Professional Development News


Summer Corps is an AmeriCorps-funded program that will provide 1L and 2L students with the opportunity to earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award for dedicating their summer to a qualifying legal project at a nonprofit public interest organization.

As a Summer Corps member you:

  • Earn a $1,175 education Award voucher toward school expenses or loans;
  • Serve a minimum of 300 hours;
  • Gain hands-on experience you don't get in the classroom;
  • Become part of the large AmeriCorps national service community; and
  • Get the inside scoop on applying for Equal Justice Works postgraduate fellowships.

For additional details, and to learn how to apply, visit

The application for the 2013 Summer Corps program will be accepting students into the program on a rolling basis until the application closes on Monday, March 18.


New Session Created for Spring 2013 OCI - O'Bryan Brown & Toner

O'Bryan Brown & Toner is interested in interviewing first-year students for a Summer Associate position.  The window for applying will be from March 5 through March 11.  Interview selections will be made by Friday, March 15 and the interview date is Tuesday, March 19.  Please apply through Symplicity.


Reminder to Turn in Central High School Partnership Interest Forms

This is a reminder to submit your Central High School Partnership interest forms by Thursday, March 7.  If you are interested in volunteering with the Street Law program, Writing Skills program or the Marshall Brennan program, all you need to do is complete an interest form, attach a resume and return it to either Prof. Rothstein (Room 258) or Jina Scinta (Room 180). The interest form is attached.  Interest forms are also available in Ms. Scinta's office or in the student lobby area. If you have any questions about the programs, please see Prof. Rothstein or Ms. Scinta.

Office Of Attorney General Hiring Summer Interns - Apply Immediately

The Office of Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Kentucky is hiring 1L and 2L for unpaid legal internships for the summer (15-20 positions). This will be a quick hiring process and only a resume (no cover letter) is needed. To apply, submit your resume to Ms. Daphne Criscillis at as soon as possible. The legal interns will assist attorneys in various departments and will be working either at the East office in Frankfort or at the Capitol. Students can work full time or part time.  If hired, the students will be placed in one of the six offices in the Criminal Division or in the Consumer Protection or Rate Intervention Office of the Civil Division. For more information about these offices, go to

When you apply, if there are certain offices in which you have an interest, please indicate this in your email. Ms. Criscillis confirmed that there are open positions in the Medicaid Fraud & Abuse Control, Office of Victims Advocacy, Consumer Protection and Rate Intervention Offices. The other offices are TBD in terms of open positions for the summer. If you do not indicate a preference, you will be placed with an office based on need. First round interviews will be conducted via telephone. Students are encouraged to apply immediately. Only a resume must be submitted. Direct all questions to Dean Hajek at Students selected for these internships will also be allowed to count their hours toward their public requirement. 



This public service opportunity is ideal for students and local community volunteers interested in immigration law. Professor Trucios-Haynes and a recent alum & local immigration attorney, Becca O'Neill, lead teams of volunteers on monthly visits to the Boone County Jail where immigration detainees are held in the custody of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) bureau of the Department of Homeland Security. Trained students, with the supervision of Prof. Trucios-Haynes and Becca O'Neill, conduct "Know Your Rights" presentations to approximately 200+ detainees during each visit, and conduct individual in-take interviews of each detainee.

On Thursday, March 21, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Room 177, Prof. Trucios-Haynes will hold a training here at the law school to train students to go on monthly visits to the Boone County Jail to conduct "Know Your Rights" presentations to detainees. The next jail visit will be on Friday, March 22. Students interested in attending the training on March 21 and/or going on the jail visit on March 22, should email Becca O'Neill directly by Monday, March 11. A list of students must be submitted to the jail ten days before the visit. Her email is

Students whose schedules do not allow them to visit the jail on Fridays can still take the training. All students are welcome. Once you have been trained you can attend a Friday visit when you are available.

A more detailed description of this project is attached, along with some compelling stories giving examples of some cases that have gone through the Boone County Jail. More stories can also be found at:

The next training will be conducted on May 16, with jail visits on May 17. When notifying Ms. O'Neill, please let her know if you speak a second language, although it is not necessary.

If you are a student who has already been trained and would like to attend the Friday visit on March 22, please e-mail Becca O'Neill by Monday, March 11, as well, so she can add your name to the list.

Students will receive public service credit for the training and site visits. Students will also be able to count their travel time to and from the Boone County Jail. Interested students should see Jina Scinta to obtain a Reservation Form to sign up to receive public service credit. You can also e-mail her at Students can also contact Prof. Trucios-Haynes at with any questions.

Record-Breaking Year for the Central Partnership Program Fundraiser

A special thank you to Becky Wenning and Rita Siegwald for their assistance and patience with the brief binding fundraiser this year. These two ladies were amazing! They also donated two reams of paper for the project.

We were able to raise $726 to benefit the Partnership Program. This money will go toward a Central student's internship at the Legal Aid Society and to pay for scholarships for the Summer Law Institute.

Another special thank you to Street Law teacher, Emily Peeler, for her assistance with the binding on Sunday afternoon.

Professor Bean, Professor Fischer, Professor Sweeney, and Professor Pettinato all did a wonderful job making announcements and giving students information about the fundraiser.

Finally, a thank you to all of the 1Ls who had their briefs bound: Alexa Cox, Jeff Perkins, David Scott Harper, Emily Fons, Amanda Birman, Ashby Angell, Phillip Heleringer, Jessica Hazelwood, Justin Lainhart, Ashton Smith, Gretchen Zimmerman, Jeremy Vizcarra, Kaleb Noblett, Eric Proctor, Justin Walker, Ben Siegel, Parker Sherwood, Andrew Marvin, Sarah Reddick, Wesley Pagles, Adrienne Stonecypher, Jessie Weinmann, Susan Martin, Michelle Dresselhaus, Leah Gravius, Bailey Schrupp, Andrew Daley, Kate Payton, Laura Edelen, Kim Lynch, Stephen Daugherty, Matthew Dawson, Corey Shiffman, Jen Weihmuller, Lee Wilson, Katie Halloran, Kellie Davis, Paige Clark, Jordan Hall, Jessica Wilkett, Hayleigh Hurt, Pete McLaughlin, Kevin Boswell, Matthew McClinton, Aaron Schechter, Dave Lackford, Miranda Ratcliffe, Ashle Motle, Ashley Ervin, John Abaray, Erica Crane, Nathan Shipley, Maegan Carek, Jenna Brady, and Chistina Natale.

2013 Diversity Summer Intern - Legal Aid Scholarship - Student Application Deadline - March 8


At the Legal Aid Society we believe excellence and diversity go hand in hand.  Diversity produces different perspectives, richer thinking, creative solutions, and a collegial culture of mutual respect.  In sum, it enhances our ability to represent clients whose basic human needs are threatened. 

Through the Carl Wedekind Diversity Scholars Program at the Legal Aid Society, we demonstrate our commitment to increase the number of attorneys who are historically under-represented and who wish to pursue a career in public interest law.  The Carl Wedekind Diversity Scholars Program affords the opportunity for a law student to spend a summer with us assisting our attorney staff with legal problems faced by low-income families.


To be selected as a Carl Wedekind Diversity Scholar at the Legal Aid Society, students must be enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school, be a member of a historically under-represented group, and intend to practice in the Louisville- area upon graduation.  Students must have successfully completed the first year of a full-time J.D. program by May 2013, and must be able to spend 12 weeks during the summer to work full-time at the Legal Aid Society. 


The Carl Wedekind Diversity Scholars Program awards a financial stipend of $3,500 to the Diversity Scholar.  The stipend is paid in two installments – one half upon the beginning of the summer term, the remainder upon the conclusion of the 12 weeks. 

To Apply

Go to: for additional details and to download application.  Submit resume, transcript, personal statement and application as one attachment to Jeff Been, Executive Director at: by 4 p.m. on March 8, 2013.

Loyola Patent Law Interview Program Student Registration ends on Monday, March 4th

The Loyola Patent Law Interview Program is a two-day interview program held in Chicago each summer that brings together patent law employers and law students from across the country to interview for summer associate positions and post-graduate employment.  The 2013 Patent Law Interview Program will be held on Thursday, August 1 and Friday, August 2, 2013.


Student registration will be handled online at: and begins on Monday, February 11 and ends on Monday, March 4.  If you want to participate, you must register by the deadline.  Because of the verification process that will have to take place immediately after student registration closes, late student registrations will not be accepted.


Only law students are eligible to participate in the Patent Law Interview Program. It is not required that students be patent bar eligible to register for the program; however, many employers require patent bar eligibility as a qualification for bidding on interviews, and most employers strongly prefer patent bar eligible students. For more information on eligibility for the patent bar, please refer to the General Requirements Bulletin from the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.The 2013 Patent Law Interview Program will be accepting registrations from:

JD students graduating in May/June 2014 (3Ls)
JD students graduating in May/June 2015 (2Ls)
JD students graduating in December 2013/January 2014 (3Ls)
JD students graduating in December 2014/January 2015 (2Ls)
Students in Intellectual Property LLM programs with anticipated graduation dates in 2014 and 2015

Students who will graduate before the program is held in August 2013 and students who plan to graduate after May/June 2015 are not eligible for the 2013 Patent Law Interview Program.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN seeking 2013 Summer Legal Intern - Inhouse

Legal interns at St. Jude spend a Summer immersed in a unique culture where basic, translational, and clinical research are all housed on the same campus as a robust hospital, where biochemists, computational biologists, geneticists, and statisticians routinely interact with specialists in infectious diseases, oncology, pharmacology, radiology, surgery, and hematology (including non-malignant hematologies like sickle cell disease), among others.  Interns will work with a number of lawyers, both in-house and (with supervision) outside counsel, on substantive projects in many aspects of the law – some of which will be up to the intern’s interests – including health law, business transactions, risk management, international law, intellectual property, and even shaping law and regulations at the State and Federal levels.  We take our mentoring obligations very seriously (and enjoy it!), so every assignment comes with plenty of context and follow-through opportunities for the interns, and client interaction is plentiful.  Moreover, interns will find themselves routinely included in meetings of all types for educational purposes, not because there will necessarily be any follow-up work for the intern.For additional details and how to apply, go to Symplicity.

The deadline to apply is February 28th.

Three Summer Internship Opportunities Available

Three internship opportunities are available with the 12th Judicial Circuit Court, Family Court, and District Court.  The 12th Judicial Circuit encompasses Oldham, Henry and Trimble Counties.  The judicial offices are located in LaGrange, Oldham County.  These internships are unpaid; however, your hours would count toward your public service requirement.  Attached is a description of each of these internships and application process.  The deadline for submitting a resume and writing sample to Judge Conrad is April 1.  The deadline for the other two internships is April 15.  If selected, please see Jina Scinta to obtain the necessary forms to receive your public service credit.