Professional Development News

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.


SBF Offers Grants for Public Service Opportunities

The University of Louisville Student Bar Foundation grants fellowships and funding for public service legal work according to its mission. Grant applications are due February 15, 2008.  Please return them to the mail file of Emily Zahn.

Please go to the SBF website to download the application. Forms are also  available outside the SBF office door (basement level, just past 080 where the student organization offices are).

About the Student Bar Foundation:

The Student Bar Foundation is the charitable giving arm of the Student Bar Association.  Its mission is to raise and distribute funds for student fellowships for law-related public service work with a focus on:

  1. Delivery of legal services to the poor and indigent;
  2. Law-related public education; and/or
  3. Improvement of the judiciary, the legal profession, and citizen access to the justice system.



May 2008 Grads: On-Campus Interview opportunity for full-time work

The Department of Public Advocacy wants to interview all 3Ls and 4Ls who

1. will be graduating this spring,

2. are interested in doing public defender work, and

3. with whom they've not previously met. 

The deadline to submit your resume, law school transcript, writing sample, references and cover letter is next Monday, January 28th.  The interviews will be conducted on Wednesday, February 13th.  The sign-up sheet (which also gives additional information) is in the Career Services library.

This is the first step towards a summer (or fall) paid clerk position which could potentially turn into a full-time attorney position upon bar passage. 


February 2nd -- Saturday morning from 9:00 to 1:00 -- will be Career Day 2008!  Session Selection/Registration forms are available in the student mailroom and in the Career Services offices.  As you know, all first-years are required to attend this event, but remember that upper division students are also most welcome to attend again.


When you look at the form, you will notice that there are some new specialty areas including Entertainment and JAG.  And of course, some of the presenters are new this year so you can benefit from additional information AND enhanced networking.


Questions? Jerie Torbeck in office #182 (852-6096) or Debra Reh in office #184 (852-6368) 



On Thursday, January 3, 2008, two of our area's largest law firms are throwing holiday receptions for 1Ls!  See the invitations from Frost Brown Todd (with three parties thrown simultaneously in Louisville, Lexington and Cincinnati from 4:30 to 6:30) and Graydon Head (in Cincinnati from 5:00 to 6:30) hanging on your mailroom wall, on our Career Services bulletin boards, and two-sided in your mailboxes for RSVP details. 

Make your plans now to attend and RSVP before you forget.  Outstanding networking opportunities -- you don't want to miss this chance.  And keep watching the Docket over the holidays for other invitations that could come in. 

Public Service Program Partners with LBA for Pro Se Devorice Clinics

The Public Service Program will be hosting a Lunch 'n' Learn on January 10, 2008, from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. in Room 175. Judge Stephen George and attorney, Melanie Straw-Boone, will discuss the Louisville Bar Association (LBA) Pro Se Divorce Clinics. Come and hear about this exciting partnership between the LBA Pro Bono Consortium and Family Court to assist underserved pro se litigants in securing their divorces. All law students are invited to hear about the project and Family Court. Furthermore, the Public Service Program will be recruiting 2L, 3L and 4L law student volunteers for the clinics. (It is not necessary to attend the Lunch 'n' Learn to volunteer for the clinics. However, you must sign up in the public service office and attend the below-cited training.)

The clinics facilitate pro se parties seeking divorces to complete the paperwork required to initiate a divorce action. Students serve as intake coordinators. In addition to students, there are volunteer lawyers from the Bar at every clinics to supervise the students. The LBA Pro Bono Consortium sponsors Self-Help Divorce Clinics at the Jefferson Judicial Center (700 West Jefferson Street) on the second and fourth Fridays of the month from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The next training, which is required to volunteer at the clinic, will likely be held at 9:00 a.m. on January 25, 2008, immediately before that day's scheduled clinic. (We ask all students who sign up for this placement to volunteer for a minimum of six clinics during the semester.)

Are you from Eastern Kentucky...around Carter County?

For May 2008 or December 2007 graduates:

Do you want to have a smalll town solo practice in the not too distant future?  Robert L. Caummisar, a solo practitioner in Grayson, Kentucky, would like to interview you over this coming Christmas break.  His plan is to hire a recent or soon-to-be graduate as a clerk/paralegal with employment as an associate attorney upon bar exam passage.  Then, in 3 to 5 years, you would become a partner; and in 4 to 6 more years, Mr. Caummisar hopes to retire and have you take over his practice and equipped office.

Here's all his contact information: Robert L. Caummisar, Attorney at Law, 301 West Main Street, Grayson KY 41143-1299.  Phone: (606) 474-9522.  Fax: (606) 474-4422.


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a lobbyist?  Two Louisville Law alums, Nathan Miller, class of 2002 (legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project in Washington DC) and Tim Corrigan, class of 2000 (managing partner for the Rotunda Group LLC, Government Relations for Business, based here in Louisville) will talk with you about this very interesting "alternative use" for your law degree.

Come to room #175 over the noon hour on Monday, November 19th, eat pizza and hear all about what it is like to be a lobbyist at the national, state and local levels.

Fall Food Drive

Phi Alpha Delta is sponsoring a Fall Food Drive to benefit local food shelves, e. g., Dare to Care. The drive has already begun and will last two weeks, from Monday, November 5th, to Monday, November 19th. They would like students, staff, and professors to bring non-perishable food items and deposit these items into collection bins, located in the main lobby of the law school. The food drive is affiliated with Kentucky Harvest, a charitable organization that distributes these items to area food programs.

Additionally, some professors are assisting in the Food Drive by permitting students who are called upon in class (between November 5th and November 19th) to be excused from answering in exchange for a donation of a food item.

1L Career Services Orientation on Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Reminder that Debra and I look forward to seeing every first-year on Wednesday according to the following schedule:


Section #1 from 10:25 - 11:30 in room #175. Pizza will be available following the session.


Section #2 from 11:45 - 12:50 in room #175. Pizza will be available at the beginning of the session.


Section #12 from 7:15 - 8:15 in room #080. Granola bars and trail mix will be available to stave off your hunger.