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Kentucky Innocence Project in 2015-2016

Kentucky Innocence Project in 2015-2016

 

Pre-registration is open for the KIP course for 2015-16.  Any student in good academic standing who has completed the 1L curriculum is eligible to participate.  The course is taught by an attorney and an investigator with the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy.  Students work in teams to explore whether KIP clients have a basis for exoneration or other post-conviction relief, and learn fundamental investigative and case management skills that are relevant and helpful to any practice setting.  Teams are expected to locate, gather, and examine information relevant to the process that led to a client’s conviction (e.g., courthouse files, trial attorney notes and materials, etc.): to explore potential arguments supporting a claim for relief; and to engage in investigatory work that might bring to light supporting evidence.  The work will include client and witness interviews, and may involve drafting motions and accompanying arguments.  The externship includes a classroom component, and requires enrollment in both fall and spring semesters.  For more information, please see the TWEN course titled “Kentucky Innocence Project INFORMATION.”  Pre-registration forms are available from TWEN, and outside rooms 216 and 287.

 

Academic Credit for Summer Judicial Externships

Students in good academic standing and who have completed the 1L curriculum may earn academic credit for a summer judicial externship.  Judicial Externships provide students with many opportunities not available in a classroom: observing lawyers, judges, and other members of the justice system at work; developing research and writing skills, and applying doctrine learned in law school; assessing the skills and styles of attorneys and judges; analyzing the effectiveness of the legal system; and networking and developing as a member of the legal profession.  To earn two credit hours, students must devote 104 hours to externship field work (generally 16 hours per week for 6.5 weeks).  The time is spent observing courtroom proceedings, discussing issues with the supervising judge or court personnel, or worrking on research and writing projects.  Students may arrange an externship with any judge.  For more information, contact Professor Karen Jordan at karen.jordan@louisville.edu.

Academic Credit for Summer & Fall Externships

Pre-registration remains open for externships for the summer and fall 2015 semesters.  Externships allow students to earn academic credit for time spent observing and performing legal work at various placement sites away from the law school.  Externships allow students to (1) develop lawyering skills and professional identity while working as part of a team of legal providers serving real clients; (2) network with lawyers and judges in the community; (3) learn new law, or reinforce understanding of legal concepts learned in the classroom; (4) learn about specific practice settings, including how lawyers balance expectations and tensions; and (5) assess possible career paths.

The law school has arranged externships at many and varied placement sites, each offering unique learning opportunities for students.  Amount of academic credit varies, but for each hour of credit earned students ordinarily are expected to devote 56 hours per semester to field work.  Students ordinarily should have blocks of 3-4 hours at a time for field work.  For fall 2015, the course schedule has been designed so that Tuesday afternoons should be available for most students for part of their externship work.  For more information, review the course schedule and see the TWEN course titled “Externship INFORMATION.”  Pre-registration forms are available from TWEN, and outside rooms 216 and 287.

Kentucky Innocence Project in 2015-2016

Pre-registration remains open for the KIP course for 2015-16.  Any student in good academic standing who has completed the 1L curriculum is eligible to participate.  The course is taught by an attorney and an investigator with the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy.  Students work in teams to explore whether KIP clients have a basis for exoneration or other post-conviction relief, and learn fundamental investigative and case management skills that are relevant and helpful to any practice setting.  Teams are expected to locate, gather, and examine information relevant to the process that led to a client’s conviction (e.g., courthouse files, trial attorney notes and materials, etc.): to explore potential arguments supporting a claim for relief; and to engage in investigatory work that might bring to light supporting evidence.  The work will include client and witness interviews, and may involve drafting motions and accompanying arguments.  The externship includes a classroom component, and requires enrollment in both fall and spring semesters.  For more information, please see the TWEN course titled “Kentucky Innocence Project INFORMATION.”  Pre-registration forms are available from TWEN, and outside rooms 216 and 287.

Road Closures Saturday, April 25

On Saturday, April 25th, thousands of runners from all 50 states and several foreign countries will flood the streets of Louisville to compete in the Kentucky Derby Festival's Marathon and miniMarathon. While this is very exciting, it will cause major traffic disruptions.

The race begins at the corner of Brook Street and Main Street at 7:30 AM and is expected to end by 1:30 PM. The route winds from downtown, through Old Louisville, to Iroquois Park and passes by Belknap Campus at 3rd and 4th Streets. Refer to this list of street closures for details.

The law library will be open from 8 AM to 6 PM Saturday. Visitors who are travelling by car are encouraged to park in lots that are accessible east of Third Street. Several bus routes, including the popular #29, will encounter slight detours from roughly 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Visit TARC for details.

Office of Legal Services Volunteer Summer Internship

The Administrative Office of the Courts - Office of Legal Services has a volunteer summer internship available. A legal intern would be expected to be able to conduct research projects and draft memoranda with appropriate supervision. In addition, the intern may be called upon to draft correspondence, track pending legislation, and to otherwise assist the general counsel and his staff with their duties.

Hours performed would count toward the public service requirement. For a complete description of the position and how to apply, log on to Symplicity.

Public Service Opportunity with UofL General Counsel’s Office

The Office of the Vice President for Strategy and General Counsel has a public service opportunity available for the summer.

The Office of the Vice President for Strategy and General Counsel is now a pre-approved public service placement. They are looking for a student to assist with research, preparing discovery responses and interview questions for witnesses.

If you are looking for a law-related position for the summer to post on your resume, this would be a great opportunity. Interested students should contact Jina Scinta at jina.scinta@louisville.edu to obtain the necessary public service paperwork.

Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy - E-Town and Capital Trial Branch Offices Need Interns

The Elizabethtown Office of the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy in LaGrange, KY is seeking a law student for an internship for summer of 2015. Hours can be counted toward the public service requirement.

Duties will include accompanying attorneys to their jail visits, interview clients and witnesses, collect physical evidence, go on investigative runs for records and/or service of subpoenas, photograph various locations, assist on large rule days, perform some clerical duties, conduct legal research, draft memos and assist in jury trials. Trial office internships are generally fast-paced with a good deal of client interaction.

Additionally, the Capital Trials Branch - West office of the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy in LaGrange, KY is seeking a law student for an internship for the summer of 2015.

The ideal candidate will have finished his/her first or second year of law school, have an interest in death-penalty-defense work, and have demonstrated a commitment to serving the needs of the poor and/or disabled. Above-average organizational skill, motivation and research and writing skills are required. Because the office is located in LaGrange, Kentucky, any candidate must have her/his own transportation.

For more information and how to apply for these internships, please log on to the job postings on Symplicity. The deadline to apply is April 30.

Journal of Law and Education Application Period Open

The Journal of Law and Education is now accepting applications for membership. 

The JLE provides an important resource for judges, lawyers, teachers, school administrators, and education practitioners to stay abreast of developments in education law (i.e., constitutional issues, torts, disability law, employment law). Professionals across the country and around the world depend on the JLE for information.

As a Candidate, you have the opportunity to earn 1-2 credit hours for your work. You will be asked to complete four rounds of case or article abstracts, throughout the year, and write a Chalk Talk on a topic of your choosing. You may also choose to fulfill the law school’s writing requirement with your Chalk Talk. 

Please fill out the attached application, provide a writing sample and your resume.The Journal of Law and Education is now accepting applications for membership. 

The JLE provides an important resource for judges, lawyers, teachers, school administrators, and education practitioners to stay abreast of developments in education law (i.e., constitutional issues, torts, disability law, employment law). Professionals across the country and around the world depend on the JLE for information.

As a Candidate, you have the opportunity to earn 1-2 credit hours for your work. You will be asked to complete four rounds of case or article abstracts, throughout the year, and write a Chalk Talk on a topic of your choosing. You may also choose to fulfill the law school’s writing requirement with your Chalk Talk. 

Please fill out the attached application, provide a writing sample and your resume. Applications are due May 15th, so you will have plenty of time after finals. If you have any questions, please contact Annale Renneker at annale.renneker@louisville.edu. 

NOTE: After talking with the editors of the other law journals, we have agreed to send out offers on the same day. Instead of May 19, as the application states, offers will be sent on May 24th. 

Metropolitan Sewer District seeking a Part-time, Temporary Law Clerk

The Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) is seeking a part-time, temporary law clerk to work in their legal department. Pay is $24/hr. and the deadline to apply is Thursday, April 23rd. Log onto Symplicity for job details and how to apply.