Professional Development News
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is actively seeking second-year law students for intern positions in its Office of Chief Counsel for the summer of 2012. No other federal agency touches the daily life of citizens as directly as the FDA. In regulating about 25 percent of the United States consumer economy, the FDA is responsible for the safety and effectiveness of two trillion dollars worth of products a year – including items as diverse as artificial hearts, surgical lasers, gene therapy, dialysis machines, cloned animals, genetically engineered foods, counterterrorism products, and drugs produced using nanotechnology techniques.
Lawyers in the Office of Chief Counsel advise the FDA on legal matters and represent the agency in court proceedings and in administrative hearings. They participate in both civil and criminal cases; draft pleadings, motions and briefs; and participate in discovery and trials. Lawyers also serve as counselors to the major programs of the agency: drugs, foods, biologics, devices, veterinary products, tobacco and enforcement. They provide legal opinions, and participate in rulemaking proceedings, legislative matters, policy deliberations, and international negotiations. In addition, lawyers are involved in explaining agency programs to Congress, the regulated industry, and the public. More information about the office is available at http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/CentersOffices/OC/OfficeoftheChiefCounsel.
Candidates should have a record of strong academic achievement. Experience or interest in public health issues, regulatory matters, or litigation is helpful. Positions are located at FDA headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, DC. Interested candidates should send a resume, copy of law school transcript, and writing samples to OCOCCAttorneyAPP@fda.hhs.gov (and designate SUMMER INTERN APPLICATION on the subject line) by October 28, 2011.
This is a reminder that the second of three mandatory meetings with the Office of Professional Development is Tuesday, October 25 from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in Room 275. Jina Scinta will be discussing the policies and procedures of the Public Service Program and the week-long projects that will be available to first year students the week of December 12. Debra Reh will be explaining the Symplicity program and what it can do for you. Ms. Reh will also help you navigate your way through the law school website.
Free pizza and drinks will be served. See you there!
Greg Simms, Esq.
Greg Simms, attorney at law, is a 2007 graduate of UofL Law and a partner in the firm of Gruner & Simms, PLLC. Among the many accolades in Mr. Simms' Martindale-Hubbell profile are the following:
- He received the Book Award for the highest grade in Evidence in law school.
- He is a member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.
- His teeth are large enough to allow him to eat corn through a fence.
- He is the 2004 Marion County (Ky.) Ham Days Hog Calling Champion. Really. No lie.
Despite his considerable theatrical experience, Lawlapalooza is Greg's first effort at karaoke. Consequently, his goals are modest and reasonable: While he does not expect to win this year's Lawlapalooza karaoke competition, he does plan to soundly beat Sam Marcosson.
If you would like to arrange an individual meeting with a member of the Office of Professional Development and have not previously signed up with Dean Urbach, additional signup sheets are posted. Here is how you will sign up:
A through H - Dean Urbach (182)
I through Z - Ms. Reh (184)
If you know that you are not interested in practicing law and are not in Professor Pettinato's Basic Legal Skills class, please contact her for an appointment.
Luis Cartaya, 2L
Luis "Cher" Cartaya, pictured here shaving his legs, was once one of the legendary members of the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (the red one, obviously). After suffering an ACL tear fighting Lord Zedd, Cartaya had to retire the red suit and follow his second dream, being Cher. After discovering he had a voice of an angel, Cartaya joined Sonny & Cher and began blessing the world with his voice. Cher, clearly the greater of the group, broke off to begin a solo career and was soon thereafter regarded as the Goddess of Pop. You might also know Cartaya from his Hollywood love affairs with such movie stars as Jessica Alba, Megan Fox, and Jessica Biel. Having traveled back in time, Cartaya has become great friends with Louis D. Brandeis, and after losing a hot game of poker agreed to bless Lawlapalooza with his epic voice.
Lawlapalooza 2011: I Rocked the Law, the Louisville legal community's band battle to benefit the Judge Ellen B. Ewing Memorial Fund, is Thursday, October 27 at the Phoenix Hill Tavern, 644 Baxter Avenue. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., first band starts at 7:00.
Skinny and Small: The Ultimate Government Cheese Tribute
Skinny and Small: The Ultimate Government Cheese Tribute brings the classic alt-Southern-Country-Punk Rock sounds of mid-1980s Bowling Green, Kentucky (“the Athens, GA of South-Central Kentucky”) to this year’s Lawlapalooza.
Riding a resurgence of interest in the Bowling Green sound among now-middle-aged, minivan-driving professionals looking to recreate the magic of legendary nightclubs such as Picasso’s and Tewligan’s, and the gritty punk glamour of CBGB’s, Skinny and Small has quickly developed a reputation as the hardest-working band on the Government Cheese tribute band circuit, taking top honors at festivals such as “Lost River on the Ohio River” and “Picasso’s at the Lapin Agile.”
Representing the UofL Brandeis School of Law, Skinny and Small unites brothers Viva Las Vegas on guitar, Reggie Las Vegas on vocals and Jaime Las Vegas on drums with guitarist (and sometimes law professor) Tim Hall and longtime family friend Donnie Bott on bass for a six-song, 100-decibel tribute to the best damn rock band you’ve never heard of.
The SEC has opened its applications for 2012 Spring Student Internship. We welcome applications, and we will begin reviewing applications on a rolling basis on November 7, 2011.The one-semester volunteer program is open to undergraduate and graduate students, or JD/MBA students and L.L.M. Students have the opportunity to work for ten weeks during the spring at the SEC's Washington DC headquarters or at one of its eleven Regional Offices. For more information, look at the SEC’s Web site. There is a link there to the Futurestep Web site used for SEC hiring. Students should look on that page under Current Opportunities / Washington, DC and click “Student Opportunities/Volunteer Opportunities.” From there, they can apply to the DC or regional offices. Any questions regarding the application process should be directed to email@example.com We will begin reviewing applications and hiring on a rolling basis beginning Nov. 7, 2011. The posting will officially close on November 21, 2011.
If you are interested in learning about Summer Intern or Full-time opportunities with the U.S. Air Force JAG, please attend a slide presentation and Information Session beginning at Noon in room 175 TODAY, Monday, October 17th. If you would like to meet with Captain Hartman for an Informational Interview, appointments are available beginning at 1:00 p.m. in room 176. There is a signup sheet on Ms. Reh's door (184) for appointments.
Starring Susan Duncan and John Cross
Given their star power today, it may be hard to believe that Susan and John actually began their careers separately, and in relative obscurity. Susan started out with the all-girl band “Duncan Donuts,” where she was an a cappella pianist. John started out with the “Cross Family Yodelers,” a quintet that performed Alpine versions of heavy metal songs. Their meteoric rise to fame began when, unbeknownst to each other, they were hired as stunt doubles for the cult band “Captain and Tennille.”
As the following photo demonstrates, the visual similarity is obvious:
(Note: Susan and John are the two in the back.)
After that role, the rest is, as they say, history. But fame has not spoiled the two. You can occasionally hear their humble roots in their modern songs, whether it be Susan breaking into a spontaneous riff on the air piano, or John executing a musical run in an authentic Kitzbühel-region yodel (a technique once compared unfavorably to a basset hound's howl). Moreover, the two have turned into prolific songwriters. Who can forget that top-ten hit “Spring Schedule 2012,” a song that, while performed by Carol Channing, was actually penned by Susan? So sit back, put your earplugs in, and get ready to be entertained!