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Peggy Browning Summer Fellowship Program

Peggy Browning Summer Fellowship Program

The Peggy Browning Fellowship Program provides $5,000 stipends to law students who dedicate their summer to advancing the cause of workers' rights by working for labor unions, worker centers, the U.S. Department of Labor, union-side law firms and other non-profit organizations.  This summer the Program will offer 60-70 funded 10-week summer fellowships at one of the organizations/law firms/government agencies listed below.  These fellowships are open to 1Ls & 2Ls and are intended to encourage them to consider union-side labor law as a viable career choice. Students may apply to a maximum of 5 fellowships.  The deadline to apply is January 18th, 2013.  To apply, students will need to submit an application, resume, cover letter, and 3 essays.  Some employers may require a writing sample.  Students selected to receive a summer fellowships will be notified in February.  For more information and to apply, go to  If questions, please contact Dean Hajek at or 502.852.6096.

Participating Employers:
AFL-CIO – Am. Fed. of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, Ofc of the General Counsel ,Washington, DC
AFSCME - American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO, Office of the General Counsel, Washington, DC
American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), General Counsel's Office, Washington, DC
American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Legal Department, Washington, DC
CASA de Maryland, Silver Spring, MD
Chicago Newspaper Guild, Chicago, IL
CLEAN Carwash Campaign, United Steelworkers and AFL-CIO, Los Angeles, CA
Communications Workers of America, Washington, DC
Community Justice Project, Pittsburgh, PA
Community Legal Services, Inc. Employment Project, Philadelphia, PA
D.C. Employment Justice Center, Washington, DC
Federal Labor Relations Authority, Office of the General Counsel, Washington, DC
Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission, Office of the General Counsel, Washington, DC
Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission, Office of Administrative Law Judges, Washington, DC
Friends of Farm Workers, Inc, Philadelphia, PA
Gilbert & Sackman, Los Angeles, CA
Greater Boston Legal Services, Employment Unit, Boston, MA
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Legal Department, Washington, DC
Kennedy, Jennik & Murray, New York, NY
Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA) Legal Department, Washington, DC
Levy Ratner, P.C., New York, NY
Los Angeles Black Worker Center Project, Los Angeles, CA
Major League Baseball Players Association, New York, NY
Make the Road New York, Legal Department, Brooklyn, NY
Mehri & Skalet PLLC, Washington, DC
Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C., New York, NY
Murphy Anderson PLLC, Washington, DC
National Day Laborer Organizing Network, Los Angeles, CA
National Employment Law Project, Seattle, WA
National Employment Lawyers Association, Legislative and Public Policy Office , Washington, DC
National Labor Relations Board, Contempt Litigation & Compliance Branch, Washington, DC
National Labor Relations Board, Division of Judges, San Francisco, CA
National Labor Relations Board, Region 5, Baltimore, MD
New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice Legal Department, New Orleans, LA
NYSUT - New York State United Teachers, New York, NY
O'Donoghue & O'Donoghue LLP, Washington, DC
Schwarzwald, McNair & Fusco, LLP, Cleveland, OH
Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Legal Department, Washington, DC
Sheet Metal Workers' Local Union No. 19, Philadelphia, PA
U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA, Whistleblower Protection Program, Washington, DC
U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor, Philadelphia, PA
UAW International Union Legal Department, Detroit, MI
UNITE HERE Local 2, San Francisco, CA
United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE), Pittsburgh, PA
United Mine Workers of America, Washington, DC
United Steelworkers, Pittsburgh, PA
Workers Defense League, New York, NY
Working Hands Legal Clinic, Chicago, IL

UofL Women's Center Trip to Peru - July 2013

The UofL Women's Center is planning a Summer Leadership and Service trip to Peru, currently scheduled for July 3-12, 2013. Please see the attached flyer and itenerary for more details. 



Join the UofL Women 4 Women Student Chapter for a Conference on Human Trafficking in January

Human Trafficking Conference -Modern Day Slavery: Breaking the Chains

Location: University of Louisville Red Barn (Parking Available)
Date: January 16, 2013
Time: 6:00-8:00pm
To Buy Tickets:
For more information, call: 502.852.8976
Presented by the University of Louisville Women 4 Women Student Chapter

Come out to enjoy a dinner, speakers, and silent auction.

Our Speakers and Entertainment Include:

  • Theresa Flores, a victim of Human Trafficking who has been featured on "The Today Show" and MSNBC
  • Colleen Clines, the co-founder and director of Anchal Project
  • Unveiling of Not 4 Sale by donor Nancy Baar
  • A Silent Auction will also be held during the event

This Conference will not only allow you to become more aware of human trafficking, but your support of this event will also help University of Louisville women attend a Summer Leadership and Service Trip to Peru to learn about this epidemic from women who have fallen victim to sexual violence and human trafficking.

Networking Event: YPAL Legal Series Event - Wednesday December 19

The Legal Series will be held this Wednesday, December 19th at Stites & Harbison. Networking, drinks and hors d'oeuvres will begin at 5:30pm, with the featured speaker beginning at 6:15pm.


For those unfamiliar with this event, every quarter, YPAL's Legal Committee has put on the Legal Series which features a prominent figure in Louisville with a legal background who will discuss his or her career path and how to succeed as a young professional in the legal community. Past speakers have included KFC's Chief Legal Officer Cathy Tang and Bobby Ferreri, Executive Director of Enterprise Corp (for GLI). The upcoming Legal Series will feature Gill Holland, the co-creator of the Green Building and innovator behind the Nulu area in Louisville. Gill will provide an extremely interesting look at the different paths a young professional with a legal background can take, as he is involved in several endeavors, including the music and film industry, in which he just placed a film in the Sundance Film Festival.


Event Details
Legal Series: Gill Holland
12/19/2012 (changed from 12/18/12)
Networking: 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM
Event Time: 6:15 PM - 7:30 PM
Stites & Harbison, PLLC
400 W. Market St., Louisville, KY 40202


YPAL Members: free
Non YPAL Members: $15.00

Resource Center Holiday Hours

This week the Law Resource Center will be open 8am - 5pm Monday - Thursday and 8am - 4pm Friday.  We are closed December 24th - January 1st and reopening January 2nd.

Louisville Bar Foundation Provides Grant for Central High Partnership Textbook

Louisville Bar Foundation Provides Grant for Writing Skills Textbook for Central High School Partnership


The Louisville Bar Foundation has provided funding to support law student work in the preparation of a Writing Skills Textbook to be used in conjunction with the Writing Skills program coordinated by Mary Jo Gleason at Central.  The four students who will be working on this under the guidance of Mary Jo Gleason are Jillian Smith, John Brown, Rebekah Gray, and Robin Rice, will complete the work in time for use in the fall 2013 semester program for the juniors in the Central High School Law and Government Magnet Program.  This support demonstrates, again, the value of partnerships and collaborations.  The Louisville Bar Association has long been a partner in the Central High School pipeline program.

UofL Law Professor Laura McNeal Comments on Connecticut School Shooting

Brandeis School of Law faculty member Laura McNeal, a school safety expert, weighs in on Connecticut school shooting in this Courier-Journal article.

Laura McNeal, an assistant professor at the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law and senior fellow at Harvard Law School’s Charles Hamilton Houston Institute, said the conversation has mostly focused on high schools, but will now encompass elementary schools.

McNeal, who specializes in school safety issues, believes Friday’s shooting may cause more schools to seriously consider installing metal detectors, a measure that has been controversial.

“I say that with caution,” she said. “Obviously, we don’t want to create elementary schools that feel like prisons, but I think with today’s technology we can set them up to where they don’t look like traditional metal detectors.”

McNeal envisions metal detectors incorporated into door frames to soften their presence. Such measures, however, create new questions — How would hundreds of students with car keys, metal zippers or other metal objects be screened? — but McNeal thinks the shootings will spur the willingness to tackle such issues.

“I don’t think we can ignore the dangers that lurk out there,” she said. “I strongly believe everyone has a stake and will support improving school safety.”


Advanced Trial Practice Spring 2013 - Seats Available

There are two seats remaining in the Spring 2013 Advanced Trial Practice course taught by Brian Butler on Monday evenings.  If you are interested in this course, but were unable to register for it or join the waitlist during the regular registration period, please contact Associate Dean Tim Hall.



New course Spring 2013 - Environmental Practice

Due to student demand, and the generosity of Tom Fitzgerald, we are able to add to the Spring 2013 schedule a skills course in Environmental Practice.  This two hour course is currently available for enrollment on Monday evenings from 6:30-8:20pm.  A course description is below.  If you have questions about this offering, please contact Associate Dean Tim Hall.


The Environmental Practice course is an interactive skills course teaching students practical lawyering skills such as administrative practice (e.g., comments on regulations; participation in administrative hearings; etc.), litigation-oriented writing, oral advocacy, client letters, client interviewing and counseling, fact gathering and problem assessment and solving. Students will learn how to exercise the selected lawyering skills, then actually perform the skills, and then receive feedback and peer as well as professor evaluation.  

Classroom Wing Printer Working Again

The classroom wing laptop printer has been exorcised and is working once again. If you do not have this printer installed, please come see me in room 119 after the Spring term has begun.