Student News

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 2014-15 Government Honors & Internship Handbook, located at  For the user name and password to log onto the Handbook, email Ms. Reh at and provide her with the following:  your name, class year, and UofL email address.

1Ls for SUMMER 2015


•Comptroller of the Currency - Law Department Legal Internships (Unpaid, Deadline 04/03/15)
•Executive Office of the President – Office of Administration General Counsel’s Office Law Student Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 04/03/15)

State and Local Government

•Maryland Attorney General - Law Clerk Internships (Unpaid, Deadline 04/01/15)
•Florida Attorney General - Volunteer Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 04/14/15)
•New Jersey Attorney General - Division of Law Volunteer Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 04/15/15)
•Texas Office of the Governor - Texas Governor's Fellowship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 04/15/15)

2Ls for SUMMER 2015


•Commission on International Religious Freedom - Office of General Counsel & Policy Department Legal Intern/Research Programs (Unpaid, Deadline 04/01/15)
•Comptroller of the Currency - Law Department Legal Internships (Unpaid, Deadline 04/03/15)
•Executive Office of the President – Office of Administration General Counsel’s Office Law Student Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 04/03/15)

State and Local Government

•Maryland Attorney General - Law Clerk Internship (Unpaid, Deadline 04/01/15)
•Florida Attorney General - Volunteer Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 04/14/15)
•New Jersey Attorney General - Division of Criminal Justice Law Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 04/15/15)
•New Jersey Attorney General - Division of Law Volunteer Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 04/15/15)
•Texas Office of the Governor - Texas Governor's Fellowship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 04/15/15)

Professor Levinson hiring summer research assistants

Professor Levinson and a co-author at Vanderbilt Law School, Professor O’Hara O’Connor, are hiring research assistants for summer 2015. They are working on a project involving labor arbitration awards. The research assistants will be coding labor arbitration awards and related court documents and decisions. 

Ideal candidates include those with a familiarity with labor law, employment law, or arbitration. Coding also requires someone who is very detail oriented because it involves answering long series of questions about the awards and other documents and entering the responses, which are often numeric, into an excel spreadsheet. There will be a training session before coding begins.

Research assistants are paid $8.50 an hour through financial aid. Available funds will cover one full-time position for approximately 5 weeks or multiple part-time positions. If you are interested in applying, please submit an application to by Friday, April 17 at 5 p.m. 

A complete application includes 1) a CV, 2) an unofficial transcript, and 3) a statement explaining a) why you are interested in the project, b) what strengths you have that make you a good fit for the project, c) the number of weeks and hours/week that you could commit to working over the summer, and d) whether you would be interested in continuing to work on the project during the academic year.

Brandeis’ inaugural Human Rights Fellowship program now seeking applicants

The University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law’s inaugural Human Rights Fellowship program will be available for incoming students and will build off of the Louisville Bar Foundation’s Greenbaum Human Rights Fellowship that was created for the 2014-15 year.

Brandeis’ program is geared toward students who are interested in human rights advocacy to address human rights needs in the Louisville community. The initial focus is on the city’s immigrant/refugee population.

In the fall, the admissions-based grant will offer a handful of competitive fellowships for incoming students to work on projects during their first three years in law school. Students will be able to explore human rights law through hands-on experiences and will develop research, project management and interpersonal skills while offering an opportunity to work with diverse and often vulnerable populations.

Their work will be supervised by Professors Enid Trucios-Haynes and Jamie Abrams.

Abrams said the initial work on the grant has so far included an extensive needs assessment effort identifying ways in which the law school could be active in the community on human rights issues. Together with the faculty supervisors, the LBFG Human Rights Fellows – Janet Lewis, Katherine Hall and Ben Potash – have examined what services are being provided to the immigrant population in the City of Louisville and are identifying challenges and opportunities.

Progress thus far
The initial focus has been on immigration needs because it is an area in which students have an interest, said Trucios-Haynes.

“I have been teaching this subject for the past 20 or so years and I have seen an increase in interest from students because of the greater public awareness of immigration policy issues. But it’s also an area of the law that includes the unique intersection of constitutional law, criminal law, international law and a statutory code that is complex,” she said.

Other law schools in major coastal cities have built these types of initiatives using fellowship-type programs. Abrams was familiar with one issued through her alma mater, American University. With the professors’ combined interest in immigration law, the idea to get a similar program going here was an exciting culmination to a transitional grant provided by the Louisville Bar Foundation to grow a more sustainable program.

Thus far, the project’s participants have compiled information about organizations in the community working for immigrants, from health care services to education. Abrams said this needs assessment effort is extensive and necessary to streamline the services and ensure their effectiveness. As part of this process, the student fellows are interviewing every organization in the community that works with the immigrant population and are also interviewing the immigrant population to learn if they know about the organizations and if their needs are being met.

With this comprehensive information, they are developing a report – to be published this semester – on any needs or opportunities to serve this population.

They are also brainstorming ways that the law school could help fill any gaps in service. For example, in October, the school hosted an event focused on the humanitarian crisis of women and children at the border. In February, the students and faculty members spoke at a Day of Dignity event, organized by the Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice, to distribute the organizations’ resource guides and educate the local community about their existence.

The Human Rights fellows entering law school in the fall will be committed to implementing the recommendations published in the report. They will work with alumni on cases, create outreach presentations and also come up with legislative proposals.

Abrams and Trucios-Haynes are both aiming for the Human Rights Fellowship to have a sustained presence at Brandeis School of Law and to continue and accelerate work with the rest of the community on human rights issues.
“We have many undocumented children in Kentucky. And I think our biggest hurdle is educating people that they’re here, not just in Texas or California,” Abrams said. “Many people have no idea about the depth of our international community here, specifically in Louisville.”

Trucios-Haynes added that the fellowship is appealing to incoming students because it is innovative and has never been done before at the school.

“I hope to build something that is lasting and will provide assistance to our local community, both service providers and the immigrant/refugee/noncitizen community,” she said.

Once a dent has been made in the research and execution of the immigration project, the Brandeis Human Rights Fellowship’s focus could shift to other topics, such as women in detention centers, educational access or wage issues. The objective, however, will remain the same.

“Our dream is for this work to be collaborative between our students, faculty, alumni and community. There is a lot of work being done right now, but it’s being done mostly as piecemeal,” Abrams said. “There is a significant community need for these types of services and we will be more effective if we meet these needs holistically.”

Application information
Beginning with the entering class of 2015, student leaders will receive academic stipends renewable annually for the full three years course of law study. These stipends will be awarded at levels of $2,500 in the first academic year, and $5,000 in the second and third academic year after completing the service hours in the prior year successfully. Students commit to contribute a fixed hours commitment each semester to the work of the fellowship identifying human rights needs in our community and activating the legal community toward real sustained solutions.

To be considered, applicants must first be admitted to the entering Class of 2015.  Upon admission to the School of Law, students may then submit their resume plus a one-page interest statement to Dean Henry Cantu at with the subject line “Human Rights Fellowship Application.” 

The interest statement should identify what human rights issues you see in your own home community and how you think a community of lawyers could better work together to resolve those issues. Applications are due by May 1, 2015 for priority consideration.

Entrepreneurship Clinic Applications Reminder

If you are interested in enrolling in the Entrepreneurship Clinic course you must submit your resume, unofficial law school transcript, and a one-page statement of interest to Dean Nowka, by April 1, at noon.  Contact Dean Nowka if you have any questions.

SSRN Legal Studies Research Paper Series, Vol 9, No 2

The March issue of our SSRN Research Paper series features publications from some of our outstanding female scholars, including Professors Abrams, Fischer, Rothstein, and Sweeny.

Summer 2015 Special Session Online Courses

For summer 2015, the law school will offer online courses in four separate summer sessions. These courses will be taught by faculty from other law schools and will be transmitted via a virtual classroom. An information packet is attached and the provider of these courses will present an information session today, April 1, at noon in room 275 and will have a table in the law school commons area later in the afternoon. See Dean Nowka for additinal information.

Students invited to LBA Young Lawyers Section Happy Hour April 2nd

All students are invited to the Young Lawyers Section of the Louisville Bar Association Happy Hour at Down One Bourbon Bar on Thursday, April 2, 2015, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Drinks and appetizers will be provided. This is a great opportunity to network with members of LBA's Young Lawyer Section.  Please RSVP to:

Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy Capital Trial Branch Needs Intern

The Capital Trials Branch - West office of the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy in LaGrange, KY is seeking a law student for an internship for the spring and/or summer of 2015. 

The ideal candidate will have finished his/her first or second year of law school, have an interest in death-penalty-defense work, and have demonstrated a commitment to serving the needs of the poor and/or disabled. Above-average organizational skill, motivation and research and writing skills are required. Because the office is located in LaGrange, Kentucky, any candidate must have her/his own transportation.

For more information and how to apply, please log on to the job postings on Symplicity.

Internships Available in Office of the Governor

The Office of the Governor is currently accepting applications for internships in the Governor's Frankfort Capitol Offices. All internships are unpaid. Interns will be involved in a variety of tasks and responsibilities will vary. However, interns must be self-motivated, professional in attitude and appearance, strong communicators, proficient in computer skills and research, willing to take on new and different tasks, diligent, and dependable.

Please log on to Symplicity for more details and how to apply. Students who receive one of these internships may apply for funding through the Greenebaum Public Interest Fellowship.

Volunteer Summer Internship Available

A volunteer summer internship position is available for the 12th Judicial Circuit (Oldham, Henry & Trimble Counties--Judicial Offices are located in LaGrange, Oldham County). This is an unpaid internship which requires legal research, drafting and includes courtroom observation. This position is eligible for funding through the Greenebaum Public Service Fellowships. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 10. Please see log onto Symplicity for more information and how to apply.