Professional Development News

Do You Want to Get a Job this Summer?

The Office of Professional Development will be having an information session TODAY from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Room 075.  A panel of students will be on hand to provide students with helpful information on how to get a job this summer and careers in public service.  If  you are thinking of getting a job this summer, you won't want to miss this.  Pizza and drinks will be provided.  This information session is open to all students.  We hope to see you there!


This is a reminder that the Office of Professional Development will be meeting with the first year students on Tuesday, November 1 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Room 275.  Dean Urbach will be giving helpful information regarding your resume, cover letters and interview skills.  You won't want to miss this opportunity.  Pizza and drinks will be served.

This is also a reminder that if you are interested in participating in the week-long projects lottery, please e-mail Jina Scinta by November 1.  Her e-mail address is

Lawlapalooza 2011: Today's Featured Band

Freakin' Sweet

WARNING: Freakin' Sweet is not for the faint of heart.

Representing Borowitz & Goldsmith, Freakin' Sweet features Greg Curry, lead guitar, shredder, strategist and chairman of the Freakin' Sweet endowment; Mike Pantoja, lead vocals, bass guitar, talent scout, compliance director and director of social networking; Tom Mock pounding the drums, cowbell, and various other objects within arms' reach, supporting/lead vocals, IT support and systems integration; and John Sheryak, lead vocals, rhythm guitar, ship's captain and resident J.D.

FREAKIN' SWEET performed in the 2007 LAWLAPALOOZA as The VelvetKings...after deciding that "The VelvetKings" was way too dorky of a name for these cool guys, they promptly changed it. John is a 5 year veteran of Lawlapalooza, having performed with "She's With Me" in 2005 and the frightful calamity of their 2006 "performance." In 2007, Ed Skees and John dropped the total losers they had played with in the past, trashed the multi-million dollar pyrotechnics, lasers, spinning drumcages and swore to never again perform near open flames. Next, they hijacked Greg and Mike, who were discussing generally accepted accounting principles and asset diversification. They all four felt the magic and decided to form an 80's/90's alternative rock cover band. It worked...Freakin' Sweet instantly became established as one of the loudest, edgiest and fastest bands on the Lawlapalooza circuit.

In the spring of 2010, citing his inability to party, rock, and "hang"with the rest of the band, founding member and drummer Ed Skees called it quits, Dispelling wild rumors that he was going to become a monk or have back-alley sex change surgery, Ed promptly filed a pettion in the Floyd County Distrct Court to change his name to Hugh G. Weiner. Ed was quickly replaced with ex-death-metal head drummer Tom Mock. Not much is known about Tom, except that he is from Minnesota, talks like those people in the movie "Fargo," is a genious in his chosen field of IT, and has new kid. Oh yeah! The FREAK LIVES ON!!!!!

Freakin' Sweet is planning something special for LAWLAPALOOZA 2011. At this time, the details cannot be revealed, but lets just say that PHT should be prepared for midgets, clowns and strippers!


This is a reminder that the second of three mandatory meetings with the Office of Professional Development is TODAY from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in Room 275.  Jina Scinta will be discussing the policies and procedures of the Public Service Program and the week-long projects that will be available to first year students the week of December 12. Debra Reh will be explaining the Symplicity program and what it can do for you.  Ms. Reh will also help you navigate your way through the law school website. Free pizza and drinks will be served. See you there!

Lawlapalooza 2011: Today's Featured Band

100% Legal

100% Legal is the "in-house" rock & roll band of the Greenebaum Doll & McDonald law firm. Two band members are Greenebaum litigation attorneys. Mark Grundy (bass and vocals) heads the firm's construction litigation team. Mark Riddle (guitar) serves as chair of Greenebaum's Litigation Practice Group. Gary Strobel (drums and vocals) works for Greenebaum's long time client, Humana.

100% Legal traces its origins to a showcase of home-grown talent for a Greenebaum staff party in 2003. Since that time, members of the band have performed at a variety of corporate and civic events and venues, including Greater Louisville, Inc., United Way, Belknap Fall Festival, the Louisville Marathon, The Galt House, National City Tower Plaza, and a client-sponsored conference in New Orleans. The band was profiled in Business First in 2008.

Although the band members greatly enjoy playing music as a diversion from the daily grind of their legal and corporate work, they don't plan to quit their day jobs.

Lawlapalooza 2011: Today's Featured Band

Sam I Amicus

Sam I Amicus consists of six third-year law students at the University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law. Hunter Brown, from North Carolina, provides soulful vocals and regularly snacks on ketchup packets. Sam Goss, a founding member of Zoo Legacy (yes, it's a real band), lays down a steady beat. Jarad "keys" Key, a Paducah, Kentucky native, tickles the ivories. Ross Neuhauser, from Louisville, plays a fine fiddle. Jared Hall, the bearded siren, honed his acoustic guitar skills in Mascoutah, Illinois and Atlanta, Georgia. Brenton Stanley, who moonlights as frontman and guitarist for The Perfectos (EP available on iTunes), is from Carmi, Illinois. The band took shape quickly in Molly MacCaskey's basement, and is performing for one night only at Lawlapalooza 2011.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Office of Chief Counsel - Summer 2012 Interns

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is actively seeking second-year law students for intern positions in its Office of Chief Counsel for the summer of 2012. No other federal agency touches the daily life of citizens as directly as the FDA. In regulating about 25 percent of the United States consumer economy, the FDA is responsible for the safety and effectiveness of two trillion dollars worth of products a year including items as diverse as artificial hearts, surgical lasers, gene therapy, dialysis machines, cloned animals, genetically engineered foods, counterterrorism products, and drugs produced using nanotechnology techniques.

Lawyers in the Office of Chief Counsel advise the FDA on legal matters and represent the agency in court proceedings and in administrative hearings. They participate in both civil and criminal cases; draft pleadings, motions and briefs; and participate in discovery and trials. Lawyers also serve as counselors to the major programs of the agency: drugs, foods, biologics, devices, veterinary products, tobacco and enforcement. They provide legal opinions, and participate in rulemaking proceedings, legislative matters, policy deliberations, and international negotiations. In addition, lawyers are involved in explaining agency programs to Congress, the regulated industry, and the public. More information about the office is available at

Candidates should have a record of strong academic achievement.  Experience or interest in public health issues, regulatory matters, or litigation is helpful.  Positions are located at FDA headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, DC. Interested candidates should send a resume, copy of law school transcript, and writing samples to (and designate SUMMER INTERN APPLICATION on the subject line) by October 28, 2011.

Attention 1L's!!!

This is a reminder that the second of three mandatory meetings with the Office of Professional Development is Tuesday, October 25 from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in Room 275.  Jina Scinta will be discussing the policies and procedures of the Public Service Program and the week-long projects that will be available to first year students the week of December 12. Debra Reh will be explaining the Symplicity program and what it can do for you.  Ms. Reh will also help you navigate your way through the law school website.  

Free pizza and drinks will be served.  See you there!

Lawlapalooza Karaoke Performer du Jour

Greg Simms, Esq.

Greg Simms, attorney at law, is a 2007 graduate of UofL Law and a partner in the firm of Gruner & Simms, PLLC. Among the many accolades in Mr. Simms' Martindale-Hubbell profile are the following:

  • He received the Book Award for the highest grade in Evidence in law school.
  • He is a member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.
  • His teeth are large enough to allow him to eat corn through a fence.
  • He is the 2004 Marion County (Ky.) Ham Days Hog Calling Champion. Really. No lie.

Despite his considerable theatrical experience, Lawlapalooza is Greg's first effort at karaoke. Consequently, his goals are modest and reasonable: While he does not expect to win this year's Lawlapalooza karaoke competition, he does plan to soundly beat Sam Marcosson.

First-Year Signup with Office of Professional Development beginning November 1st

First-year students,

If you would like to arrange an individual meeting with a member of the Office of Professional Development and have not previously signed up with Dean Urbach, additional signup sheets are posted.  Here is how you will sign up:

A through H - Dean Urbach (182)

I through Z - Ms. Reh (184)

If you know that you are not interested in practicing law and are not in Professor Pettinato's Basic Legal Skills class, please contact her for an appointment.