Student Life News
DRI, the leading organization of defense attorneys and in-house counsel, announces its annual Law Student Diversity Scholarship program. The goal of these scholarships is to provide financial assistance to two worthy law students from ABA accredited law schools in order to promote, in a tangible way, the DRI Diversity Statement of Principle.
Two scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each will be awarded to applicants who best meet the following criteria:
- Demonstrated academic excellence
- Service to the profession
- Service to the community
- Service to the cause of diversity
The scholarship application is attached. The deadline for all applications is April 27, 2012.
On Tuesday, February 7, at 12:15 p.m, the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions, with a member of the Character and Fitness Committee, will present a mandatory bar program for second year law students.
The Board of Bar Examiners’ Character and Fitness Committee must certify graduating law students before they are allowed to sit for the bar. One fact the committee members look at closely is the applicant’s record of financial responsibility.
Judge Gary Payne, Character and Fitness Committee member, and Bonnie Kittinger, Director and General Counsel, will discuss financial responsibility in the context of professionalism and a lawyer’s obligation to uphold the values of the profession. Judge Payne will discuss how financial debt can evidence a lack of responsibility and further, how debt can lead to financial pressures and interfere with a lawyer’s duties to his or her clients.
ABA Standard 302(a)(5) requires that each student receive substantial instruction in “the history, goals, structure, values, rules and responsibilities of the legal profession and its members.” In addition, Interpretation 302-6 requires that the School of Law “involve members of the bench and bar in the instruction required by Standard 302(a)(5).” This program is designed to provide instruction on professionalism issues concerning law students and lawyers and also to satisfy the ABA’s requirement in Standard 302(a)(5).
Attendance at the February 7 program is required for all 2Ls. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend. If you have an absolute conflict that will prohibit you from attending the February 7 program, you must notify Dean Cross, firstname.lastname@example.org, and provide documentation concerning your conflict.
The regular filing deadline to sit for the July 2012 Kentucky Bar Exam is February 1, 2012. Postmarks are accepted.
If you still need to take the MPRE, the next test date is March 17, 2012. The regular application deadline is January 31; the late application deadline is February 16.