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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


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:

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:

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

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.



Summer Fellowships with Legal Aid, DPA, Metro PD & Spring Break Mediation Training - Feb. 3 Deadline

The Samuel L. Greenebaum Public Service Program is pleased to announce the opening of the 2015 Fellowship Application Process. Throughout the spring semester, a variety of summer fellowships for Brandeis students will be advertised. Last year over $67,000 was awarded in fellowships allowing students to work in positions locally, nationally and internationally. 1Ls and 2Ls are encouraged to review the materials below and continue to monitor the Daily Docket for updates. The first group of fellowships involves a total of 8 summer positions across three employers and 8 spring break positions in mediation training with Just Solutions.

Available Fellowships:

The Application Period is now Open until February 3rd for the following fellowships:

a. IOLTA/BarBri Fellowships (3 summer positions, $2500 each, with Department of Public Advocacy in any of its Kentucky offices)

b. Samuel L. Greenebaum Fellowship (2 summer positions, $2500 each, with Louisville Metro Public Defender)

c. Ellen Ewing Fellowship ( 3 summer positions, $2500 each, with Louisville Legal Aid)

d. Edwin H. Perry Fellowship (approx. 8 positions over spring break in a week-long Meditation Training Course offered through Just Solutions, valued at $1000 each)

The summer fellowships may be either part time or full time but students must complete 250 hours by the end of the summer. To learn more about the above fellowships, see the attached document entitled "2015 Fellowship Descriptions".

Application Process:

To apply for any of the above fellowships, students must submit a resume, statement of interest and a completed application. Students may obtain the applications for each of the different fellowships from the Document Library on Symplicity. Representatives from the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy (DPA), Metro Public Defender, and Legal Aid will be on campus in February to interview candidates and select recipients for the fellowships. The winners will be notified in March.

Instructions on how to log onto Symplicity and apply for the fellowships are attached. Please be sure to read the instructions and qualifications for each fellowship carefully. Students may apply for all four fellowships, but must submit different application for each of the fellowships.

Therefore, to apply for fellowships, students will need the following to assist them: (1) 2015 Fellowship Descriptions; (2) Fellowship Instructions; and (3) the Application Form for each of the fellowships for which they plan to apply. All of these documents are available to students in the Document Library on Symplicity.

Deadline for Posted Fellowships:

The deadline to apply for the above fellowships is Tuesday, February 3, 2015, at midnight. If you have any questions, please see Ms. Scinta, the Public Service Coordinator, in room 180, or contact her at You may also contact Dean Hajek in room 182 or at

Fellowships Available Later in the Spring:

The application periods for the fellowships below have not yet opened, but we encourage students to watch for announcements in the Daily Docket and on the Symplicity homepage for when they will be made available:

a. Public Service Greenebaum Fellowships available February 2015 (9 positions, $2500 each, students secure any summer legal volunteer position and request funding)

b. Johnston Real Estate Law Summer Fellowship available February 2015 (1 position, $5000, student secures summer legal position in real estate/land use)

c. Donan Energy Law Summer Fellowship available February 2015 (1 position, $3500, position is with the Kentucky EEC Legal Dept.)

$6000 Summer Fellowship with KY Attorney General's Office - Jan. 12th Deadline to Apply

The Kentucky Office of the Attorney General (Frankfort, Kentucky) is hiring a summer intern to serve as an ABA Janet Steiger Fellow this coming summer. Successful 1L and 2L applicants will have the opportunity to work on consumer protection and antitrust projects. Each Steiger Fellow will receive a gross stipend of $6000 for the eight week period paid for through the ABA. Travel and housing expenses may also be approved at the discretion of the ABA. Other state AG's will also be hiring Steiger Fellows.

The 2015 student application is attached. The application is also posted on the Steiger Fellowship link on the ABA Antitrust Section's website:

Quick Deadline: Applications are due by January 12th.

Note: The Kentucky Attorney General's Office will be hiring for additional positions for the summer later in the spring semester but these positions will be unpaid.

Other cities where a Steiger Fellow will be hired this summer are listed below. A few of the nearby locations are bolded. The deadline for all of these locations is January 12th.

Montgomery, Alabama; Des Moines, Iowa; *Concord, New Hampshire (2L only); Austin, Texas; Phoenix, Arizona; Topeka, Kansas; Newark, New Jersey; *Salt Lake City, Utah (2L only); Little Rock, Arkansas; Frankfort, Kentucky; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Montpelier, Vermont; Sacramento or San Francisco, California; Baltimore, Maryland; New York, New York; Richmond, Virginia; Hartford, Connecticut; Boston, Massachusetts; Columbus, Ohio; Seattle, Washington; Wilmington, Delaware; Lansing, Michigan; Portland or Salem, Oregon; Charleston, West Virginia; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Jackson, Mississippi; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Madison, Wisconsin; Atlanta, Georgia; Helena, Montana; *San Juan, Puerto Rico (2L only, Spanish fluency); Cheyenne, Wyoming; Honolulu, Hawaii; Lincoln, Nebraska; Pierre, South Dakota; Indianapolis, Indiana; Las Vegas, Nevada; Nashville, Tennessee

ACLU 2015 Summer Fellowship

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Kentucky is seeking a summer intern for its Louisville Office. 

The Internship Program gives law students the opportunity to work with the ACLU's legal director on a wide range of civil liberties issues. Legal experiences will range from legal research and brief writing to assisting with all phases of ongoing litigation in federal cases. Additional opportunities will likely include conducting legislative analysis, screening and summarizing client intake, and conducting factual investigations into potential civil liberties violations. Go to to learn more about this organization.

The ACLU seeks candidates for the summer internship who (1) will have completed their second year of law school by the time the fellowship begins; (2) have taken at least one semester of Constitutional Law by the time the fellowship begins, and (3) who can demonstrate a proven work ethic, strong academic credentials, and a desire to assist in defending the rights of individuals. Flexibility, professionalism, and the ability to work in a team environment are also a must.

To apply, log onto Symplicity, click on the "OCI" tab then click on the "ACLU Summer Internship" session. The deadline is January 23, 2015. Direct all questions to Dean Hajek at or Jina Scinta at


Louisville Personal Injury Firm Hiring Law Clerk

A Louisville personal injury firm which concentrates in complex litigation, including civil rights litigation, catastrophic injury, and similar claims is seeking a 2L or 3L for a law clerk position to begin immediately.  The duties for the position include drafting memoranda and pleadings, conducting research, running items and documents to the court, and other similar responsibilities. The attorneys stress the collegial atmosphere at the firm and the ability for the clerks to have a fair amount of one-on-one time working directly with the attorneys.  Hours are relatively flexible although the firm expects clerks to commit to 15 hours per week. To learn more about the firm and how to apply, log onto Symplicity and find the position under the Brandeis Job Bank.  Only a resume and writing sample are needed (no cover letter).

Student Application Period for Spring On Campus Recruiting (OCI) Now Open

Students may begin submitting application materials for employers participating in Session 1 of Spring On Campus Recruiting until midnight on January 18th. By logging onto Symplicity and selecting the OCI tab, students may view the names of individual employers who have registered for spring OCI to date and their hiring criteria. Instructions for using Symplicity to apply for OCI are attached.

Students are reminded that spring OCI is broken into two sessions. The timelines for Sessions 1 & 2 are as follows:

Session 1
Students bid on employers: Friday, January 2 - Sunday, January 18 (bidding closes at midnight)
Employers select students: Thursday, January 22 - Wednesday February 10
Students - Interview signup: Monday, January 28 - Friday, February 13

Session 2
Students bid on employers: Friday, January 16 - Sunday, February 1 (bidding closes at midnight)
Employers select students: Wednesday, February 4 - Wednesday, February 25
Students - Interview signup: Wednesday, February 11 - Friday, February 27

Next Steps:
If students want to submit their application materials to any employer listed under Session 1 they must upload their materials from January 2 until midnight on January 18th.  This process is known as "bidding".  Students may not begin bidding on Session 2 employers until January 16th. Spring Recruiting Directions and OCI Symplicity Instructions will be available on Symplicty and provide useful information. All students participating in OCI are encouraged to review these documents located in the Document Library on Symplicity. New employers will continue to be added to the schedule throughout the spring semester so students should check the OCI tab on Symplicity, Daily Docket announcements, and the homepage on Symplicity for announcements and updates. Documents that are uploaded may continue to be changed/added/removed and are not finalized until the Symplocity closes the session (e.g. Jan. 18 at midnight for session 1).

The members of the Office of Professional Development staff are happy to review resumes, cover letters and other application materials for students. Specific questions about the Spring OCI process and Symplicity should be directed to Debra Reh ( or Dean Hajek (