Professional Development News

2012 Kentucky State Fair Trial By Jury Needs Student Volunteers

Each year, the Kentucky Justice Association conducts mock trials at the Kentucky State Fair. They are looking for students to volunteer as attorneys for both the plaintiff and defendant. People attending the fair act as the jury and actors are the witnesses. The mock trials take place in the South Wing at the fairgrounds. Students are needed on Saturday, August 25 at 12:30; 2:30 and 4:30.  Students will need to be available for all these times.  Students will need to arrive at least 45 minutes early.

Students will receive public service credit for the hours worked.  Interested students should contact Jina Scinta at jina.scinta@louisville.edu.  Reservation Forms will be sent to the students who sign up.

Networking - Part 1

Networking

You’re probably sick of hearing about the importance of networking, but the fact remains that it is the #1 way in which people find new jobs.  Networking is an inescapable fact of job searching, but it doesn’t have to be painful.

You’re Already Doing It

The key thing to remember about networking is that everyone does it.  Every time you make a new friend, talk to a professor, or even just chat up the grocery store clerk, you are networking.  In the job search context, networking simply means taking these natural connections a step further.

Be Yourself

Many people are put off by the word networking because they think of it as trolling amongst strangers looking for jobs, but nothing could be further from the truth.  While the ultimate goal of networking in the job search context is, of course, landing a job, the key to good networking isn’t putting on an act amongst strangers but rather being yourself and making your social connections, both new and old, work for you.

To learn more about how and why to network, please attend “Networking in your Comfort Zone” on Thursday, August 30 at Noon in room 175.  Find out how other students have been successful at networking and take their advice to create an effective networking strategy of your own.

Interested in Pursuing a Career in Government?

Government agencies and public policy organizations provide a wealth of exciting opportunities for law students and lawyers looking to make a difference.  However, many application deadlines are early so now is the time to begin learning about these opportunities.  Please join us TODAY, August 21 at noon in Room 175 for Part 1 of our presentation: How to Get a Government Job during the Fall Hiring Season information session.  This session will:

• Provide you with an overview of the type of work lawyers do in government agencies and public policy organizations.
• Assist you in identifying opportunities for law students and lawyers in these settings.
• Inform you of upcoming deadlines and explain how you can apply.

Please take a moment to look at the Government Honors & Internship Handbook and the Public Policy Handbook to see all of the exciting opportunities available to you.  The Government Honors & Internship Handbook is located at:  www.law.arizona.edu/career/honorshandbook.cfm.  User ID:  ranger; Password: cookies.  The Public Policy Handbook is located at: http://www.law.arizona.edu/publicpolicyhandbook.  User ID: end; Password:  hunger.

Are you interested in Family Law? LBA Pro Se Divorce Training Has Been Scheduled

The Louisville Bar Association has scheduled a training session for students interested in participating in their pro se divorce clinics. The training will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, September 14, followed by a clinic at 10:00 a.m. The clinic dates for this semester are September 14, September 28, October 12, October 26, November 9 and December 7. All of these dates are on a Friday and the clinics are held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Hall of Justice downtown. If you are interested in family law, this would be wonderful opportunity. Students will receive public service credit for the training and participation in the clinics. If you have already taken the training and you are available on any of these dates, please contact Kate Lindsay.  Students interested in the training should contact Jina Scinta at jina.scinta@louisville.edu to sign up.

New Public Service Opportunity Available

The Public Service Program is pleased to announce that we have added the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Legal/Risk Management Services Office to our list of public service placements from which students can choose to do their public service work. They currently are in need of one to two students to work on two projects. Here's a description:

Project No. 1: This is a one-time project to assist General Counsel to identify and gather needed documents from a client to complete projects related to endowment compliance and/or other compliance efforts.

Project No. 2: This is an on-going project updating state law summaries to assist in church property law project.

Students (2Ls and 3Ls only) can sign up for this placement by contacting Jina Scinta at jina.scinta@louisville.edu. The first two students contacting Ms. Scinta will be signed up for the placement.

Are you interested in Family Law? LBA Pro Se Divorce Training Has Been Scheduled

The Louisville Bar Association ("LBA") has scheduled a training session for students interested in participating in their pro se divorce clinics. The training will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, September 14, followed by a clinic at 10:00 a.m. The clinic dates for this semester are September 14, September 28, October 12, October 26, November 9 and December 14. All of these dates are on a Friday and the clinics are held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Hall of Justice downtown. If you are interested in family law, this would be wonderful opportunity. Students will receive public service credit for the training and participation in the clinics. Interested students should contact Jina Scinta at jina.scinta@louisville.edu to sign up for the training.

Public Service Opportunity with the Council on Developmental Disabilities

The Council on Developmental Disabilities is in need of a student to do legal research & analysis to promote the establishment of an Adult Abuse Registry that would mirror the Child Abuse Registry. This Registry would house the names of individuals that have substantiated administrative records (via Cabinet for Health Services/CPS) of abuse, neglect or exploitation of an adult with a disability. The legislation (which passed the House & failed in the Senate) would prohibit employment of said individuals for the purposes of delivering direct care to an adult with a disability in many settings (nursing homes, group homes, adult day programs, etc.). Currently, they are advocating for an Executive Order to establish a VOLUNTARY program.

The records of substantiated abuse would be held in a database which employers could (on a voluntary basis) check before hiring a prospective employee. There have been lots of Due Process questions and concerns. At the crux, these Due Process issues need to be explored and explained in the context of the Registry. A strategic plan, based on the legal justifications discovered, will be developed to convince the Executive Branch that an Executive Order would not violate Due Process rights.

If this is a project that would be of interest to you, please contact Jina Scinta at jina.scinta@louisville.edu. The first student to contact me will be signed up.

Law School Mentoring Options

On Friday, August 24 from 11:40 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. in Room 175, the Office of Professional Development will be hosting an information session on mentoring options. The panel will consist of representatives from BLSA and the Women's Law Caucus. A representative from the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity will discuss their Individual Mentoring Program. Dean Urbach will also be discussing the Jet Mentoring program. All students are invited. We hope to see you there.

Office of Professional Development

Welcome & Welcome Back!

The Office of Professional Development extends a warm welcome to all returning students and entering first-year students!  We did a lot of exciting work over the summer including meeting with prospective employers to discuss opportunities for U of L law students, simplifying the procedures for meeting your Public Service Requirement, and re-vamping our web-site. 

If you are a returning student, please stop by and tell us what YOU did over the summer.  If you are new, please feel free to stop by and introduce yourself.  We’re looking forward to working with you all during the upcoming year!

Four Tips for Returning Students

With the beginning of the new school year on the horizon, here are a few things returning students can do now to prepare for the job search in the coming year:

1.  Update your resume with your most recent summer experience.  Do this now while your duties and accomplishments are still fresh in your mind.

2.  If you would like to use some of the work you’ve produced as a writing sample, obtain your employer’s permission. 

3.  Ask your supervisor if he or she will serve as a reference for future employers.

4.  Activate your Symplicity account if you have not done so already. Please go to:  https://law-louisville-csm.symplicity.com/students and enter your Student ID (Username) and Password. If you don’t have a Password, click on “Forgot Password”.  To change your password, click on the Password/Preferences tab in the Profile menu and enter the password you received.  "Bidding" (uploading documents) for Session 1 of the on campus interview portion of the Fall Hiring Season is now open and ends on Sunday, August 26th.

OPD Fellows

Drum roll please.  Introducing the Office of Professional Development Fellows.  They are Andrew Beckman, Jimmie Guilfoyle, Paige Hamby, Jamie Jackson and Eddie O’Brien.  These five students are your liaisons to our office.  If you want to discuss career ideas with them or ask questions, contact one or all of them.  Stay tuned for more information.

Fall Hiring Season - Symplicity - On Campus Interviews

Second and third-year students, if you are interested in participating in the on campus interview portion of the Fall Hiring Season, please note that today, August 17th, is the first day to "bid" (upload documents) for employers in Session 1.  Bidding for Session 1 ends on Sunday, August 26.

Please contact Debra Reh if you have any questions or are unable to access your Symplicity account.