Professional Development News

Summer 2013 Volunteer Legal Intern & Externship Program

The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Immigration Litigation (OIL) is recruiting for the summer 2013 Volunteer Legal Internship & Externship Program.  Please refer to the DOJ website for application details.  Select "DOJ Agencies" under "Summer 2013" on the left-hand side.  Click on OIL's current ad under the listed Volunteer Internship Opportunities.

The summer 2013 application submission begins December 17, 2012 and the deadline is January 13, 2013.

Please specify which semester you are applying for in a cover letter and submit that letter, resume, unofficial transcript, class ranking and a 5-10 page writing sample to Terri Leon-Benner in a single PDF document. Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications, packets that do not conform to these instructions will not be considered.

OIL coordinates federal immigration litigation nationwide, and has both an Appellate and a District Court Section. OIL Appellate defends the administrative decisions of the Board of Immigration Appeals, involving removal orders and denials of applications for relief before the Federal Courts of Appeals. Student Interns will be assigned to one of OIL’s litigation teams where they will:

·Draft appellate briefs in asylum and cancellation of removal cases and dispositive motions

·Write case summaries for weekly litigation reports

·Attend “First Cut” meetings

·Conduct legal research and prepare memoranda


Spring 2013 Hiring Season

Students may begin applying to Session 1 employers for the Spring 2013 Hiring Season On Campus Interviews on Friday, January 11th through Symplicity.  If  you need assistance accessing your Symplicity account, please contact Debra Reh.


Office of Professional Development- Networking and Interview Skills Within Your Comfort Zone

On Wednesday, January 9, 2013, 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 networking and interview skills within your comfort zone. A panel of five students will divulge their tips to help you network more efficiently and give 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 26 at Frost, Brown Todd. This will be an informative session and we hope you will join us. Pizza will be served.

Public Service Fellowship Applications for Summer 2013 Now Available!

The Public Service fellowship applications for the Summer of 2013 are now available. A list of the fellowships that will be awarded, the amount of each fellowship and a description of each agency is attached. Fellowship descriptions are also located on the bulletin board outside of Room 180.

For the first time, applications are available on-line only. Paper applications will not be accepted. Students can apply for fellowships by logging onto Symplicity, completing an application and uploading a resume and personal statement. Students are welcome to apply for as many fellowships as they wish; however, please note that a separate application must be completed for each fellowship.

Instructions on how to log onto Symplicity and apply for the fellowships are also attached. Please be sure to read the instructions and qualifications for each fellowship carefully and take note of the additional documents that need to be uploaded.

The deadline to apply for fellowships is Tuesday, February 5, 2013. If you have any questions, please see Ms. Scinta.

Spring 2013 Hiring Season

The Spring 2013 Hiring Season will begin soon.  Be ready to apply for Session 1 On Campus Interviews through Symplicity on Friday, January 11th.  You will also be able to apply for Public Service Fellowships and download the applications on Symplicity as well.

Reminder of LBA Pro Se Divorce Clinic Training

Are you interested in family law? Are you not sure, but would like to find out? Here's the perfect opportunity for you.

The LBA will be holding a training session for students interested in participating in their pro se divorce clinics. The training will be begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, January 11, 2013 followed by a clinic at 10:00 a.m. downtown at the Judicial Center (first floor in the room behind the west bank of elevators). Subsequent clinics will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Judicial Center on the second and fourth Fridays of the month. A schedule of the clinics during the Spring semester is attached.  Students will receive public service credit for the training and participation in the clinics. Interested students should contact Jina Scinta at to sign up by Tuesday, January 8.


This public service opportunity is ideal for students and local community volunteers interested in immigration law. Professor Trucios-Haynes and a recent alum & local immigration attorney, Becca O'Neill, lead teams 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 and Becca O'Neill, conduct "Know Your Rights" presentations to approximately 200+ detainees during each visit, and conduct individual in-take interviews of each detainee.

On Thursday, January 17, 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 18. Students interested in attending the training on January 17 and/or going on the jail visit on January 18, should email Becca O'Neill directly by Monday, January 7. A list of students must be submitted to the jail ten days before the visit. Her email is

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:

All future trainings will be conducted the third Thursday of the month, with jail visits on the third Friday of the month after the training. When notifying Ms. O'Neill, please let her know if you speak a second language, although it is not necessary.

If you are a student who has already been trained and would like to attend the Friday visit on January 18, please e-mail Becca O'Neill by Monday, January 7, 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 Students can also contact Prof. Trucios-Haynes at
with any questions.

Peggy Browning Summer Fellowship Program

Peggy Browning Summer Fellowship Program

The Peggy Browning Fellowship Program provides $5,000 stipends to law students who dedicate their summer to advancing the cause of workers' rights by working for labor unions, worker centers, the U.S. Department of Labor, union-side law firms and other non-profit organizations.  This summer the Program will offer 60-70 funded 10-week summer fellowships at one of the organizations/law firms/government agencies listed below.  These fellowships are open to 1Ls & 2Ls and are intended to encourage them to consider union-side labor law as a viable career choice. Students may apply to a maximum of 5 fellowships.  The deadline to apply is January 18th, 2013.  To apply, students will need to submit an application, resume, cover letter, and 3 essays.  Some employers may require a writing sample.  Students selected to receive a summer fellowships will be notified in February.  For more information and to apply, go to  If questions, please contact Dean Hajek at or 502.852.6096.

Participating Employers:
AFL-CIO – Am. Fed. of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, Ofc of the General Counsel ,Washington, DC
AFSCME - American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO, Office of the General Counsel, Washington, DC
American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), General Counsel's Office, Washington, DC
American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Legal Department, Washington, DC
CASA de Maryland, Silver Spring, MD
Chicago Newspaper Guild, Chicago, IL
CLEAN Carwash Campaign, United Steelworkers and AFL-CIO, Los Angeles, CA
Communications Workers of America, Washington, DC
Community Justice Project, Pittsburgh, PA
Community Legal Services, Inc. Employment Project, Philadelphia, PA
D.C. Employment Justice Center, Washington, DC
Federal Labor Relations Authority, Office of the General Counsel, Washington, DC
Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission, Office of the General Counsel, Washington, DC
Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission, Office of Administrative Law Judges, Washington, DC
Friends of Farm Workers, Inc, Philadelphia, PA
Gilbert & Sackman, Los Angeles, CA
Greater Boston Legal Services, Employment Unit, Boston, MA
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Legal Department, Washington, DC
Kennedy, Jennik & Murray, New York, NY
Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA) Legal Department, Washington, DC
Levy Ratner, P.C., New York, NY
Los Angeles Black Worker Center Project, Los Angeles, CA
Major League Baseball Players Association, New York, NY
Make the Road New York, Legal Department, Brooklyn, NY
Mehri & Skalet PLLC, Washington, DC
Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C., New York, NY
Murphy Anderson PLLC, Washington, DC
National Day Laborer Organizing Network, Los Angeles, CA
National Employment Law Project, Seattle, WA
National Employment Lawyers Association, Legislative and Public Policy Office , Washington, DC
National Labor Relations Board, Contempt Litigation & Compliance Branch, Washington, DC
National Labor Relations Board, Division of Judges, San Francisco, CA
National Labor Relations Board, Region 5, Baltimore, MD
New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice Legal Department, New Orleans, LA
NYSUT - New York State United Teachers, New York, NY
O'Donoghue & O'Donoghue LLP, Washington, DC
Schwarzwald, McNair & Fusco, LLP, Cleveland, OH
Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Legal Department, Washington, DC
Sheet Metal Workers' Local Union No. 19, Philadelphia, PA
U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA, Whistleblower Protection Program, Washington, DC
U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor, Philadelphia, PA
UAW International Union Legal Department, Detroit, MI
UNITE HERE Local 2, San Francisco, CA
United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE), Pittsburgh, PA
United Mine Workers of America, Washington, DC
United Steelworkers, Pittsburgh, PA
Workers Defense League, New York, NY
Working Hands Legal Clinic, Chicago, IL

Immediate need for 2L or 3L Law Clerk

Ricketts Law Offices has an immediate need for a law clerk.  Must have had Contracts and Civil Procedure.  Student may be paid hourly or on a contract basis.  This is a long-term, ongoing project.

If interested, please submit a cover letter and resume to Barbara Shea at:


First-year Mock Interview Program - Saturday, January 26, 2013

First-year students, the Mock Interview Program, sponsored by the SBA and the Office of Professional Development, will be on Saturday, January 26th. 

Members of the Young Lawyers' Section of the Louisville Bar Association will interview all first-year students who are interested in participating.  The event will be held at the law office of Frost Brown Todd.

This is another reason to get your resume in shape over the holiday break.  The deadline for submitting your resume is midnight on Thursday, January 17th.  Resumes are to be e-mailed to Dani Smith.  If you have questions regarding the Mock Interview Program, please contact Dani Smith at: