Student News

Black Freedom, White Allies & Red Scare: Louisville, 1954

The Law Library is proud to be hosting the exhibit, “Black Freedom, White Allies & Red Scare: Louisville, 1954,” thanks to the generosity of the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research. This fascinating and moving chronicle of events leading up to and including Carl and Anne Braden’s sedition trial will be open to everyone through January 23, 2015.

If you did not see the exhibit when it was housed at the Louisville Free Public Library during the fall of 2014, you have another chance! Please stop by the Reading Room during any of the library’s operating hours.  And if you want to know more about the Braden’s story, the NPR show “Here and Now” recently ran a detailed story on the 60th anniversary of the case. 

Read more in "Law Library spotlights Louisville's role in civil rights trial".


 

Early Withdrawal From a Course

If you are currently enrolled in a course you intend to drop please drop the course as soon as possible. There are students on the waitlist for many courses and the final day for students to add a course is Friday, January 9. If you drop after January 9 no one is able to add that course.

Attention May 2015 Grads!

If you are a third year student planning to graduate in May 2015, this is a reminder that the deadline to complete your public service requirement and turn in the necessary paperwork is Monday, March 31, 2015. If you have not signed up for a public service placement or you need to complete your 30-hour requirement, please make an appointment with Ms. Scinta ASAP.

Mock Interview Opportunity for 1L's

If you are a first year student, this is a reminder to upload your resume onto Symplicity to sign up for the mock interviews for 1Ls on January 24. You don't need to wait until your resume is perfect before you upload. Even if you are still working on your resume, you will be able to make changes up to the January 17 deadline. Please see the attached instructions on how to upload your resume onto Symplicity.

What are 1L Mock Interviews?

Mock interviews are an annual event designed to prepare first year students for summer associate interview. The thirty-minute time slot for each participant consists of a mock interview and constructive feedback from the interviewing attorneys. Many students who have participated in the mock interviews speak highly of the feedback received from their interviewers and several have gained contacts that directly led to job opportunities.

When and Where are the Mock Interviews?

The 2015 mock interviews will be held at Frost, Brown & Todd on Saturday, January 24, 2015. Frost, Brown, Todd is located at 400 West Market Street, Louisville, KY 40202. Interviews will begin at 9:00 AM and will conclude by 2:00 PM. Each student will be assigned a time slot and expected to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to his or her interview.

If you have any questions, please contact Jina Scinta at jina.scinta@louisville.edu or Rudy Ellis at rudy.ellis@louisville.edu.

 

Public Service Opportunity - Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

VITA is a program with the Louisville Asset Building Coalition ("LABC") that serves individuals and families whose income is less than $52,000 a year. LABC helps the underprivileged community with free tax preparation and a financial empowerment program.

Our law students can assist with this program by helping individuals prepare their tax returns. LABC will train you and you will become certified to prepare the tax returns. Trainings are available from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the following dates:

January 10, 2015
January 17, 2015
January 23, 2015

The trainings will take place at the Louisville Urban League, 1535 West Broadway, Louisville, Kentucky.

Once trained, students can go to any of the VITA sites to participate. The clinics run through April 15. This is a great opportunity for any 3Ls who still need to complete their public service requirement.

For more information and to obtain a volunteer application and a Reservation Form to sign up, please see contact Jina Scinta at jina.scinta@louisville.edu.

The KBA Presents: “Roads Less Traveled” - Alternatives to Practicing Law

On January 13, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. in Room 175, the Young Lawyers Division of the KBA will present, "Roads Less Traveled - 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. They will also be available to answer your questions.

The panelists will include: Jennifer Frazier, Kentucky State Law Librarian; Stephanie Renner, Senior Vice President and General Counsel at PBI Bank; and Hannah Hodges, Manager of Governmental Affairs for KCTCS. Katie Bing of Taylor, Keller & Oswald, PLLC and the Young Lawyers Section of the KBA will moderate.

Lunch will be provided by Jimmy Johns. Please bring your own drink.

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