"Did you know that attorneys have the highest rates of depression and suicide of any profession and 40% of law students in their third year of school report experiencing symptoms of depression." The Dave Nee Foundation is sponsoring a program they believe will help save lives. Come hear Katherine Bender of the Dave Nee Foundation and Professor Jim Jones discuss this important topic Thursday, November 14, at 11:50 a.m., in room 275.
KYLAP will be on hand, providing lunch and drinks, along with lawyer volunteers, to answer any questions or provide immediate assistance to anyone in distress.
Legal Aid will host a divorce clinic on Friday, November 22, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon at the Legal Aid Society. Attendees at the clinic are community members who need assistance in completing the forms necessary to file a pro se divorce in Jefferson Family Courts. Students are invited to participate by volunteering to staff the clinic and assist clients as questions arise during the completion of the forms. A training session will be held for interested volunteers (both attorneys and law students) on Friday, November 15, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the Legal Aid Society. This is not a required training, but may be helpful for students who have not volunteered at a clinic in the past or are not familiar with domestic relations matters. Four students are needed.
Interested students should contact Jina Scinta at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain a Reservation Form to sign up for this project.
Week of December 16, 2013 - Volunteer Opportunity at Legal Aid
The Legal Aid Society places cases with volunteer attorneys and serves as a mechanism for the private bar to provide pro bono service to citizens who are unable to hire an attorney due to lack of financial resources. Once Legal Aid places a case with an attorney, Legal Aid is required to monitor progress of the case by checking on the case status periodically and then closing out the Legal Aid file once the service is completed. This process involves the review of online court records, phone calls to attorneys and a review of Legal Aid files. Also, once all work is completed, the Legal Aid file must be closed electronically and the file organized. While this work is procedural in nature the ramifications are substantive. Through proper handling of pro bono matters, Legal Aid is able to accurately report services provided to its funders and continue to provide services to the poor in our community. Students involved in this process will assist in the process of closing files and securing up-to-date information on ongoing pro bono matters.
Three to four students will be needed for this project. Students will receive training and supervision throughout the work.
If you are a first year student who turned in your week-long project interest form but would like to add this project as one of your choices, please contact Jina Scinta at email@example.com to let her know by no later than Monday, November 11. Also, please let her know if you would like to change the order of your choices.
If not enough interest is shown by the first year students, we will open these opportunities to all students after November 11.
Law students are reminded that they may, with permission of the Assistant Dean for Student Life, take up to six hours of course work in other graduate departments towards their 90 hour requirement for the JD. In particular, please take note of the following opportunities which the law school is aware of. Students wishing additional information about these or other graduate courses may contact Assistant Dean Ballard or Associate Dean Hall.
1. The Psychology Department invites law student registration in Forensic Assessment, PSYC 687-75. This course will meet Tuesdays from 5:30-8:30pm in Room 133 of the Life Sciences CenterSchool of Edica.
Course format will primarily consist of case studies and reenactments of actual forensic interviews to allow for appreciation of how best practice forensic reports are generated for criminal, civil, and family courts. Case studies and reenactments will reflect a cross section of the various types of forensic evaluations (such as Competency, MSO/Mental Status at the Time of Offense, Violence and Sex Offender Risk Assessments, Parental Capacity, Child Custody, and Fitness for Duty).
Prior to presentations of cases, a framework will be provided, allowing students to appreciate basic aspects of the legal system and the adjudicative process; relevant case law; the distinction between therapeutic and forensic assessment; common ethical pitfalls when working in the forensic arena; the components of best practice forensic evaluation; and appropriate use of psychometric tests relevant to specific legal inquiry. Practical applications such as communicating with the Courts, report writing, and expert testimony will also be reviewed.
There will be no formal exams in this course. Rather, grades will be determined based upon mid-term and final written reports of cases presented, in actual Court-based format. These reports will necessarily require identification of diagnoses and clinical formulation.
[Law students, of course, would have different mid-term and final assignments]
2. The College of Education and Human Development sent us notice of two courses which law students may find of interest:
Legal Issues in P-12 Education, ELFH 620 (Saturdays 9-11:30am)
Educational Resource Management in P-12 Education, ELFH 622 (Saturdays 1:00-3:30pm).
Are you interested in Intellectual Property Law? The Intellectual Property Moot Court Team is now seeking interested students who wish to participate in the Giles Sutherland Rich Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition in late March.
The 2014 Regional Competition will take place March 21-23, 2014 in Chicago, with the advancing two teams from their respective regions advancing to the National Finals in Washington, D.C. April 23-25, 2014.
Interested students should contact Andrew Marvin at firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy of their resume and statement of interest. Additional information and more specific instructions will be provided to those students.
The selection of a team will be completed by the end of the semester so please send a resume and statement of interest no later than Sunday, November 17th.
The Law School is thrilled to announce that Sean Dennis was selected by the American Bar Association’s Student Lawyer publication to be profiled in its Head of Class column in the October 2013 publication. Sean is a third-year law student with a diverse background.
Sean graduated from The Citadel in 2002. He then went on to earn his Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. After graduating from seminary, Sean received orders to serve as a chaplain in the 101st Airborne Division. He spent more than one year in Iraq in a forward operating base in Afghanistan’s Arghandab River Valley. He has counseled innumerable soldiers suffering from PTSD.
Sean is now President of the Christian Law Society at the Brandeis School of Law. He is a father, a military veteran, and a great classroom leader.
We congratulate Sean on this great recognition!
Pictured above: Sean, Joanna, Caroline (4) and Charlotte (2).
Externships allow students to earn academic credit while developing lawyering skills under the direct supervision of a licensed and practicing attorney. For the spring 2014 semester, openings remain at the Office of the Jefferson County Attorney, the Louisville Metro Public Defender’s Office, the Legal Aid Society, and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Detailed information is available at the TWEN course titled “Externship INFORMATION.” You can also contact Professor Jordan at email@example.com.