Professional Development News

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.)

Public Service Opportunity - Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)

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. Trainings are available from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the following dates:

January 17, 2015
January 23, 2015

The trainings 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.

Mock Interview Opportunity for 1Ls

If you are a first year student, this is a reminder to upload your resume onto Symplicity to sign up for the mock interviews for 1Ls on January 24. You don't need to wait until your resume is perfect before you upload. Even if you are still working on your resume, you will be able to make changes up to the January 17 deadline. Please see the attached instructions on how to upload your resume onto Symplicity.

What are 1L Mock Interviews?

Mock interviews are an annual event designed to prepare first year students for summer associate interview. The thirty-minute time slot for each participant consists of a mock interview and constructive feedback from the interviewing attorneys. Many students who have participated in the mock interviews speak highly of the feedback received from their interviewers and several have gained contacts that directly led to job opportunities.

When and Where are the Mock Interviews?

The 2015 mock interviews will be held at Frost, Brown & Todd on Saturday, January 24, 2015. Frost, Brown, Todd is located at 400 West Market Street, Louisville, KY 40202. Interviews will begin at 9:00 AM and will conclude by 2:00 PM. Each student will be assigned a time slot and expected to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to his or her interview.

If you have any questions, please contact Jina Scinta at jina.scinta@louisville.edu or Rudy Ellis at rudy.ellis@louisville.edu.

Office of Professional Development- Interview Skills Workshop - Jan. 15

On Thursday, January 15, 2014, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., in Room 175, the Office of Professional Development will host an information session to help you with interview skills in preparation of upcoming 1L mock interviews and OCI. Dean Hajek will give her advice to help you interview effectively.

Although this is for all students, this would be of particular interest to first year students who plan to participate in mock interviews on January 24 at Frost, Brown Todd. This will be an informative session and we hope you will join us. Lunch will be served.

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

A recruiter 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 for second- and third-year students.  Additional details can be found on the  website at:  http://jag.navy.mil/careers_/careers/opportunities_overview.html

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 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 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 Friday, January 16. 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.

Government Honors & Internship Handbook Updates

The following government programs have deadlines coming up in the next few weeks.  Details of these programs are provided in the 2014-15 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 2015

Federal

•Department of Transportation – Office of General Counsel Volunteer Legal Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 01/16/15)
•Department of Transportation – Office of Litigation Volunteer Legal Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 01/16/15)
•Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation - Legal Division Pathways Summer Internship Program (Paid, Deadline 01/19/15)
•Department of Labor - Office of the Solicitor Civil Rights and Labor-Management Division - Law Student Internship (Unpaid, Deadline 01/30/15)
•Department of Education – Office of General Counsel Legal Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 01/31/15)
• Environmental Protection Agency – R# Law Clerk Program (Unpaid, Deadline 01/31/15)

State and Local Government

•Vermont Office of the Attorney General – Civil Rights Unit, Law Student Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 01/15/15)
•North Carolina Office of Attorney General – Department of Justice Summer Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 01/23/15)
•Oregon Department of Justice – Summer Law Clerk Program (Paid, Deadline 01/26/15)
•Colorado Public Defender – Summer Legal Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 01/30/15)
•Commonwealth of Pennsylvania – Governor’s Office of General Counsel Summer Extern Program (Unpaid, Deadline 01/30/15)
•Attorney General of Washington – Law Clerk Program (Unpaid, Deadline 01/30/15)
•Office of the District Attorney Denver, CO – Legal Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 01/31/15)
•City of Houston Legal Department – Student Externships (Unpaid, Deadline 01/31/15)
•Maricopa County Attorney – Law Clerk Program (Paid & Unpaid, Deadline 01/31/15)
•Texas Attorney General – Law Clerk Program (Unpaid, Deadline 01/31/15)

2Ls for SUMMER 2015

Federal

•Department of Commerce – Office of General Counsel Legal Internship Program (Paid & Unpaid, Deadline 01/15/15)
•Environmental Protection Agency – R10 Externship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 01/15/15)
•National Labor Relations Board – Division of Judges Law Student Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 01/15/15)
•Smithsonian Institution – Office of General Counsel Legal Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline01/15/15)
•Department of Transportation – Office of General Counsel Volunteer Legal Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 01/16/15)
•Department of Transportation – Office of Litigation Volunteer Legal Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 01/16/15)
•Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation - Legal Division Pathways Summer Internship Program (Paid, Deadline 01/19/15)
•Department of Labor - Office of the Solicitor Civil Rights and Labor-Management Division Law Student Internship (Unpaid, Deadline 01/30/15)
•Department of Transportation – Office of Chief Counsel Maritime Administration Internship/Externship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 01/30/15)
•Department of Education – Office of General Counsel Legal Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 01/31/15)

State and Local Government

•Vermont Office of the Attorney General – Civil Rights Unit, Law Student Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 01/15/15)
•Department of Commerce - National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, Office of General Counsel Alaska Section Summer Legal Intern Program (Unpaid, Deadline 01/16/15)
•North Carolina Office of Attorney General – Department of Justice Summer Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 01/23/15)
•Oregon Department of Justice – Summer Law Clerk Program (Paid, Deadline 01/26/15)
•Government of the District of Columbia – Office of Police Complaints Law Clerk Internship Program (Paid, Deadline 01/30/15)
•Commonwealth of Pennsylvania – Governor’s Office of General Counsel Summer Extern Program (Unpaid, Deadline 01/30/15)
•Attorney General of Washington – Law Clerk Program (Unpaid, Deadline 01/30/15)
•Office of the District Attorney Denver, CO – Legal Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 01/31/15)
•City of Houston Legal Department – Student Externships (Unpaid, Deadline 01/31/15)
•Maricopa County Attorney – Law Clerk Program (Paid & Unpaid, Deadline 01/31/15)

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.

Public Service Opportunity - Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)

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. Trainings are available from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the following dates:

January 17, 2015
January 23, 2015

The trainings 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.

Reminder: Kentucky Legislative Research Commission 2015-2016 Graduate Fellows Program is Friday, January 16.

The deadline for law 1Ls and 2Ls to apply to be a graduate fellow with the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission (LRC) is quickly approaching. The LRC provides the Kentucky General Assembly with staff and research support including committee staffing, bill drafting, oversight of the state budget and educational reform, production of educational materials, maintenance of a reference library and Internet site, and the preparation and printing of research reports, informational bulletins and a legislative newspaper. Each fellow will be assigned to work with a nonpartisan legislative committee and will be trained in the basic tasks of drafting bills, conducting public policy research, and providing support for legislative committee meetings. This paid fellowship lasts a full year from May 2015 to April 2016. Students must be enrolled and taking classes for both fall and spring semesters of the program to be eligible (students cannot graduate prior to May 2016). Fellows will work full time during the summer in Frankfort and approximately 20 hours per week during the school year. Fellows will be excused from Thanksgiving through January 5 to focus on exams. Pay is $13.50 per hour. Go to www.lrc.ky.gov to learn more about the LRC.

The deadline to apply is January 16th. More information about the fellowship and how to apply is available on Symplicity under the Jobs tab. Please see Ms. Scinta in room 180 or email her at jina.scinta@louisville.edu if you have questions. She is also able to provide copies of handouts the LRC representatives distributed when they were on campus in the fall. Also, Josh Collins, SBA President, currently serves as a LRC Graduate Fellow and is happy to speak with any student who would like to know more about being an LRC Fellow.