Student News

Janet Lewis Wins KBA Writing Competition

Janet Lewis, a 3L student at Brandeis, won First Place in the recent Kentucky Bar Association Annual Student Writing Competition for her article on “The First Amendment and Social Media: Primary Students’ Constitutional Rights to Freely Speak Outside of the School.” In the paper, she noted that the U.S. Supreme Court has not yet created a test to guide school districts on whether they may permissibly/constitutionally regulate out-of-school/off campus student social media speech. Following the rules of the Tinker and Watts, she proposed a test that the U.S. Supreme Court should use.  Her proposed rule would provide that: “In order for school officials to permissibly "regulate" or discipline a student for out-of-school speech on social media, the school must follow the Tinker-Watts test to show that the speech is either: (1) purposefully brought into the school by the student-creator and by doing so, the out-of-school speech caused a material and substantial interference with the discipline of the school or (2) a "true threat." Without satisfying either prong, the school cannot justifiably/constitutionally disciplining the student for an out-of-school opinion, speech, or expression.  

Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy signup deadline is Monday, September 1st

If  you are interested in discussing Summer 2015 volunteer legal intern positions or Assistant Public Advocate positions after graduation, please log into Symplicity and click the KY Department of Public Advocacy session to apply.  The deadline to apply is Monday, September 1st.

Interviews will be on Friday, September 19th. 

 

LBA Pro Se Divorce Clinic Training Available

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

The Louisville Bar Association will be holding 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 12, 2014 followed by a clinic from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Judicial Center downtown. 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.

Students will receive public service credit for the training and participation in the clinics. Students do not need to commit to attending each clinic. Completion of the LBA Pro Se Divorce training also allows students to participate in the Legal Aid Pro Se Divorce Clinics which are scheduled at various times throughout the year.

Interested second and third year students should contact Jina Scinta at jina.scinta@louisville.edu to sign up by Thursday, September 4.

 

TODAY! Learn about the Equal Justice Works Career Fair for Public Service & How to Get Funding

If you're interested in job opportunities with government agencies and public interest organizations, the Office of Professional Development will host an information session on the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair on Thursday, August 28 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. in Room 177. Dean Hajek and law students who have previously attended the conference will be on hand to answer questions and provide more details. All students are invited to attend.

Mark your calendar for the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair on October 24-25 in Washington, D.C. The largest public interest career fair in the country, the EJW Conference gives law students from across the country the opportunity to interview with non-profit and government agencies, network with other public interest-minded law students and attorneys, and attend advising and skill-building workshops. The registration and application deadline for submitting resumes is September 16. Dean Hajek will discuss UofL funding for this Conference and how students can apply to have expenses for the trip paid by the law school.

For more information on the Conference and Career Fair, go to http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/law-school/conference-and-careerfair

For a list of employers attending the Career Fair, go to http://equaljusticeworks.org/law-school/conference-and-careerfair/employ...

Lunch will be provided. 

 

Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition Sign-up Deadline

If you want to compete in the Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy competition but were unable to attend the information meeting there is still time to sign-up.  You must contact Sana Abhari at sana.abhari@gmail.com as soon as possible and submit the Agreement to Compete and Waiver to the Moot Court Board office no later than Friday, August 29, 4 p.m.

Law Clerk needed for short-term project

Local firm seeking a highly detail-oriented student with excellent research skills for a short-term research project.  Prefer a third-year student, but second-year students may apply.

If interested, log into Symplicity to apply. 

Library Faculty Needs Research Assistant

Associate Professor of Legal Bibliography, Will Hilyerd, is looking for a 2L or 3L student to be his research assistant for 10 hours per week. The student must possess an interest in research and will be doing research for other faculty members. 

Interested students should contact Prof. Hilyerd at will.hilyerd@louisville.edu

LBA Pro Se Divorce Clinic Training Available

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

The Louisville Bar Association will be holding 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 12, 2014 followed by a clinic from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Judicial Center downtown. 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.

Students will receive public service credit for the training and participation in the clinics. Students do not need to commit to attending each clinic. Completion of the LBA Pro Se Divorce training also allows students to participate in the Legal Aid Pro Se Divorce Clinics which are scheduled at various times throughout the year.

Interested second and third year students should contact Jina Scinta at jina.scinta@louisville.edu to sign up by Thursday, September 4.

 

Learn about the Equal Justice Works Career Fair for Public Service & How to Get Funding

If you're interested in job opportunities with government agencies and public interest organizations, the Office of Professional Development will host an information session on the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair on Thursday, August 28 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. in Room 177. Dean Hajek and law students who have previously attended the conference will be on hand to answer questions and provide more details. All students are invited to attend.

Mark your calendar for the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair on October 24-25 in Washington, D.C. The largest public interest career fair in the country, the EJW Conference gives law students from across the country the opportunity to interview with non-profit and government agencies, network with other public interest-minded law students and attorneys, and attend advising and skill-building workshops. The registration and application deadline for submitting resumes is September 16. Dean Hajek will discuss UofL funding for this Conference and how students can apply to have expenses for the trip paid by the law school.

For more information on the Conference and Career Fair, go to http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/law-school/conference-and-careerfair
For a list of employers attending the Career Fair, go to http://equaljusticeworks.org/law-school/conference-and-careerfair/employ...

 

Are You Concerned About Your Student Debt?

The Office of Professional Development recently received this information from Equal Justice Works. If you are student who will graduate with any student debt, this will be of interest to you.

On July 29, Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) introduced the Relief for Underwater Student Borrowers Act (H.R. 5239). This bill would prevent borrowers who earn forgiveness after 20 or 25 years of consistent repayment in the Income-Based Repayment (IBR) and Pay as You Earn (PAYE) repayment plans from having to pay taxes on the amount forgiven. Millions of borrowers currently face the possibility of having to deal with this potentially devastating tax liability. We urge you to call your Congressperson and Senators to support this bill!

To learn more about IBR, PAYE and Public Service Loan Forgiveness (tax-free forgiveness you earn by working at a wide range of qualifying public service jobs for ten years!) Equal Justice Works is presenting a free webinar, Drowning in Debt! What Law Students & Lawyers Need to Know About Managing Student Debt & Earning Loan Forgiveness, TODAY, August 27 from 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT. If you register but cannot attend, you will receive a recording of the webinar you can view anytime.

If you have any questions, please contact Jina Scinta at jina.scinta@louisville.edu.