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Open Current Projects

*Pro Bono opportunities are only open to law students

MyGideon Student Contributor

Location: Remote

Dates: Spring 2014

Time commitment: Minimum 10 hours

Students: Unlimited number of students (open to all years)

Description: Students will create materials for capital trial preparation (mainly on mitigation) for MyGideon. MyGideon is a private online toolbox for public defenders hosted by the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School. Student materials will be incorporated into pages that provide a wiki style topic overview, plus case law, pleadings, transcripts, and other resources.

Responsibilities: Students must read background and training materials to become oriented with the format. Students must follow the detailed workflow for students (the workflow answers questions about how to do the project). Students must conduct research on their assigned topic and submit their materials to the supervisor by all set deadlines. *Students will have the opportunity to continue work as student editors in the Spring.

Students who are interested should email: mwhenry@live.unc.edu

Closed Projects

Capital Defender's Office

Description: Assist the Office of the Capital Defender with a capital case set for trial in January 2014. Assist with additional cases.

Exoneration Project

Description: Students will assist in creating a web site for all North Carolina cases of exoneration. The site will document multiple areas, including: the exonerees' social service needs, exonorees' level/lack of compensation, the legal errors that led to the wrongful conviction, and documentation of the number of subsequent crimes and victims associated with the true perpetrator of the crime for which the wrong person was incarcerated, amongst other areas. Students will primarily be researching subsequent crimes in cases of exoneration.

Orange County Public Defender's Office of District 15B

Location & Times: District Court 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

  • Monday, Thursday: Hillsborough
  • Tuesday: Chapel Hill

Time Commitment: Flexible. Regular attendance is preferred. Once a week, bi-weekly, etc. One or two hours, whole morning, etc.

Description: Help attorneys manage district and superior court cases. This is a great opportunity for students interested in criminal law.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Interviewing clients, witnesses, law enforcement officers
  • Researching criminal law topics
  • Negotiating pleas with the District Attorney’s Office
  • Drafting motions
  • Assisting with administrative tasks at the Clerk of Court and the Orange County Jail

Capital Defender Project

Location: Remote

Time commitment: ~5hrs/week for spring 2014

Description: Assist the Office of the Capital Defender with a capital case set for trial in January 2014. This case involves sensitive subject matter and will be restricted to students who have a demonstrated commitment to criminal defense. This project requires that students sign and abide by the client confidentiality agreement. Please do not apply if you do not meet these criteria. This project is open to all students (1L-3L). This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in indigent criminal defense and death penalty work.

Students who are interested should email: ellisali@email.unc.edu

Chatham County Public Defender's Office - District 15B

Location: Pittsboro

Time commitment: Wednesdays & Fridays, Flexible hours

Students: 3 (open to all years)

Description: Help attorneys manage district and superior court cases. This is a great opportunity for students interested in criminal law.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Interviewing clients, witnesses, law enforcement officers
  • Researching criminal law topics
  • Negotiating pleas with the District Attorney’s Office
  • Drafting motions
  • Assisting with administrative tasks at the Clerk of Court and the Orange County Jail

Students who are interested should email: ellisali@email.unc.edu

Capital Case Research Project

Location: Remote

Students: 3

Description: Assist in pre-trial research for a capital case in North Carolina.

Description: This project involves researching and recording information for an upcoming capital case. The case involves sensitive subject matter and will be restricted to students who have a demonstrated commitment to criminal defense. This project requires that students sign and abide by the client confidentiality agreement. Please do not apply if you do not meet these criteria.

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