Student News

Spring 2013 Hiring Season

The Spring 2013 Hiring Season will begin soon.  Be ready to apply for Session 1 On Campus Interviews through Symplicity on Friday, January 11th.  You will also be able to apply for Public Service Fellowships and download the applications on Symplicity as well.

Reminder of LBA Pro Se Divorce Clinic Training

Are you interested in family law? Are you not sure, but would like to find out? Here's the perfect opportunity for you.

The LBA will be holding a training session for students interested in participating in their pro se divorce clinics. The training will be begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, January 11, 2013 followed by a clinic at 10:00 a.m. downtown at the Judicial Center (first floor in the room behind the west bank of elevators). Subsequent clinics will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Judicial Center on the second and fourth Fridays of the month. A schedule of the clinics during the Spring semester is attached.  Students will receive public service credit for the training and participation in the clinics. Interested students should contact Jina Scinta at to sign up by Tuesday, January 8.


This public service opportunity is ideal for students and local community volunteers interested in immigration law. Professor Trucios-Haynes and a recent alum & local immigration attorney, Becca O'Neill, lead teams of volunteers on monthly visits to the Boone County Jail where immigration detainees are held in the custody of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) bureau of the Department of Homeland Security. Trained students, with the supervision of Prof. Trucios-Haynes and Becca O'Neill, conduct "Know Your Rights" presentations to approximately 200+ detainees during each visit, and conduct individual in-take interviews of each detainee.

On Thursday, January 17, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Room 177, Prof. Trucios-Haynes will hold a training here at the law school to train students to go on monthly visits to the Boone County Jail to conduct "Know Your Rights" presentations to detainees. The next jail visit will be on Friday, January 18. Students interested in attending the training on January 17 and/or going on the jail visit on January 18, should email Becca O'Neill directly by Monday, January 7. A list of students must be submitted to the jail ten days before the visit. Her email is

Students whose schedules do not allow them to visit the jail on Fridays can still take the training. All students are welcome. Once you have been trained you can attend a Friday visit when you are available. A more detailed description of this project is attached, along with some compelling stories giving examples of some cases that have gone through the Boone County Jail. More stories can also be found at:

All future trainings will be conducted the third Thursday of the month, with jail visits on the third Friday of the month after the training. When notifying Ms. O'Neill, please let her know if you speak a second language, although it is not necessary.

If you are a student who has already been trained and would like to attend the Friday visit on January 18, please e-mail Becca O'Neill by Monday, January 7, as well, so she can add your name to the list.

Students will receive public service credit for the training and site visits. Students will also be able to count their travel time to and from the Boone County Jail. Interested students should see Jina Scinta to obtain a Reservation Form to sign up to receive public service credit. You can also e-mail her at Students can also contact Prof. Trucios-Haynes at
with any questions.

Law School Receives $1 Million for Clinic

The University of Louisville’s Louis D. Brandeis School of Law has received a bequest of about $1 million to permanently endow a student-run law clinic.

The gift is believed to be the largest in the school’s history.

The clinic matches law students with impoverished clients who need legal representation and advice. Since its inception in 2009, the clinic has handled more than 500 cases and works closely with the Legal Aid Society, which is housed in the same building.

Sue Ellen Ackerson of Louisville and her family made the gift to honor Robert Ackerson, her late husband, who founded Ackerson and Yann law firm. The clinic is being renamed The Robert and Sue Ellen Ackerson Law Clinic.

“This gift is truly powerful because it helps some of the most underserved people in our community,” said UofL President James Ramsey. “We are grateful to the Ackersons for ensuring that the law clinic will be funded well into the future.”

Ackerson is a 1955 UofL College of Business graduate. Her husband, a 1958 law school graduate, died in 2008.

“We wanted to do something to help both the law school and the community as well as show both Bob’s and my appreciation for all the university has meant to our family,” she said. “The clinic was a perfect fit.”

Source: "Brandeis School of Law receives $1 million for clinic" (UofL Today, December 21)


New Writing Competition

Chief Justice John B. Doolin Writing Competition

Sponsor: The Supreme Court of Oklahoma and the Sovereignty Symposium, Inc.

General criteria: Competition is open to all students enrolled in an accredited law school.  A scholarly collection of legal and historical writings presented at the Sovereignty Symposium will be compiled as a book.  The subject matter of the paper may be on any area of the law relating to Native Americans or other indigenous peoples. 

Deadline: May 1, 2013

Award: First, second, and third prizes in the amounts of $750, $500, and $250 will be awarded.  The winning entry will also be published in the 2013 Symposium compendium of materials. (Scholarships to attend the Symposium are also available.  See below.)

Submission information:


The Sovereignty Symposium XXVI, June 5-6, 2013 - Scholarship Opportunities

The Symposium is the premier conference on Indian Law in the Americas.  It will be held at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in Oklahoma City.  Applications are being accepted for travel and tuition scholarships.

Susan J. Ferrell Scholarship - One full (tuition, meals, and travel) scholarship to attend the Symposium will be offered. Applicants should demonstrate an interest in and contribution to Native American legal issues by an application letter.  There is no application form.  Deadline: April 1, 2013  For submission information, see Dean Ballard.

Ed Edmondson Scholarship - A maximum of 100 Symposium tuition only scholarships will be offered.  Applicants should demonstrate an interest in and dedication to Native American law issues and the need for a scholarship in a simple letter application.  Deadline: June 4, 2013  For submission information, see Dean Ballard.


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.