Professional Development News

Legal Aid Schedules Wills Clinic for Tuesday, October 24

Legal Aid will be celebrating Pro Bono Week the week of October 22.  As part of this celebration, they have scheduled a wills clinic for Wednesday, October 24, at 3:00 PM at the Mabel Wiggins Center.  They are in need of 5-6 students to assist with this clinic.  No training will be required for this clinic.  Students will assist the assigned attorneys with making changes to the documents that the clients request during the clinic and act as Witnesses and Notaries, if any of the students are Notaries.  Students may also prepare simple documents, such as Powers or Attorney and Living Wills.

If you would like to participate in this clinic, please contact Jina Scinta at  The first six students to e-mail will be signed up.

Our office is working with Legal Aid to schedule a wills clinic training for our students in the very near future. Please keep eye out on the Daily Docket for further details of the training.



ATTENTION 1L's! First Mandatory Meeting with the Office of Professional Development

The Office of Professional Development will be conducting their first mandatory meeting for first year students on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Room 275. All first year students are expected to attend. Our first meeting will be entitled, "Get Your Career Started Now". Dean Urbach will be providing you with valuable information on what you can be doing at this point in law school to help you in your job search. We will also be discussing the Policies and Procedures of the Public Service Program, Week-Long projects for 1L's and the Spring hiring season. Pizza will be served while it lasts.

Our second mandatory session will be Tuesday, October 30 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. in Room 275.  Please mark your calendars.

Mentoring Panel and MentorJet

The Women's Law Caucus and the Office of Professional Development are hosting a Mentor Panel and MentorJet program on Wednesday, October 17.

The MentorJet Program is a program similar to "speed dating" in which
students travel to 15-17 different mentor stations. Each station lasts
six minutes. Mentors include judges from both Kentucky and Indiana as
well as a diverse group of attorneys from Louisville and the
surrounding area.

The panel is open to all students and no RSVP is necessary.

The MentorJet program begins at 5:30 in the Cox Lounge. Only 45
students can participate as mentees in the program.  The first 45
students to email Courtney Pawley at will be
signed up for the MentorJet program. Deadline to sign up is October 10
at 5 pm.


Fall Hiring Season - Thompson Miller & Simpson seeking 2L for Summer Associate

Thompson Miller & Simpson, PLC, a medical malpractice defense firm, is seeking a Summer Associate for 2013.  They will be interviewing second-year students on campus, Wednesday, October 17th.  If you are interested in applying, please log into Symplicity, "OCI", Session - Fall 2012 - Thompson, Miller & Simpson.  The deadline to apply is Wednesday, October 10th.



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, October 18, 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, October 19. Students interested in attending the training on October 18 and/or going on the jail visit on October 19, should email Becca O'Neill directly by Friday, October 5. 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. Attached are some compelling stories giving examples of some cases that have gone through the Boone County Jail along with a more detailed description of the project. 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 October 19, please e-mail Becca O'Neill by Friday, October 5, 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.

Local firm seeking assistance on domestic relations research and writing project - Immediate need

 "AV rated Louisville firm seeking assistance on domestic relations research and writing project.  Project to be completed by October 15, 2012.  Strong writing ability and journal experience preferred.   Compensation is negotiable and possible continuation of employment if desired..  Contact Jacob Crouse at (502) 584-1108 or"   

Mandatory Sessions for First-year Students with Office of Professional Development

The three mandatory meetings with first-year students and the Office of Professional Development are not intended to cram more into an already busy schedule.  The goal of the PD Office is to provide you with the tools and resources for a successful career path.  Each meeting will be informative and equip you with useful knowledge in the career search process.

Please mark the following dates on your calendar:

 Tuesday, October 9th – Noon in 275
 Tuesday, October 30th – Noon in 275
 Friday, November 2nd – 11:40 a.m. in 275

Alternatives to Practicing Law - TODAY, September 27th at Noon in room 175

Alternative Careers for Lawyers will be presented by the Young Lawyers Division of the KBA, in partnership with the Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company of Kentucky, (LMICK).  Panelists include Ashley Blacketer, Founding Partner of Barrister Capital Group, LLC; Gregory Nielsen, Executive Director of Green Hill Therapy; Kelly Wesley Taylor, Partner with Trek Advancement, LLC; Bobby Ferreri, Executive Director at GLI’s EnterpriseCorp; and Scott Hite, Academic Account Executive with LexisNexis.  Rebecca Schafer with Huddleston Bolen of the Young Lawyers Section of the KBA will also be present.

This 1 1/2 hour program will be a discussion on possible alternative careers for lawyers.  Panelists will discuss their career paths, which include both non-traditional legal jobs and non-legal jobs and how to create and implement an alternative career job search plan. 

Check Out the Kentucky Foundation for Justice

The Kentucky Foundation for Justice, a student-driven (with attorney supervision) public service organization, will be meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 27 at the Heine Brothers on the corner of Eastern Parkway and Preston Highway. The Kentucky Foundation for Justice is a non-profit program designed to offer interested students clinical opportunities in the areas of inmates' rights, consumer protection, civics education, and the rights of internationals and refugees in the Louisville community. Depending upon their interests and qualifications, students can participate in one or more of these programs, or can develop and propose litigation, lobbying, advocacy or education in another underserved public interest area. Students are free to determine their preferred manner of participation, whether it be in education, lobbying, advocacy (assuming appropriate qualifications), interfacing between civil and criminal justice systems and the international community, and developing internet-based outreach and public education programs.

This is your opportunity to create and implement a project that is meaningful to you! Interested students should contact Jina Scinta at to obtain a Reservation Form to sign up.  Check it out!

Direct Action and Research Training (DART) Webinar - Thursday, September 27 at 8:00 p.m.

Careers in Community Organizing for Social Justice Available to U of L law students and alums!

The Direct Action & Research Training (DART) Center will be hosting a webinar on Thursday, September 27 at 8pm EST to discuss careers in the field of community organizing with students interested in empowering their communities and working for social change.

Please RSVP by contacting Hannah Wittmer at or calling 785.506.8915 with your name, phone #, email address and year in school. You will then receive instructions for accessing the webinar.

DART is now accepting applications for the 2013 DART Organizers Institute, which trains and places individuals into full-time, salaried careers in community organizing.

The DART Center's twenty affiliated organization have won important victories on a broad set of justice issues including:

* Education reform in low-performing public schools
* Job Training
* Drugs and Violence
* Criminal Recidivism
* Living Wage
* Neighborhood Revitalization
* Predatory Lending
* Affordable Housing, etc.

The DART Organizers Institute combines a classroom orientation with on the ground infield training at a local grassroots organization and in-field training site.  Organizers are provided with a cost of living stipend and travel. After successful completion of the program, graduates are placed into permanent full-time salaried positions earning $34,000/year + benefits, with an expected commitment to remain within the DART network for a minimum of three years.

The DART Organizers Institute will begin January 7, 2013 and June 10, 2013.  Training locations and permanent placements sites include cities in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, South Carolina, Virginia and Florida.

To find out more about DART or to apply, we encourage you to visit or contact Hannah Wittmer at or (785) 506-8915. The deadline to apply is midnight on October 1, 2012.