Professional Development News

Public Service Opportunity Available

The Office of Professional Development has been contacted by a non-profit organization who is seeking a student to assist them in establishing 501(c)(3) status. The hours worked would count toward the public service requirement. The student would be supervised by Prof. Blackburn. If you are interested in helping this organization, please contact Jina Scinta at The first person contacting Ms. Scinta will be signed up for the project. The organization would like to have this project completed by October 1.

Pedley & Gordinier, PLLC, seeking Part-time Summer Law Clerk

Pedley & Gordinier is seeking a part-time Summer law clerk.  P&G does commercial litigation, transactional work, asbestos defense, family law and general litigation.  The law clerk will be primarily helping with litigation.

The top consideration for this position is excellent organizational skills (and the ability to start work immediately).  Much of the work will be organizing case files, preparing discovery requests and general motion practice.

Please call Mr. Polczynski at (502)371-2177 or e-mail resume.

Jeffersonville, IN Law Firm seeking rising 2L/3L Summer Law Clerk

Jeffersonville, IN attorney seeking 2L or 3L for various law clerk duties such as drafting motions, legal research, litigation prep. and client contact for immediate work for the summer. Areas of law practiced include personal injury, family, criminal, and probate. Candidate must be pleasant, have good work ethic, be reliable and able to work under pressure. Previous personal injury law experience is a plus, but not necessary.

If interested, forward cover letter, resume and unofficial transcript to Ms. Anna Murray at:

The position can be part-time or full-time with the potential to stay on after the school year starts.

Ky. Department of Public Advocacy Needs Student Assistance Immediately!!

The Ky. Department of Public Advocacy has stories coming in from each of their trial offices and they need someone to help them edit these stories. Eventually, the stories will go into a final year-end report for the agency. Most of the work can be done from home but the student would need to go to the Frankfort office at first to receive the assignment and instructions.

A job description is attached.  This is an unpaid summer internship and hours can count toward your public service requirement.

They are looking for a student with strong creative writing skills - so this would be great for someone who was an English major or a journalism major as an undergrad.

The student will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.  Interested students should contact Jina Scinta at

Correction Regarding 2012 Employment Survey

In the May 16, 2012 edition of the Daily Docket, it was reported that the Employment Report and Salary Survey for the graduating class of 2012 are currently available. This was an error. Employment figures are not reported until approximately one year after graduation, and the figures that appeared represent the employment statistics for the class of 2010. For more employment statistics, including those for the class of 2011, please visit the web-site for the Office of Professional Development at:

Public Service Opportunity - Kentucky Waterways Alliance

Kentucky Waterways Alliance (KWA) is seeking a law student to assist them with research of the legality of the legislature's actions on two issues.  A description of those issues is attached. 

KWA is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring the waters of the Commonwealth. KWA represents over 700 members and affiliate organizations united to insure high quality water resources in Kentucky for diverse recreational activities such as swimming, boating, and fishing as well as reliable drinking water supplies and biological habitat. 

The student assigned to this project will be able to count their hours toward their public service requirement.  Please contact Jina Scinta at  The student will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Office of Professional Development (OPD) Has a Busy Summer Planned!

Congratulations to all on the completion of another successful semester. Please note that the OPD will be open and active during the summer. For the first six weeks, Dean Urbach will be meeting with employers and public service placements all around Kentucky and Indiana. Her goal is to recruit additional employers and facilitate better communication with our public service placements. She will be in the office on Mondays ONLY from May 15 - June 29. Professor Tammy Pettinato has agreed to lend her considerable talent and experience on the days that Dean Urbach is in the field, resulting in a fully staffed office, Monday - Friday. Our goal is to provide you with exceptional service during the summer and expanded fall and spring hiring seasons during the upcoming academic year. Be sure that your Symplicity account is activated so that you will be in the know before you return to school.

Information for Law School Graduates from the Office of Professional Development

Dear Law School Graduates,

You may have read about the OPD's plans for the summer. Please know that we have not forgotten about YOU! For the first six weeks of the summer, Dean Urbach be out in the community working on leads, which will be posted or sent directly to you. She will be available to meet wtih you on Mondays. Professor Pettinato will be available to meet with you Tuesdays - Fridays during that time. Ms. Reh and Ms. Scinta will also be in the office to assist you. We believe this plan will allow us to serve you better and look forward to working with you. ~ Office of Professional Development Staff

Southeastern Intellectual Property Job Fair (SIPJF) - Tuesday, July 31st in Atlanta, GA

SIPJF is an opportunity for rising 2L and 3L students and recent graduates to meet with corporations, law firms or government agencies that practice any aspect of intellectual property law in the fields of technology, science, business, media, arts, entertainment and sports.

The job fair will take place in Atlanta, GA on Tuesday, July 31st.  If you are interested in attending, please complete the Student - Graduate Participation Form along with a $30 registration fee (unless you are paying online) and return to the Office of Professional Development by Wednesday, May 16th.


Forum for Jefferson County Commonwealth's Attorney candidates at LBA on May 9, 2012 at 4:30 p.m.

The Young Lawyers Section of the Louisville Bar Association will be hosting a forum on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at 4:30 pm for the candidates running for Jefferson County Commonwealth's Attorney. The forum will be held at the Louisville Bar Association, 600 W. Main Street, and a dessert reception will follow. This event is open to the public.  It will be a great opportunity to learn more about the candidates and to network with the candidates and other attorneys.