Professional Development News

Public Service Program Information Session - Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program and Teen Court

The Office of Professional Development will be hosting an information session for all students on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Room 175.

Nedra Young and Katherine Bartlett from the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance ("VITA") program will be speaking to our students about how they can sign up to be trained to assist low income individuals with their tax returns during the upcoming tax season. Once students are trained they can then participate in tax clinics at various locations around the city.

We will also have a speaker who will discuss Teen Court. Teen Court is a legal and formal extension of Jefferson District/Juvenile Court. At each Teen Court session, a trial is held for a juvenile who has committed a misdemeanor. The jury determines the appropriate punishment for the juvenile after hearing from the prosecution and defense, including the juvenile. Law students meet with teens acting as prosecutors, defense attorneys or jurors to provide insight, help develop strategy, assist with development of direct and cross examination, or just answer questions.

These are great opportunities for any student who still needs to fulfill their public service requirement.
Pizza will be provided. See you there!

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. 

New Date for Immigration Training

The training for the Boone County Jail/ICE Detention visit which is required before any volunteer can visit the jail has been rescheduled to Wednesday, November 13 at 6:00 p.m. in Room 177. If you can not attend the training and are scheduled to visit the jail on Friday, please contact Professor Trucios-Haynes to make an appointment for an individual training at ethaynes@louisville.edu

 

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 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.

2Ls for SPRING 2014

Federal

•Environmental Protection Agency – R3 Law Clerk Program (Unpaid, Deadline 11/15/13)
•Federal Communications Commission – International Bureau Strategic Analysis & Negotiations Division Student Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 11/15/13)
•Health & Human Services – Office of Counsel to the Inspector General Legal Extern Program (Unpaid, Deadline 11/15/13)
•Institute of Museum & Library Services – Office of General Counsel Legal Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 11/15/13)
•Overseas Private Investment Corporation – Department of Legal Affairs Legal Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 11/15/13)
•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)

State & Local Government

•Office of the Governor Texas – Texas Governor’s Fellowship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 11/15/13)

2Ls for SUMMER 2014

Federal

•Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – Office of Legal Counsel Legal Intern Program (Unpaid, Deadline 11/15/13)
•Department of Homeland Security – Office of General Counsel Summer Law Extern Program (Unpaid, Deadline 11/15/13)
•Nuclear Regulatory Commission – Office of General Counsel Summer Intern Program (Paid, Deadline 11/15/13)

State & Local Government

•Georgia Attorney General – Department of Law Summer Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 11/15/13)
•CA District Attorney’s Office Sacramento County – Summer Law Intern Program (Paid, Deadline 11/15/13)

3Ls for Spring 2014

Federal

•Environmental Protection Agency – R3 Law Clerk Program (Unpaid, Deadline 11/15/13)
•Federal Communications Commission – International Bureau Strategic Analysis & Negotiations Division Student Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 11/15/13)
•Health & Human Services – Office of Counsel to the Inspector General Legal Extern Program (Unpaid, Deadline 11/15/13)
•Institute of Museum & Library Services – Office of General Counsel Legal Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 11/15/13)
•Overseas Private Investment Corporation – Department of Legal Affairs Legal Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 11/15/13)
•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)

State & Local Government

•Office of the Governor Texas – Texas Governor’s Fellowship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 11/15/13)

U.S. Marines - On Campus Interviews available for interested 1L/2L students

Captain Pagragan of the U.S. Marines will be available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday - November 12, 13 and 14 to interview interested first- and second-year students at the law school.

If you are interested, please email him at:  Jacob.Pagragan@marines.usmc.mil  

 

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 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.

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!