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Professor Levinson hiring summer research assistants

Professor Levinson and a co-author at Vanderbilt Law School, Professor O’Hara O’Connor, are hiring research assistants for summer 2015. They are working on a project involving labor arbitration awards. The research assistants will be coding labor arbitration awards and related court documents and decisions. 

Ideal candidates include those with a familiarity with labor law, employment law, or arbitration. Coding also requires someone who is very detail oriented because it involves answering long series of questions about the awards and other documents and entering the responses, which are often numeric, into an excel spreadsheet. There will be a training session before coding begins.

Research assistants are paid $8.50 an hour through financial aid. Available funds will cover one full-time position for approximately 5 weeks or multiple part-time positions. If you are interested in applying, please submit an application to by Friday, April 17 at 5 p.m. 

A complete application includes 1) a CV, 2) an unofficial transcript, and 3) a statement explaining a) why you are interested in the project, b) what strengths you have that make you a good fit for the project, c) the number of weeks and hours/week that you could commit to working over the summer, and d) whether you would be interested in continuing to work on the project during the academic year.

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, April 30, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Room 171, 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, May 1.

Students interested in attending the training on April 30 and/or going on the jail visit on May 1, should email Prof. Trucios-Haynes directly by no later than Monday, April 20. 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:

Deadline Extended for Legal Aid Society Equal Justice Works Intern

The Legal Aid Society is looking for a law student to assist with their Equal Justice Works Americorps Legal Fellows provide free civil legal services to veterans. Student can begin working at any time.

Student may recieve a $1,175 education award as part of their internship and are required to perform at least 300 hours of service to complete the internship. This program is administered through a partnerhsip with the Legal Aid Society, Equal Justice Works and AmeriCorps.

The deadline to apply has been extended to Monday, April 20. Log on to Symplicity for additional information and how to apply.

Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy Capital Trial Branch Needs Intern

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 spring and/or 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, please log on to the job postings on Symplicity. The deadline to apply is April 30.

Fellow Position Available for Central High School Partnership

A law student is needed to assist Professor Laura Rothstein with the Central High School Partnership and activities to enhance and fine tune the current program. Some assignments will be based on the skills and experiences of the individual in the position.

The time requirement will be a total of 50 hours spread through both semesters -- (schedule will be flexible and will not require work during the exam period). The Fellow will be compensated at a rate of $9.00/hour, in the form of tuition reduction.

Please see the attached application and description for more details on the position. Applications are due to Jina Scinta by Wednesday, April 15.

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

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.

Admitted Students Day ‘well exceeds’ expectations

Another Admitted Students Day is in the books for Brandeis School of Law. The event was held on Saturday and “well exceeded” Assistant Dean for Admissions Henry Cantu’s expectations.

“It was the most well attended Admitted Students Day we’ve had in at least three years. The evaluations across the board were very positive,” Cantu said.

This year’s event included 53 attendees, compared to 41 attendees last year and 35 attendees in 2013.

Dean Cantu attributes the jump to getting the word out about the event as well as all of the planning that went into the event by the admissions team. 

“When we’re on the road or talking to prospective students, we always encourage them to visit,” he said. “We can refer them to a website or a brochure, but it’s when they’re here when they truly see what we have to offer. Our school and city sell themselves.”

Positive feedback

Dean Cantu added that the student and faculty participation helped with that sale by being available and conveying a sense of community. Guests were able to interact with faculty and current students over lunch and throughout the day.

Feedback from the event reflected this effort. Said one attendee, “Faculty and deans made an effort to be involved and meet people throughout the day – they didn’t just make a speech at the beginning and then disappear.”

Additional feedback included:

  • “You did a great job making me more interested in your university, not only through the impressive accolades of Brandeis, but also how open armed and comfortable the entire staff made me feel. Your staff and environment made me feel so at home.”
  • “Brandeis really impressed me with their actual community and potential educational outreach opportunities.” 
  • “My parents and I visited Brandeis this weekend for the admitted student open house and were very impressed with the school, faculty, city, and opportunities upon graduation.”
  • “Extremely friendly students and faculty.”
  • “The student ambassadors – they were the best!”
  • “I liked the enthusiasm and variety in the student panel.”
  • “I liked the genuine participation and enthusiasm from faculty.”

Dean Susan Duncan said Admitted Students Day is one of her favorite events of the year.

“This weekend I was incredibly impressed by the caliber of students we admitted,” she said. “Their diverse backgrounds and experiences will produce an excellent 1L class.  I look forward to welcoming this talented group of students to the Brandeis family in August.”

Student Bar Foundation Board Positions Available

The Student Bar Foundation is looking for new Board members for next year! Available postitions include: Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Fundraising Chair, and Public Relations Chair. This is a great opportunity to gain experience serving on a charitable Board. SBF raises money for fellowships that are then given to students who volunteer their time for public interest work. Also, this looks fantastic on your resume! Please submit applications (attached) and resumes by Friday, April 17 at 5pm to Felicia Marple at Please send an email with any questions you may have!