Student News

Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy Needs Students!

The Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy is need of student interns for the summer in their LaGrange and Frankfort offices.  They need one student in their LaGrange Office and three students in their Frankfort Office.  The descriptions of the work in both offices is as follows:

Department of Public Advocacy, Post-Conviction (LaGrange) - Law students will assist DPA attorneys with post-conviction cases. Assignments would include record review, legal research, claim drafting, and an Oldham County prison visit to meet the client.

Department of Public Advocacy, Appeals Branch (Frankfort) - Law students will assist criminal appellate attorneys with legal research including statutory and constitutional analysis of criminal rules, statutes and practices; drafting sections of appellate briefs; reviewing trial records to marshal facts to support appellate argument. Opportunity to observe oral argument before Kentucky Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.

Students will be able to count their hours toward their public service requirement.  Interested students should contact Jina Scinta at  Assignments will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.


Student Bar Foundation Fellowships Awarded

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2012 Student Bar Foundation Fellowships! The Student Bar Foundation was able to award more than $9,000 in fellowships this year. There were a number of outstanding applications this year. Everyone who made a contribution to the success of the SBF Charity Auction received a fellowship, as well as applicants demonstrating financial need, a commitment to public service, and a connection to the mission of the SBF. 

The 2012 Fellowship recipients will focus their summer service on (1) delivering legal services to the poor and indigent, (2) promoting law-related education; and (3) improving the judiciary, the legal profession, and citizen access to the legal system. 

Students receiving fellowships will be working at a number of law-related public interest jobs this summer including judicial internships, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Kentucky Court of Appeals, Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts, Rhode Island Center for Law and Public Policy, and the Nashville District Attorney’s Office. These students will spend their summers working in Kentucky, Tennessee, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts.

Because the SBF is a student-run organization, we need students who are dedicated to our mission to help solicit donations for the SBF auction next year. Please email Ahmed Safeeullah at for information about getting involved and helping the SBF continue to support Brandeis students dedicated to public interest work. 

Temporary Summer Employment Opportunity with Better Business Bureau

The Better Business Bureau has a temporary opening on their consumer Business Reports lines that would be available immediately and extending for the next 8 weeks, possibly longer into the summer. The work will involve assisting consumers in filing complaints, obtaining business reports, and referrals to agencies outside the BBB.  There is also an opportunity to complete 30 hours of public service credit after the paid portion of the work is ended.  The schedule would be Monday through Friday, 8:30 4:30 p.m. with an hour for lunch. They will provide parking and good, strong coffee. Dress is business casual.

If you are interested in this opportunity please submit a resume to Jina Scinta at or Dean Urbach at by 9:00 a.m. Monday, April 30.  Resumes will also be accepted in hard copy.

Public Service Opportunity Available

A non-profit organization has contacted the Public Service Office seeking a student to assist them in establishing 501(c)(3) status. If you are interested in helping this organization, please contact Jina Scinta at The first person contacting Ms. Scinta will be signed up for the project. The organization is willing to wait until after finals to get started.  This would be a great project to work on over the summer.

Grace Giesel Named Flexner Professor of Law

Professor Giesel is the newly named Flexner Professor of Law

Congratulations to Grace Giesel, appointed 
Bernard Flexner Professor of Law in recognition of her demonstrated excellence in the areas of teaching, scholarship and service, as well as her commitment 
to continue this high level of achievement.


“I am honored ... and shall continue to pursue excellence in my teaching,
my scholarship and my service in the coming years.”

After graduating from Yale with a degree in Economics, Professor Giesel attended Emory University School of Law and graduated with distinction and as a member of the Order of the Coif. While at Emory, Professor Giesel was a managing editor of the Emory Law Journal. In 1988 she joined the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law faculty. In 1999 Professor Giesel was named a Distinguished University Teaching Professor and since 2005 Professor Giesel also has been the James R. Merritt Professor.
Learn more about Professor Giesel’s scholarship 
by visiting her faculty profile.

Resource Center Hours

The Resource Center will be open 8am - 6pm during exams, April 23 - May 3, 2012.

Paid Summer Intern for ResCare, Inc. - Acquisitions Team, Development Department

ResCare, Inc. the nation's leading Human Services Company, is seeking a Summer Intern to work with the Acquisitions Team in the Development Department.  The Development Department is responsible for all Mergers and Acquisitons.  This is a paid position.

For additional information and to apply, go to: and click on "Jobs & Resume Collection".   


Kaufman & Coffman Scholarships


Please see the attached application for the Kaufman & Coffman Scholarships.  These scholarships are available to pay tuition for students who are enrolled in a full-time curriculum in a course of study leading to the J.D. degree.  Applicants must be legal residents of the Louisville area.  For more information, see attached.

Kaufman & Coffman Scholarship for Graduate Students in Law, Medicine & Theology


Please see the attached application for the Kaufman & Coffman Scholarships.  These scholarships are available to pay tuition for students who are enrolled in a full-time curriculum in a course of study leading to the J.D. degree.  Applicants must be legal residents of the Louisville area.  For more information, see attached.

Chen to Step Down as Law School Dean

Dean Chen

Jim Chen is resigning as dean of the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law effective June 30.

Dean since 2007, Chen plans to take one year of administrative leave. He will retain his appointment as a member of the law faculty.

“It’s been the privilege of my professional life to serve as dean of the UofL law school,” Chen said.

University Provost Shirley Willihnganz credited Chen with several key accomplishments, including converting the night school to a part-time program, establishing a legal clinic and improving fundraising.

“Dean Chen has a strong legal background,” Willihnganz said. “We hope he will agree to share his extensive knowledge of commerce and health law to help us move forward with key initiatives in other areas of the university.” 

-- Reprinted from UofL Today (April 20, 2012)