Professional Development News

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 http://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_services/homelessness_poverty/j...

Career Opportunities Workshop

Where should you be practicing after law school?

The Business Law Society and the Office of Professional Development are co-sponsoring an inaugural attorney placement seminar. Many students are unsure about what career paths exist after law school and our goal is to provide our classmates with an opportunity to receive a professional placement assessment. 

Our guest, Ms. Gina Scott, from Northwestern Mutual Insurance Company, is a professional recruiter and placement specialist for young and seasoned attorneys.  The focus will be on the results of the anonymous assessments and identifying traditional and non-traditional career opportunities available after law school.

The assessment will be anonymous in that all results will be spoken about generally, then each student will have time to talk about their own results with Ms. Scott individually after the general discussion.

The event will be held from 12:00pm - 1:00pm on Wednesday, January 28 in LL75.

Free lunch will be provided.

How to participate:

Attached is a link to take the Leadership Assessment (CPQ) which will help us identify your leadership style and core strengths. Please note there are NO right or wrong answers and that it is NOT a test. The assessment will take you about twenty minutes to complete and the results will be emailed to Jessica Wilkett once you are finished. For the most accurate results, please complete the entire assessment in one sitting, in a location where you will not be interrupted.

Below is your link to complete. Instructions are included.

Link: https://assess.shlonline.com/default?action=url&key=b321146c48c52e

 

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:  http://jag.navy.mil/careers_/careers/opportunities_overview.htm

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 jina.scinta@louisville.edu. You may also contact Dean Hajek in room 182 or at laurel.hajek@louisville.edu.

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 www.aclu-ky.org 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 laurel.hajek@louisville.edu or Jina Scinta at jina.scinta@louisville.edu.

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 jina.scinta@louisville.edu.

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 http://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_services/homelessness_poverty/j...

 

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:  http://jag.navy.mil/careers_/careers/opportunities_overview.htm

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