Professional Development News

Office of Chief Counsel, IRS seeking 2L Summer 2012 Intern

The Office of Chief Counsel, IRS is seeking a second-year student who has taken Basic Income Tax to be a Summer 2012 Intern.

For additional information and how to apply, go to: and click on "Jobs & Resume Collection".



Central High School Marshall-Brennan Participation Approved for Public Service Credit

One of the Central High School partnership activities is teaching seniors in the law and government class. Law students teach from a prepared curriculum and textbook focusing on civil liberties as it applies to students. Law students must have taken Constitutional Law to teach in this program. In the past, law students enrolled in the "We the People" Bill of Rights Teaching Practicum course for one credit hour per semester (maximum of two credit hours). The Public Service Committee has just approved participation in the Marshall Brennan program for public service credit as an alternative to academic credit. Law students interested in participating for either academic or public service credit should discuss their interest with Professor Sam Marcosson.

Public Service Opportunity Available

A non-profit organization has contacted the Public Service Office seeking a student to assist them in establishing 501(c)(3) status. If you are interested in helping this organization, please contact Jina Scinta at The first person contacting Ms. Scinta will be signed up for the project. The organization is willing to wait until after finals to get started.

DART Career Fair Thursday Night

Careers in Community Organizing for Social Justice Available to UofL students and alums!

The Direct Action & Research Training (DART) Center will be on the UofL campus on Thursday, April 5 at 6pm in Career Development Center (Houchens Bldg, Lower Level) to discuss careers in the field of community organizing with students interested in empowering their communities and working for social change.

Please RSVP by contacting Hannah Wittmer at or calling 785.506.8915 with your name, phone #, email address and year in school.

DART is now accepting applications for the 2012 DART Organizers Institute, the paid, four-month field school for people interested in launching a career in community organizing. Participants will undergo a combined classroom and field training covering such topics as:


* Entering a community

* Identifying and training local leaders

* Strategic planning and issue cutting

* Relationship and community building

* Direct Action on community issues

* Fundraising


The DART Center has built coalitions throughout the country that have won important victories on a broad set of justice issues including:


* Education reform in low-performing public schools

* Job Training

* Drugs and Violence

* Criminal Recidivism

* Living Wage

* Neighborhood Revitalization

* Predatory Lending

* Affordable Housing, etc.


The DART Organizers Institute combines a classroom orientation with on the ground infield training at a local grassroots organization and in-field training site.  Organizers are provided with a cost of living stipend and travel. After successful completion of the program, DART will place graduates into permanent full-time salaried positions earning $32,500/year + benefits.


The DART Organizers Institute will begin July 9, 2012.  Training locations and permanent placements sites include cities in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Virginia and Florida.


To find out more about DART or to apply, we encourage you to visit or contact Hannah Wittmer at or (785) 506-8915.  

Working in Frankfort this Summer? Share a Ride.

A few students will be working in Frankfort over the summer and would like to carpool.  (Who wouldn't with gas prices steadily increasing?)

If you are interested in sharing transportation to Frankfort, please sign the sheet posted on Ms. Reh's door (184).  Students can get together to work out the details. 

Louisville Magazine "Top Lawyers"

The March 2012 issue of Louisville Magazine featured a list of top lawyers as voted on by fellow Louisville Bar Association members.  This is not the same as the Business First Book of Lists - Law Firms list published each December.

There are 52 practice categories include Banking Law, Bet-the-company Litigation, Class Action Law, Consumer Law, Criminal Defense Law - White-collar and Non-white collar, Immigration & Naturalization Law, Information Technology Law, International Trade & Finance Law, Juvenile Law, Media Law.

If you are interested in viewing the list, see Debra Reh in room 184.


Equal Justice Works Summer Corps Program - Deadline is April 10th

Summer Corps is an AmeriCorps-funded program that will provide law students with the opportunity to earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award for dedicating their summer to a qualifying legal project at a nonprofit public interest organization. Summer Corps applicants must be a current student at an Equal Justice Works member law school. Summer Corps members may also serve at organizations that currently host Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellows and traditional Equal Justice Works Fellows.

For details and to apply, go to:

The deadline to apply is April 10th.


On the third Thursday of each month, local immigration attorney and alum, Becca O'Neill, holds a training here at the law school to train students to go on monthly visits to the Boone County Jail to conduct "Know Your Rights" presentations to detainees. Detainees are held in the custody of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) bureau of the Department of Homeland Security. The visits are on the Friday after the training. Trained students will conduct individual in-take interviews of each detainee. Students whose schedules do not allow them to visit the jail on Fridays can still take the training. All students are welcome. Once you have been trained you can attend a Friday visit when you are available. Attached are some compelling stories giving examples of some cases that have gone through the Boone County Jail.
The next training will be Thursday, April 19, at 6:00 p.m. here at the law school in Room 060. A visit to the Boone County Jail will be Friday, April 20. Students interested in attending the training, should email Becca O'Neill directly by TUESDAY, APRIL 10. Her email is Please let Ms. O'Neill know in your e-mail whether you plan to attend the Friday visit after the training. A list of students must be submitted to the jail ten days before the visit. Also, please let Ms. O'Neill know if you speak a second language, although it is not necessary.
If you are a student who has already been trained and would like to attend the Friday visit on  April 20, please e-mail Becca O'Neill by TUESDAY, APRIL 10 so she can add your name to the list.
A complete description of the project is attached; however, please disregard the dates mentioned therein. Students will receive public service credit for the training and site visits. Students will also be able to count their travel time to and from the Boone County Jail. Interested students should see Jina Scinta to obtain a Reservation Form to sign up to receive public service credit. You can also e-mail her at

TODAY - How to Have a Successful Summer and Prepare for the Fall Hiring Season

The Office of Professional Development will be sponsoring an information session TODAY  from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Room 175. Depending on whether you are a rising 2L or rising 3L, Dean Urbach will be giving you valuable tips on what you can do over the summer to get ready for the fall hiring season. You won't want to miss this opportunity to get ahead of the game. This is a brown bag event, so please bring your own lunch.

Working in Frankfort this Summer? Share a Ride!

A few students will be working in Frankfort over the summer and would like to carpool.  (Who wouldn't with gas prices steadily increasing?)

If you are interested in sharing transportation to Frankfort, please sign the sheet posted on Ms. Reh's door (184).  Students can get together to work out the details.