Professional Development News

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 16, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Room 177, 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 17. Students interested in attending the training on January 16 and/or going on the jail visit on January 17, should email Prof. Trucios-Haynes directly by Monday, January 6. Her email is ethaynes@louisville.edu. 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: http://www.immigrantjustice.org/tags/these-lives-matter.

If you are a student who has already been trained and would like to attend the Friday visit on January 17, please e-mail Prof. Trucios-Haynes by January 6, as well, so she can add your name to the list.

Students will receive public service credit for the training and site visits. Students will also be able to count their travel time to and from the Boone County Jail. Interested students should see Jina Scinta to obtain a Reservation Form to sign up to receive public service credit. You can also e-mail her at jina.scinta@louisville.edu.

Legal Aid is Taking Applications for Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellowship

The Legal Aid Society is proud to host an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow as part of the Veterans Legal Corps and is seeking two 1L/2L students to assist the Fellow in providing these civil legal services to veterans. The student may receive a $1,175 education award as part of their internship.  The Veterans Legal Corps is a program administered through a partnership between Equal Justice Works and AmeriCorps to assist veterans in securing stable income, housing, and healthcare.

For a description of the fellowship and how to apply, log onto Symplicity and click on"Job Postings" on the right-hand side of the page.  The deadline for submitting resumes is January 3, 2014.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Summer 2014 Student Honors Program

The SEC’s Summer Student Honors Program is a ten-week opportunity for first year law students to become acquainted with the regulation of the securities market.

Participants work with SEC Staff members on projects covering a broad range of the Commission’s mission, such as conducting investigations of industry and issuer practices, assisting in the litigation of enforcement actions, and drafting proposed statutes and rules, to name a few responsibilities.

For more information on our program, please visit our Student Honors Program Homepage.

The application period is from Monday, December 2, 2013  through Monday, February 3, 2014 (midnight Eastern Standard Time).                      

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

How To Apply

Students should prepare the following items and submit them during the application period in a single PDF here:

• Résumé with current contact information

•One page cover letter; indicating three preferred offices and divisions

•Law school transcript

•List of current courses; and a

•5 to 10 page legal writing sample

•To receive consideration the PDF must be labeled-LASTNAME, FIRSTNAME (ex: OBAMA, MICHELLE). 

If you have any questions please email students@sec.gov.

Federal Judge in Virgin Islands Seeking Summer Externs

A federal judge for the District Court of the Virgin Islands is accepting applications from 1L and 2L law students for unpaid summer externship positions. A resume, cover letter and writing sample are needed to apply. The judge will consider applications on a rolling basis and students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible starting December 1st. For more information, go to the full job posting located on Symplicity under the "Jobs" tab. Direct any questions to Dean Hajek or Ms. Scinta in the Office of Professional Development.

Space is Available for Wayside Christian Mission Week-Long Project

Space is available for the public service week-long project at Wayside Christian Mission.  This opportunity is open to all students.  The description of the project is as follows:

"During the week of December 16, Wayside Christian Mission could use Brandeis School of Law students to perform several law-related tasks with our homeless men, women, and families. These duties could include helping our elderly and disabled persons with end of life planning, conducting legal clinics to assist with various legal questions, warrant checks, etc."  

Students who are interested in this project should contact Jina Scinta at jina.scinta@louisville.edu immediately to sign up. 

Post-Graduation Opportunities for December 2013 and May 2014 Graduates

Have you been checking the Symplicity job database?  There are several post-graduation opportunities including Social Security work for an Owensboro, KY firm, a construction law boutique with offices in Louisville and Evansville, IN, a federal Judicial Law Clerk in London, KY and several out-of-state fellowships.

To view the positions, go to:  https://law-louisville-csm.symplicity.com/students

U.S. Department of Justice Summer 2014 Internship Opportunities

The Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) and The Office of Immigration Litigation (OIL)  of The U.S. Department of Justice are offering volunteer internships for Summer 2014.

If you are interested in applying for either or both of the internships, please log into Symplicity for additional information and how to apply.

https://law-louisville-csm.symplicity.com/students

 

 

Government Honors & Internship Handbook Updates - 1L, 2L & 3L

The following government programs have deadlines coming up in the next few weeks.  Details of these programs are provided in the 2013-14 Government Honors & Internship Handbook, located at www.law.arizona.edu/career/honorshandbook.cfm.  For the user name and password to log onto the Handbook, email Ms. Reh at dkreh@louisville.edu and provide her with the following:  your name, class year, and UofL email address.

1Ls for SUMMER 2014

Federal

  • Department of Homeland Security - Office of General Counsel Summer Law Extern Program (Unpaid, ASAP after 12/01/13)
  • Executive Office of the President - Office of Science and Technology Policy OSTP Student Volunteer Program (Unpaid, Deadline 12/09/13)

State & Local Government

  • Colorado Attorney General - Department of Law Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline ASAP after 12/01/13)
  • Colorado Public Defender - Summer Legal Internship Program (Paid & Unpaid, Deadline ASAP after 12/01/13)
  • City of Chicago - Mayor's Office Summer Fellowship Program (Paid, Deadline 12/06/13)
  • New York County District Attorney's Office - Summer Intern Program (Paid, Deadline 12/15/13)

2Ls for SPRING 2014

Federal

  • Department of Commerce - Office of Chief Counsel for International Commerce Volunteer Law Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline, 11/29/13)
  • Federal Communications - wireless Telecommunications Bureau Student Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 11/30/13)
  • International Trade Administration - Volunteer Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 11/30/13)
  • Office of the U.S. Trade Representative - Student Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 11/30/13)
  • Environmental Protection Agency - Office of Enforcement & Compliance Assurance Clinical Legal Education Honors Program (Paid & Unpaid, Deadline 12/01/13)
  • Federal Aviation Administration - Office of Chief Counsel Law Honors Program (Unpaid, Deadline 12/02/13)
  • National Labor Relations - Division of Judges Law Student Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 12/15/13)

State & Local Government

  • Houston Legal Department - Student Externships (Unpaid, Deadline 12/01/13)
  • Illinois Attorney General's Office - Law Clerk Program (Unpaid, Deadline 12/01/13)
  • Florida Attorney General - Volunteer Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 12/03/13)
  • New York City Office of the Mayor - Commission for the United Nations Consular Corps and Protocol Legal Affairs Internships (Unpaid, Deadline 12/15/13)

2Ls for SUMMER 2014

Federal

  • Executive Office of the President - Office of Science and Technology Policy OSTP Student Volunteer Program (Unpaid, Deadline 12/09/13)
  • Environmental Protection Agency - Office of Administrative Law Judges 2014 Honors Clerkship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 12/13/13)
  • Department of Treasury - General Counsel's Summer Intern Program (Unpaid, Deadline 12/15/13)

State & Local Government

  • City of Chicago - Mayor's Office Summer Fellowship Program (Paid, Deadline 12/06/13)
  • New York County District Attorney's Office - Summer Intern Program (Paid, Deadline 12/15/13)
  • Philadelphia Law Department - Office of the City Solicitor Summer Law Student Program (Unpaid, Deadline 12/15/13)

3Ls for SPRING  2014

Federal

  • Department of Commerce - Office of Chief Counsel for International Commerce Volunteer Law Internship (Unpaid, Deadline 11/29/13)
  • Federal Communications Commission - Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Student Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 11/30/13)
  • International Trade Administration - Volunteer Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 11/30/13)
  • Office of the U.S. Trade Representative - Student Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 11/30/13)
  • Environmental Protection Agency - Office of Enforcement & Compliance Assurance Clinical Legal Education Honors Program (Paid & Unpaid, Deadline 12/01/13)
  • Federal Aviation Administration - Office of Chief Counsel Law Honors Program (Unpaid, Deadline 12/02/13)
  • National Labor Relations Board - Division of Judges Law Student Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 12/15/13)

State & Local Government

  • Houston Legal Department - Student Externships (Unpaid, Deadline 12/01/13)
  • Illinois Attorney General's Office - Law Clerk Program (Unpaid, Deadline 12/01/13)
  • Florida Attorney General - Volunteer Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 12/03/13)
  • New York City Office of the Mayor - Commission for the United Nations Consular Corps and Protocol Legal Affairs Internships (Unpaid, Deadline 12/15/13)

3Ls POST GRADUATION

Federal

  • Federal Communication Commission - Office of General Counsel 2014 Attorney Honors Program (Paid, Deadline 12/06/13)

State & Local Government

  • Colorado Attorney General - Department of Law One Year Fellowship Program (Paid, Deadline 12/02/13)

Post-Graduation Opportunities for December 2013 and May 2014 Graduates

Have you been checking the Symplicity job database?  There are several post-graduation  opportunities including Social Security work for an Owensboro, KY firm, a construction law boutique with offices in Louisville and Evansville, IN, a federal Judicial Law Clerk in London, KY and several out-of-state fellowships.

To view the positions, go to:  https://law-louisville-csm.symplicity.com/students

       

Did you Miss the Session on the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program?

If you were unable to attend the information session on November 19 on the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program ("VITA"), it's not too late to sign up.

VITA is a program with the Louisville Asset Building Coalition 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. Trainings are in December after finals and January. There are various dates and sites for the trainings. Once trained, students can go to any of the VITA sites to participate. The clinics run through April 15.

For more information and to obtain a volunteer application and Reservation Form, please see contact Jina Scinta at jina.scinta@louisville.edu.