please come by the Office of Public Interest and Pro Bono Thursday morning (or any time thereafter).
Feel free to come to the Sign-Up just to listen (or to sign the Pro Bono Pledge). You do not have to take a placement at this time. If you are ready to accept a placement, you can sign up and do the paperwork on site. If you want individual assistance in selecting a placement, you can make an appointment with Carol Spruill.
Though today's event is billed as a New Student Sign-Up, 2Ls and 3Ls are more than welcome to attend as well, or to contact Carol Spruill -- or student group leaders -- to select your placement.
|Posted: September 15, 2005|
|Public Interest Kick-Off Thursday, Sept. 8, 4:30 Launches the Year's Events - Keynote Speaker is Tim Profeta|
The Office and Board of Pubic Interest and Pro Bono officially begins the year's activities with the Public Interest Kick-Off tomorrow, Thursday, September 8th in the Blue Lounge. The reception (beer and sodas) begins at 4:30 p.m., the program starts at 5:00, and after the program, everyone is invited to enjoy pizza while going to about 20 stations where board members will share information about their plans for the year and let you know how to get involved.
After a welcome from Dean Bartlett and other brief introductory remarks, we will hear from our keynote speaker, Tim Profeta. Tim Profeta, Duke Law '97, came back to Duke on June 1, 2005, as founding director of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. Prior to this, he served as Counsel for the Environment to Senator Joseph Lieberman. As Lieberman's counsel, Profeta was a principal architect of the Lieberman-McCain Climate Stewardship Act of 2003. He also represented Lieberman in legislative negotiations pertaining to environmental and energy issues, as well as coordinating the senator's energy and environmental portfolio during his runs for national office. Profeta has served as a visiting lecturer at Duke Law School, where he taught a weekly seminar on the evolution of environmental law and the Endangered Species Act. Before joining Lieberman's staff, he was a law clerk for Judge Paul L. Friedman, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and the Swidler Berlin law firm in DC. He also worked on election litigation in Florida after the 2002 campaign.
Stations at the Public Interest Kick-Off include:
Looking ahead to a companion event next week, we will have the New Student Pro Bono Sign-Up, Thursday, Sept. 15, 12:15, Room 3041, where we will hear more information about the vast array of pro bono activities that are available, and you can commit to one on the spot (or just learn more about them).
Please help us spread the word to 1Ls who may not yet be on the public interest listserv.
For more information about the event contact Carol Spruill at Spruill@law.duke.edu or Kim Burrucker at Burrucker@law.duke.edu.
|Posted: September 7, 2005|
|GAL Panel Presentation, Sept. 2|
GUARDIAN AD LITEM PANEL DISCUSSION
Past and present members of the award winning Duke Law Guardian Ad Litem Program will be answering your questions about the program, its time commitment, and what the job entails. We will also be showing a video about the program. Food will served! For any questions, please email Chris.Richardson@law.duke.edu.
|Posted: September 2, 2005|
|Public Interest and Pro Bono Happenings|
The Office and Board of Public Interest and Pro Bono welcomes the new J.D. and LL.M. students and encourages all of you to become involved. Upcoming events include the Public Interest Kick-Off at 4:30, Thursday, Sept. 8 in the Blue Lounge, and the New Student Pro Bono Sign-Up on Thursday, Sept. 15 in Room 3043.
Other events being planned by individual pro bono groups to explain what they do include Guardian ad Litem (for abused and neglected children), Friday, Sept. 2, 12:10, Room 3041; Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 12:15, Room 3037; Domestic Violence/Sexual Abuse Advocacy Project, Sept. 7, 12:15, Room 4048 (including a speaker and a short film); and Refugee Asylum Support Project, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 12:15, Room 3037. Also, we strongly urge anyone who would like to hear about public interest events, pro bono opportunities, fellowships, etc. to sign up for the public interest listserv. To do so, send a message to email@example.com with no subject line or signature and type subscribe publicinterest in the body of the message.
|Posted: September 2, 2005|