Professional Development News

Additional Week-Long Project Available for 1L's

Week of December 16, 2013 - Volunteer Opportunity at Legal Aid

The Legal Aid Society places cases with volunteer attorneys and serves as a mechanism for the private bar to provide pro bono service to citizens who are unable to hire an attorney due to lack of financial resources. Once Legal Aid places a case with an attorney, Legal Aid is required to monitor progress of the case by checking on the case status periodically and then closing out the Legal Aid file once the service is completed. This process involves the review of online court records, phone calls to attorneys and a review of Legal Aid files. Also, once all work is completed, the Legal Aid file must be closed electronically and the file organized. While this work is procedural in nature the ramifications are substantive. Through proper handling of pro bono matters, Legal Aid is able to accurately report services provided to its funders and continue to provide services to the poor in our community. Students involved in this process will assist in the process of closing files and securing up-to-date information on ongoing pro bono matters.

Three to four students will be needed for this project. Students will receive training and supervision throughout the work. 

If you are a first year student who turned in your week-long project interest form but would like to add this project as one of your choices, please contact Jina Scinta at jina.scinta@louisville.edu to let her know by no later than Monday, November 11. Also, please let her know if you would like to change the order of your choices.

If not enough interest is shown by the first year students, we will open these opportunities to all students after November 11.

Collegiate High School Mock Trial Team Needs 2L’s and 3L’s

The Collegiate High School Mock Trial Team is looking for 3-4 students who need public service hours to help with team practices. Practices are Saturday mornings from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, and in January there will also be practices on Thursday evenings from 6-8 p.m. It's helpful, but not at all necessary, if the students have mock trial experience, or have taken evidence or trial practice.

Ideally, they are looking for students who can help somewhat regularly throughout the season, meaning 2-3 practices per month. However, they will take any volunteers even if they are only able to help with a few practices. The time commitment can be as little or as much as students are willing to give. Volunteers will probably need 1-2 hours to read the case packet thoroughly. All practices are at Collegiate. This year's case problem is a murder charge. The mock trial competition is March 14-16, but students don't need to be present at the competition.

Students will be able to count their hours toward their public service requirement. If you are interested in volunteering for this project, please contact Jina Scinta at jina.scinta@louisville.edu. The first 3-4 students will be signed up.

TODAY!! Workshop on Resumes and Cover Letters

TODAY from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. in Room 275, Dean Hajek, Assistant Dean for the Office of Professional Development, will conduct a workshop on improving your resume and/or cover letter. Dean Hajek will be available to answer questions you may have. 

Although this is for all students, first year students should remember it is mandatory to attend at least one session. Additional sessions will be held Thursday, November 21 and January 9, 2014. 

Don't miss this opportunity!

Financial Planning Workshop at New York Life - Thursday, November 7 at 6:00 p.m.

An informational workshop with the Managing Director of Income and Investments at New York Life will be held on Thursday, November 7 at 6:00 p.m.  The office is located at the corner of Hurstbourne Lane and Shelbyville Road and the workshop is in the second floor conference room.

The workshop will benefit anyone interested in the financial planning industry and tax incentives.  This is also an opportunity to meet established agents from New York Life or gain perspective on the process of financial planning.

Christopher Robert, a 2012 alum, will be present.  If you have any questions, contact Mr. Robert at:  (502)327-8589 ext. 428 or email him at:  crobert@ft.newyorklife.com 

Students Needed for Pro Se Divorce Clinic at Legal Aid

Legal Aid will host a divorce clinic on Friday, November 22, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon at the Legal Aid Society. Attendees at the clinic are community members who need assistance in completing the forms necessary to file a pro se divorce in Jefferson Family Courts. Students are invited to participate by volunteering to staff the clinic and assist clients as questions arise during the completion of the forms. A training session will be held for interested volunteers (both attorneys and law students) on Friday, November 15, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the Legal Aid Society. This is not a required training, but may be helpful for students who have not volunteered at a clinic in the past or are not familiar with domestic relations matters. Four students are needed.

Interested students should contact Jina Scinta at jina.scinta@louisville.edu to obtain a Reservation Form to sign up for this project. 

Additional Week-Long Project Available for 1L's

Week of December 16, 2013 - Volunteer Opportunity at Legal Aid

The Legal Aid Society places cases with volunteer attorneys and serves as a mechanism for the private bar to provide pro bono service to citizens who are unable to hire an attorney due to lack of financial resources. Once Legal Aid places a case with an attorney, Legal Aid is required to monitor progress of the case by checking on the case status periodically and then closing out the Legal Aid file once the service is completed. This process involves the review of online court records, phone calls to attorneys and a review of Legal Aid files. Also, once all work is completed, the Legal Aid file must be closed electronically and the file organized. While this work is procedural in nature the ramifications are substantive. Through proper handling of pro bono matters, Legal Aid is able to accurately report services provided to its funders and continue to provide services to the poor in our community. Students involved in this process will assist in the process of closing files and securing up-to-date information on ongoing pro bono matters.

Three to four students will be needed for this project. Students will receive training and supervision throughout the work. 

If you are a first year student who turned in your week-long project interest form but would like to add this project as one of  your choices, please contact Jina Scinta at jina.scinta@louisville.edu to let her know by no later than Monday, November 14. Also, please let her know if you would like to change the order of your choices.

If not enough interest is shown by the first year students, we will open these opportunities to all students after November 14.

Workshop on Resumes and Cover Letters

On Thursday, November 7, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. in Room 275, Dean Hajek, Assistant Dean for the Office of Professional Development, will conduct a workshop on improving your resume and/or cover letter. Dean Hajek will be available to answer questions you may have. 

Although this is for all students, first year students should remember it is mandatory to attend at least one session. Additional sessions will be held Thursday, November 21 and January 9, 2014.

Don't miss this opportunity!

Attention 2L’s and 3L’s

The Collegiate High School Mock Trial Team is looking for 3-4 students who need public service hours to help with team practices. Practices are Saturday mornings from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, and in January there will also be practices on Thursday evenings from 6-8 p.m. It's helpful, but not at all necessary, if the students have mock trial experience, or have taken evidence or trial practice.

Ideally, they are looking for students who can help somewhat regularly throughout the season, meaning 2-3 practices per month. However, they will take any volunteers even if they are only able to help with a few practices. The time commitment can be as little or as much as students are willing to give. Volunteers will probably need 1-2 hours to read the case packet thoroughly. All practices are at Collegiate. This year's case problem is a murder charge. The mock trial competition is March 14-16, but students don't need to be present at the competition.

Students will be able to count their hours toward their public service requirement. If you are interested in volunteering for this project, please contact Jina Scinta at jina.scinta@louisville.edu. The first 3-4 students will be signed up.

U.S. Marine JAG Information Program - Thurs., Nov. 7, 12-1 pm, room 177

Captain Pagragan from the U.S. Marines will be at the law school on Thursday, November 7th, from 12-1 p.m. in room 177 to talk with 1Ls and 2Ls about the JAG Program and how students can apply to attend Officer Candidate School this summer. Some of the advantages of the Marine JAG Program include:

- $5,200 in tuition assistance a year after Officer Candidate School is completed

- $50,000 in loan repayment subsidy after completion of your first tour

- Immediate trial experience after completing Naval Justice School

- 30 days of paid vacation every year on active duty

- Unparalleled Leadership training and experience

- Many funded continuing education opportunities (e.g. G.I. Bill, LL.M.)

- Paid summer internships after completing Officer Candidate School

Jacob Sims, a 3L at Brandeis, will be at the program to discuss his experience at Officer Candidate School and answer questions.  Pizza will be served.

For an informational handout about the Marine JAG Program, stop by Debra Reh's office in room 184 or Dean Hajek's office in room 182.

Wal-Mart 2014 Summer Legal Internships - Bentonville, AR

The Wal-Mart Legal Department (WMLD) is seeking rising 2L and 3L students for 2014 Summer Legal Internship Opportunities.

For full details and how to apply, log into Symplicity.  First-year (rising 2L) students may begin applying December 1.