Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising (OPIA)


The President’s Role in Advancing Criminal Justice Reform

How we treat citizens who make mistakes (even serious mistakes), pay their debt to society, and deserve a second chance reflects who we are as a people and reveals a lot about our character and commitment to our founding principles. And how we police our communities and the kinds of problems we ask our criminal justice system to solve can have a profound impact on the extent of trust in law enforcement and significant implications for public safety.

Harvard Law Review

Letter to a Public Interest Attorney

The power to transform is stronger than the power to punish: public defenders are the key to equal justice, an article by Jonathan Rapping

Los Angeles Public Interest Law Journal

McMillan Fellowship Program Now Accepting Applications for 2017

January 9, 2017

This program offers stipends of up to $3,000.00 for summer internships to law students interested in pursuing a law career in the nonprofit or public interest sector in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Students must first apply for and receive confirmation of their internship with one of the participating agencies and, in turn, that agency will submit an application to us on behalf of the student. The full list of participating agencies can be found in the 2017 McMillan Fellowship Application Packet. Visit for additional information about the program.

The deadline for receiving applications for this year’s Fellowships is March 6, 2017, at 5 pm.