Professional Development News

U.S. Navy JAG Information Session - TODAY - Wednesday, January 21st at Noon in room 171

Lieutenant Doug Ottenwess from the U.S. Navy JAG will be conducting a PowerPoint Information Session on Wednesday, January 21st at Noon in room 171.  The information session is for second- and third-year students.  Additional details can be found on the  website at:

The application deadline for the Student Program and the Direct Appointment Program is 12:01 a.m. EST on February 14, 2015.

Equal Justice Works Asking for Student Help to Preserve Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) allows borrowers to earn forgiveness of federal student loans after making 10 years of on-time monthly payments while working full-time in a public service position.

Equal Justice Works is asking students for their help by filling out this very quick survey to show the impact the ability to earn forgiveness through PSLF has on your career plans. This data will be invaluable in helping Equal Justice Works and a coalition of interested groups advocate for Public Service Loan Forgiveness.

This spring, the Obama Administration recommended capping PSLF at the undergraduate loan limit (currently $57,500) in its FY 2015 budget request to Congress. Now, Congress might propose a similar cap during the ongoing reauthorization of the Higher Education Act this year.

Equal Justice Works will also be hosting a free webinar, JDs in Debt: What Law Students & Lawyers Need to Know about Managing Student Loans & Earning Public Service Loan Forgiveness, on Thursday, January 22, from 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST. Please click on the link to register. It is strongly recommended that you attend.

Summer Fellowships with Legal Aid, DPA, Metro PD & Spring Break Mediation Training - Feb. 3 Deadline

The Samuel L. Greenebaum Public Service Program is pleased to announce the opening of the 2015 Fellowship Application Process. Throughout the spring semester, a variety of summer fellowships for Brandeis students will be advertised. Last year over $67,000 was awarded in fellowships allowing students to work in positions locally, nationally and internationally. 1Ls and 2Ls are encouraged to review the materials below and continue to monitor the Daily Docket for updates. The first group of fellowships involves a total of 8 summer positions across three employers and 8 spring break positions in mediation training with Just Solutions.

Available Fellowships:
The Application Period is now Open until February 3rd for the following fellowships:
a. IOLTA/BarBri Fellowships (3 summer positions, $2500 each, with Department of Public Advocacy in any of its Kentucky offices)
b. Samuel L. Greenebaum Fellowship (2 summer positions, $2500 each, with Louisville Metro Public Defender)
c. Ellen Ewing Fellowship ( 3 summer positions, $2500 each, with Louisville Legal Aid)
d. Edwin H. Perry Fellowship (approx. 8 positions over spring break in a week-long Meditation Training Course offered through Just Solutions, valued at $1000 each)

The summer fellowships may be either part time or full time but students must complete 250 hours by the end of the summer. To learn more about the above fellowships, see the attached document entitled "2015 Fellowship Descriptions".

Application Process:
To apply for any of the above fellowships, students must submit a resume, statement of interest and a completed application. Students may obtain the applications for each of the different fellowships from the Document Library on Symplicity. Representatives from the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy (DPA), Metro Public Defender, and Legal Aid will be on campus in February to interview candidates and select recipients for the fellowships. The winners will be notified in March.

Instructions on how to log onto Symplicity and apply for the fellowships are attached. Please be sure to read the instructions and qualifications for each fellowship carefully. Students may apply for all four fellowships, but must submit different application for each of the fellowships.

Therefore, to apply for fellowships, students will need the following to assist them: (1) 2015 Fellowship Descriptions; (2) Fellowship Instructions; and (3) the Application Form for each of the fellowships for which they plan to apply. All of these documents are available to students in the Document Library on Symplicity.

Deadline for Posted Fellowships:
The deadline to apply for the above fellowships is Tuesday, February 3, 2015
, at midnight. If you have any questions, please see Ms. Scinta, the Public Service Coordinator, in room 180, or contact her at You may also contact Dean Hajek in room 182 or at

Fellowships Available Later in the Spring:
The application periods for the fellowships below have not yet opened, but we encourage students to watch for announcements in the Daily Docket and on the Symplicity homepage for when they will be made available:
a. Public Service Greenebaum Fellowships available February 2015 (9 positions, $2500 each, students secure any summer legal volunteer position and request funding)
b. Johnston Real Estate Law Summer Fellowship available February 2015 (1 position, $5000, student secures summer legal position in real estate/land use)
c. Donan Energy Law Summer Fellowship available February 2015 (1 position, $3500, position is with the Kentucky EEC Legal Dept.)

ACLU 2015 Summer Fellowship in Louisville - Jan. 23 Deadline to Apply

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Kentucky is seeking a summer intern for its Louisville Office. The Internship Program gives law students the opportunity to work with the ACLU's legal director on a wide range of civil liberties issues. Legal experiences will range from legal research and brief writing to assisting with all phases of ongoing litigation in federal cases. Additional opportunities will likely include conducting legislative analysis, screening and summarizing client intake, and conducting factual investigations into potential civil liberties violations. Go to to learn more about this organization.

The ACLU seeks candidates for the summer internship who (1) will have completed their second year of law school by the time the fellowship begins; (2) have taken at least one semester of Constitutional Law by the time the fellowship begins, and (3) who can demonstrate a proven work ethic, strong academic credentials, and a desire to assist in defending the rights of individuals. Flexibility, professionalism, and the ability to work in a team environment are also a must.

To apply, log onto Symplicity, click on the "OCI" tab then click on the "ACLU Summer Internship" session. The deadline is January 23, 2015. Direct all questions to Dean Hajek at or Jina Scinta at

Attention May 2015 Grads!

If you are a third year student planning to graduate in May 2015, this is a reminder that the deadline to complete your public service requirement and turn in the necessary paperwork is Monday, March 31, 2015. If you have not signed up for a public service placement or you need to complete your 30-hour requirement, please review the attached "Quick Facts" or make an appointment with Ms. Scinta ASAP.

Public Service Opportunity - Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

VITA is a program with the Louisville Asset Building Coalition ("LABC") that serves individuals and families whose income is less than $52,000 a year. LABC helps the underprivileged community with free tax preparation and a financial empowerment program.

Our law students can assist with this program by helping individuals prepare their tax returns. LABC will train you and you will become certified to prepare the tax returns. The remaining training date is from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on January 23, 2015.

The training will take place at the Louisville Urban League, 1535 West Broadway, Louisville, Kentucky.

Once trained, students can go to any of the VITA sites to participate. The clinics run through April 15. This is a great opportunity for any 3Ls who still need to complete their public service requirement.

For more information and to obtain a volunteer application and a Reservation Form to sign up, please see contact Jina Scinta at

ABA John J. Curtin, Jr. Justice Fund -- 2015 Summer Legal Internship Program

The Curtin Justice Fund Legal Internship Program is seeking motivated law student interns to apply for stipends available for the Summer 2015 Program. These students should have a position offered, contingent on funding, from a qualified organization.

The Curtin Justice Fund Legal Internship Program is managed jointly by the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty and the Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants. The Program will pay a $2,500 stipend to three law school students who spend the summer months working for a bar association or legal services program designed to prevent homelessness or assist homeless or indigent clients or their advocates. The Legal Internship Program will provide much-needed legal assistance to organizations serving the under-represented and give students direct experience in a public interest forum.

The ideal intern will have a demonstrated interest in public interest law and experience working with poor people or on issues affecting them. All law students are eligible, and first year law students are encouraged to apply. The intern must commit no less than eight continuous weeks between May 1 and October 1 to the program of his or her choice. Applicants must submit applications by Monday, March 30, 2015.

The fellowship information and application materials can be found at


U.S. Navy JAG Information Session - Wednesday, January 21st - Noon in room 171

Lieutenant Doug Ottenwess from the U.S. Navy JAG will be conducting a PowerPoint Information Session on Wednesday, January 21st at Noon in room 171.  The information session is for second- and third-year students.  Additional details can be found on the  website at:

The application deadline for the Student Program and the Direct Appointment Program is 12:01 a.m. EST on February 14, 2015.

Spring 2015 Recruiting Reminder

Please be aware that the deadline for Session 1 employers ends at midnight on Monday, January 19th.  The first on-campus interview is Monday, February 2nd.

Please review the following list of participating employers and their hiring information to determine your interests and qualifications match what the employer is seeking.  The application period for session 2 will open on Friday, January 16th and end on Sunday, February 1st at midnight.   After session 2 closes, the Office of Professional Development will continue to add employers sporadically who sign up to recruit late so you are encouraged to monitor the Daily Docket and the Symplicity homepage for updates.

We strongly encourage you to have your documents reviewed before you submit them for spring recruiting.  The Spring Recruiting Instructions and a copy of the Symplicity instructions are attached to assist those of you unfamiliar with the Symplicity database. 

Please contact Dean Hajek at or Ms. Reh at if you have questions regarding the spring recruiting process. For questions regarding the paid public service fellowships this summer or how to fulfill your 30 hour pro bono requirement, please contact Ms. Scinta at

Session 1 Employers (Application period Jan, 2-19)

Bahe Cook Cantley & Nefzger (Resume Collection only) - 1l, 2L Hiring for Louisville, KY office
Bishop Friend (Resume Collection only) - 1L, 2L Hiring for Louisville, KY office
Dodd & Dodd (Resume Collection only) - 1L, 2L Hiring for Louisville, KY office
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough (Resume Collection only) - 1L Hiring for Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; Charleston/Greenville, Myrtle Beach or Columbia, SC; and Charlotte or Raleigh, NC.
Phillips Parker Orberson & Arnett - 1L Hiring for Louisville, KY office
Ricketts Law Offices (Resume Collection only) - 1L, 2L Hiring for Louisville, KY office
Seiller Waterman - 1L, 2L Hiring for Louisville office
Stites & Harbison - 1L Hiring for Louisville and Lexington, KY and Nashville, TN
Stoll Keenon Ogden - 1L Hiring for Frankfort, Lexington, Louisville, Morganfield and Owensboro, KY; Evansville, IN and Greater Pittsburgh, PA offices
Travis & Herbert - 1L, 2L Hiring for Louisville, KY office
U.S. Air Force JAG (Information Session) - 1L, 2L, 3L Hiring nationwide
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of KY - 1L, 2L Hiring for Louisville office
U.S. Navy JAG (Information Session) - 2L, 3L Hiring nationwide
Washington State Attorney General's Office (Resume Collection only) - 1L, 2L Hiring for various offices in Washington state

Session 2 Employers (Application period (Jan 16 – Feb. 1)

Alcorn Sage Schwartz & Magrath (Resume Collection only) - 2L Hiring for Madison, IN office
O’Bryan Brown & Toner – 1L Hiring for Louisville, KY office
Republic Bank & Trust Company - 1L, 2L Hiring for Louisville, KY office
Vaughn & Smith - 1L, 3L Hiring for Louisville, KY office

Stand Alone Sessions (Application periods fall outside Sessions 1 and 2)

ACLU (Resume Collection only) - 2L Hiring for Louisville, KY office
Churchill Downs (Resume Collection only) - 1L, 2L Hiring for Louisville, KY office

Are You Interested in Immigration Law? Students are Needed for National Immigrant Justice Center Know Your Rights Presentation

This public service opportunity is ideal for students and local community volunteers interested in immigration law. Professor Trucios-Haynes leads a team of volunteers on monthly visits to the Boone County Jail where immigration detainees are held in the custody of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) bureau of the Department of Homeland Security. Trained students, with the supervision of Prof. Trucios-Haynes, conducts "Know Your Rights" presentations to approximately 200+ detainees during each visit, and conducts individual in-take interviews of each detainee.

On Thursday, January 22, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Room 075, Prof. Trucios-Haynes will hold 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. The next jail visit will be on Friday, January 23.

Students interested in attending the training on January 22 and/or going on the jail visit on January 23, should email Prof. Trucios-Haynes directly by no later than TODAY, January 16. Her email is When notifying Prof. Trucios-Haynes, please let her know if you speak a second language, although it is not necessary.

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.

A more detailed description of this project is attached, along with some compelling stories giving examples of some cases that have gone through the Boone County Jail. More stories can also be found at: