Student News

Learn from National Expert About Loan Repayment Options & How to Decrease Your Student Debt

Speaker: Isaac Bowers, Equal Justice Works (Washington D.C.)
Date: Tuesday, September 30, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Room 275
Lunch Provided

Interested in finding a way to drastically decrease your student debt? Do you know the various loan forgiveness and repayment options available for your student loans? What are the differences between the Income Based Repayment (IBR) and Pay As You Earn (PAYE) repayment plans? Any student with loans will need to make importance choices that will impact your financial future, some of which need to be made the second semester of your 3L year. 

The law school is bringing Isaac Bowers, the national expert on law school debt, from Washington D.C. to speak with students and explain your options and eligibility for the different plans in detail. There are no other resources on campus to provide you detailed counseling on repayment plan options. All students who have taken out loans to attend law school, particularly 3Ls graduating this year who will need to choose a repayment plan, are strongly encouraged to attend.

Did you know . . .

• For students interested in a long-term career in public service/government: Your qualifying federal loans can be forgiven after 10 years of employment if you choose the correct repayment plan thanks to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. You can save substantially on your loan repayments which can be a financial lifeline and allow you more career options.

• For students interested in the private sector: You may be eligible for reduced monthly payments on your loans when you graduate under IBR or PAYE if you select the correct plan. So, which plan should you choose based on your family size and income? In addition, your remaining loans may be forgiven after 20-25 years based on which plan you choose so which one is the right choice for you and will allow you the best savings?

You won't want to miss this program. Questions may be sent to Dean Hajek at laurel.hajek@louisville.edu.

Patent/IP Law Moot Court Sign Ups

Patent/IP Law Moot Court Sign Ups

 

Any interested 2L, 3L, or 4L may sign up now for the Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial IP/Patent Law Moot Court Competition, held sometime in late March or early April.  The exact date and location should be available mid-October.  The school can send up to two teams with two competitors each to the competition.  The teams' coaches are Kevin Duncan and Jeffrey Haeberlin.  Team practices will begin in January.  This competition does require a written brief, but it should not interfere with finals.  The brief will not be due until sometime in January, giving students time over Christmas break to complete it.

 

To sign up, either send a copy of your resume to Professor Cross at john.cross@louisville.edu, or drop off a copy of your resume in person to his office in Room 248.  Students with scientific or technical backgrounds are preferred but not required.  The deadline for submitting your resume is Monday, September 29th at 5:00 PM.  

 

If students have any questions about the competition, please email David Cutt at ddcutt01@louisville.edu.  

Environmental Moot Court Team Participants Sought

Then Environmental Law Moot Court Team is seeking applicants who would likely to compete on this year’s team.  The competition requires that team member submit a brief that is due in early December and participate in oral arguments in White Plains, NY in mid-February.  We will be sending one team consisting of two or three students.

 

Any interested candidate needs to submit a letter of interest (1 page max), a resume, and a legal writing sample to Kathryn Cross (kathryn.cross90@gmail.com) on or before Tuesday October 7, 2014.  If there is a lot of interest for the team, applicants may be required to prepare a short oral argument in order to tryout.  Applicant will be notified soon after the application deadline if preparing an oral will be necessary.

Pirtle-Washer Advocacy Competition Preliminary Results

The Moot Court Board congratulates all competitors in the Pirtle-Washer Competition preliminary rounds. The judges were very impressed with the quality of the advocacy. The quarter-finalists were: Christine Shannon, Tyler Peavler, Ben Shepard, Daniel Reed, Emily Devouno, Aaron Riggs, Issac Fain,and Kevin Boswell. Moving on to the semi-final rounds are: Ben Shepard, Aaron Riggs, Daniel Reed and Emily Devouno. The semi-finals will take place on Friday, September 26, at 3:00 p.m. in the Allen Courtroom with the finals to follow later that day. Please join us to support the advocates.

Sana Abhari would like to thank the volunteer attorney judges, the scoring team, the 1L Witness Program volunteers, Dean Nowka, the entire Moot Court team, and her wonderful facilitators Megan Diffenderfer, Whitney Graham and Laura Tapp.

ACLU Needs Student's Assistance

The ACLU has a project that needs the assistance of a law student. It would involve conducting an investigation (using one or more Open Records Act requests) to obtain relevant documents from one or more public entities, and then drafting a research memo on the constitutionality (under the Fourth Amendment) of the policies they expect to uncover. Necessary requirements would include the successful completion of ConLaw I, solid analytical skills, and excellent writing ability. It is anticipated that this project would take 20-25 hours and would count the public service requirement.

Interested students should send a resume and writing sample to Jina Scinta jina.scinta@louisville.edu by Monday, September 29. 

First Year Students! Lawlapalooza Wants You!!

Lawlapalooza is a battle of the bands which raises money for the Ellen B. Ewing Fellowship. This fellowship allows a student to work at Legal Aid during the summer and provides a stipend to the fellow based on the money raised from this event.

The Lawlapalooza committee is looking for a first year student who would be interested in being an MC for the evening with other law students. Lawlapalooza is scheduled for Thursday, October 16, at Phoenix Hill Tavern.

This is a really fun event. If you are interested, please contact Jina Scinta at jina.scinta@louisville.edu.

Presidential Management Fellowship Information Session - Wednesday, September 24th at Noon in Room 177

Presidential Management Fellows Program (PMF) with the Federal Government

From Oct. 1-15, 3Ls may apply to the Presidential Management Fellows Program (PMF), a two-year leadership development program designed to create leaders in the federal government.  Each year the federal government takes approximately 600 fellows from graduate programs, including law schools, and places the fellows in federal agencies in D.C. and around the country. In the past, Brandeis graduates have secured positions through the PMF program with agencies such as Housing and Urban Development, the Division of Drug Information at FDA and the U.S. Office of Management & Budget. 

The Office of Professional Development has invited Jayci Roney, a 2011 graduate, to speak with interested 3Ls about the PMF Program, the application process, and her experiences on Wednesday, September 24th at 12:00 p.m. in room 177.  Ms. Roney completed the Presidential Management Fellows Program and currently works for the U.S. Immigration & Citizenship Services for the Department of Homeland Security in Louisville. 

To learn more about the PMF Program, go to:  www.pmf.gov and review the “Become a PMF”.

Deadline to apply for the PMF Program:  October 15th for both application and on-line assessment

Webcasts to provide more information:
1. Applicant Information Session, Tuesday, September 30th from 3:00-4:30 pm
2. Question and Answer Session, Wednesday, October 8th from 1:30-3:30 pm

To sign up for Webcasts, go to:  https://opm.adobeconnect.com/pmfapplicantchat
 Select “Enter as a Guest”.  Please note the audio from the webcasts will be provided through your computer/device audio output.

Networking Opportunity

In March, YPAL started the “Legal-Ease” lunch series, where we invited four local judges to talk with attendees about career/life advice.  On October 1, YPAL is having another Legal-Ease event.  This time, we’re featuring what are essentially the managing partners from the six largest firms in Louisville:

  • Robert Connolly - Stites & Harbison PLLC
  • John Crockett - Frost Brown Todd LLC
  • Donald Kelly - Wyatt Tarrant & Combs LLP
  • Mark Oppenheimer - Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP
  • Kendrick Riggs - Stoll Keenon Odgen PLLC
  • John Selent - Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

This would be an incredible opportunity for law students to get to know some of the most influential attorneys in the city.  Here’s the link for information/registration:  https://www.ypal.org/Events/Legal-Ease-Community-Business-Development.  Seating is very limited.

Government Honors & Internship Handbook Updates

The following government programs have deadlines coming up in the next few weeks.  Details of these programs are provided in the 2014-15 Government Honors & Internship Handbook, located at www.law.arizona.edu/career/honorshandbook.cfm.  For the user name and password to log onto the Handbook, email Ms. Reh at dkreh@louisville.edu and provide her with the following:  your name, class year, and UofL email address.

2Ls for SUMMER 2015

Federal

•Environmental Protection Agency – R7 Summer Legal Intern Program (Paid, Deadline 09/30/14)
•Federal Reserve Board – Summer Law Clerk Program (Paid, Deadline 09/30/14)
•Health & Human Services – Office of Counsel to the Inspector General Legal Clerkship & Externship Programs (Unpaid, Deadline 09/30/14)
•Homeland Security – Office of General Counsel Law Student Summer Volunteer Program (Unpaid, Deadline 09/30/14)
•Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – Summer Pathways Internship Program (Paid, Deadline Early Oct.)

State & Local Government

•Colorado Public Defender – Summer Legal Internship Program (Paid & Unpaid, Deadline 09/26/14)
•Boise, ID Office of the City Attorney – Legal Intern-Extern Program (Paid, Deadline 09/30/14)
•Alabama Office of the Attorney General – Summer Law Clerk Program (Unpaid, Deadline 10/01/13)

3Ls – Post Graduation

Federal

•Federal Communications Commission – Office of General Counsel 2015 Attorney Honors Program (Paid, Deadline 09/28/14)
•Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation – 2015 Legal Division Honors Program (Paid, Deadline 09/30/14)
•Nuclear Regulatory Commission – Atomic Safety * Licensing Board Panel Judicial Law Clerk Program (Paid, Deadline 09/30/14)
•Congressional Research – American Law Division CRS Law Recruit Program (Paid, Deadline 10/01/14 Expression of interest email)

State & Local Government

•New York County District Attorney’s Office – Assistant District Attorney Program (Paid, Deadline 10/01/14)

Learn from National Expert About Loan Repayment Options & How to Decrease Your Student Debt

Speaker: Isaac Bowers, Equal Justice Works (Washington D.C.)
Date: Tuesday, September 30, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Room 275
Lunch Provided

Interested in finding a way to drastically decrease your student debt? Do you know the various loan forgiveness and repayment options available for your student loans? What are the differences between the Income Based Repayment (IBR) and Pay As You Earn (PAYE) repayment plans? Any student with loans will need to make importance choices that will impact your financial future, some of which need to be made the second semester of your 3L year. 

The law school is bringing Isaac Bowers, the national expert on law school debt, from Washington D.C. to speak with students and explain your options and eligibility for the different plans in detail. There are no other resources on campus to provide you detailed counseling on repayment plan options. All students who have taken out loans to attend law school, particularly 3Ls graduating this year who will need to choose a repayment plan, are strongly encouraged to attend.

Did you know . . .

• For students interested in a long-term career in public service/government: Your qualifying federal loans can be forgiven after 10 years of employment if you choose the correct repayment plan thanks to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. You can save substantially on your loan repayments which can be a financial lifeline and allow you more career options.

• For students interested in the private sector: You may be eligible for reduced monthly payments on your loans when you graduate under IBR or PAYE if you select the correct plan. So, which plan should you choose based on your family size and income? In addition, your remaining loans may be forgiven after 20-25 years based on which plan you choose so which one is the right choice for you and will allow you the best savings?

You won't want to miss this program. Questions may be sent to Dean Hajek at laurel.hajek@louisville.edu.