Professional Development News

Public Service Announcement: Legal Aid Pro Se Divorce Clinic April 18

Legal Aid has scheduled a Pro Se Divorce Clinic for Friday, April 18, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 at Legal Aid, 416 Muhammad Ali Blvd.  They would like to staff this clinic with 2 students.  If anyone who has been trained is interested in participating in this clinic, please e-mail Jina Scinta at  The first two students to e-mail will be selected.  The necessary forms will be e-mailed at a later date.

Public Service Opportunity with the Department of Public Advocacy

The Department of Public Advocacy - Post Trials Division is in need of 1 to 2 students to assist them to help determine the current timeframes for completion of criminal appeals in Kentucky.

They need to obtain the following information about criminal cases decided during the period from July 1 2005 to the present, by fiscal year:
1. Which court rendered the decision?
2. Was it a DPA appointed case?
3. Notice of appeal filed by prosecution or defendant?
4. Is it a direct appeal from a judgment, or a post conviction action?
5. Appeal as of right, or discretionary review?
6. How many days from notice of appeal to certification of record?
7. How many days from certification of record to brief for appellant?
8. How many days from brief for appellant to brief for appellee?
9. How many days from brief for appellee to reply brief? (note, if none filed, then the result should be 15 days)
10. How many days from reply brief to decision?

In order to get this information, they are in need of someone to review all minutes from both the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court for the specified period, and then print out the "step sheets" (i.e., a printout of the court's docket, available online) for each of those cases. The research could likely happen from your home or campus library and could likely be completed by one student.

If additional hours are needed or another student requires hours, the next step would be to enter the information in a spreadsheet of our design.

The interested student(s) would be required to report to the Post Trial Division Director, Tim Arnold, and his Internal Policy Analyst, Jennifer Withrow. Participants would be subject to DPA's confidentiality policy in reference to their work on this project.

To sign up with the Public Service Program, please e-mail Jina Scinta at Reservations will be given on a first come-first served basis. Reservation Forms will be e-mailed to the student(s) who respond first.

Judicial Clerkships Information Session Reminder

In the Cox Lounge on Thursday, April 3rd at 3:45 p.m.  See you there and bring your questions!

Judicial Clerkships--Information Session This Week

This Thursday, April 3rd beginning at 3:45 in the Cox Lounge, meet with Justice Martin Johnstone and Dean Jim Chen to discuss everything you want to know about clerking at all the various levels of the federal and state courts. You've got questions; we've got answers.  Join us!

Washington DC EEOC Summer Opportunity

March 30th Application Deadline!

Commissioner Stuart Ishimaru has two unpaid law clerk positions available in Washington, D.C. He is one of five Commissioners who lead the agency by establishing policy and regulations, approving litigation in a variety of areas, and establishing and overseeing various programs and initiatives.

Law clerk assignments may include reviewing litigation recommendations and federal employment discrimination determinations, performing legal research and writing research memoranda on employment discrimination and administrative law issues, attending meetings with the Commissioner and his staff attorneys, assisting in preparing for public EEOC meetings, and drafting speeches.

A background in employment discrimination and/or civil rights law is preferred. Strong writing skills are required. Law clerks must be available for a minimum of eight weeks. Must be a current student Interested students should submit a resume, cover letter, unofficial transcript, and short writing sample by March 30, 2008 to

2008 Louisville Law Community Service Day

On April 5, 2008, the law school community will embark upon its first annual day of collective public service. The initiative arose from student input into the university’s strategic planning process. The purpose of this event is to highlight the law school's commitment to community service, provide significant services, have fun, and make new acquaintances in our law school community.

Participants in the planning process identified three focus areas:

Animal Rights & Animal Issues

Women, Children, Homeless, & the Underserved

Environmental Issues

All students, staff and faculty are encouraged to participate by contributing donated items to one of the organizations listed below or to volunteer their time to one of the designated projects.


To kick off the event, we’ll be hosting a complimentary continental style breakfast in the Mosaic Lobby at 10 AM on Saturday, April 5. Coffee, juice, and pastries will be provided. Those present will be eligible to win one of the many door prizes!

Lend A Helping Hand

Volunteers may choose from a variety of projects. Sign up sheets will be available in each mail room and the Mosaic Lobby during the week preceding April 5th, or you may sign up online. You’re also welcome to show up that day without a reservation. Volunteers are encouraged to show their team spirit by wearing a piece of University of Louisville or Brandeis School of Law apparel.

Metro Animal Services

The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund has arranged for a variety of activities including dock cleaning, rewiring kennel doors, and painting the new “get acquainted” space. This project will take place at a shelter near campus beginning at 11 AM. Volunteers will also receive a tour of the shelter and an opportunity to walk some of the dogs. Contact Megan Renwick for details.

Departure time: 10:45 AM; carpooling available. You may be painting, so dress appropriately.

Wayside Christian Mission

The Student Bar Association is making arrangements to assist at Wayside Christian Mission. Projects may include serving lunch and providing general cleaning services. Contact Kelly Oates for details.

Departure time: 10:45 AM or meet the group at 11 AM @ 822 East Market. Wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty.


Brightside Inc.

The Environmental Law & Land Use Society has arranged for a clean-up project at Central Park. Volunteers will walk from campus to Central Park along Third Street and back along Fourth Street, cleaning up as they go. Contact Brian Pollock for details.

Departure time: 10:30 AM. It may rain, so dress appropriately. Garbage bags will be provided, but you might want to bring some gloves.

Make a Donation

During the week of March 31 – April 5, collection bins will be placed in the Mosaic Lobby of the Law School in Wyatt Hall. Following, is a list of items requested by each organization.

Metro Animal Services

Metro Animal Services seeks donations of pet supplies, medical supplies, and household items.

Click here for a complete wish list.

Center for Women & Families

During the months of March and April, the Center is collecting towels, washcloths, diapers, underwear, socks and bras. We’re also collecting cell phones & cell phone chargers. Additionally, you can help by donating goods that meet their immediate needs: cribs and mattresses, crib sheets, pacifiers and bottles, & infant toys.

Click here for a complete wish list.

Project Women

As part of their annual community service project, the Women’s Law Caucus is gathering items for the Project Women Hygiene Drive.

Items include: toilet paper, conditioner, face wash, deodorant, dental floss, tooth brushes, pull-ups, Kleenex tissues, paper towels, sponges, soap, face wash, lotion, shampoo, household cleaners, napkins, tampons, maxi pads, light bulbs, lamps, children's coloring/activity books, computer printer paper, batteries for Leap Pad learning system, etc.

Click here for a complete wish list.

Metro Recycling

We’re collecting aluminum cans, plastic bottles, glass bottles, newspapers, and cardboard.


Contact Virginia Smith or Jina Scinta if you'd like to get involved or to request more information.

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.