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Public Interest and Pro Bono

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Duke University:

Duke University was created in 1924 through an indenture of trust by James Buchanan Duke. Today, Duke is regarded as one of America’s leading research universities. Located in Durham, North Carolina, Duke is positioned in the heart of the Research Triangle, which is ranked annually as one of the best places in the country to work and live. Duke has more than 15,000 students who study and conduct research in its 10 undergraduate, graduate and professional schools. With about 40,000 employees, Duke is the third largest private employer in North Carolina, and it now has international programs in more than 150 countries.

Duke University School of Law
Director of Public Interest and Pro Bono
(Program Director; Level 13; Job Code 1435, JF 28)

Job Description

Occupational Summary
The Director of Pro Bono will manage the placement of over three hundred students annually in the Duke Law Pro Bono project with legal service opportunities. The incumbent will develop, implement and advise on policy related to the pro bono project and the Office of Public Interest and Pro Bono in general. The Director will work with the Assistant Dean of Public Interest and Pro Bono, the Director of Public Interest Careers, and the Coordinator of Public Interest & Externships in coordinating public interest programming. Oversee portions of the budget for the office related to assigned program including providing input for variance reports and the department’s annual operating budget.

Work Performed
Pro Bono Project (85%)

  • Provide leadership for the Office of Public Interest and Pro Bono. Oversee day-to-day operations, including programming budgets, and staff supervision related to the office’s pro bono program and activities. Meet with staff to plan and schedule work and ensure adequate staffing and resources for events and programs.
  • Identify and cultivate new individual and group opportunities. Receive, compile, and advertise pro bono opportunities. Maintain contacts with supervisors of on-going opportunities to update pro bono placement listings.
  • Build, expand, and sustain pro bono relationships with law firms, legal aid organizations, non-profits, government agencies and offices, schools, and bar associations.
  • Establish relationships with contacts at placement organizations in order to receive information on current and appropriate volunteer opportunities. After assignment of students, conduct follow up with students and supervisors to ensure placements are proceeding as planned.
  • Maintain records of student participation. Collect placement information and ensure students are accurately tracking and reporting pro bono hours. Provide data as needed for various reporting entities related to the Office of Public Interest and Pro Bono.
  • Communicate placement opportunities to students. Sort placement information for dissemination to appropriate subgroups, such as 1L students, or to emphasize the most urgent requests for placements. Streamline information on placement availability to make it more accessible to students and reduce turnaround time to fill placements.
  • Compile data and produce reports on pro bono activities.
  • Work with the Office of Communications and others to recognize participating students and supervisors and publicize their accomplishments. Prepare brochures, bulletins, and other publications to describe the program's goals and highlight special events and activities.
  • Hold group and individual student meetings designed to promote pro bono opportunities and to ensure students remain in compliance with ABA and law school rules regarding the “unauthorized practice of law”.
  • Supervise student group leaders in the delivery of proper project training to student participants, including segments on ethics and confidentiality.
  • Work with student group leaders to ensure that participants submit all work in a timely fashion as related to their project.

Events (10%)

  • Establish program budgeting guidelines for student events. Administer program expenses in accordance with University policies and requirements regarding records, reports, controls, and conditions governing expenditures of funds.
  • Oversee the work of student leaders in the production of numerous lunch programs throughout the year. Ensure students have arranged food for events; submitted event set-up questionnaire; scheduled rooms for events; publicized events; made appropriate arrangements with speakers, etc.
  • Work with others in the office in organizing and creating programming for the end-of-year Public Interest and Pro Bono Recognition Event and other special events, such as the Public Interest & Pro Bono Kick-Off.
  • Arrange for photography, videotaping, and written coverage of student events for use in the Herald, Duke Law Magazine, and other internal publications.

Public Interest and Pro Bono Board (5%)

  • Set up four meetings per year, suggest agenda items, maintain minutes (if not done by student volunteers), and participate in the discussion and planning at the meetings.
  • Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.

Education and Training
Work requires communications, analytical and organizational skills generally acquired through completion of a bachelor's degree program.

Work requires the ability to plan and administer programs and direct program activities within a specific functional area, generally acquired through four years of related experience.

Department Preferred Education and Experience
• Juris Doctor degree preferred. NC Bar license preferred.
• Experience in personnel, college or university administration, or a related field to acquire skills necessary to provide program management, advising and general administrative support.

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


Read our Diversity Profile History

Duke University was created in 1924 by James Buchanan Duke as a memorial to his father, Washington Duke. The Dukes, a Durham family that built a worldwide financial empire in the manufacture of tobacco products and developed electricity production in the Carolinas, long had been interested in Trinity College. Trinity traced its roots to 1838 in nearby Randolph County when local Methodist and Quaker communities opened Union Institute. The school, then named Trinity College, moved to Durham in 1892, where Benjamin Newton Duke served as a primary benefactor and link with the Duke family until his death in 1929. In December 1924, the provisions of indenture by Benjamin’s brother, James B. Duke, created the family philanthropic foundation, The Duke Endowment, which provided for the expansion of Trinity College into Duke University.Duke Campus

As a result of the Duke gift, Trinity underwent both physical and academic expansion. The original Durham campus became known as East Campus when it was rebuilt in stately Georgian architecture. West Campus, Gothic in style and dominated by the soaring 210-foot tower of Duke Chapel, opened in 1930. East Campus served as home of the Woman's College of Duke University until 1972, when the men's and women's undergraduate colleges merged. Both men and women undergraduates now enroll in either the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences or the Pratt School of Engineering. In 1995, East Campus became the home for all first-year students.

Duke maintains a historic affiliation with the United Methodist Church.

Home of the Blue Devils, Duke University has about 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students and a world-class faculty helping to expand the frontiers of knowledge. The university has a strong commitment to applying knowledge in service to society, both near its North Carolina campus and around the world.

Mission Statement

Duke Science"James B. Duke's founding Indenture of Duke University directed the members of the University to 'provide real leadership in the educational world' by choosing individuals of 'outstanding character, ability, and vision' to serve as its officers, trustees and faculty; by carefully selecting students of 'character, determination and application;' and by pursuing those areas of teaching and scholarship that would 'most help to develop our resources, increase our wisdom, and promote human happiness.'

“To these ends, the mission of Duke University is to provide a superior liberal education to undergraduate students, attending not only to their intellectual growth but also to their development as adults committed to high ethical standards and full participation as leaders in their communities; to prepare future members of the learned professions for lives of skilled and ethical service by providing excellent graduate and professional education; to advance the frontiers of knowledge and contribute boldly to the international community of scholarship; to promote an intellectual environment built on a commitment to free and open inquiry; to help those who suffer, cure disease, and promote health, through sophisticated medical research and thoughtful patient care; to provide wide ranging educational opportunities, on and beyond our campuses, for traditional students, active professionals and life-long learners using the power of information technologies; and to promote a deep appreciation for the range of human difference and potential, a sense of the obligations and rewards of citizenship, and a commitment to learning, freedom and truth.Duke Meeting

 “By pursuing these objectives with vision and integrity, Duke University seeks to engage the mind, elevate the spirit, and stimulate the best effort of all who are associated with the University; to contribute in diverse ways to the local community, the state, the nation and the world; and to attain and maintain a place of real leadership in all that we do.”

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