Student News

Clark Co. (IN) Self-Help Center Needs Volunteer Students

The Clark Legal Self-Help Center, located within the Clark County Courthouse in Jeffersonville, IN, is seeking law students to perform volunteer pro bono work during the fall 2012 semester.

The Center is open twice per week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. to approximately 3:00 p.m. Its goal is to help local residents in navigating the often confusing court system by providing preliminary information, guidance, and referrals to walk-in clients. The Center also provides a computer system to enable qualified clients to prepare and print certain court documents for filing with the court clerk's office.

Local attorneys staff the Center, but law students are also needed to make initial assessments of client issues and to assist the on-duty attorney in providing information about the legal process to clients. Students may also help clients in using the computer system to fill out court documents.

Students (2Ls or 3Ls) are welcome and encouraged to volunteer. Hours worked at the Center will count towards the fulfillment of a student's public service requirement. If interested, please contact Jina Scinta at to sign up. 

"Networking" Information Session to be Rescheduled

The information session entitled "Networking Within Your Comfort Zone" scheduled for Thursday, August 30 from 12-1 is being rescheduled.  A new date has not been set, but stay tuned.  If you have this on your calendar, please remove it.

2012 Kentucky State Fair Trial By Jury Needs Student Volunteers

Each year, the Kentucky Justice Association conducts mock trials at the Kentucky State Fair. They are looking for students to volunteer as attorneys for both the plaintiff and defendant. People attending the fair act as the jury and actors are the witnesses. The mock trials take place in the South Wing at the fairgrounds. Students are needed on Saturday, August 25 at 12:30; 2:30 and 4:30.  Students will need to be available for all these times.  Students will need to arrive at least 45 minutes early.

Students will receive public service credit for the hours worked.  Interested students should contact Jina Scinta at  Reservation Forms will be sent to the students who sign up.

Mandatory Student Organizations Meeting This Thursday

The annual mandatory meeting for all law school student organizations, including law journals, will be held this Thursday, August 23, in Room 175, from noon to 1:00.  We will go over policies and procedures. Each student group must send at least one officer to the meeting. The representatives are responsible for communicating information discussed at the meeting with other members of the group.  Lunch will be provided.  Questions?  Contact Dean Ballard at

1L Daily Docket Winner

Congratulations to Meghan Burns, the winner of a red UofL Law women's polo shirt!  Please stop by Dean Ballard's office today (August 22) before 4:00 p.m. to claim your prize.  And remember, keep reading the Daily Docket!

Networking - Part 1


You’re probably sick of hearing about the importance of networking, but the fact remains that it is the #1 way in which people find new jobs.  Networking is an inescapable fact of job searching, but it doesn’t have to be painful.

You’re Already Doing It

The key thing to remember about networking is that everyone does it.  Every time you make a new friend, talk to a professor, or even just chat up the grocery store clerk, you are networking.  In the job search context, networking simply means taking these natural connections a step further.

Be Yourself

Many people are put off by the word networking because they think of it as trolling amongst strangers looking for jobs, but nothing could be further from the truth.  While the ultimate goal of networking in the job search context is, of course, landing a job, the key to good networking isn’t putting on an act amongst strangers but rather being yourself and making your social connections, both new and old, work for you.

To learn more about how and why to network, please attend “Networking in your Comfort Zone” on Thursday, August 30 at Noon in room 175.  Find out how other students have been successful at networking and take their advice to create an effective networking strategy of your own.

Try-Outs for the National Moot Court Team

Try-outs for the National Moot Court team are now open!  The competition takes place in Richmond, Virginia, in November.  This is an appellate competition and the team members will have to write a brief.  It is open to all 2L, 3L, and 4L students.


Anyone interested in trying out should:

  •  Submit a brief by Monday, August 27th to Professor Marcosson.  The brief must be the work of the applicant and may be emailed or turned in as a hard copy.  Your BLS brief is sufficient.
  • Sign up for a try-out time.  Try-outs include an oral argument based on your brief and will take place on Thursday, August 30th and Friday, August 31st.  The sign-up sheet will be posted on the Moot Court Board door.

If you have any questions, please contact Professor Marcosson at


Interested in Studying Intellectual Property Law in Croatia?

Professor Cross is trying to coordinate a group of students to take part in a study abroad program in Croatia for the summer of 2012.  The program, sponsored by Michigan State University and the University of Dubrovnik, differs from most study abroad programs in that it focuses only on intellectual property law.  The program runs from late July to early August, 2013, although students can opt to go for only half that time.  All courses are in English.  There are no prerequisites, so current 1Ls could easily take part.

For further information, you can look at  Note that this is the site for the 2012 program.  The dates for the 2013 program will be July 24 to August 14.

Interested students should contact Professor Cross, who can provide additional details.

Kentucky Innocence Project Opportunity

Enrollment remains open for the Kentucky Innocence Project Externship for 2012-13. This externship is open to any student who has completed the first year curriculum.  In this externship, attorneys from the Department of Public Advocacy teach students important investigatory skills useful for many practice areas, and help students use those skills in pursuing exculpatory evidence, possibly leading to attempts to overturn wrongful convictions. The externship requires a two semester commitment: students enroll for consecutive fall and spring semesters.  Interested students should complete the registration form found on the TWEN course titled Kentucky Innocence Project.

For more information, please contact Professor Jordan.

Interested in Pursuing a Career in Government?

Government agencies and public policy organizations provide a wealth of exciting opportunities for law students and lawyers looking to make a difference.  However, many application deadlines are early so now is the time to begin learning about these opportunities.  Please join us TODAY, August 21 at noon in Room 175 for Part 1 of our presentation: How to Get a Government Job during the Fall Hiring Season information session.  This session will:

• Provide you with an overview of the type of work lawyers do in government agencies and public policy organizations.
• Assist you in identifying opportunities for law students and lawyers in these settings.
• Inform you of upcoming deadlines and explain how you can apply.

Please take a moment to look at the Government Honors & Internship Handbook and the Public Policy Handbook to see all of the exciting opportunities available to you.  The Government Honors & Internship Handbook is located at:  User ID:  ranger; Password: cookies.  The Public Policy Handbook is located at:  User ID: end; Password:  hunger.