Professional Development News

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.

Public Service Opportunity: Summer 2008 Job Corps

Gain legal experience while making a difference through the 2008 Summer Corps.

The Equal Justice Works Summer Corps program enages law students around the country who are expanding the delivery of legal services to those who need it most. Summer Corps is an AmeriCorps-funded program that in 2008 will provide 350 law students with the opportunity to earn a $1,000 education award voucher for dedicating their summer to a qualifying legal project at a nonprofit public interest organization. Summer Corps members provide critically needed legal assistance in low-income and underserved communities in the United States on a broad range of issue areas.

Apply online beginning Wednesday, March 19 at noon EST.
Application closes Wednesday, April 2 at 5 p.m. EST.

For more information and to apply, visit