Professional Development News

Opportunities in Solo/Small Firms

Still trying to figure out what to do this summer?  Attend this lunch 'n learn on Thursday, March 6, over the noon hour in room #175.  Tim Napier, chair of this LBA section, will talk about the advantages of working in a small firm (or as a solo practitioner after graduation.)  Also, you'll learn all about the upcoming job fair on Tuesday, March 18th from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at the LBA.  Mark your calendar now for both events!

Mr. Napier and his LBA section will provide the pizza for the Lunch 'n Learn.

Spring 2008 University-wide Career Fair -- All majors welcome, all kinds of employers participating

This Thursday, February 28th, 11:00 - 3:00 pm in the Brown and Williamson Club @ Papa Johns Stadium.

 

Employers representing over 60 companies/organizations are registered to attend the upcoming University-wide Career Fair to recruit current UofL students, 2008 Graduates and alumni for jobs ranging from part-time opportunities to co-op/internship positions and full-time, professional jobs.

 

Juniors, Seniors and graduate students looking for internship, co-op and/or permanent professional opportunities should come dressed to interview with resumes in hand.

 

For more information, please contact the UofL Career Development Center at 502-852-6701.

Interested in Atlanta or elsewhere in the Southeast?

The Spring Southeast Legal Hiring Conference job fair packets are on the table right in front of the Career Services Offices.  Tonight is the "drop dead" deadline for turning your resumes in!  Do it now:

Pick up the packet today; 

Select the places to which you'd like to apply;

And turn your resumes and your selection sheet in to room #182.  We'll take it from there.

Remember what the ads for the lottery tell us.  You have to pay, to play.  And somebody's gonna win; might as well be you.  So, if you want to live in the Southeast, give this a try!

Public Service Opportunity--Access to Justice Project

Help at risk elderly clients and contribute to a handbook that will be used by seniors and service providers across the state.

The Access to Justice Foundation and the Kentucky Bar Association Elder Law Committee are updating and re-writing a consumer handbook titled, "Laws and Programs for Older Kentuckians." The 4th edition of this book was published in 2001 by the Kentucky Bar Association.  For the 5th edition we need volunteers to do field research, edit, and write text. 

Topics available to work on include chapters on:
    Housing access for seniors
    Legal issues in medical care
    Selected issues in paying for medical care
    Elder abuse and domestic violence in later life
    Programs and resources for seniors

To help provide services to at risk seniors and to help the volunteers develop first hand understanding of the topic they are writing about volunteers will need to spend a day or more doing field work. This will involve working with elderly clients and service providers under the supervision of the project attorney for at least one day. Once this is completed the students will do additional research, write and edit a chapter or section for the book. Outlines and similar texts will be available as guides. Authors will be acknowledged in the final published text.

The Students will need to commit to one day in Lexington to complete the field work. The field work needs to be scheduled during normal business hours. Spring break would be a good opportunity to complete this part of the project. The rest of the research, writing and editing can be done at your convenience.  The minimum number of hours would be 5-10, the total number of hours is flexible and dependent on how much of the project you are willing to take on.  Up to 5 students are needed for this project.

The project will also need a final editor, but the text will likely not be available for editing until mid to late summer. Contact DavidGodfrey (see below) if you have experience editing text and are interested in this project.

Before signing up for this project, please contact: David Godfrey, managing attorney, Access to Justice Foundation 859-255-9913 ext 12 or dgodfrey@mis.net  to commit to a date for the field work and to determine the section you are interested in working on.

More Summer Opportunities

USA Track & Field, in Indianapolis, has a variety of interesting volunteer summer internships.  Deadline: March 15.

 

FCBA (The Federal Communication Bar Association Foundation) awards $5000 summer stipends to law students employed as unpaid summer interns in positions with the FCC and other government agencies or entities with a connection to the communications industry (for example: broadcasting, cable television, telephony, satellite, wireless and information technology.)  Deadline: March 7.

 

Come by and get more information and applications in my office (#182.)

Summer Patent Law Job Fair

Each summer, Loyola University of Chicago sponsors a Patent Law Job Fair.  Registration to participate opens February 20 and closes on March 14.  Here are a few particulars.  More information is available in my office...#182.

Student Eligibility to Participate:
Please note that ONLY law students returning to law school in the Fall of 2008 may participate in this program. Students beginning school in the fall of 2008, students graduating this year, or alumni are NOT eligible. This program is for summer associate and entry-level attorney positions for 2009. The only exception is for a law graduate studying for an LL.M. in Intellectual Property.

WHEN & WHERE INTERVIEWS TAKE PLACE:
Chicago Marriott Suites O'Hare (five minutes from Chicago O'Hare Airport)
6155 North River Road
Rosemont, Illinois 60018
Thursday, July 31, 2008 and Friday, August 1, 2008. You may have interviews on either or both days. Evening cocktail reception: Thursday, July 31st from 5:30-7:00

Patent Bar Exam Requirement
Virtually all employers want students who have taken or plan to take the patent bar exam (please note that not all computer science majors will qualify). The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office annually publishes requirements for taking the patent bar exam. To learn more go to www.uspto.gov/web/offices/dcom/olia/oed/examregist.htm.

Alternative Uses Session #1 -- Humana -- Tuesday, February 19th at noon in room #175

Want to work somewhere other than a law firm?  Plan to attend this pizza lunch and hear from five of our Louisville Law alums who work at Humana, drafting and negotiating all of the agreement contracts that relate to Information Technology as well as the exhibits, schedules, statements of work and amendments related to those agreements.  (The pizza, provided by Humana, will hopefully be served at 11:45.)

Want to work in Atlanta or elsewhere in the Southeast?

The Spring Southeast Legal Hiring Conference, being held IN Atlanta on Friday, March 28, may have just the job for you.  The list of employers who will be interviewing, for both summer and full-time positions, plus a description of who they are seeking (year in law school, etc) is available in the Career Services Office.  Pick up your packet now.  The APPLICATION DEADLINE for submission of your resumes in order to be considered for interviews is NOON ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18th.

 

Public Service Opportunity for 2L

Kentucky Refugee Ministries is looking for assistance from one of our law students.  Kentucky Refugee Ministries is a refugee resettlement agency that resettles persons who have been displaced from their home country due to civil war and genocide. In our immigration legal services program we assist persons from Sudan, Somalia, Cuba, Burma, Liberia and Iraq with obtaining green cards, employment authorization, Naturalization and family reunification.

They are looking for student for a few hours on Friday.  The volunteer would be entering data into the Westlaw database, Immforms, and using that data to create applications for all the above-mentioned services. The volunteer would also be assisting the staff attorney with checking on pending applications with United States Customs and Immigration Services. The work would probably take about three hours each Friday. We are open from 9a.m. to 4:30p.m. The volunteer could come at any time during those hours.

If you are a second year student and think you might be interested in this project, please e-mail Jina Scinta at jina.scinta@louisville.edu.  She will take the first student to respond.

2008 Career Day Triumph

Thanks to the support of the Louisville Law Community, this year's career day was a success. Both first year law students and other law students seeking guidance were able to meet with Louisville attorneys and learn about the law they practice. With the help of such mentors, our students are better able to learn how their education can shape their career and see the myriad of opportunities available to them.

Below are a few images from the event.