Professional Development News

2008 Louisville Law Community Service Day

On April 5, 2008, the law school community will embark upon its first annual day of collective public service. The initiative arose from student input into the university’s strategic planning process. The purpose of this event is to highlight the law school's commitment to community service, provide significant services, have fun, and make new acquaintances in our law school community.

Participants in the planning process identified three focus areas:

Animal Rights & Animal Issues

Women, Children, Homeless, & the Underserved

Environmental Issues

All students, staff and faculty are encouraged to participate by contributing donated items to one of the organizations listed below or to volunteer their time to one of the designated projects.


To kick off the event, we’ll be hosting a complimentary continental style breakfast in the Mosaic Lobby at 10 AM on Saturday, April 5. Coffee, juice, and pastries will be provided. Those present will be eligible to win one of the many door prizes!

Lend A Helping Hand

Volunteers may choose from a variety of projects. Sign up sheets will be available in each mail room and the Mosaic Lobby during the week preceding April 5th, or you may sign up online. You’re also welcome to show up that day without a reservation. Volunteers are encouraged to show their team spirit by wearing a piece of University of Louisville or Brandeis School of Law apparel.

Metro Animal Services

The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund has arranged for a variety of activities including dock cleaning, rewiring kennel doors, and painting the new “get acquainted” space. This project will take place at a shelter near campus beginning at 11 AM. Volunteers will also receive a tour of the shelter and an opportunity to walk some of the dogs. Contact Megan Renwick for details.

Departure time: 10:45 AM; carpooling available. You may be painting, so dress appropriately.

Wayside Christian Mission

The Student Bar Association is making arrangements to assist at Wayside Christian Mission. Projects may include serving lunch and providing general cleaning services. Contact Kelly Oates for details.

Departure time: 10:45 AM or meet the group at 11 AM @ 822 East Market. Wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty.


Brightside Inc.

The Environmental Law & Land Use Society has arranged for a clean-up project at Central Park. Volunteers will walk from campus to Central Park along Third Street and back along Fourth Street, cleaning up as they go. Contact Brian Pollock for details.

Departure time: 10:30 AM. It may rain, so dress appropriately. Garbage bags will be provided, but you might want to bring some gloves.

Make a Donation

During the week of March 31 – April 5, collection bins will be placed in the Mosaic Lobby of the Law School in Wyatt Hall. Following, is a list of items requested by each organization.

Metro Animal Services

Metro Animal Services seeks donations of pet supplies, medical supplies, and household items.

Click here for a complete wish list.

Center for Women & Families

During the months of March and April, the Center is collecting towels, washcloths, diapers, underwear, socks and bras. We’re also collecting cell phones & cell phone chargers. Additionally, you can help by donating goods that meet their immediate needs: cribs and mattresses, crib sheets, pacifiers and bottles, & infant toys.

Click here for a complete wish list.

Project Women

As part of their annual community service project, the Women’s Law Caucus is gathering items for the Project Women Hygiene Drive.

Items include: toilet paper, conditioner, face wash, deodorant, dental floss, tooth brushes, pull-ups, Kleenex tissues, paper towels, sponges, soap, face wash, lotion, shampoo, household cleaners, napkins, tampons, maxi pads, light bulbs, lamps, children's coloring/activity books, computer printer paper, batteries for Leap Pad learning system, etc.

Click here for a complete wish list.

Metro Recycling

We’re collecting aluminum cans, plastic bottles, glass bottles, newspapers, and cardboard.


Contact Virginia Smith or Jina Scinta if you'd like to get involved or to request more information.

Students Invited to Attend "Working in the Public Interest Conference" at UGA

The 3rd annual "Working In the Public Interest Conference" will take place at UGA Law on April 4 and 5, 2008. The conference is dedicated to bringing a creative forum for the discussion of practical approaches to lawyering that can best serve the poor. Pursuant to this mission, the organizers have planned a full day of panels, roundtable discussions, meals, and a career networking reception. The conference is free for students, and free student housing is provided.

Keynote Speakers

  • Stephen Wizner, Professor of Law, Yale Law School
  • Brenda Joy (B.J.) Bernstein, Attorney, The Bernstein Firm P.C.


  • **Race and the Criminal Justice System.
  • **Decriminalizing Mental Illness: The Rise of Mental Health Courts.
  • **Funding the Public Defender System: Who Should Foot the Bill?
  • Environmental Justice: Towards a Just Future
  • Immigration Policy Reform: Immigrant Integration and Civic Participation
  • Women's Rights: A New Era in Reproductive Justice?
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Youth in Out of Home Care
  • The Media: How it shapes Our View of the Law
  • Access to Justice: Civil Gideon Moot Court

**Indicates that the panel is part of the Criminal Justice Series

Lunch Round tables

  • Lunch with Carol Kolinchak, Jena 6 Legal Defense Team
  • Lunch with Jon Rapping, Southern Public Defender Training Center
  • Analyzing Recent Supreme Court Cases
  • Impact Litigation

Registration and list of panelist are available at

If you have questions or concerns, please email us at:

Click here to register for the conference:

Registration is completely free for students. Attorneys may obtain 8.25 CLEcredits for a nominal registration fee (see website for details).

Public Service Opportunity: Street Law Application Deadline

If you are interested in participating in next year's Street Law Program at Central High School, please complete a "Placement Reservation" form by Wednesday, March 26, at 3:30 p.m.  The forms are available in the Public Service Office, which is open, from 9 - 3:30 p.m., Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  One can also access the form from the Public Service Section of the Intranet.  The forms can be emailed, delivered, or faxed to Ms. Scinta.  [Room 102,, (FAX 852-0862)]   This placement is open to sixteen students. Thus, if we have more than sixteen people sign up for the placement, we will conduct a lottery to determine those sixteen students.  Further, we will establish a waiting list.

Important information for all students who plan on participating in Street Law - you are required by State Law to have a criminal background check, and you must be able to attend a mandatory training session on August 23, 2008 (Saturday) at Central High School.  This training session will take at least six hours.  Anyone who has already signed up who no longer wishes to participate, please let Ms. Scinta know.

Job Opportunity with HUD

There is an opportunity for current first- and second-year students to work in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development office in Louisville. This is a paid position, and the deadline is NOON - Friday, March 21.

For more information, please download the complete job description.

Summer Planning Suggestions

Still seeking summer opportunities?  Consider these:

1.  Meet Small Firm & Solo attorneys on Tuesday night, March 18th, beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the LBA (corner of Sixth & Main.)  This Spring Semester Potential Employment Gathering will improve on last fall's Meet & Greet. The "revised game plan?"  Briefly introduce the practitioners so students know which ones do which kinds of law and what sort of help (summer or full-time associate or ???) they are seeking.  Then you all will know who to make a point of speaking to.  Suggested: Business attire with resumes in hand.  Questions? See 3L Robyn Lurding.

2.  Equal Justice Works has both Summer and Post-graduate employment.  All involve working at nonprofit legal services organizations and/or promoting other pro bono opportunities: Summer Corps, AmericCorps Legal Fellowships, and Equal Justice Works Fellowships.  Go to for complete information. 

Equal Justice Works -- Summer Opportunities

Go to to learn a lot more about possible summer employment. 

FORECLOSURE PROCEDURES SEMINAR on April 22nd -- five law students can attend for FREE

Sterling Education Services is a non-profit continuing legal education company that conducts CLE seminars across the nation. They are holding a Foreclosure Procedures seminar here in Louisville oApril 22nd and are offering five law students complimentary passes to this seminar as an introduction to their company.
Students get a day-long overview of a particular aspect of the law, a seminar manual, and they also get an opportunity to network with practicing attorneys. This is a win-win situation. This offer has been sent to all of the law schools in our area. The five free passes are available on a first-come, first-serve basis regardless of the school attended. See Jerie Torbeck for more information.

Intellectual Property Job Fairs -- Application Deadlines are Fast Approaching

THIS SUMMER, IN CHICAGO AND ATLANTA, Louisville Law students have the opportunity to participate in IP job fairs.  Your Registration Forms and Checks must be given to Jerie or Debra in the Career Services Office according to the following calendar:

Monday, March 17: Southeastern Intellectual Property Job Fair in Atlanta (7/29) $25.

Tuesday, March 25: Loyola University Chicago School of Law Patent law Interview Program (7/31 & 8/1) $35.


LBA Student Membership Applications Are Still Available Here in the Law School!

Even if you didn't join during the recent Louisville Bar Association's Student Membership Drive, there is still time. Please remember all of the great benefits associated with this membership:

As a student member, you have the opportunity to attend any CLEs of your choice absolutely free of charge. (Attorneys pay upwards of $100.00-$300.00 for these seminars and you can attend for free.)

Membership includes a 2007-2008 Pictorial Roster with information about every attorney who is a member of the Louisville Bar. In addition, student members will be listed in the publication as well.

Membership includes a year long subscription to the Bar Briefs, the monthly publication of the Louisville Bar Association.

Becoming a Law Student Member of the Louisville Bar Association will serve as an invaluable networking opportunity. You will be able to interact with some of Louisville's best Attorneys up close and personal!

Membership is only $15.00 which is amazing! This price was intentionally set in order to make this membership more affordable to law students.

Applications are still available and may be picked up in Jerie Torbeck's office or in the Student Mailroom.

To save a stamp and the hassles of mailing you may leave your completed application and payment in Dean Torbecks office and they will be personally delivered to the LBA.

Students may also apply online at

If you have any additional questions please feel free to contact your Louisville Bar Association Representative Ja Nae Martin at

Public Service Opportunity: Assist in Criminal Cases

The Public Service Program has been informed of an immediate need forof three students to assist a local attorney with three separate criminal cases in which defendants are charged with murder. The attorney has been court-appointed pursuant to the Public Defender's Assigned Counsel Plan.

The students would assist in investigation, legal research and general trial preparation on each of the three murder cases.  The cases are set for trial in July. Course prerequisites include criminal law, criminal procedure and constitutional law.  If you are interested in this placement, please e-mail Jina Scinta at or call at 852-5647. 

The first three students (with the appropriate course prerequisites) to respond will be signed up.