Student News

DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship

DRI, the leading organization of defense attorneys and in-house counsel, announces its annual Law Student Diversity Scholarship program. The goal of these scholarships is to provide financial assistance to two worthy law students from ABA accredited law schools in order to promote, in a tangible way, the DRI Diversity Statement of Principle.
Two scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each will be awarded to applicants who best meet the following criteria: 

  • Demonstrated academic excellence
  • Service to the profession
  • Service to the community
  • Service to the cause of diversity

The scholarship application is attached.  The deadline for all applications is April 27, 2012.

Mandatory Bar Program on Financial Responsibility

On Tuesday, February 7, at 12:15 p.m, the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions, with a member of the Character and Fitness Committee, will present a mandatory bar program for second year law students.

The Board of Bar Examiners’ Character and Fitness Committee must certify graduating law students before they are allowed to sit for the bar.  One fact the committee members look at closely is the applicant’s record of financial responsibility. 

Judge Gary Payne, Character and Fitness Committee member, and Bonnie Kittinger, Director and General Counsel, will discuss financial responsibility in the context of professionalism and a lawyer’s obligation to uphold the values of the profession.  Judge Payne will discuss how financial debt can evidence a lack of responsibility and further, how debt can lead to financial pressures and interfere with a lawyer’s duties to his or her clients. 

Attendance at the February 7 program is required for all students graduating in August 2012, December 2012, May 2013.  If you have an absolute conflict that will prohibit you from attending the February 7 program, you must notify Dean Cross,, and provide documentation concerning your conflict. 

Student Bar Foundation Meeting

There is a Student Bar Foundation meeting Wednesday, Feb. 8th at 12:00pm in room 171. If you have signed up as an at-large member, please make sure to attend. The auction is getting closer and we have new information to go over. If you are interested in being an at-large member, but have not yet signed up, now is the time! 

If you cannot attend, or have any questions about being an at-large member, please email Carly Harvey at


Students are Needed for Ky. High School Mock Trial Competition

The Kentucky High School Mock Trial Competition will be held on March 16 and 17 at the Jefferson County Judicial Center.  Several law students are needed to participate as a presiding or scoring judge.  High school teams will participate in at least four rounds of competition over two days, Friday and Saturday, March 16-17, with an additional round between the finalists on Sunday, March 18, to determine the state champion who will advance to the national tournament in May.  Students are only needed on Friday and Saturday.

Students will receive public service credit for participating in this project.  If you are interested in participating, please e-mail Jina Scinta at  Students will need to complete a Reservation Form to sign up to receive public service credit and a Registration Form that needs to be sent to the mock trial coordinator.

SELS 4th Annual Superbowl Party!

Come take a break from studying and join everyone at Molly Malones on Bardstown Road for the 4th Annual Superbowl Party. Kickoff time is at 6:30PM on Sunday, February 5th, 2012. The cost is $5 for SELS members and $10 for nonmembers which includes all you can eat, all you can drink. 

BarBri Bar Review Course to be Auctioned Off!!!

Starting on Monday, February 13 at 10:00 a.m., bidding will begin on two certificates to be used toward any of the BarBri Bar Review courses in every state.  Each certificate is good for $1,500.  If a student has already paid for a BarBri Review course, they will be eligible for a refund so they can bid.  Bid sheets will be in the Office of Professional Development Library (Room 186) starting at 10:00 a.m. on February 13.  Bidding will run until 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 15.  The winning bidders of each certificate will be announced at 12:30 p.m. on February 15 in the Mosaic Lobby at the BarBri table.  Credit cards and checks will be accepted and payment is due two weeks of auction's closing.

Proceeds of the silent auction will go to the BarBri Fellowship which will allow a student to work at the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy during the summer of 2012.

Be sure to mark your calendars for Monday, February 13 to start your bids.  Good luck!!


On the third Thursday of each month, local immigration attorney and alum, Becca O'Neill, holds 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. Detainees are held in the custody of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) bureau of the Department of Homeland Security. The visits are on the Friday after the training. Trained students will conduct individual in-take interviews of each detainee. 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. Attached are some compelling stories giving examples of some cases that have gone through the Boone County Jail.

The next training will be Thursday, February 16, at 6:00 p.m. here at the law school in Room 060. A visit to the Boone County Jail will be Friday, February 17. Students interested in attending the training, should email Becca O'Neill directly by MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6. Her email is Please let Ms. O'Neill know in your e-mail whether you plan to attend the Friday visit after the training. A list of students must be submitted to the jail ten days before the visit. Also, please let Ms. O'Neill 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 February 17, please e-mail Becca O'Neill by MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, so she can add your name to the list.

A complete description of the project is attached; however, please disregard the dates mentioned therein.

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

How to Get a State Judicial Clerkship or Staff Attorney Position and Summer Judicial Internships!

Have you ever wondered how people get their state clerkship or staff attorney positions?  Do you have an interest in volunteering for a judge over the summer?  You won't want to miss the next Office of Professional Development information session on Wednesday, February 8, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. in Room 175.

Three of our alums, Mary Jo Gleason (Class of '96), Kathi Jones (Class of '97) and Jacqueline Hersh (Class of '09) will be available to speak to you about how they got their jobs and where and how you can find them, as well. They will also be discussing opportunities for summer judicial internships that are available to our students.

This is session is of interest to all students. If you are a 1L or 2L and have an interest in volunteering for a judge either during the school year or for a summer, you will want to attend. If you are 3L interested in finding out more about state judicial clerkships or staff attorney positions, this is for you.

Pizza and drinks will be served while they last. See you there!

Don't Forget to Check the Job Bank in Symplicity


Students,In addition to putting information in the Daily Docket about openings for part-time, summer and full-time opportunities, the Office of Professional Development posts positions in Symplicity.

Go to: and click on "Jobs & Resume Collection".


If you are graduating May 2012, February 2 is the deadline to apply for a May 2012 degree.  All May 2012 graduates must complete an application for degree.  In addition to applying for a degree, be sure to check your unofficial transcript on ULink and complete a degree check form at
It is the responsibility of each student to ensure that he or she will have met all graduation requirements and have sufficient number of credits (at least 90) by the end of the semester in which he or she plans to graduate.  Please refer to the School of Law Student Handbook for additional information concerning graduation requirements.