Professional Development News

Public Service Opportunity - Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

VITA is a program with the Louisville Asset Building Coalition ("LABC") that serves individuals and families whose income is less than $52,000 a year. LABC helps the underprivileged community with free tax preparation and a financial empowerment program.

Our law students can assist with this program by helping individuals prepare their tax returns. LABC will train you and you will become certified to prepare the tax returns. Trainings are available from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the following dates:

January 10, 2015
January 17, 2015
January 23, 2015

The trainings will take place at the Louisville Urban League, 1535 West Broadway, Louisville, Kentucky.

Once trained, students can go to any of the VITA sites to participate. The clinics run through April 15. This is a great opportunity for any 3Ls who still need to complete their public service requirement.

For more information and to obtain a volunteer application and a Reservation Form to sign up, please see contact Jina Scinta at

The KBA Presents: “Roads Less Traveled” - Alternatives to Practicing Law

On January 13, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. in Room 175, the Young Lawyers Division of the KBA will present, "Roads Less Traveled - Alternative Careers for Lawyers". Panelists will discuss their career paths, which include both non-traditional legal jobs and non-legal jobs and how to create and implement an alternative career job search plan. They will also be available to answer your questions.

The panelists will include: Jennifer Frazier, Kentucky State Law Librarian; Stephanie Renner, Senior Vice President and General Counsel at PBI Bank; and Hannah Hodges, Manager of Governmental Affairs for KCTCS. Katie Bing of Taylor, Keller & Oswald, PLLC and the Young Lawyers Section of the KBA will moderate.

Lunch will be provided by Jimmy Johns. Please bring your own drink.

Reminder: Kentucky Legislative Research Commission 2015-2016 Graduate Fellows Program is Friday, January 16.

The deadline for law 1Ls and 2Ls to apply to be a graduate fellow with the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission (LRC) is quickly approaching. The LRC provides the Kentucky General Assembly with staff and research support including committee staffing, bill drafting, oversight of the state budget and educational reform, production of educational materials, maintenance of a reference library and Internet site, and the preparation and printing of research reports, informational bulletins and a legislative newspaper. Each fellow will be assigned to work with a nonpartisan legislative committee and will be trained in the basic tasks of drafting bills, conducting public policy research, and providing support for legislative committee meetings. This paid fellowship lasts a full year from May 2015 to April 2016. Students must be enrolled and taking classes for both fall and spring semesters of the program to be eligible (students cannot graduate prior to May 2016). Fellows will work full time during the summer in Frankfort and approximately 20 hours per week during the school year. Fellows will be excused from Thanksgiving through January 5 to focus on exams. Pay is $13.50 per hour. Go to to learn more about the LRC.

The deadline to apply is January 16th. More information about the fellowship and how to apply is available on Symplicity under the Jobs tab. Please see Ms. Scinta in room 180 or email her at if you have questions. She is also able to provide copies of handouts the LRC representatives distributed when they were on campus in the fall. Also, Josh Collins, SBA President, currently serves as a LRC Graduate Fellow and is happy to speak with any student who would like to know more about being an LRC Fellow.

Spring Semester Externship Available with GE

The GE externship for spring 2015 has opened up unexpectedly. The externship is for 2 credits, and thus requires 8 hours per week on-site with the legal department at GE Appliance Park. The externship involves mostly researching and preparing memos or other work product in a variety of the legal areas: contracts, consumer protection, antitrust, IP, etc. The attorneys in the legal department also try to allow externs to sit in on meetings and conference calls. Students who have completed 45 credit hours and are in good academic standing may apply. Send a resume immediately to Ms. Scinta at and include your updated GPA. Candidates will be reviewed on a rolling basis but no resumes will be accepted past Monday, January 12th.

Resume and Cover Letter Workshop, Thursday, 12-1, Room LL75

On Thursday, January 8, from 12:00-1:00 p.m., Dean Hajek will lead a resume and cover letter workshop in room LL75. All students are invited to attend.  1Ls who did not attend a resume workshop last semester must attend this workshop.  Lunch will not be provided so students are encouraged to bring their lunch to the program. Questions may be directed to Ms. Scinta located in room 180 or at

Deadline Approaching to Apply for Ky. Legislative Research Commission 2015-2016 Graduate Fellows Program

The deadline for applying for the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission 2015-2016 Graduate Fellows Program is Friday, January 16

Interested students should apply by sending a résumé with expected date of graduation, cover letter explaining career interests and goals, and one research-oriented writing sample for which you were the sole author to the e-mail or street address on the attached flyer by January 16, 2015. In the cover letter, provide the context of the writing sample: the intended audience, who assigned, and who edited. Interviews will be conducted late January through mid-February. Selections will be made by mid-March 2015. The program will begin May 19, 2015.

Please see Ms. Scinta or Dean Hajek if you have any questions.

All Students - Workshop on Resumes and Cover Letters

On Thursday, January 8, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. in Room LL75, Dean Hajek, Assistant Dean for the Office of Professional Development, will conduct the last workshop on improving your resume and/or cover letter. Dean Hajek will be available to answer questions you may have. This will be a brown bag event.

All students are invited to attend. First year students should remember it is mandatory to attend at least one session. Therefore, if you are first year student and you haven't attended a workshop, this will be your last chance. 

Legal Aid Society Is Still Looking for Three EJW Interns

The Legal Aid Society is looking for one law student to help their Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Employment Opportunity Fellow identify legal solutions to remove barriers for low-income clients seeking employment.

They are also looking for two law students to help their Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellows provide free civil legal services to veterans. Students can begin working at any time.

The students may receive a $1,175 education award as part of his or her internship and are required to perform at least 300 hours of service to complete the internship. This program is administered through a partnership with the Legal Aid Society, Equal Justice Works, and AmeriCorps.

Applications will be accepted until all three positions are filled. Log on to Symplicity for information on how to apply.

$5000 Union-side Labor Law Summer Fellowships Available Nationwide through Peggy Browning Fund - Deadline Jan. 16

Each summer the Peggy Browning Fund offers 60-70 summer fellowships for law students around the country with labor unions and government organizations focusing on workers' rights. These fellowships are full time, last 10 weeks, and pay a minimum of $5000. Both 1Ls and 2Ls may apply and the deadline is January 16, 2015.

For more information about the Peggy Browning Summer Fellowship Program, go to:

For a list of all summer placements available around the country, including labor unions, worker centers, the U.S. Department of Labor, union-side law firms and other nonprofit organizations, go to:

To Apply: Students must submit an application, cover letter and resume to each of the placements in which they are interested. Some of the individual organizations require one or more of the following: an additional writing sample, specific language skills, a labor law course, or having completed two years of law school. The requirements for each organization are listed via the link above.

Timelines: The deadline is January 16, 2015. Some employers are reviewing applications on a "rolling basis" so students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Questions may be directed to Dean Hajek at

Sample List of Participating Employers: DOL, NLRB, OSHA, AFL-CIO, FLRA, AFSCME, American Federation of Teachers, Chicago Newspaper Guild, Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission, New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice, Greater Boston Legal Services, UAW International Union.



Summer Fellowships with Legal Aid, DPA, Metro PD & Spring Break Mediation Training - Feb. 3 Deadline

The Samuel L. Greenebaum Public Service Program is pleased to announce the opening of the 2015 Fellowship Application Process. Throughout the spring semester, a variety of summer fellowships for Brandeis students will be advertised. Last year over $67,000 was awarded in fellowships allowing students to work in positions locally, nationally and internationally. 1Ls and 2Ls are encouraged to review the materials below and continue to monitor the Daily Docket for updates. The first group of fellowships involves a total of 8 summer positions across three employers and 8 spring break positions in mediation training with Just Solutions.

Available Fellowships:

The Application Period is now Open until February 3rd for the following fellowships:

a. IOLTA/BarBri Fellowships (3 summer positions, $2500 each, with Department of Public Advocacy in any of its Kentucky offices)

b. Samuel L. Greenebaum Fellowship (2 summer positions, $2500 each, with Louisville Metro Public Defender)

c. Ellen Ewing Fellowship ( 3 summer positions, $2500 each, with Louisville Legal Aid)

d. Edwin H. Perry Fellowship (approx. 8 positions over spring break in a week-long Meditation Training Course offered through Just Solutions, valued at $1000 each)

The summer fellowships may be either part time or full time but students must complete 250 hours by the end of the summer. To learn more about the above fellowships, see the attached document entitled "2015 Fellowship Descriptions".

Application Process:

To apply for any of the above fellowships, students must submit a resume, statement of interest and a completed application. Students may obtain the applications for each of the different fellowships from the Document Library on Symplicity. Representatives from the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy (DPA), Metro Public Defender, and Legal Aid will be on campus in February to interview candidates and select recipients for the fellowships. The winners will be notified in March.

Instructions on how to log onto Symplicity and apply for the fellowships are attached. Please be sure to read the instructions and qualifications for each fellowship carefully. Students may apply for all four fellowships, but must submit different application for each of the fellowships.

Therefore, to apply for fellowships, students will need the following to assist them: (1) 2015 Fellowship Descriptions; (2) Fellowship Instructions; and (3) the Application Form for each of the fellowships for which they plan to apply. All of these documents are available to students in the Document Library on Symplicity.

Deadline for Posted Fellowships:

The deadline to apply for the above fellowships is Tuesday, February 3, 2015, at midnight. If you have any questions, please see Ms. Scinta, the Public Service Coordinator, in room 180, or contact her at You may also contact Dean Hajek in room 182 or at

Fellowships Available Later in the Spring:

The application periods for the fellowships below have not yet opened, but we encourage students to watch for announcements in the Daily Docket and on the Symplicity homepage for when they will be made available:

a. Public Service Greenebaum Fellowships available February 2015 (9 positions, $2500 each, students secure any summer legal volunteer position and request funding)

b. Johnston Real Estate Law Summer Fellowship available February 2015 (1 position, $5000, student secures summer legal position in real estate/land use)

c. Donan Energy Law Summer Fellowship available February 2015 (1 position, $3500, position is with the Kentucky EEC Legal Dept.)