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This Week in PILA

Week of Sept. 20, 2010

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I.               PILA Events & Deadlines

a.    Join the “PILA at UVA” Facebook Group

b.    Sign-Up for PILA’s Mentor-Mentee Program

c.     Apply for PILA’s Alternative Spring Break

d.    L-STAR Program

e.    Fill Out A Survey for the Public Service Center

f.      PILA Grant Eligibility

g.    PILA Auction - Save the Date: Saturday, November 13

II.              Other Announcements

a.    2010 Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair

b.    International & Comparative 
Human Rights Law Practicum in India

c.     Virginia Policy Review – Call for Submissions

d.    Join the UVA Law Team at Aids Walk Washington


I.             PILA Events & Deadlines

Join the “PILA at UVA” Facebook Group


Want to get current updates about PILA events and fundraisers? See pictures from the latest PILA event? Then join the PILA facebook group. The group name is “PILA at UVA.”



Join PILA's Mentor-Mentee Program!

If you're a 1L interested in pursuing volunteer opportunities or a career in public interest law, please sign up for PILA's mentor-mentee program. You'll be paired with a 2L or 3L with similar interests who has already forged a path in the public interest arena, and who will help you navigate your own way through all the decisions, applications, organizations and deadlines to come. There will be social events as well!

We're also looking for 2Ls and 3Ls to serve as mentors. This is a great opportunity to share your wisdom and give back to the community!

If you're interested in participating as either a mentor or a mentee, please fill out the appropriate short form attached to this email and place it in the envelope in Christine Tschiderer's mailbox, or email the completed form to cet3ha@virginia.edu.

Deadline for turning in forms is Monday, September 20th!


Apply for PILA’s Alternative Spring Break

 ASB Applications DUE 5 p.m., Friday, October 1, 2010.

PILA has 6 Alternative Spring Break Trips (to New Orleans, Washington, D.C., North Carolina, Kentucky, Richmond, and Charlottesville).  Alternative Spring Break projects include a variety of legal work (civil, criminal defense and criminal prosecution) and all volunteer hours count towards the PSC pro bono challenge and the PILA grant requirement. 

To apply, fill out the attached application. Note that for the Charlottesville trip you must rank your focus area preference (civil, criminal prosecution, or criminal defense). 

All questions can be directed to Jesse Stewart at js5ah@virginia.edu.



L-STAR (Law Student Travel & Accommodation Reimbursement) Program

Stay with a family member or friend in the city of your call back and the firm you interview with will donate $215/night for foregone hotel costs and up to $35/night for cab fare and other travel costs!

L-STAR forms and drop box for completed forms will be available on the PILA bulletin board outside Scott Commons.  Return the top half to the recruiting coordinator during your call back or when you send in your NALP form.  Return the bottom half to PILA using the envelope on the PILA bulletin board once you’ve notified your firm.  OR, you can e-mail abm6w@virginia.edu with the information on the form.

All firms that came for OGI’s are participating. Contact Ashley Matthews at abm6w@virginia.edu with questions!



Did you work in public interest last summer?

Fill Out A Survey for the Public Service Center

 If you held a public interest position this summer, please fill out a survey about your experience for the Public Service Center. These surveys are a great resource for 1L's and 2L's searching for public service positions. If you're a PILA Grant Recipient, you are required to complete the survey and will earn 1/2 of an hour towards your 20 hour requirement.

To access the survey, please go to the following link, Public Service Center Survey , and click on "Submit A New Survey" in the top left corner. (For more information on this survey, please see the posting on Public Works, here).

 *********************************************Considering applying for a PILA Grant for Summer 2011?

Remember, you must complete at least the minimum pro bono or public service hours in order to apply! 

The minimum is 15 hours for 1Ls and 35 hours for 2Ls (1L and 2L years combined), however last year's grantees completed well over the minimum hours.  The average for 1Ls who were offered grants was 61 hours and the average for 2Ls was 116 hours. Questions? PILA Disbursements Director, Kristin Weissinger (kw2ed) or PILA President, Peggy Nicholson (pn5z)


Save the Date!!!

The 22nd Annual PILA* Auction and Dance

will take place

on Saturday, November 13, 2010

at the Omni Hotel.


Bid on fabulous items and dance the night away to help fund fellowships

for UVA Law students to work in the public interest over the summer.

More details will follow but please mark your calendars now!




II. Other Announcements

2010 Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair

The EJW Conference and Career Fair, the largest annual gathering of public interest and government employers in the nation, will be held this year Friday and Saturday, October 22 and 23, in Bethesda, Maryland. More than 150 public service/interest employers will be available to conduct prescheduled interviews for hundreds of internship and permanent positions throughout the country. 

The registration fee for UVA Law attendants is covered by the annual membership that the Mortimer Caplin Public Service Center maintains.  However, students are responsible for travel and lodging costs.

Relevant dates

August 30: Student registration opens

Aug. 30-Sept. 24: Students may apply for interviews.  Employers will notify students selected for interviews

October 4: All interview notifications complete

October 12: Last day for students to accept or decline an interview slot

Students will need to register for the fair to research participating employers, upload resumes, and schedule interviews on Symplicity (you will need to create an Equal Justice Works Symplicity account separate from your Virginia Law Symplicity account).

Information on how to register for the career fair will be made available soon. Please check the EJW site frequently.

Class of 2013: 1Ls may participate in some aspects of the conference and career fair.  Please see last year's blog posting on this here.



International & Comparative Human Rights Law Practicum 

Winter 2010 | New Delhi, India
December 20, 2010 through January 6, 2011

The William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV in partnership with the Indira Gandhi National Open University School of Law will be offering a new ABA-approved winter intersession program in New Delhi, India. The program integrates classroom and field experience and exposes law students to comparative and international law themes. Participants will work closely and intensely with a diverse yet small group of students and faculty from both the U.S. and India. Please see the brochure and website for more information.

Application deadline: October 8, 2010

(Includes tuition for 3 credits, room and board, health insurance, and all fees and materials. Travel to and from New Delhi is not included.)

The 12-day course includes participation in field placements and completion of a research paper of value to the field placement.

FIELD PLACEMENTS INCLUDE: National Human Rights Commission
International Committee of the Red Cross
Delhi Legal Services Authority
UN Office on Drugs and Crimes
National Commission for Protection of Child Rights


Submit your work to the Virginia Policy Review by Oct. 1st!

The Virginia Policy Review is now seeking article submissions for its Fall 2010 issue. We are looking for well-researched op-eds which deal with a specific policy issue, similar to the lead edits featured in the Economist or the New York Times. 

Although there is no length requirement, we recommend that articles be between 1000-1500 words. Submissions must be made in Microsoft Word format, with all supporting media (charts, graphs, tables) in .jpg format. In your submission, please specify your name, year, and the section for which you would like your article to be considered - international, domestic, or regional. For examples of past articles, visit www.virginiapolicyreview.com. 

Submissions are due October 1st at 5pm. We will decide which articles to publish thereafter. Please email questions and submissions to virginiapolicyreview@gmail.com.




 Join the UVA Law Team at AIDS Walk Washington

Saturday, Oct. 2nd 2010


On Saturday, October 2nd, 2010, UVA Law students will join thousands of other people in the 24th annual AIDS Walk Washington. This event is a 5K fundraising walk and timed run, benefiting and produced by Whitman-Walker Clinic.  Lambda Law Alliance and the Health Law Association are organizing the UVA Law team and would love to have other students join them. 


The Whitman-Walker Clinic is a nonprofit, community-based organization founded in 1973 that provides affordable, accessible and high-quality health services to the Washington metropolitan area. The clinic also provides a variety of services to the LGBT community. You can find out more about the Clinic at www.wwc.org.


This event falls during Fall break, so getting away to D.C. for the weekend will be a lot easier and a lot more fun. Registration is $15 and you will receive a t-shirt commemorating the event. To register or donate, just follow this link to visit UVA Law's AIDS Walk web page and help us in the effort to support Whitman-Walker Clinic.  If you're interested in arranging accommodations or group transport with the UVA Law team, email Meaghan Thomas-Kennedy at mk5wn@virginia.edu