Professional Development News

2013 Volunteer Summer Judicial Internships

The 12th Judicial Court which is located in LaGrange in Oldham County has three summer judicial internship opportunities available in Circuit, Family and District Court for the summer of 2013.  Interns are requested to be available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Position start and end dates are flexible. To apply for any of these internships, interested students should send a resume and writing sample prior to April 30, 2013, to Students will be able to count their hours toward their public service requirement.

A description of each of the internships is as follows:

Circuit Court:  A Summer Judicial Internship position is available for the 12th Judicial Circuit (Oldham, Henry and Trimble Counties -- Judicial offices are located in LaGrange, Oldham County). This is an unpaid internship which requires legal research, drafting and includes courtroom observation. Cases include civil cases over $5,000, personal injury cases, felony crimes and capital offenses, land title disputes, will contests and administrative appeals.

Family Court:  Summer Internship position is available for the 12th Judicial Circuit-Family Court (Oldham, Henry and Trimble Counties -- Judicial offices are located in LaGrange, Oldham County). This is an unpaid internship which requires legal research, drafting and includes courtroom observation. Cases involve Family Court proceedings including dissolution, child custody, paternity, dependency, abuse and neglect, adoptions, domestic violence and status offenses. 

District Court:  Summer Internship position is available for the 12th Judicial Circuit-District Court (Oldham, Henry and Trimble Counties -- Judicial offices are located in LaGrange, Oldham County). This is an unpaid internship which requires legal research, drafting and includes courtroom observation. Cases involve juvenile matters, traffic citations, probate and wills, mental commitments, misdemeanors, felony probable cause hearings, small claims and civil cases less than $5,000.

University Wide Career Fair - Wednesday, March 27th - 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Papa John's Stadium

A University Wide Career Fair will be held on Wednesday, March 27th from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Papa John's Stadium.  Although the employers are not specifically seeking law students/graduates, this may be an excellent opportunity to network and provide your resume to potential employers.

Click the link below for a list of participating employers.



The National Advisory Committee (NAC) provides a great opportunity to become more involved with Equal Justice Works. The NAC serves in an advisory board capacity to Equal Justice Works, and by serving on the NAC, you can play an important role in providing feedback and guidance on select Equal Justice Works initiatives.

They are currently seeking three law school professionals and three law student members to fill positions that will begin service on June 1, 2013 for a two year commitment that will end on June 1, 2015. As a member of the NAC, you are required to attend an annual meeting and participate in periodic conference calls throughout the year to work on projects designed to help Equal Justice Works improve existing programs and develop new initiatives.

More details on the NAC and the application will be available on their website here on Friday, March 22. The application deadline is Monday, April 22.


Students may now apply through April 10 for funding through the Equal Justice Works Summer Corps program.

 Summer Corps is an AmeriCorps-funded program that provides 1L and 2L students with the opportunity to earn a $1,175 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award for dedicating their summer to a qualifying legal project at a nonprofit public interest organization.

AmeriCorps currently has four priority areas, and they are looking to fund projects in these areas for the 2013 Summer Corps program. Students with projects focusing on serving veterans and military families, homeowners facing foreclosure, victims of disaster, and medical-legal partnerships should apply!

Students who have not yet secured a summer internship, should check out their website here for resources on finding internships in our priority areas.

Louisville Ranks Among the Best Cities

Louisville residents have known for quite some time that Louisville is one of the best places to live.

Now 2 different organizations are recognizing Louisville's outstanding qualities.


Lonely Planet, the online travel guide, named Louisville its number 1 travel destination for 2013. They describe Louisville as "a lively, offbeat cultural mecca on the Ohio River" and cite its youthful population as one of its best assets.

Also recognizing Louisville's greatness is the Web site Under30CEO, which listed Louisville as their 2013 Number 3 best city for young entrepenurs. Of special note is the impact Louisville's universities have on the city's entrepeneurial potential. According to the Kauffman Foundation in 2011 Louisville outperformed the nation in being home to fast growth companies and was among the top states in the nation in terms of new start-up companies formed.


Everything You Need to Know About Federal Judicial Clerkships!

This is a reminder that if you have been thinking about applying for a federal judicial clerkship, don't forget to RSVP to the Federal Judicial Clerkship information session on Thursday, March 21, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. in Room 175. Please RSVP to Jina Scinta at by 12:00 noon on Wednesday, March 20.

If you are a 2L, you won't want to miss this information session. The Office of Professional Development will be discussing everything you will need to know to apply for federal judicial clerkships on OSCAR, the documents required to upload with your application, and upcoming deadlines.

Public Service Requirement Deadline is Monday, March 25!!

The deadline for May 2013 graduates to complete their public service requirement is MONDAY, MARCH 25 AT 3:00 P.M. All public service forms must be turned in to Jina Scinta in Room 180 by the deadline. The only exception to this deadline is for students who are working on the VITA project. No other exceptions or extensions will be given.

If you have not completed your public service requirement, you will be receiving an e-mail from Ms. Scinta letting you know what forms still need to be turned in. If you think you have completed your requirement, but have questions about whether your forms have been turned in, please contact Ms. Scinta at


Young Professionals Association of Louisville (YPAL) Event - Monday, March 18th at Noon in room 175

Panelists include: Rebecca Weis (Stites & Harbison), YPAL's President-Elect; Daniel Mudd (Frost Brown Todd), YPAL's Secretary and Legal Committee Chair; and Emma Brown, Executive Director of YPAL.

If you are interested in learning how to connect and network not only with fellow attorneys, but with other young professionals who could be future clients, please attend this event. These individuals will focus on their experiences in law school and their first few years of practice after law school. Learn about the business side of being an attorney - how to meet and get clients and business. YPAL is an excellent place for a law student or young attorney to begin their legal/professional career.

Westlaw will be providing lunch.

Southeastern Intellectual Property Job Fair (SIPJF) - Save the date - Tuesday, July 30, 2013 in Atlanta, GA

The 9th Annual SIPJF in Atlanta, Georgia will be held on Tuesday, July 30, 2013.  The career fair connects rising 2L, 3L and class of 2013 students, as well as recent graduates (class of 2011 and 2012), with respected employers in the intellectual property community.

Interested students and soon-to-be graduates will be able to review the employer list beginning May 6 and decide if they want to participate.  If you have an interest in participating, please let Dean Hajek or Debra Reh know. 


Ricketts Law Offices has Immediate Need for Law Clerks

Full service East-end firm seeking first - or second-year law student to begin IMMEDIATELY and continue during the academic year

Practice areas include Appellate Law, Criminal Law, Family Law, Business/Corporate, Collections, Personal Injury and General Litigation.

If interested in applying, email a resume, cover letter and writing sample to Ms. Barbara Shea at: