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2015 Equal Justice Works Post-Graduate Fellowship Applications Available

Each year the Equal Justice Works fellowship competition selects qualified and passionate lawyers who have developed new and innovative legal projects that can impact lives and serve communities in desperate need of legal assistance.

Depending on funding, EJW is able to provide between 45-55 two-year fellowships annually. Fellows receive a competitive salary, generous loan repayment assistance, connections to their prominent sponsors, participation in trainings, and additional support during their two-year tenure.

Applications for these post-graduate fellowships are now available and we encourage rising 3Ls and 4Ls to apply. Here is the application timeline:

July 7, 2014 The 2015 application is available
Sept. 17, 2014 The application and supporting paperwork are due to Equal Justice Works by 5 p.m. EDT
Nov. 2014 Interviews begin for selected candidates
Dec. 2014
through Feb. 2015 Interviews continue; fellowships are offered on a rolling basis
Sept. 2015 Class of 2015 fellows begin service

For more information on these fellowships, please go to http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/post-grad/equal-justice-works-fellowshi.... The 2015 Equal Justice Works Fellowship Application Guide is also attached.

Indianapolis Diversity Job Fair - August 21 & 22, 2014 - Registration Deadline is July 19th

The Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair is an opportunity for rising full-time 2L and rising part-time 2L/3L students to obtain summer associate or law clerk positions for Summer 2015 in Indianapolis. (Students who will be graduating by May 2015 are not eligible.) The attached list of participating employers includes not only law firms that will be interviewing at the job fair, but the Indianapolis Prosecutor’s Office, the Public Defender’s Office, a Public Interest organization, the Indiana Attorney General and several judges in U.S. District Court.  The Diversity Fair seeks students who represent all aspects of diversity.  Funding for expenses to attend the IBA Diversity Job Fair are available through the Office of Professional Development.  If you have questions or need assistance, contact Debra Reh at dkreh@louisville.edu or 852.6368.  The deadline to register is July 19th.

The Indianapolis Job Fair is proud of it results:

· Annually 20 percent of interviewing students receive and accept job offers (39 offers were made to 75 participating students in 2013)
 · 28 firm, government, court and corporate legal employers conducted 400 interviews at this one day event
 · A $2,500 scholarship is awarded to an interviewing student!
 · Students have an opportunity to meet employers through a reception, interviews and lunch
 · A student workshop and a one-on-one resume review are offered to all interviewing students

2015 Equal Justice Works Post-Graduate Fellowship Applications Available

Each year the Equal Justice Works fellowship competition selects qualified and passionate lawyers who have developed new and innovative legal projects that can impact lives and serve communities in desperate need of legal assistance.

Depending on funding, EJW is able to provide between 45-55 two-year fellowships annually. Fellows receive a competitive salary, generous loan repayment assistance, connections to their prominent sponsors, participation in trainings, and additional support during their two-year tenure.

Applications are now available and we encourage rising 3Ls and 4Ls to apply. Here is the application timeline:

July 7, 2014 The 2015 application is available
Sept. 17, 2014 The application and supporting paperwork are due to Equal Justice Works by 5 p.m. EDT
Nov. 2014 Interviews begin for selected candidates
Dec. 2014
through Feb. 2015
Interviews continue; fellowships are offered on a rolling basis
Sept. 2015 Class of 2015 fellows begin service

For more information on these fellowships, please go to http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/post-grad/equal-justice-works-fellowshi.... The 2015 Equal Justice Works Fellowship Application Guide is also attached.

 

Help Needed for Law Scool Courtyards Planting

The Law School is seeking students, faculty, staff, and alums to help with planting about 300 new plants and flowers in the Law School courtyards, July 9-12 in the mornings (8:30-Noon).  Our greatest need is for volunteers in the morning of Thursday, July 10.  If you can help, please email Professor Tony Arnold, tony.arnold@louisville.edu, or student Jen Ewa, jennifer.ewa@gmail.com, or just show up at the courtyards.  Thank you for your help in transforming our courtyards into beautiful, environmentally sustainable, community gathering spaces that can be well utilized by our entire Law School community.

Fall 2014 Hiring Season - Session 1 On Campus Interviews (OCI) bidding opens Friday, July 18th

SESSION 1

Student bidding:                  July 18-July 27
Employer selections:           July 28-August 1
Interviewing dates:              August 7-August 22

Since students may begin applying for OCI employers on July 18th, now is the time to start preparing if you plan to participate in fall on campus recruiting.  Keep in mind that the application period remains open from July 18th - 27th and employers will begin interviewing at the law school on August 7th.  
 
To look at Session 1 employers on Symplicity, log onto the system and click the OCI tab on the top of the home page.  Select "Fall 2014 – Session 1" and scroll down until you see a list of employers, then Review.  The list of employers for interviewing in Session 1 includes: Dinsmore & Shohl; Wyatt Tarrant & Combs; Stites & Harbison; Golden and Walters; Reminger Co., LPA; Stoll Keenon Ogden; Dressman Benzinger LaVelle PSC; Bingham Greenebaum Doll; Frost Brown Todd; and Phillips Parker Orberson and Arnett. Please review the hiring information and requirements for each employer to see if you are eligible to apply.

Employers will continue to be added to Session 1 through July 18th so continue to monitor Symplicity for updates.  Bidding for Session 2 OCI begins on August 1st.  More information will be released as the date nears.

Contact Dean Hajek at laurel.hajek@louisville.edu, Ms. Reh at dkreh@louisville.edu or Ms. Scinta at jina.scinta@louisville.edu if you have questions about fall recruiting or would like assistance with editing your application materials.

Don’t forget to add your summer experience to your resume and update all pertinent information.  If you drafted anything for an employer, now is a good time to see if they will allow you to use it as a writing sample.  Check with your supervising attorney to see if information needs to be redacted.

Fall 2014 Hiring Season - Session 1 On Campus Interviews (OCI) bidding opens Friday, July 18th

 SESSION 1

Student bidding:                  July 18-July 27
Employer selections:           July 28-August 1
Interviewing dates:              August 7-August 22


Since students may begin applying for OCI employers on July 18th, now is the time to start preparing if you plan to participate in fall on campus recruiting.  Keep in mind that the application period remains open from July 18th - 27th and employers will begin interviewing at the law school on August 7th.  

 
To look at Session 1 employers on Symplicity, log onto the system and click the OCI tab on the top of the home page.  Select "Fall 2014 – Session 1" and scroll down until you see a list of employers, then Review.  The list of employers for interviewing in Session 1 includes: Dinsmore & Shohl; Wyatt Tarrant & Combs; Stites & Harbison; Golden and Walters; Reminger Co., LPA; Stoll Keenon Ogden; Dressman Benzinger LaVelle PSC; Bingham Greenebaum Doll; Frost Brown Todd; and Phillips Parker Orberson and Arnett. Please review the hiring information and requirements for each employer to see if you are eligible to apply.

Employers will continue to be added to Session 1 through July 18th so continue to monitor Symplicity for updates.  Bidding for Session 2 OCI begins on August 1st.  More information will be released as the date nears.

Contact Dean Hajek at laurel.hajek@louisville.edu, Ms. Reh at dkreh@louisville.edu or Ms. Scinta at jina.scinta@louisville.edu if you have questions about fall recruiting or would like assistance with editing your application materials.

Don’t forget to add your summer experience to your resume and update all pertinent information.  If you drafted anything for an employer, now is a good time to see if they will allow you to use it as a writing sample.  Check with your supervising attorney to see if information needs to be redacted.

Law Library Closed July 4th

The Law Library will be closed Friday, July 4 for Independence Day and will re-open at 9 AM on Saturday. 

 

Attorney General’s Office, Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control Unit Needs Student Assistance

The Attorney General's Office - Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control Unit needs a student to research case law and other resource material for the state's Elder Abuse Prevention Manual which will be provided to law enforcement agencies, County Attorney's, Commonwealth Attorney's, and service providers. The manual focuses on recognizing elder abuse and prosecuting elder abuse cases. The research can be done from home.

Hours worked will count toward the public service requirement. If you are interested in this project, please contact Jina Scinta at jina.scinta@louisville.edu for more information.

Courtyards Preparation and Planting: Alumni, Students, Staff, and Faculty Help Needed with Law School

The Law School needs the help of as many alumni, students, staff, and faculty as possible to prepare the Law School courtyards for transformation to beautiful native landscaped spaces and functional gathering/community spaces.  We need LOTS of people to help with preparing the land and soils, transporting plants and flowers (several pickup trucks, SUVs, and vans are ideal), and planting.  We have estimated that this community-building project will take more than 100 person-hours of work.  The days and times for work on the courtyards are:

Prep Work (this is important work – we need plenty of people willing to lend a hand):
   Thursday, June 26: morning, afternoon, and evening
   Friday, June 27: morning
   Saturday, June 28: morning and afternoon
   Sunday, June 29: afternoon and evening

Transporting Plants (part of a caravan – need lots of trucks, vans, SUVs, etc.):
Either Monday, July 7 or Tuesday, July 8 (timing depends on who is available and when the nurseries are open)

Planting:
   Wednesday, July 9: morning, afternoon, and evening
   Thursday, July 10: morning, afternoon, and evening
   Friday, July 11: morning
   Saturday, July 12: morning and afternoon

If you can help at all, please contact Professor Tony Arnold at tony.arnold@louisville.edu or Jen Ewa at jennifer.ewa@gmail.com or (708) 307-4123.  The project is supervised by Jen and Professor Arnold in order to achieve a landscaping plan that was developed by all Law School constituencies in a participatory process and has been funded through the generosity of the Charles Hebel family.  This is a community-wide project that will make the Law School a better place.  Thank you for your help, as we work together to make this project a reality!

University of Louisville Law Review Rankings Soar

The University of Louisville Law Review is pleased to report the findings of Washington & Lee's latest submissions and rankings.

At the close of this survey period, which included volumes 50 and 51, the law review's rankings among all domestic ranked journals were as follows:

  • Overall Ranking: 241/987 (top 24.4%)
  • Impact: 255/987 (top 25.8%)
  • Citations in Journal Articles: 211/987 (top 21.4%) Currency Factor: 167/987 (top 16.9%) Citation of Articles in Cases: 290/897 (top 29.4%)
  • Cost: 191/987 (top 19.4%)
At the close of the previous survey period, which included volume 49 (2011-2012), the law review's rankings were as follows:
  • Overall Ranking: 318/967 (top 33%)
  • Impact: 400/967 (top 41.4%)
  • Citations in Journal Articles: 234/992 (top 23.6%)
  • Currency Factor: 402/976 (top 41.2%)
  • Citation of Articles in Cases: 334/992 (top 33.6%)
  • Cost: 191/820 (top 23.3%)

Since volumes 50 and 51 were published, the University of Louisville Law Review has improved its rankings in every single category. See the attached document for explanation of categories.

This 38% improvement in the publication's impact factor would not have been possible without the strong efforts of the recent editorial boards. The effect of wise decisions and changes are sometimes not really felt until long after the decision-makers have moved on. Congratulations and thanks to Mike Swansburg (Volume 48), Tommy Sturgeon (Volume 49) and Elisabeth Fitzpatrick (Volume 50) and their Boards! ~Eddie O'Brien, Volume 51 Editor in Chief

In related news, the University of Louisville Law Review was selected to host the 61st annual National Conference of Law Reviews in 2015.