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Reminder: Kentucky Legislative Research Commission 2015-2016 Graduate Fellows Program is Friday, January 16.

The deadline for law 1Ls and 2Ls to apply to be a graduate fellow with the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission (LRC) is quickly approaching. The LRC provides the Kentucky General Assembly with staff and research support including committee staffing, bill drafting, oversight of the state budget and educational reform, production of educational materials, maintenance of a reference library and Internet site, and the preparation and printing of research reports, informational bulletins and a legislative newspaper. Each fellow will be assigned to work with a nonpartisan legislative committee and will be trained in the basic tasks of drafting bills, conducting public policy research, and providing support for legislative committee meetings. This paid fellowship lasts a full year from May 2015 to April 2016. Students must be enrolled and taking classes for both fall and spring semesters of the program to be eligible (students cannot graduate prior to May 2016). Fellows will work full time during the summer in Frankfort and approximately 20 hours per week during the school year. Fellows will be excused from Thanksgiving through January 5 to focus on exams. Pay is $13.50 per hour. Go to www.lrc.ky.gov to learn more about the LRC.

The deadline to apply is January 16th. More information about the fellowship and how to apply is available on Symplicity under the Jobs tab. Please see Ms. Scinta in room 180 or email her at jina.scinta@louisville.edu if you have questions. She is also able to provide copies of handouts the LRC representatives distributed when they were on campus in the fall. Also, Josh Collins, SBA President, currently serves as a LRC Graduate Fellow and is happy to speak with any student who would like to know more about being an LRC Fellow.

SBF Travel Mug Sales

The Student Bar Foundation will be selling University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law travel mugs.  Mugs are $12 each or 2 for $20 and will be available for purchase in the Mosaic Lobby Tuesday, January 6th from 12:00-1:00 and Wednesday, January 7 from 12:00-12:45.  If you have pre-ordered mugs, they will be avilable for pick up at that time.

Quantities are limited, so to ensure that you get your mug, please email Emily DeVuono at eadevuono@gmail.com.

All proceeds go towards SBF fellowships for students who pursue law-related public interest internships. 

Spring Semester Externship Available with GE

The GE externship for spring 2015 has opened up unexpectedly. The externship is for 2 credits, and thus requires 8 hours per week on-site with the legal department at GE Appliance Park. The externship involves mostly researching and preparing memos or other work product in a variety of the legal areas: contracts, consumer protection, antitrust, IP, etc. The attorneys in the legal department also try to allow externs to sit in on meetings and conference calls. Students who have completed 45 credit hours and are in good academic standing may apply. Send a resume immediately to Ms. Scinta at jina.scinta@louisville.edu and include your updated GPA. Candidates will be reviewed on a rolling basis but no resumes will be accepted past Monday, January 12th.

Resume and Cover Letter Workshop, Thursday, 12-1, Room LL75

On Thursday, January 8, from 12:00-1:00 p.m., Dean Hajek will lead a resume and cover letter workshop in room LL75. All students are invited to attend.  1Ls who did not attend a resume workshop last semester must attend this workshop.  Lunch will not be provided so students are encouraged to bring their lunch to the program. Questions may be directed to Ms. Scinta located in room 180 or at jina.scinta@louisville.edu

Criminal Moot Court Team Try-Outs Time Change

The Herbert Wechsler National Criminal Moot Court Competition will be held in Buffalo, New York on March 27-28.  The team will be comprised of two competitors and one alternate.  

Try-outs will now be held ONLY on January 7th from 5:00-9:00pm.  

For the application, students are required to provide a resume and writing sample as attachments to both coaches by emailing them to julie.helman.maldonado@gmail.com and karaglewis@gmail.com no later than 3:00 pm on 1/05/15! 

Additionally, applicants should review last year’s (2014) competition problem, which can be obtained at http://www.law.buffalo.edu/beyond/competitions/wechsler/problems.html , and choose one side of the issue, prepare a 10-15 minute argument for the tryout.  Students should be prepared to present their arguments, as well as field questions  from the coaches during the argument.  Applicants should also be able to answer questions about their general application, background, interest, etc.

A sign-up sheet will be posted on the Moot Court Board office door Monday, January 5. 

If you have any questions please contact Nichole King at nlgawr01@louiville.edu.

Deadline Approaching to Apply for Ky. Legislative Research Commission 2015-2016 Graduate Fellows Program

The deadline for applying for the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission 2015-2016 Graduate Fellows Program is Friday, January 16

Interested students should apply by sending a résumé with expected date of graduation, cover letter explaining career interests and goals, and one research-oriented writing sample for which you were the sole author to the e-mail or street address on the attached flyer by January 16, 2015. In the cover letter, provide the context of the writing sample: the intended audience, who assigned, and who edited. Interviews will be conducted late January through mid-February. Selections will be made by mid-March 2015. The program will begin May 19, 2015.

Please see Ms. Scinta or Dean Hajek if you have any questions.

SBF Travel Mug Sales

The Student Bar Foudnation will be selling University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law travel mugs.  Mugs are $12 each or 2 for $20 and will be available for purchase in the Mosaic Lobby Tuesday, January 6th from 12:00-1:00 and Wednesday, January 7 from 12:00-12:45.  If you have pre-ordered mugs, they will be available for pick up at that time.

 

Quantities are limited, so to ensure that you get your mug, please email Emily DeVuono at eadevuono@gmail.com

 

All proceeds go towards SBF fellowships for students who pursue law-related public interest internships. 

All Students - Workshop on Resumes and Cover Letters

On Thursday, January 8, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. in Room LL75, Dean Hajek, Assistant Dean for the Office of Professional Development, will conduct the last workshop on improving your resume and/or cover letter. Dean Hajek will be available to answer questions you may have. This will be a brown bag event.

All students are invited to attend. First year students should remember it is mandatory to attend at least one session. Therefore, if you are first year student and you haven't attended a workshop, this will be your last chance. 

Legal Aid Society Is Still Looking for Three EJW Interns

The Legal Aid Society is looking for one law student to help their Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Employment Opportunity Fellow identify legal solutions to remove barriers for low-income clients seeking employment.

They are also looking for two law students to help their Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellows provide free civil legal services to veterans. Students can begin working at any time.

The students may receive a $1,175 education award as part of his or her internship and are required to perform at least 300 hours of service to complete the internship. This program is administered through a partnership with the Legal Aid Society, Equal Justice Works, and AmeriCorps.

Applications will be accepted until all three positions are filled. Log on to Symplicity for information on how to apply.

$5000 Union-side Labor Law Summer Fellowships Available Nationwide through Peggy Browning Fund - Deadline Jan. 16

Each summer the Peggy Browning Fund offers 60-70 summer fellowships for law students around the country with labor unions and government organizations focusing on workers' rights. These fellowships are full time, last 10 weeks, and pay a minimum of $5000. Both 1Ls and 2Ls may apply and the deadline is January 16, 2015.

For more information about the Peggy Browning Summer Fellowship Program, go to: https://www.peggybrowningfund.org/fellowships/for-law-students.

For a list of all summer placements available around the country, including labor unions, worker centers, the U.S. Department of Labor, union-side law firms and other nonprofit organizations, go to: https://www.peggybrowningfund.org/fellowships/for-law-students/summer-fe....

To Apply: Students must submit an application, cover letter and resume to each of the placements in which they are interested. Some of the individual organizations require one or more of the following: an additional writing sample, specific language skills, a labor law course, or having completed two years of law school. The requirements for each organization are listed via the link above.

Timelines: The deadline is January 16, 2015. Some employers are reviewing applications on a "rolling basis" so students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Questions may be directed to Dean Hajek at laurel.hajek@louisville.edu.

Sample List of Participating Employers: DOL, NLRB, OSHA, AFL-CIO, FLRA, AFSCME, American Federation of Teachers, Chicago Newspaper Guild, Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission, New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice, Greater Boston Legal Services, UAW International Union.