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University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law

University of Louisville
Brandeis School of Law
2301 South Third Street
Belnap Campus
Louisville, KY 40292
louisville.edu/law/

Law School Pro Bono Programs

Contact Information

Laurel Hajek — Assistant Dean for Career Services & Public Svc
University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law
E-mail
P: (502) 852-6092
Fax: (502) 852-0862

Category Type

Pro Bono Graduation Requirement Program

Description of Programs

Law students are required to complete 30 hours of public service at approved placements after the first semester of their first year of law school.

The Samuel L. Greenebaum Public Service Program began as a voluntary program and became a mandatory program for the entering class of Fall 1991. The Program coordinates and certifies students' pro bono service. It provides a catalog listing of approved placements; students are required to reserve a placement with the Coordinator before contacting the placement and beginning their public service hours. As a condition to receiving credit for their public service hours, the students are required to complete a Student Evaluation Form for each placement.

The Program allows service out of state. It also encourages group projects, including pro bono legal clinics. Law students have been instrumental in organizing legal clinics for those with low income.

Location of Programs

Within the Office of Professional Development: http://louisville.edu/law/intranet/professional-development/public-service-program

Staffing/Management/Oversight

The Program is staffed by one full-time and one part time employee, a Director and a Coordinator.

Funding

Principal funding for the Samuel L. Greenebaum Public Service Program is provided through an endowment created by Richard and Jane Eskind and by annual gifts from Louisville attorney John S. Greenebaum. Ms. Eskind and Mr. Greenebaum have made their donations to honor their father, the late Samuel L. Greenebaum, a Louisville legal and civic leader. The annual budget is $100,087.

Student Run Pro Bono Groups/Specialized Law Education Projects

Pro Bono Wills Clinics - These clinics have been held at various sites in the Louisville area over the past several years.

Pro Se Divorce Clinics – These clinics, in conjunction with the Louisville Bar Association and the Legal Aid Society of Louisville, have been held at various sites in the Louisville area over the past several years.

Central High School Partnership

Student Bar Foundation

Faculty and Administrative Pro Bono

Faculty and staff engage in a variety of public service projects throughout the year.

Awards/Recognition

The Samuel L. Greenebaum Award is given to the law student achieving the highest number of pro bono hours.

Community Service

Non-law related community service activities are primarily promoted by the Student Bar Association.

Law School Public Interest Programs

Contact Information

Laurel Hajek — Assistant Dean for Career Services & Public Svc
University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law
E-mail
P: (502) 852-6092
Fax: (502) 852-0862

Certificate/Curriculum Programs

None listed

Public Interest Centers

Samuel L. Greenebaum Public Service Program: http://louisville.edu/law/intranet/professional-development/public-service-program

Public Interest Clinics

Domestic Violence and Immigration Clinics

Externships/Internships

We offer externships and internships at government and non-profits around the region.

Classes with a Public Service Component

None listed

Public Interest Journals

None listed

PI Career Support Center

Support is provided by Laurel Hajek, Assistant Dean for the Office of Professional Development at P: (502) 852-6096 or E-mail.

Loan Repayment Assistance Programs (LRAP)

None listed

Post-Graduate Fellowships/Awards

Law School Funded:

None listed

Graduate Student Funded:

None listed

Other Funding Sources:

None listed

Term Time Fellowships/Scholarships

Law School Funded:

None listed

Graduate Student Funded:

None listed

Other Funding Sources:

None listed

Summer Fellowships

Law School Funded:

Ellen Ewing Fellowships - Annual Summer Public Interest Fellowships ($2,500 - $3,000 for ten weeks) are funded by a law school fundraiser, "Lawlapalooza", allowing students to work at The Legal Aid Society of Louisville.

Greenebaum Public Service Fellowships – Annual summer public interest fellowships ($1,000 - $3,000 for ten weeks) funded through the Samuel L. Greenebaum Public Service Program.

Graduate Student Funded:

None listed

Other Funding Sources:

Annual Summer Public Interest Fellowships ($3,000 - $3,500 for ten weeks) are funded by a grant from the Kentucky Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Fund to work at various legal aid agencies throughout Kentucky.

Edwin H. Perry Mediation Fellowships - A local lawyer has funded fellowships to train students for pro bono service. Each year this program offers a number of fellowships in mediation. Student "fellows" receive basic, family and divorce mediation skills training (70 hours), then apply their knowledge in thirty hours of family law mediation to fulfill their public service requirement. The "fellows" become part of the Louisville Bar Association Family Law Pro Bono Teams Project, mediating all matters of child visitation and custody for each case assigned to a team. .There is no monetary amount for these fellowships. Each student selected for a fellowship will receive free mediation training valued at $1,000.

Extracurricular and Co-Curricular Programs

Lunch programming - Public Interest attorneys are invited to speak and describe opportunities for law students to complete their public service requirement or law students present on public service activities.

Week-Long Public Service Projects – Students interested in fulfilling their public service requirement while gaining valuable law-related experience after their first semester of law school can participate in the week-long project program. Special projects geared specifically for first year students are assembled for students to do their public service hours over the holiday break.

Student Public Interest Groups

Student Bar Foundation - Charity Auction to fund student public interest fellowships

August 6, 2018