Student News

Reminder First Years! Mandatory Meeting with the Office of Professional Development

This is a reminder that the Office of Professional Development will be conducting mandatory meetings for first year students.

Section 1: Thursday, October 16, 2014, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. in Room 275.
Section 2: Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. in Room 275.

All first year students in the respective sections are expected to attend. Dean Hajek will discuss different career options available for law students, the job search process, timelines for hiring, and resources available through the Office of Professional Development. The training session will also cover students' mandatory pro bono requirement, the Symplicity Job Search Database and the Spring on campus hiring season. Lunch will be provided.

Please mark your calendars. Any student who has a conflict and cannot attend the training session should contact Dean Hajek at


ABA Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship Program

The ABA Business Law Section sponsors a Diversity Clerkship Program. This summer program provides business law clerkship placements for nine qualified diverse first or second year law students.

Participating clerks will receive support and mentoring in the business law field and exposure to business practices that many of them lack. Participants in the Diversity Clerkship will receive a $6,000 stipend to cover living expenses upon the start of their Clerkship. The deadline for applying is December 26, 2014.

For more information, review the attached information sheet or go to

Section of Litigation Judicial Intern Opportunity Program

The American Bar Association Section of Litigation will begin accepting applications for its Summer 2015 Judicial Intern Opportunity Program ("JIOP") on November 3rd for second-year law students. Applications for first-year law students will be accepted December 1st, in accordance with NALP guidelines. The program is a full-time (32 hours per week), six-week minimum, summer internship program open to all first-or second-year diverse law students.

Students may indicate geographic location preferences on their applications, but may not request particular judges or courts. Interns will receive an award of $2,000. The deadline for applying is Friday, January 9, 2015.

To learn more about this internship opportunity and review the attached information sheet or go to


Legal Aid Society Hiring Two Law Student Interns and Four Veterans Legal Corps Interns

The Legal Aid Society is hiring two law students to help their Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Employment Opportunity Fellow identify legal solutions to remove barriers for low-income clients seeking employment. They are also hiring four law students to help their Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellows provide free civil legal services to veterans.

The students may receive a $1,175 education award as part of his or her internship and are required to perform at least 300 hours of service to complete the internship. This program is administered through a partnership with the Legal Aid Society, Equal Justice Works, and AmeriCorps.

The deadline to apply is November 7, 2014. Log on to Symplicity for more information.

Elder Law spring 2015 course

A course in Elder Law will be offered in spring 2015. Elder Law is a practical course dealing with older folks in the field of elder care law in Kentucky. Understanding how to work with older people will be relevant in almost all areas of law. Some of the topics covered will be basic legal documents for older folks, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Veteran's benefits, living arrangements, health care decision making, ethical issues, guardianship, probate, trusts, and understanding insurance and financial documents. Practical skills taught include how to interview clients and how to run a law practice. The instructors are Bernard Faller, founder of Kentucky ElderLaw, PLLC, and Misty Clark Vantrease and Kelly Gannott, current co-owners of the firm. All three were classmates in the Brandeis class of 2001.  For additional information or to obtain a syllabus, contact Bernard Faller at

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  For the user name and password to log onto the Handbook, email Ms. Reh at and provide her with the following:  your name, class year, and UofL email address.

2Ls for SUMMER 2015


•Securities & Exchange Commission – Student Honors Program (Unpaid, Deadline 10/13/14)
•Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – Office of General Counsel 2015 Summer Intern Program (Unpaid, Deadline 10/15/14)
•Department of State – Student Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 10/17/14)
•Transportation Security Administration – Office of Chief Counsel Summer Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 10/17/14

State & Local Government

•Texas Attorney General – Law Clerk Program (Unpaid, Deadline 10/15/14)

3Ls – Post Graduation


•Department of Energy – Office of General Counsel Honors Attorney Program (Paid, Deadline 10/10/14)
•Department of Labor – Office of the Solicitor Honors Program (Paid, Deadline 10/10/14)
•Army Corps of Engineers – Chief Counsel’s Civilian Honors Program (Paid, Deadline 10/15/14)
•Copyright Office – Barbara A. Ringer Copyright Honors Program (Paid, Deadline 10/15/14)
•National Labor Relations Board – Board, General Counsel HQ & Regional Offices Honors Attorney Programs (Paid, Deadline 10/15/14)
•Office of Personnel Management – Presidential Management Fellows Program (Paid, Deadline 10/15/14)

State & Local Government

•California Department of Justice – 2016-18 California Attorney General’s Honors Program & 2015-16 Earl Warren Solicitor General Fellowship (Paid, Deadline 10/22/14)

Immigration Moot Court Team Tryouts

Attention 2L’s and 3L’s! The deadline to apply for the Immigration Law Moot Court Competition is October 17th at 5:00pm.  The Immigration Law Competition takes place in New York City from February 20th-22nd.  The problem is distributed on December 30th and the briefs are due on January 29th.  

To apply, please place your name on the signup sheet posted on the Moot Court Board office door (located across from the Washer Lounge).  Additionally, please place your resume, a writing sample, and a one-page statement of interest regarding Immigration Law in the envelope attached to the signup sheet.

The tryout process will consist of an interview with Professor Trucios-Haynes, the coach, during the week of October 27th.  

If you have any question, comments, or concerns, please contact Carol Allen (

Robert F. Wagner National Labor and Employment Moot Court Team Tryouts!

Be apart of an award-winning moot court team and take a trip to the Big Apple!

Tryouts for this year’s Robert F. Wagner National Labor & Employment Moot Court Team will be held October 14-16 beginning at 6 pm in the Allen Courtroom (Tuesday and Wednesday) or room LL60 (Thursday).  To tryout, you must place your name on the sign-up sheet located on the Moot Court Board Office door and submit an application.  Tryouts will consist of 10 minute abbreviated oral arguments related to the issues raised in Sweeney v. Pence, 2014 U.S. App. Lexis 16896 (7th Cir. Sept. 2, 2014).  Advocates can choose which side to argue, with appellants arguing the dissenting opinion and appellees arguing the majority opinion.  

Some of the benefits of being on this team include:

  • Learning the intricacies of a fun and fascinating are of law;
  • Finishing your commitment to the team in late March allowing ample time to devote to other classes and finals; and 
  • Networking with Louisville’s top-notch labor and employment attorneys.  
Carolyn Purcell, the facilitator for this team, can provide more information-including a handy instruction sheet to help you efficiently prepare for tryouts (we know you have a lot going on).  Her email is 

Tax Moot Court Team Tryouts

A national tax moot court competition is held every spring at an exotic location in Florida.  Our law school has competed for more than 25 years and our teams are frequently successful.  We are “in it to win it,” to use a haggard phrase.

Our team will have two members, selected by our three Team coaches:  Professor Blackburn, and adjunct professor/alumni Mark Haun and Laurie McTighe.

The competition consists of a written brief, followed by oral arguments before a mock appellate court.  Real Tax Court judges and tax practitioners serve as the competition judges for both the brief writing and the appellate arguments.

You must have completed one tax course by the end of 2014-fall semester, and be willing to spend a February weekend in sunny Florida, when we still have snow on the ground in Louisville.  Tax focused students are encouraged to tryout, but this is a trial competition and students interested in being litigators have been successful in the past and are also encouraged to tryout.

Tryouts will begin as soon as we have students willing to try out.  Tryouts will end Friday October 10.  If you are interested, please contact Professor Blackburn (, 502-852-6384). 

Equal Justice Works Offers Free Webinar on Wednesday, October 8

Equal Justice Works offers free monthly webinars to educate students and attorneys on how federal programs like Public Service Loan Forgiveness can make public interest legal careers financially feasible.

Their next webinar is on Wednesday, October 8 from 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT. To register for the webinar, go to Free webinars will also be offered Tuesday, November 25, 2014 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM and Thursday, December 18, 2014 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM.