Student News

Staying Safe On Campus and Utilizing the Police Escort Service

We have all received the emails and heard the news of the seriousness of crime that is happening on and around our campus.  Safety is a top priority for every student to develop and broaden their educational bounds.  Due to the nature of being a law student, we all find ourselves staying late at the law school to read and/or study for our classes.  Sometimes these study sessions can take you into the wee hours of the night.  As such, you may find yourself walking home or back to your car in the dark.  While walking with a buddy is plus, you might find yourself alone.  

 

The SBA urges you not to take the risk of walking alone.  UofL Campus Police provides a service where they "are able to escort anyone on campus up to four blocks off campus."  To request an escort, please call 852-6111.  If you would like to stay up-to-date on the crimes reported around campus, head on over to:

http://louisville.edu/police/crimelog

Federal Tax Externship – 2015 Spring

The IRS will accept up to three tax externs for the 2015 spring semester.  The application deadline for fall 2014 has passed, but it is not too early to apply for 2015 spring.

Externs work in the local office of the IRS under the direct supervision of IRS attorneys and Professor Blackburn.  Externs do research and write memos, meet with IRS audit agents, with taxpayers and with taxpayer representatives such as legal counsel and CPAs.  Externs sometimes take the lead in meetings with pro se taxpayers.  Externs assist IRS trial attorneys with trial preparation and sometimes represent the IRS in U.S. Tax Court against pro se taxpayers.

To be eligible you must 1) be enrolled in school on at least a half-time basis, 2)  be enrolled in at least the second semester of your second year, have successfully completed a course in Federal taxation, and Professor Blackburn must recommend you.

If you would like more information, please contact Professor Blackburn (tblackburn@louisville.edu or 502-852-6384).  The required security clearance can take four to six weeks, so it is not too early to begin the process.

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, September 25, 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, September 26.

Students interested in attending the training on September 25 and/or going on the jail visit on September 26, should email Prof. Trucios-Haynes directly by no later than Thursday, September 11. Her email is ethaynes@louisville.edu. 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: http://www.immigrantjustice.org/tags/these-lives-matter.

If you are a student who has already been trained and would like to attend the Friday visit September 25, please e-mail Prof. Trucios-Haynes by September 11, as well, so she can add your name to the list.

Students will receive public service credit for the training and site visits. Students will also be able to count their travel time to and from the Boone County Jail. Interested students should see Jina Scinta to obtain a Reservation Form to sign up to receive public service credit. You can also e-mail her at jina.scinta@louisville.edu.

TODAY!! Careers in Criminal Law, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., Room 175

Are you interested in a career in criminal law or just not sure?

The Office of Professional Development and the Student Bar Association are co-hosting a program designed specifically in the area of criminal law. We have put together a panel of four criminal law practitioners who will be discussing their career paths and experiences to assist you in making your decision. The panel will consist of the following:

Terry Cushing - Assistant U.S. Attorney - U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Ky.
Scott Wendelsdorf - Executive Director, Western Kentucky Federal Community Defender, Inc.
Michael Mazzoli - Federal Criminal Defense Attorney, Cox & Mazzoli
McKay Chauvin - Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge, Div. 8

Lunch will be served from Jimmy Johns.

Student Bar Foundation Interest Meeting

The Student Bar Foundation will be holding an interest meeting on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 from 12:10pm - 1:00 pm in room 177.  Lunch will be provided.

SBF is a student-led organization that raises money for fellowships for students who pursue unpaid summer internships in law-related public interest work.  These fellowships allow recipients to deliver legal services to the poor and indigent, provide law-related public education, and improve the judiciary, the legal profession, and citizens' access to the justice system.  In addition to fundraising, we are planning community service projects and guests speakers to discuss careers in public interest.  We also have an open board position available for a Chair of Student Involvement.  Please contact Emily DeVuono ateadevuono@gmail.com with any questions.

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, September 25, 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, September 26.

Students interested in attending the training on September 25 and/or going on the jail visit on September 26, should email Prof. Trucios-Haynes directly by no later than Thursday, September 11. Her email is ethaynes@louisville.edu. 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: http://www.immigrantjustice.org/tags/these-lives-matter.

If you are a student who has already been trained and would like to attend the Friday visit September 25, please e-mail Prof. Trucios-Haynes by September 11, as well, so she can add your name to the list.

Students will receive public service credit for the training and site visits. Students will also be able to count their travel time to and from the Boone County Jail. Interested students should see Jina Scinta to obtain a Reservation Form to sign up to receive public service credit. You can also e-mail her at jina.scinta@louisville.edu.

Careers in Criminal Law, Tomorrow, Sept. 9 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., Room 175

Are you interested in a career in criminal law or just not sure?

The Office of Professional Development and the Student Bar Association are co-hosting a program designed specifically in the area of criminal law. We have put together a panel of four criminal law practitioners who will be discussing their career paths and experiences to assist you in making your decision. The panel will consist of the following:

Terry Cushing - Assistant U.S. Attorney - U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Ky.
Scott Wendelsdorf - Executive Director, Western Kentucky Federal Community Defender, Inc.
Michael Mazzoli - Federal Criminal Defense Attorney, Cox & Mazzoli
McKay Chauvin - Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge, Div. 8

Lunch will be served.

U.S. Air Force JAG Information Session - TODAY, September 8th at Noon - Brandeis Room (112)

If you are interested in learning about opportunities with the U.S. Air Force JAG, please plan on attending an information session with Major Richard Robertson TODAY, Monday, September 8th at Noon in the Brandeis Room (112).

Major Robertson will discuss Summer 2015 internships and Assistant Judge Advocate General positions after graduation.

Women's Law Caucus Interest Meeting- Sept. 8th, 12:15pm Room 175, FREE LUNCH

Please join the Women's Law Caucus for our first meeting of the year! Everyone is invited to come and enjoy some FREE LUNCH and learn about all the exciting events the WLC will be hosting this year! We will be introducing new events as well as our classic events, such as the Mentor Jet program and Apparel Sales.  Please bring $5 for dues in the form of cash or check (checks made payable to Women's Law Caucus).  Dues are a one-time payment; if you paid dues last year, you do not have to pay again!  We look forward to meeting you all MONDAY, Sept. 8th at 12:15pm, in room 175!  See you there!

2015 Spring Service Learning Opportunity

Gearing up for Spring 2015 and planning your classes?  Consider this opportunity:

How about celebrating 2015 spring break with service work in Belize or celebrating post Derby with service work in Croatia?  Law is one of several participating disciplines.  The law team in Belize will be led by Dean Susan Duncan and will focus on restorative justice programs by working in schools and communities outside of Dangriga.  The law team in Croatia will be led by Professor Shelley Santry and will focus on domestic violence awareness and prevention by working in schools and communities outside of Zagreb.

Learn more about this opportunity at Uof L’s International Service Learning Program (ISLP) website http://louisville.edu/islp/.  The service is rewarding and the memories will last a lifetime!  Plus, you will earn three (3) hours of academic credit and build useful skills.

The class meets weekly (January through April) and orientations will be one evening each week (for Belize starting in January and continuing until just after spring break; for Croatia starting mid-semester and continuing until the end of the term).  Still undecided?  Come to an information session Monday, September 8, 12-1 in room LL75.

Each location is truly an amazing place and you will love the experience!!!

If you are interested, applications are due now (priority deadline is September 29th!!  You can apply on the ISLP website (http://louisville.edu/student/isl).