Professional Development News

Professor Tony Arnold seeking Research Assistan

Professor Tony Arnold will be hiring two students to serve as research assistants in the Center for Land Use & Environmental Responsibility for 10 hours per week for a total of 30 weeks over the coming year: 10 weeks in Summer 2013, 10 weeks in Fall 2013, and 10 weeks in Spring 2014.  Students will work as part of a team with Professor Arnold, Professor Daniel DeCaro, and perhaps other researchers on developing adaptive planning and problem-solving processes for watershed (or other ecosystem) governance.

Tasks might include research into legal authorities, case-study or field research on watershed institutions, laboratory research on the psychology of participation and procedural justice in the management of common-pool resources, leadership of or participation in community-based watershed planning and management (application of research to specific public problems), various Center administrative tasks, and even gathering of data on water conditions.  Research assistants might also participate in putting together proposals for grant funding for future research and projects.

Preference will be given to students who will be taking environmental and natural resources classes at the Law School in the 2013-14 academic year (or have taken them) so that students have a strong educational foundation in the work that they will be doing.  Preference may be given to students who have backgrounds in the ecological sciences or social sciences.

Interested students should submit a resume and a cover letter to Professor Arnold at: no later than March 25, 2013.

Southeastern Intellectual Property Job Fair (SIPJF) - Save the date - Tuesday, July 30, 2013 in Atlanta, GA

The 9th Annual SIPJF in Atlanta, Georgia will be held on Tuesday, July 30, 2013.  The career fair connects rising 2L, 3L and class of 2013 students, as well as recent graduates (class of 2011 and 2012), with respected employers in the intellectual property community.

Interested students and soon-to-be graduates will be able to review the employer list beginning May 6 and decide if they want to participate.  If you have an interest in participating, please let Dean Hajek or Debra Reh know.

Opportunities in Frankfort - Tuesday, March 26 at 12:10 p.m. in room LL75

If you are interested in learning about Opportunities in Frankfort, please attend the session on Tuesday, March 26 at 12:10 pm in LL75.  Speakers are Sean Riley, Deputy Attorney General in the Office of the Attorney General for the Commonwealth of KY; Jesse Rowe, Assistant General Counsel for the Transportation Cabinet, Office of Legal Services and Mona Womack, Deputy General Counsel, Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

Bios are attached.

Pizza will be served prior to the event.


Public Service Deadline Is March 25!!!

If you are graduating in May of 2013, don't forget that the deadline for completing your public service hours and turning in all necessary paperwork is MONDAY, MARCH 25 AT 3:00 P.M.  There will be no exceptions. Reminder e-mails have been sent to students with outstanding paperwork.  If you need to get your supervisor's signature on any of the paperwork and need to leave it with them to sign, make sure they understand that the paperwork must to be turned in to Ms. Scinta in Room 180 by no later than 3:00 p.m. on the 25th.  Paperwork can be faxed or e-mailed to Ms. Scinta.

2013 Volunteer Summer Judicial Internships

The 12th Judicial Court which is located in LaGrange in Oldham County has three summer judicial internship opportunities available in Circuit, Family and District Court for the summer of 2013.  Interns are requested to be available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Position start and end dates are flexible. To apply for any of these internships, interested students should send a resume and writing sample prior to April 30, 2013, to Students will be able to count their hours toward their public service requirement.

A description of each of the internships is as follows:

Circuit Court:  A Summer Judicial Internship position is available for the 12th Judicial Circuit (Oldham, Henry and Trimble Counties -- Judicial offices are located in LaGrange, Oldham County). This is an unpaid internship which requires legal research, drafting and includes courtroom observation. Cases include civil cases over $5,000, personal injury cases, felony crimes and capital offenses, land title disputes, will contests and administrative appeals.

Family Court:  Summer Internship position is available for the 12th Judicial Circuit-Family Court (Oldham, Henry and Trimble Counties -- Judicial offices are located in LaGrange, Oldham County). This is an unpaid internship which requires legal research, drafting and includes courtroom observation. Cases involve Family Court proceedings including dissolution, child custody, paternity, dependency, abuse and neglect, adoptions, domestic violence and status offenses. 

District Court:  Summer Internship position is available for the 12th Judicial Circuit-District Court (Oldham, Henry and Trimble Counties -- Judicial offices are located in LaGrange, Oldham County). This is an unpaid internship which requires legal research, drafting and includes courtroom observation. Cases involve juvenile matters, traffic citations, probate and wills, mental commitments, misdemeanors, felony probable cause hearings, small claims and civil cases less than $5,000.

University Wide Career Fair - Wednesday, March 27th - 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Papa John's Stadium

A University Wide Career Fair will be held on Wednesday, March 27th from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Papa John's Stadium.  Although the employers are not specifically seeking law students/graduates, this may be an excellent opportunity to network and provide your resume to potential employers.

Click the link below for a list of participating employers.



The National Advisory Committee (NAC) provides a great opportunity to become more involved with Equal Justice Works. The NAC serves in an advisory board capacity to Equal Justice Works, and by serving on the NAC, you can play an important role in providing feedback and guidance on select Equal Justice Works initiatives.

They are currently seeking three law school professionals and three law student members to fill positions that will begin service on June 1, 2013 for a two year commitment that will end on June 1, 2015. As a member of the NAC, you are required to attend an annual meeting and participate in periodic conference calls throughout the year to work on projects designed to help Equal Justice Works improve existing programs and develop new initiatives.

More details on the NAC and the application will be available on their website here on Friday, March 22. The application deadline is Monday, April 22.


Students may now apply through April 10 for funding through the Equal Justice Works Summer Corps program.

 Summer Corps is an AmeriCorps-funded program that provides 1L and 2L students with the opportunity to earn a $1,175 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award for dedicating their summer to a qualifying legal project at a nonprofit public interest organization.

AmeriCorps currently has four priority areas, and they are looking to fund projects in these areas for the 2013 Summer Corps program. Students with projects focusing on serving veterans and military families, homeowners facing foreclosure, victims of disaster, and medical-legal partnerships should apply!

Students who have not yet secured a summer internship, should check out their website here for resources on finding internships in our priority areas.

Louisville Ranks Among the Best Cities

Louisville residents have known for quite some time that Louisville is one of the best places to live.

Now 2 different organizations are recognizing Louisville's outstanding qualities.


Lonely Planet, the online travel guide, named Louisville its number 1 travel destination for 2013. They describe Louisville as "a lively, offbeat cultural mecca on the Ohio River" and cite its youthful population as one of its best assets.

Also recognizing Louisville's greatness is the Web site Under30CEO, which listed Louisville as their 2013 Number 3 best city for young entrepenurs. Of special note is the impact Louisville's universities have on the city's entrepeneurial potential. According to the Kauffman Foundation in 2011 Louisville outperformed the nation in being home to fast growth companies and was among the top states in the nation in terms of new start-up companies formed.


Everything You Need to Know About Federal Judicial Clerkships!

This is a reminder that if you have been thinking about applying for a federal judicial clerkship, don't forget to RSVP to the Federal Judicial Clerkship information session on Thursday, March 21, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. in Room 175. Please RSVP to Jina Scinta at by 12:00 noon on Wednesday, March 20.

If you are a 2L, you won't want to miss this information session. The Office of Professional Development will be discussing everything you will need to know to apply for federal judicial clerkships on OSCAR, the documents required to upload with your application, and upcoming deadlines.