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Deadline TODAY To Apply f$5000 Labor Law Summer Fellowships Available Nationwide through Peggy Browning Fund

Each summer the Peggy Browning Fund offers 60-70 summer fellowships for law students around the country with labor unions and government organizations focusing on workers' rights. These fellowships are full time, last 10 weeks, and pay a minimum of $5000. Both 1Ls and 2Ls may apply and the deadline is TODAY.

For more information about the Peggy Browning Summer Fellowship Program, go to:

For a list of all summer placements available around the country, including labor unions, worker centers, the U.S. Department of Labor, union-side law firms and other nonprofit organizations, go to:
To Apply: Students must submit an application, cover letter and resume to each of the placements in which they are interested. Some of the individual organizations require one or more of the following: an additional writing sample, specific language skills, a labor law course, or having completed two years of law school. The requirements for each organization are listed via the link above.

Timelines: The deadline TODAY. Some employers are reviewing applications on a "rolling basis" so students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Questions may be directed to Dean Hajek at

Sample List of Participating Employers: DOL, NLRB, OSHA, AFL-CIO, FLRA, AFSCME, American Federation of Teachers, Chicago Newspaper Guild, Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission, New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice, Greater Boston Legal Services, UAW International Union.


U.S. Navy JAG Information Session - Wednesday, January 21st - Noon in room 171

Lieutenant Doug Ottenwess from the U.S. Navy JAG will be conducting a PowerPoint Information Session on Wednesday, January 21st at Noon in room 171.  The information session is for second- and third-year students.  Additional details can be found on the  website at:

The application deadline for the Student Program and the Direct Appointment Program is 12:01 a.m. EST on February 14, 2015.

Spring 2015 Recruiting Reminder

Please be aware that the deadline for Session 1 employers ends at midnight on Monday, January 19th.  The first on-campus interview is Monday, February 2nd.

Please review the following list of participating employers and their hiring information to determine your interests and qualifications match what the employer is seeking.  The application period for session 2 will open on Friday, January 16th and end on Sunday, February 1st at midnight.   After session 2 closes, the Office of Professional Development will continue to add employers sporadically who sign up to recruit late so you are encouraged to monitor the Daily Docket and the Symplicity homepage for updates.

We strongly encourage you to have your documents reviewed before you submit them for spring recruiting.  The Spring Recruiting Instructions and a copy of the Symplicity instructions are attached to assist those of you unfamiliar with the Symplicity database. 

Please contact Dean Hajek at or Ms. Reh at if you have questions regarding the spring recruiting process. For questions regarding the paid public service fellowships this summer or how to fulfill your 30 hour pro bono requirement, please contact Ms. Scinta at

Session 1 Employers (Application period Jan, 2-19)

Bahe Cook Cantley & Nefzger (Resume Collection only) - 1l, 2L Hiring for Louisville, KY office
Bishop Friend (Resume Collection only) - 1L, 2L Hiring for Louisville, KY office
Dodd & Dodd (Resume Collection only) - 1L, 2L Hiring for Louisville, KY office
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough (Resume Collection only) - 1L Hiring for Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; Charleston/Greenville, Myrtle Beach or Columbia, SC; and Charlotte or Raleigh, NC.
Phillips Parker Orberson & Arnett - 1L Hiring for Louisville, KY office
Ricketts Law Offices (Resume Collection only) - 1L, 2L Hiring for Louisville, KY office
Seiller Waterman - 1L, 2L Hiring for Louisville office
Stites & Harbison - 1L Hiring for Louisville and Lexington, KY and Nashville, TN
Stoll Keenon Ogden - 1L Hiring for Frankfort, Lexington, Louisville, Morganfield and Owensboro, KY; Evansville, IN and Greater Pittsburgh, PA offices
Travis & Herbert - 1L, 2L Hiring for Louisville, KY office
U.S. Air Force JAG (Information Session) - 1L, 2L, 3L Hiring nationwide
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of KY - 1L, 2L Hiring for Louisville office
U.S. Navy JAG (Information Session) - 2L, 3L Hiring nationwide
Washington State Attorney General's Office (Resume Collection only) - 1L, 2L Hiring for various offices in Washington state

Session 2 Employers (Application period (Jan 16 – Feb. 1)

Alcorn Sage Schwartz & Magrath (Resume Collection only) - 2L Hiring for Madison, IN office
O’Bryan Brown & Toner – 1L Hiring for Louisville, KY office
Republic Bank & Trust Company - 1L, 2L Hiring for Louisville, KY office

Stand Alone Sessions (Application periods fall outside Sessions 1 and 2)

ACLU (Resume Collection only) - 2L Hiring for Louisville, KY office
Churchill Downs (Resume Collection only) - 1L, 2L Hiring for Louisville, KY office

Are You Interested in Immigration Law? Students are Needed for National Immigrant Justice Center Know Your Rights Presentation

This public service opportunity is ideal for students and local community volunteers interested in immigration law. Professor Trucios-Haynes leads a team 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, conducts "Know Your Rights" presentations to approximately 200+ detainees during each visit, and conducts individual in-take interviews of each detainee.

On Thursday, January 22, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Room 075, 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 23.

Students interested in attending the training on January 22 and/or going on the jail visit on January 23, should email Prof. Trucios-Haynes directly by no later than Friday, January 16. Her email is When notifying Prof. Trucios-Haynes, please let her know if you speak a second language, although it is not necessary.

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:

Attention May 2015 Grads! Public Service Deadline March 31

If you are a third year student planning to graduate in May 2015, this is a reminder that the deadline to complete your public service requirement and turn in the necessary paperwork is Monday, March 31, 2015. If you have not signed up for a public service placement or you need to complete your 30-hour requirement, please read the attached instructions on how to sign up for a public service placement or make an appointment with Ms. Scinta ASAP.

Spring Judicial Internship Opportunities

The Office of Professional Development has been contacted by Judges Wingate and Shepherd with the Franklin County Circuit Court, indicating they have an immediate need for judicial interns during the spring semester.

Students will work in Frankfort. Duties will include assisting the judges with research and writing, drafting orders and other duties of a judicial internship.

Interested students should send a resume and writing sample to Ms. Scinta at by Friday, January 16. There will also be summer judicial internships available later in the semester.


TODAY!! Office of Professional Development- Interview Skills Workshop

TODAY from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., in Room 175, the Office of Professional Development will host an information session to help you with interview skills in preparation of upcoming 1L mock interviews and OCI. Dean Hajek will give her advice to help you interview effectively.

Although this is for all students, this would be of particular interest to first year students who plan to participate in mock interviews on January 24 at Frost, Brown Todd. This will be an informative session and we hope you will join us. Lunch will be served.

Mock Interview Opportunity for 1Ls

If you are a first year student, this is a reminder to upload your resume onto Symplicity by midnight, Sataurday, January 17 to sign up for the mock interviews for 1Ls on January 24. Please see the attached instructions on how to upload your resume onto Symplicity.

What are 1L Mock Interviews?

Mock interviews are an annual event designed to prepare first year students for summer associate interview. The thirty-minute time slot for each participant consists of a mock interview and constructive feedback from the interviewing attorneys. Many students who have participated in the mock interviews speak highly of the feedback received from their interviewers and several have gained contacts that directly led to job opportunities.

When and Where are the Mock Interviews?

The 2015 mock interviews will be held at Frost, Brown & Todd on Saturday, January 24, 2015. Frost, Brown, Todd is located at 400 West Market Street, Louisville, KY 40202. Interviews will begin at 9:00 AM and will conclude by 2:00 PM. Each student will be assigned a time slot and expected to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to his or her interview.

If you have any questions, please contact Jina Scinta at or Rudy Ellis at

Public Service Opportunity - Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)

VITA is a program with the Louisville Asset Building Coalition ("LABC") that serves individuals and families whose income is less than $52,000 a year. LABC helps the underprivileged community with free tax preparation and a financial empowerment program.

Our law students can assist with this program by helping individuals prepare their tax returns. LABC will train you and you will become certified to prepare the tax returns. Trainings are available from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the following dates:

Saturday, January 17, 2015 (this will be the last Saturday training)
Friday, January 23, 2015

The trainings will take place at the Louisville Urban League, 1535 West Broadway, Louisville, Kentucky.

Once trained, students can go to any of the VITA sites to participate. The clinics run through April 15. This is a great opportunity for any 3Ls who still need to complete their public service requirement.

For more information and to obtain a volunteer application and a Reservation Form to sign up, please see contact Jina Scinta at


Reminder: Kentucky Legislative Research Commission 2015-2016 Graduate Fellows Program is Friday, January 16.

The deadline for law 1Ls and 2Ls to apply to be a graduate fellow with the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission (LRC) is quickly approaching. The LRC provides the Kentucky General Assembly with staff and research support including committee staffing, bill drafting, oversight of the state budget and educational reform, production of educational materials, maintenance of a reference library and Internet site, and the preparation and printing of research reports, informational bulletins and a legislative newspaper. Each fellow will be assigned to work with a nonpartisan legislative committee and will be trained in the basic tasks of drafting bills, conducting public policy research, and providing support for legislative committee meetings. This paid fellowship lasts a full year from May 2015 to April 2016. Students must be enrolled and taking classes for both fall and spring semesters of the program to be eligible (students cannot graduate prior to May 2016). Fellows will work full time during the summer in Frankfort and approximately 20 hours per week during the school year. Fellows will be excused from Thanksgiving through January 5 to focus on exams. Pay is $13.50 per hour. Go to to learn more about the LRC.

The deadline to apply is Friday, January 16th. More information about the fellowship and how to apply is available on Symplicity under the Jobs tab. Please see Ms. Scinta in room 180 or email her at if you have questions. She is also able to provide copies of handouts the LRC representatives distributed when they were on campus in the fall. Also, Josh Collins, SBA President, currently serves as a LRC Graduate Fellow and is happy to speak with any student who would like to know more about being an LRC Fellow.